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With no experience whatsoever with watercooling, i decided to make my first loop because i found some deals in microcenter's clearance bin. Temps don't seem terrible so i'm thinking i didn't do too badly, looking for some critiques to make things a bit better. I'd also be curious to know if the wc components were decent deals, i was surprised to see blocks for 50%+ off.

i7 970 with danger den mc-tdx block ($31)
msi x58 pro with swiftech mcw30 on nb ($13)
5870 with swiftech komodo full cover block ($47)
pump from swiftech apogee drive 350(laing ddc 3.1) modded to 18w ($21) and xspc dual bay res top ($35)
mcr120 ($30) and black ice pro 2 240mm ($35) with sunon kde1212pmb1-6a fans pulling through shelled 120mms

loop is set up with distilled water only as
pump/res -> cpu -> 120 rad -> gpu -> chipset -> 240 rad ->top of res

it made sense in my head to split the two hottest components with radiators, and it seems to have worked with my 5870 idling at 13 (my basement is chilly) and my 970 idling all cores between 23 and 30. load temps with furmark hit 25 and prime95 hit 50 or so, stock with fans on a controller as low as possible because they're incredibly loud when they're pushing the 100 or so cfm they're supposed to.


TL;DR
Quick questions, is a kill coil necessary/advisable/worth $10, and is a laing ddc3.1 modded to 18w enough for a loop with cpu, gpu, chipset and 2 radiators?
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Originally Posted by palmmann View Post

Quick questions, is a kill coil necessary/advisable/worth $10, and is a laing ddc3.1 modded to 18w enough for a loop with cpu, gpu, chipset and 2 radiators?

I can't say much about the rest of your questions but get a silver necklace you don't like and stick it in the res. By doing this you will save $10.
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i assume a silver dime would work? i have a few lying around
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i assume a silver dime would work? i have a few lying around

Also wondering this..
    
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sounds like you did pretty good thumb.gif
yes your modded pump is fine
you could try your fans in a push config to see if that brings temps down
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Putting rads between component as no effect on the cooling performance.

Silver is necessary with distilled water, or get PT nuke, I prefer silver
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post #7 of 13
Yeah the silver killcoil is super easy and a place and forget system. I bought mine for $8 from performance-pcs and it does its job well. I don't know about the silver dime because if it has any other metals (alloy) it would corrode the blocks possibly.

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One 18w ddc is enough for your loop flow rate is overrated you only start to run into issues when your blocks are close to being starved of water or flow is at a snail's pace but a gpu + cpu + chipset wouldn't be enough to do that, you can go with a silver dime if you know it has a high purity but remember to clean it off before you put it in your loop..
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You can probably go online to check the silver content of your dime. If it's not nearly pure silver, don't use it. It's most likely not though. Most coins are nowhere near pure of any metal unless it's a very expensive collector's item.
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Silver dimes are composed of the following: 90% Silver and 10% copper.
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