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Title says it all. I was going to complete a cpu loop, but then I figure It would be more annoying later on to latch on the gpu's.

I figured for the cpu block i'm going to use the new raystorm http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14...1366_2011.html $65

For the GPU'S it appears I've got some options here. http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12...ock_15009.html x2 = /cry $230

I figured i'll grab x1 http://www.frozencpu.com/products/86...?tl=g30c99s172 AND http://www.frozencpu.com/products/86...?tl=g30c99s172

Figured the two 8 feet pipes would give me plenty as I've never done this before, I can mess up and not be in a situation with not enough.

Now, i'm unclear on a good Pump, and what size radiators to use or how many. I'm installing this in a coolermaster atsc 840

Watching the tutorial video's I learned barb's are the pieces that stick out from the wholes on the plates, and I might need compression fittings? (not sure exactly what they are)

Sense I'm going to run crossfire with the watercooling, I've seen pictures in the photo threads where it looks like the two/three/four way xfire/sli are what looks like linked together without pipe. Is that a solid way to do it?

I'm not ordering tonight, I do intend on having everything by the first week in November.

I do a lot of gaming. While, i'll probably be running both video cards at some higher clocks, I am going for 4.8-5ghz on the cpu. So i'm interested in something that would be adequate for that.

As far as cooling radiators noise isn't a concern of mine. I want the job done, and the job done right. Sacrificing sound for cooling isn't something i'm interested in doing. I'm usually rocking these HD280's anyway.

Thanks for the additional help, Once I figure out everything I need I'll post pictures as I work on the project the first week in November. I'm also open to place I can get anything cheaper. Not just frozencpu.
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You will need at least a 360 radiator, something like the XSPC RX360 or the Black Ice GTX360 radiator.

Look into the Swiftech MCP355 or MCP655 for pump choice.

Compression fittings are similar to barb, but with a tighten clamp around it. The following video should explain it.


For watercooling gears, you can look into Jab-Tech , Koolerterk and sidewinder pc for lower price.

Going crossfire or SLI, you can do it with the SLI bridge or the SLI connector fittings whichever way you prefer. The fittings you can find on Sidewinder link above.
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Well I will try to answer what I can. I am still new to water cooling and sadly haven't even finished my first set-up yet. but have read LOTS AND LOTS of threads on WC so I feel confident enough to answer some of these questions. If I am wrong with anything someone please correct me... lol

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Figured the two 8 feet pipes would give me plenty as I've never done this before, I can mess up and not be in a situation with not enough.
More than enough. I think most people wont use more than 12 feet unless you got a external build going on.

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Now, i'm unclear on a good Pump, and what size radiators to use or how many. I'm installing this in a coolermaster atsc 840
I wont comment on which brand to get as I don't really have any experience with any yet As for the rad I believe you will need a minimum of 3x120mm rad. though I would recommend either a quad 120m or 3x 140mm. Of course it wont hurt to go more but that is up to you and your spending limit.

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Watching the tutorial video's I learned barb's are the pieces that stick out from the wholes on the plates, and I might need compression fittings? (not sure exactly what they are)
Barbs, Compressions, and Quick Disconnects are the pieces that connect your components to the tubing. It is something that you will need but you will not need to get all three. The difference is:

Barbs: Cheapest cost-wise, but will require a clamp or some other item to secure the tubing to the Barb.

Clamps: Secures the tubing to barb preventing your hose from leaking.

Compression Fittings: More Expensive than Barbs. Will not require Clamps as it has its own clamp-like device on the fitting itself.

Quick Disconnects: Most expensive fittings of all. Not too sure if they require Clamps or not but these fittings prevent your setup from leaking if you need to detach them from one of the components. *Note: you will need a Male and a Female Quick Disconnect fitting in order to use these*

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Sense I'm going to run crossfire with the watercooling, I've seen pictures in the photo threads where it looks like the two/three/four way xfire/sli are what looks like linked together without pipe. Is that a solid way to do it?
Yes they do not require tubing. You will need get a SLI Bridge/Connector. EK, Aquacomputer along with swiftech carries those bridges. Not sure on other companies.

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I do a lot of gaming. While, i'll probably be running both video cards at some higher clocks, I am going for 4.8-5ghz on the cpu. So i'm interested in something that would be adequate for that.
Yes. More than Adequate.

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As far as cooling radiators noise isn't a concern of mine. I want the job done, and the job done right. Sacrificing sound for cooling isn't something i'm interested in doing. I'm usually rocking these HD280's anyway.
Radiators makes noises because of a fan. When ordering a Radiator Do not forget you need to order fans as well. It is normal Case Fans if your wondering.

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Thanks for the additional help, Once I figure out everything I need I'll post pictures as I work on the project the first week in November. I'm also open to place I can get anything cheaper. Not just frozencpu.
Your Welcome... Oh one more thing... Do not forget to get either PT Nuke (Biocide) or a Kill Coil. These items prevent stuff growing in your loop.

Also a T-Line is also recommended as it helps emptying your loop when you need to. Not a must but just a recommendation.

Good Luck with Set-up
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Thanks for the great reply's.
Having a larger res for water, how much does it matter? Larger = more cooling? I'm looking at the RX480. +rep
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Res size doesn't matter much, as a matter of fact you don't need a res at all. It just makes life a little easier. Get one you like the look of and will be easy to use. Remember the res must be higher than the pump if they are separate units. Amount of water is unimportant, you're trying to find equilibrium not make cold water (more water just takes longer to reach that point.)

Don't forget to get a radiator that suits your acoustic needs. Some are made for low-speed quiet fans, others are made for all-out fans when you don't care about listening to 3000rpm worth of tornado. The specs will usually list the speed of fan it is designed to work well with, and looking for reviews of the model your interested in will help as well.
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