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I am looking to install some water cooling in my rig and need some help selecting parts. This will be my first time making a loop. I want to cool my amd Phenom II 1090T and maybe also my msi gtx 460 hawk. I have a cm storm scout so I don't have anywhere to mount dual radiators. I don't know what pump or radiators I should get. So my questions are:
*What kind and how many radiators should I get? I'm considering mounting a dual at the back with a swiftech radbox and a single in the front with these: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/5429/cpa-151/Lian_Li_Internal_Radiator_Mounts_CCRADBRACKETS.html?tl=g30c95s162
*What kind of pump should I get?
*How are pumps and reservoirs mounted?

I want to avoid drilling and painting. My budget is around 400 US dollars. I live in Switzerland.
Thanks for the help biggrin.gif
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post #2 of 45
You only need a 240 rad, but a 360 will offer better cooling.

A rasa RX360 Kit + GPU block would be great for you, as long as you are ok with using the rad box to mount the rad externally. You can go custom if you like but the price will go wild.

So to recap all you need is;

1. RX360 Kit / RX240 kit if budget needs be.
2. Biocide (PTnuke and/or Kill coil)
3. replacement tube Primochill 7/16 (xspc tube is crap)
4. 2 more 1/2" barbs for the gpu.
Edited by andrewmchugh - 10/15/11 at 2:35pm
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What is "biocide (PTnuke and/or kill coil)"? And what liquid should I get, I want something non conductive
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post #4 of 45
It stops bacteria from growing in the loop. Heres what a silver kill coil http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11441/ex-tub-705/IandH_Silver_KillCoils_-_Antimicrobial_999_Fine_Silver_Tubing_Reservoir_Strip.html?tl=g30c103s186

Just use distilled water you should be able to get it cheap in a pharmacy
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Love that case, but it is not the easiest case to do a custom water cooling set up.
Since you will be mounting the radiator outside I would just get a large one - a 360 mm (3x120) and skip the internal one. It is serious overkill for just a cpu, but is big enough for a cpu and one or two gpu's (especially if you go push/pull on the fans). A single 360 will cost less than two smaller ones and it will make plumbing a lot easier. A lot of tubing means a lot of difficulty when it comes time to get to sata ports, vairous connectors, etc.
Pump - I have only used laing D4/swiftech mcp655's. Excellent, powerful, but large. It should fit inside your case though.
Waterblocks - I am partial to DangerDen and EK blocks.
Reservoir - I like bay reservoirs, but tube style work well and given your case a swiftech microres might be the way to go. Bay style slid into an optical bay - they also make it easy to fill. Pumps and other res types should always be bolted to something, but you might be able to zip tie a micro res. tot eh side of something and the D4 comes with a rubber pad.

I would hit the watercooling section for lots of articles and pictures. Good luck and enjoy.
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How safe is water? Is there a temperature difference between distilled water and the non conductive coolants? Also, how can I make the water UV reactive red?
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Should I get a kit like the rx360 or get everything separately?
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Originally Posted by tehwalris;15321963 
What is "biocide (PTnuke and/or kill coil)"? And what liquid should I get, I want something non conductive
Thanks for the help smile.gif

Getting something with 100% non conductive is mission impossible.
Use PT nuke or silver and you will add ions.
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So do I still need something like ptnuke in the "non-conductive" coolants?
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Originally Posted by tehwalris;15322145 
So do I still need something like ptnuke in the "non-conductive" coolants?

Just use distilled water, coolants are generally crap.

Also,
It would be best ordering closer to home, SpecialTech in the UK will ship to you.
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