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So I'm finally going full-blown water-cooling, goals are: looks, silence, good cooling performance.

Parts:
Rad: XSPC RS240
Pump: DDC-1RT Plus
Res: XSPC Dual-bay for 1 and 2 Laing pumps, because the res for single pump is not in stock until november.
CPU: EK Supreme HF Full Nickel
Fans: GT AP-15
Fittings: EK 13mm/10mm compression fitting
Tubing: Koolance blue 13mm/10mm

Questions:
Will there be any problems with corrosion of some sort?
Are there any better CPU blocks?
What thermal paste should I pick up from this site? Link to thermal pastes
I chose the DDC pump because it seems like it is the best and can be used when I upgrade my loop to include a GPU. Is there a better suited pump for this loop and a GPU?
Will I need some sort of additive to my loop for algae and such?
All of this will go into my CM 690 II Advanced, if anyone sees any glaring problems with that please tell me
Am I lacking anything crucial, O-rings (do I need those?) etc?
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post #2 of 17
If you want silence, I'd go with an RX radiator over the RS. An RX240 for example. They have a lower FPI (fins per inch) count and thus slower (and more silent) fans such as the AP-15's produce better results running at slower speeds.

To answer your questions:

Will there be any problems with corrosion of some sort?

Not if you protect your loop. Use Distilled Water with a Kill Coil (.999 Silver) and you'll be fine.

Are there any better CPU blocks?

The Rasa block does show a degree or two difference in some situations, but in a real world situation you won't notice it. Go with the EK, they make awesome blocks and in my opinion they look a lot better.

What thermal paste should I pick up from this site?

Any non-conductive thermal paste will be fine. Just use the one that comes with the block (it'll probably be MX-2 unless they change them).

I chose the DDC pump because it seems like it is the best and can be used when I upgrade my loop to include a GPU. Is there a better suited pump for this loop and a GPU?

Nope. DDC's are good for restrictive loops, thus that pump is perfect for a CPU and a GPU - even two GPUs.

Will I need some sort of additive to my loop for algae and such?

Answered in your first question.

Am I lacking anything crucial, O-rings (do I need those?) etc?

An O-ring comes with your pump, and the compression fittings all have O-rings. Just make sure you have two fittings for each component (CPU + Pump + Res is 6 in total for your loop) and you'll be fine.

If you want ease when emptying your loop (to change the water for example), invest in three Koolance Quick Disconnects. Two males and one female. Put a male and a female at the bottom-most part of your loop and you can connect the second male to the female with some tubing attached to it to drain the loop easily. Remove the pump top to relieve the pressure and it flows right out. Very handy. If you decide to do this, make sure they're VL3N or VL4 QDC's.

The loop you listed will be perfect, but like I said, if you have a little extra money, go with the RX240 or even an RX360! From personal experience I can vouch for the RX series and they're awesome.

Good luck and don't hesitate to ask any more questions if you have any!
Edited by jNSK - 10/20/11 at 4:32am
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post #3 of 17
Everything looks pretty good, But I'd personally pickup the XSPC EX240 Rad, It has the performance of the RX series and the Size of the RS series
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post #4 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by jNSK View Post
Are there any better CPU blocks?

The Rasa block does show a degree or two difference in some situations, but in a real world situation you won't notice it. Go with the EK, they make awesome blocks and in my opinion they look a lot better.
Did you mean Raystorm (the successor to Rasa)? I haven't looked much into it but people here seem quite excited over it. I thought the original Rasa was ever-so-slightly behind Supreme HF but I could very well be wrong.

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Originally Posted by jNSK View Post
What thermal paste should I pick up from this site?

Any non-conductive thermal paste will be fine. Just use the one that comes with the block (it'll probably be MX-2 unless they change them).
My block (Supreme HF Acetal) came with MX-4 but I agree, whatever EK will include with the block should be fine.
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Can i put bleach in my distilled water?
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I don't know much about koolance tubing however I have Primochill tubing in my rig. In my opinion, it's one of the best. As stated above, maybe a different rad in case you want to add to your loop.
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Can i put bleach in my distilled water?
lol no bleach will eat everything
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Did you mean Raystorm (the successor to Rasa)? I haven't looked much into it but people here seem quite excited over it. I thought the original Rasa was ever-so-slightly behind Supreme HF but I could very well be wrong.
Nope, I meant to type Rasa. In 90% of cases, yeah, the EK Supreme HF beats it, but only by a fraction. They're pretty much neck and neck but I've seen cases (can't remember where) where it's beaten it by a couple of 1/10ths of a degree or something.
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post #9 of 17
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I would really like to pick up an RX240, but it will not fin at the top of the case. I could get another 240mm in the bottom, but I really doubt I'll need that for a CPU-only loop
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lol no bleach will eat everything
Oh, okay. Because i know that bleach will kill algae. Can i just use motorcycle coolant like engine ice and maxima cool-aide? Glycol, Nitrate, Amine, Borax Free and does not offer freeze protection.
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