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Hey ocn. I'm planning on my first water cooling setup and after months of reading about it , i think i have a pretty good idea of how it all works and what not. I just want to make sure that I have all the right parts and a couple of questions to make sure i know what im doing.

Here is my list of parts that i want to order:


Note: I also have included a reservoir but it wasn't in stock so I couldn't add it.

My parts that I have are:
-Intel core i7 960 LGA 1366
-EVGA GTX 560 ti superclock (Found out that waterblock is compatible w/ card)
-CM HAF 932 Case

The questions I want to clarify are:
1. I want to use compression fittings on both blocks and radiator. I've been confused on what size it has to be. Is it 1/2" if I want to use 1/2'' tubing? (Also, what outer/inner diameter for tube and fittings?)

2. Will the 2x120mm radiator be enough or should I just get a 3x120mm rad?

Thanks, I probably should have done some more reading about the fittings but it kinda confuses me and my laziness also got a better part of me haha.
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post #2 of 13
Compression fittings will state the ID and OD - you'll want tubing with the same specs.

Regarding tubing size, I love 3/8" x 1/2". A lot of people use 1/2" x 3/4", but it can be frustrating to work with.
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1. I want to use compression fittings on both blocks and radiator. I've been confused on what size it has to be. Is it 1/2" if I want to use 1/2'' tubing? (Also, what outer/inner diameter for tube and fittings?)
With compression fittings you need to match the ID and OD of the tube to the fitting. For example if you wanted to use 1/2" x 3/4" tubing you would need 1/2" x 3/4" fittings.

Almost all fittings have a G1/4 thread on them so they are universal, you can choose what size tube and fittings you want. The only thing to be aware of is tht some CPU blocks don't have enough space between the ports for 3/4" OD fittings. I believe the Supreme HF Rev. 2 (the one you chose) is OK, but it is worth checking that.

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2. Will the 2x120mm radiator be enough or should I just get a 3x120mm rad?
240m of rad will be "enough" to cool it, but you will not be getting great temps. I used to run 240mm of rad with my i7 860 and 5850 and it worked, just not great; folding got rather toasty (CPU @ ~80°C). If you are running high speed fans then you can get away with it, otherwise I would go bigger. Plus the MCR320 is not that much more than the MCR220.
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With compression fittings you need to match the ID and OD of the tube to the fitting. For example if you wanted to use 1/2" x 3/4" tubing you would need 1/2" x 3/4" fittings.
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Compression fittings will state the ID and OD - you'll want tubing with the same specs.
I want to try to run 1/2" x 3/4" because i like that bulky look to it. And hopefully I won't have to much of a problem with it.

I will probably change that radiator to a 3x120mm as you stated John.

But everything else looks good right?
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yes its good, u can get an universal gpu block, its cheaper, and if u upgrade grphics u dont have to sell ur gpu block to, wich can be very difficult,
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Couple of things to note:

1. You have included barb fittings with your components which you will be replacing with compressions. Remove or change them.

2. The 655 pump comes with 1/2" barbs mouded into the top. Depending on what res you are running you might want to include some clamps (matching the OD of your tube) to use on the pump. If your res is one that you mount the pump in then forget this.

3. You will need 2 extra fittings for your res, regardless of if you mount the pump in it or not, for a total of 8 fittings (CPU block - 2, Rad - 2, Res - 2, GPU block - 2)

4. Supposedly the EN nickel is fine, but as you are getting the acetal version consider getting copper if it is any cheaper, you will only be able to see a little bit of it and the performance is the same (assuming the nickel stays attached to the copper!).

5. Some form of biocide, either a silver killcoil, PT Nuke or similar, is needed. For coolant use distilled water from a grocery store.

6. Tubing! Don't forget it
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Personally, I would use a 320 series radiator. It will give you better temps, and that one of the major reasons for doing water cooling is better temps.

Second, I would think about going with a Black Ice radiator. While the mcr are nice, the black ice series is better. And can be used with good fans and give you better temps. Again, water cooling = better temps. (unless its your budget thats holding you back, then go with the mcr.

Third, I use 1/2 x 3/4. I really like it, and works really well with my compression fittings. Easy on and easy off for cleaning. I only change the tubing when I want a different look, not because I have to cut the tubing off of the fittings like other people do.

Forth, Nice build so far. Dont forget to take lots of pictures.
post #8 of 13
A few suggestions,

You may want to look at the XSPC Raystorm block, it performs well and looks pretty with pretty lights, lights make computers go faster

Definitely want to get a 320 rad, the 240 will be just enough with no room to expand, and you will expand since WC is an addiction. If width and money is a concern the Swiftech 320 is the tried and true radiator, although XSPC just released the EX series which looks to perform well but no concrete testing has been done. If width is not a concern the XSPC RX series, or Black Ice radiators may be a better choice.

For compression my personal preference is 1/2ID 3/4OD, but I like the look of black matte non 1/2 compressions with 7/16ID tubing.

Also you need a Reservoir or a T-Line, so you have a way to fill the loop and drain it.

EDIT: As for loop order, it doesn't really matter as long as the Res or T-line is before the pump, all the.
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I have a reservoir that I want to get but it was out of stock so I didn't add it in the cart. The reservoir i will place above the pump.

My order of parts flowing that I wanted and think will work is (from bottom of case):

pump > gpu block > radiator > cpu block > reservoir > and back to pump.

Am I correct?
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