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I am new to watercooling, as in I don't even own any components yet. I was wondering what's the best watercooling kit that includes everything I need to watercool only my GPU? I have already found the appropriate waterblock for my card: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11...l=g30c311s1174

Now I was wondering, is it possible to make a loop only to the waterblock on my gpu? If so, what would be needed? What's the best kit for my money that's easy to install? Now if I wanted to cool my cpu AND my GPU, What would be needed? I saw this one kit that looks very easy to install and is built all in one: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14...m_CLW0211.html Is that kit worth anything?

Now for my PC specs: I7 950 processor, EVGA GTX 470 (Soon to be SLI, reason for watercooling), Asus Sabertooth x58 mobo, 6GB Gskill pi Series ram with a cas latency of 7 at 1600mhz, Gskill sniper 120gb SSD, 640gb HDD for storage, 1000 Watt Coolermaster Silentpro M PSU, Coolermaster Storm Sniper Case.

NOW to why I want to start liquid cooling: In my current build I have a gtx 470 GPU, I am now buying a second one for sli, and the way my PCIE 2.0 slots are layed out, my Cards will be right on top of the other. This worries me because I am hearing alot of heat issues with gtx 470 sli, specifically on the card closest to the CPU. I decided to look into watercooling and found the block I have linked you to above. My plan was to install a simple "loop" that cools only my GPU and CPU, or even only my GPU. Keep note that this is only the top GPU I want to watercool since the fan is suffocated by the second card. I was wondering if Cooling only my main GPU and leavng my other GPU air cooled is a good idea, and what exactly will I need? Thanks.
Edited by andyshonestdeals - 10/22/11 at 5:17pm
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For some reason, the links in your post above aren't working.

If you want an entry-level kit for your CPU and GPU, I'd recommend going for a Rasa Kit, then adding a water block to it. If you can afford the extra cash, go for the RX 360 kit and again, add a GPU block. If you buy a kit, all you will need to buy on top of it is some extra tubing (that matches the size of the tubing in the kit), and the GPU block.

I see no reason for only cooling your GPU, you may as well cool both. Since you mentioned you'll be going SLI soon, I'd definitely recommend spending a little more on a decent loop so you'll be able to cool the lot. Water cooling will be great for the 470's!

It depends on whether you like the sound of fans as to whether you want to keep the second card air-cooled. Personally, loud fans such as GPU fans annoy the hell out of me.
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Thanks for the reply jNSK, I fixed the links. The noise doesn't bother me at all, I don't want to watercool to reduce noise, I only want to watercool to keep my card from causing a nuclear explosion. aha. Money is a huge factor, so I can't possibly afford a kit and 2 water blocks. :/ Can you link me to a specific Rasa kit that you recommend for under 200 bones that will fit my gpu block?
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Bump for the Rasa kit. Stay away from that Bigwater unit, for the money it's pretty terrible and won't really do what you want it to do. It's also aluminum which is a no-no with copper blocks. For 20-40 dollars more you can get a Rasa RX240/RX 360 kit that will outperform that by a country mile and is easily expandable.

Edit - I see you posted while I was writing this

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14...l=g30c321s1310

With the block you linked it's over 200 total , but only 20 more than the bigwater unit. I would definitely add another 240 or even a 360 rad when you SLI, but in the interim you should be fine.
Edited by Metaldude - 10/22/11 at 5:31pm
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Thanks for the reply jNSK, I fixed the links. The noise doesn't bother me at all, I don't want to watercool to reduce noise, I only want to watercool to keep my card from causing a nuclear explosion. aha. Money is a huge factor, so I can't possibly afford a kit and 2 water blocks. :/ Can you link me to a specific Rasa kit that you recommend for under 200 bones that will fit my gpu block?
The Rasa kit is a CPU block kit, well, that's what it comes with. Here's what I'd recommend:

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14...Kill_Coil.html

Then you'd need a bit of extra tubing, the GPU block and two more fittings for the GPU block. The kit comes with everything else It'll perform awesomely!
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The Rasa kit is a CPU block kit, well, that's what it comes with. Here's what I'd recommend:

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14...Kill_Coil.html

Then you'd need a bit of extra tubing, the GPU block and two more fittings for the GPU block. The kit comes with everything else It'll perform awesomely!
Again, thanks for the reply, it's really helpful. Now you said 2 more fittings, I am sorry, but can you tell me what you mean by that? lol. And if it isn't too much trouble, could you possibly link me to the fittings that would be needed to fit that gpu block? Now, the thermal take kit is all in one mounted in the drive bays. Where would I end up having to put the components of this specific rasa kit?
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Bump for the Rasa kit. Stay away from that Bigwater unit, for the money it's pretty terrible and won't really do what you want it to do. It's also aluminum which is a no-no with copper blocks. For 20-40 dollars more you can get a Rasa RX240/RX 360 kit that will outperform that by a country mile and is easily expandable.

Edit - I see you posted while I was writing this

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14...l=g30c321s1310

With the block you linked it's over 200 total , but only 20 more than the bigwater unit. I would definitely add another 240 or even a 360 rad when you SLI, but in the interim you should be fine.
Thanks for the reply. I was only planning on cooling one of the 2 gpu's. Would a 240x alone be enough for a cpu and gpu block? The reason I only need to cool one of them is because the other will be free'd up from the considerably smaller build the water block has over the stock fan, plus the second card never has heating issues in SLI anyway because the fan is exposed rather than suffocated.
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Again, thanks for the reply, it's really helpful. Now you said 2 more fittings, I am sorry, but can you tell me what you mean by that? lol. And if it isn't too much trouble, could you possibly link me to the fittings that would be needed to fit that gpu block? Now, the thermal take kit is all in one mounted in the drive bays. Where would I end up having to put the components of this specific rasa kit?
Well, with the kit you will get all the fittings required to connect each component to the tubing. Each component will require two fittings: one for the tubing to allow the water to go in, and one for the tubing to allow the water to flow out of it. So basically, you're going to need two fittings per component.

Now, the kit will come with all the fittings required for the components and tubing that come with it, but if you want to add a GPU block to the loop you will require two fittings that match the size of the tubing that come with the kit. Just buy two fittings that are the same size as the ones that come with the kit. A bit of extra tubing will be required to connect the GPU block up with the rest of the kit.
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Well, with the kit you will get all the fittings required to connect each component to the tubing. Each component will require two fittings: one for the tubing to allow the water to go in, and one for the tubing to allow the water to flow out of it. So basically, you're going to need two fittings per component.

Now, the kit will come with all the fittings required for the components and tubing that come with it, but if you want to add a GPU block to the loop you will require two fittings that match the size of the tubing that come with the kit. Just buy two fittings that are the same size as the ones that come with the kit. A bit of extra tubing will be required to connect the GPU block up with the rest of the kit.
So in this case, 7/16 x 5/8?
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