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So here is what I have



~XSPC Rasa CPU block (with 1115,1156,1336, AMD mounting)
~XSPC Acrylic Reservoir
~I&H Killcoil
~Swiftech MCP350 pump (Nicely sleeved)
~Swiftech MCP35x-HS heat sink
~MCR-320QP Radiator (w/ 3 x Noctua S12B FLX Fans )
~10 feet of Primochill white CRT tubing
~Absolutely all the fittings, clamps and barbs needed (Phobya, Bitspower, etc#)

I'm also planning to grab
Swiftech MCW82 VGA Liquid Cooling Block - Black (NVIDIA GeForce / ATI Radeon)
Arctic Cooling VR004 Accelero Xtreme PLUS Mounting Kit - nVIDIA GeForce GTX 480

to cool my GPU. Now I've never done water before, is what I have enough to cool both and OC both. I'd like to keep my i5 @ 5ghz @ 1.42 V constantly instead of for benchmarking only, and to OC the 480 a tad. Do I need two seprate loops but share the same rad and resovior. I'm tight on cash ATM so I can afford to get that stuff for my GPU, but not much more than a Y spliter or two more. Is my idea any good, or will i blow both up from overheating
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and what do i need to know to fit a 360rag in a spot for 2x120mm fans lol and how do i secure the resovior inside the case. Should i get just distilled water or buy a coolant product thats non conductive
post #3 of 13
The list of components you mentioned are a great start and would cool that setup well. For the flow, don't worry about multiple loops, just run everything in serial (Res > Pump > CPU/GPU/Rad > Res). The CPU/GPU/Rad part is really up to you. The order makes no difference, just tube the most efficient route that lets you use the least amount of tubing.

For the radiator location, you can mount a 360 rad in a 240 location, as long as there is enough room for it to physically fit. You can run it with two or four fans in push/pull, but you would be much better off modifying the case for a third hole, or mounting it on the back or top of the case with stands.

For the coolant, distilled water is actually non-conductive. The same goes for aftermarket "coolant" however. As both circulate, they will pick up microscopic debris and become conductive over time. For your first build, stick with Distilled and after that switch to a colored coolant if you want the "pretty" look in your reservoir. Since you have white tubing, that's the only place you would actually see the coolant color.
 
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The list of components you mentioned are a great start and would cool that setup well. For the flow, don't worry about multiple loops, just run everything in serial (Res > Pump > CPU/GPU/Rad > Res). The CPU/GPU/Rad part is really up to you. The order makes no difference, just tube the most efficient route that lets you use the least amount of tubing.
For the radiator location, you can mount a 360 rad in a 240 location, as long as there is enough room for it to physically fit. You can run it with two or four fans in push/pull, but you would be much better off modifying the case for a third hole, or mounting it on the back or top of the case with stands.
For the coolant, distilled water is actually non-conductive. The same goes for aftermarket "coolant" however. As both circulate, they will pick up microscopic debris and become conductive over time. For your first build, stick with Distilled and after that switch to a colored coolant if you want the "pretty" look in your reservoir. Since you have white tubing, that's the only place you would actually see the coolant color.

alright will i can modifiy my case by the hard drive cage to mout the rad internally with a dremal but I can also leave it un modded and do push, 3 pull with ease and not have to go buy or borrow a dremel tool lol.
post #5 of 13
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How good is AS5 these days, i still have a tube of it, is it still one of the best, and does it play well with water
post #6 of 13
AS5 is pretty average anymore, and not a paste I'd use. It's conductive, so any excess TIM can cause you problems. There are tons of modern TIMs that perform as well or better, lack a cure time, and are nonconductive, I'd go ahead and snag something new. I like Arctic Cooling's MX-2, it's cheap, nonconductive, easy to work with, and very capable cooling.
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post #7 of 13
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but i have 3 full 12g tubes of AS5 frown.gif
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Well, average in the TIM field, is like average in water blocks. The main competitors are within a degree or so of each other. Really not much to worry about.
 
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Yeah, AS5 isn't BAD paste by any stretch, if you have a ton of it I suppose you might as well use it on something... tongue.gif Just be careful to not over-apply it, since it's conductive if you make a mess you can damage a card. It'll take some burn-in time to have best performance, but if you've been using AS5 for other things, you're used to that.
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post #10 of 13
If I were you, I would check out the XSPC Raystorm Dazmode kit. It's a great start off point that will be more than able to run the gpu loop with additional blocks tubing.
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