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post #1 of 9
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Hello

I have a 980x and two 580 GTXs which i've decided to watercool. I really like the idea of having an external watercooling kit, and i'm really liking the Koolance Exos-2.5. I've tried asking on the official Koolance forums but its inactive and every post needs to through a moderator first which makes me think twice about getting the Exos. And also, i've searched everywhere, but I can't find how big the reservoir is in the Exos-2.5. How many ml will I need to fill the reservoir? I've also read that the Exos has an aluminum radiator which doesn't mix well with copper blocks due to corrosion.

If you'd advise me not to get the Exos, or any Koolance product for that matter, i'd appreciate if you'd recommend me some high-end parts I can buy — preferably some external parts, even a reservoir / pump combo, but if internal parts are a much better choice then so be it. I've chosen FrozenCPU to buy the parts from and my budget is around 800$ - 1000$. I'm going for the Haf-X case and the Gigabyte Assassin 1366 motherboard so a red / black theme would be very nice.

There are tons of cool parts to choose from on FrozenCPU so its really hard for me to choose so i'd figure i'd get some feedback from other users.

Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 9
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i'm really liking the Koolance Exos-2.5
Thats just a mediocre rad with some styling, is a waste of money, better off getting real rads.

You have to go custom...This is what I would just you might have the same sort of list.

PUMP / RES
D5
Budget
XSPC RASA BAY RES
Or if you want to spend a bit more you can get a normal top and a cylinder res.

Radiator+Fans
RX 480 with PushPull GT1850 (needs a fan controller) - Do you want to mount it off the back of the case or do you want a rad stand.

Cpu Block.
EK Supreme HF

Gpu Block.
I'm pleased with the way my EK-FC580 GTX - Acetal/Copper performs.

Tube/Fittings/bio
7/16 Primochill with 1/2" barbs. -I like the way it looks and its the most cost effective way of doing it.

Or compressions if you perfer them.

Silver kill coil and/or PTnuke
Edited by andrewmchugh - 10/22/11 at 1:00pm
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Cant go wrong with Andrew's advice
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post #4 of 9
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Ok, thanks alot for your advice, I guess the Exos is out of the question. I also forgot to mention that I plan on overclocking the two 580s as much as I can and the CPU just a little so i'll need a pretty good radiator I guess. Also, what do you think of this http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14...tl=g30c107s152 is the pump good enough in this one? I'd also appreciate if you'd recommend me some liquid coolant.
post #5 of 9
distilled water + Killcoil
Yes pump good for it
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XSPC Dual 5.25" Bay Reservoir - w/ Alphacool VP... XSPC EX360 Triple 120mm Low Profile Split Fin R... XSPC EX360 Triple 120mm Low Profile Split Fin R... XSPC EX360 Triple 120mm Low Profile Split Fin R... 
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Crucial M4 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Sol... Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 720... SONY Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 8X DVD+R 5X DVD-RA... Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit 
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HP LED Black 27" 5ms HDMI Widescreen LED BackLi... Logitech G510 Black 18 Function Keys USB Wired ... SILVERSTONE ST1500 1500W ATX 12V 2.3 & EPS 12V ... XSPC H1 Hive Series Cube Enthusiast Water Cooli... 
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Logitech G500 10 Buttons Dual-mode Scroll Wheel... Ozone Gaming Gear GROUND LEVEL L Gaming Mouse Pad Cooler Master Circumaural Storm Sirus Headset -... XSPC Dual 5.25" Bay Reservoir - w/ Alphacool VP... 
OtherOtherOtherOther
XSPC Dual 5.25" Bay Reservoir - w/ Alphacool VP... XSPC EX360 Triple 120mm Low Profile Split Fin R... XSPC EX360 Triple 120mm Low Profile Split Fin R... XSPC EX360 Triple 120mm Low Profile Split Fin R... 
OtherOtherOther
XSPC EX360 Triple 120mm Low Profile Split Fin R... EK ASUS Crosshair V Full Board Cooling Block Ki... EK Supreme HF Universal CPU Liquid Cooling Bloc... 
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post #6 of 9
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How does this look?



Anything you would change? Do I need more tubing?
post #7 of 9
Looks good to me mate, you might deside when you put the tubing on that you dont need the clamps, I use the same tube with no clamps. - the Clamps are the wrong size

If you feel you need them pick from these .. http://www.frozencpu.com/search.html...o.x=14&go.y=19
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post #8 of 9
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Thank you so much for your advise and your assistance, +rep for you

I have however, decided not to shop from FrozenCPU.com since I think it is too pricey — especially the shipping cost. I've decided to shop form Performance-PCs.com instead and I have made a similar list. I would appreciate if you or someone else would quickly skim through the list and see if the barbs match the tubing and if all items are compatible.

Thanks again.

post #9 of 9
i dont see any barbs on the list
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