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I've been saving money for a good watercooling setup for my rig and my HTPC. On HTPC i need silence, but on sig rig i need performance, but i wouldn't mind silence as well, not a priority tho. On my sig rig i will be cooling 2 GPUs (560 Ti + GTS 450, until Kepler fully comes out) and 1 CPU (i3 for now, will upgrade to Ivy or BD-E next year). HTPC will be cooling 1 CPU and 1 GPU (E6850, might upgrade to PhII x6 + GTS 450).

I have figured out a lot of the stuff i need, but i'm not sure if i can do any better, cheaper, or both. Tubing will be 3/8 ID (color and lenght to be decided), coolant will be distilled water + silver coil, fittings will be compression fittings, probably Enzotech fittings. TIM will be MX-2.

I will not get a 360mm rad as i want to fit as much as i can inside my HAF 912 without modding (might leave some fans out, but i will not have the whole rad outside). I also plan to water both my 450's, for silent operation on HTPC, and i will use it as BOINC/F@H card on sig rig (let's not lie about PhysX cards). Also, i plan to connect them serially, but i don't know if that is the appropriate setup for multi GPU. Plus, i will need help on setting up flow direction and stuff position, especially on my sig rig's loop.

Here is my list:

HTPC:
- Loop: XSPC RX240 kit (for low speed fans).
- Fans: 4x Yate Loon Medium Speed w/fan controller.
- GPU Block: Swiftech MCW82 GPU (for my noisy GTS 450, i plan to get RAM+mosfet heatsinks too)

Sig Rig
- CPU Block: XSPC RayStorm for either Intel or AMD CPUs
- Radiators: RX240+RX120 (Or, if performance is good enough with medium to low-speed fans, EX240+EX120)
- Pump: MCP350.
- Reservoir: MCRES Micro v2
- GPU Block: HEATKILLER GPU-X³ (reference GTX 560 Ti) + Swiftech MCW82 GPU (GTS 450)
- Fans: 6x Gentle Typhoon GT-2150 w/fan controller.
Edited by Starbomba - 10/18/11 at 6:36pm
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Pump on the sig rig is too weak for my liking, maybe get the MCP355 (unless you are modding the 350 to a 355, I don'n know how its done.)
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What about using a MCP655? Or is a MCP355 better?
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MCP355 has higher head pressure ideal for high restriction loop.

MCP655 is quieter and has higher flow rate. Personally I think you can get by with either pump. So, decide what suits your need the best.
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Trust me when I say the MCP350 is the better choice over an MCP355 IF you care about silence. I've owned an MCP355, and those things scream. It was so unbearable that I could only deal with it for a day or two before I sold it off. The MCP350 will have no problems powering through that loop since the Raystorm is the lowest restriction block on the market. Anyone that disagrees is misinformed. The mcp350 obviously isn't as strong as an mcp355, but it's in no means a chump. It's very low power for a pump, quiet, and doesn't make a ton of heat. Adding an aftermarket top to it will increase performance too, and you can get an XSPC top for it for $20.
    
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