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Okay, so with taxes coming soon I am thinking of turning my current rig (sig rig) consiting of:
Intel i5-2500k oc'd to 4.8ghz, 1.4 vcore
HAF 912
EVGA GTX 560 TI (will be upgrading to GTX 680/690 (possibly Hydro Copper 680/690) when they drop)
Ultra 750W PSU (soon to be Seasonic Plat 1000W)
Corsair XMS3 8GB 4GBx2
Crucial M4 128GB
Into a water cooled overclocking BEAST.

Starting looking into water cooling more in the last few days and had a few questions come to mind:

What exactly is there to do in terms of maitenance once a build is complete?

Do I need a different case to be able to water cool effectively?

Is the EVGA Hydro Copper series good or should I just buy a stock card and put an aftermarket block on it?

What all exactly is needed aside from a waterblock on CPU and GPU?

Are there any parts I should keep an eye on specificly that are best price/performance?


Edit: Currently looking into an EK cpu block (not sure which one tbh, still fairly lost)
Edited by Twitt - 2/4/12 at 9:35pm
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I honestly would love to answer many of those questions but I don't see the point in trying to say something better when someone else has already said it best.

Water Cooling Essentials Threads

I'm willing to bet most if not all of those questions are answered in any number of those threads.

A quick answer:

1) Not much, every couple of months to a few times a year you're going to want to flush the loop water and make sure blocks are algae/gunk free. If using proper set up techniques this becomes less of a worry.

2) With a 912 you don't have many options for radiator mounting, it seems that the most obvious is a 240mm radiator up top, but that isn't much radiator space for a full(GPU/CPU) loop. It seems for water, Bigger is Better, but there have been some effective WC builds in smaller cases than this that I've seen. But heavy modding is required.

3)Those blocks are going to perform on par with many other third party blocks. Plus they come with warranty. The price is higher yes, but peace of mind and similar-same performance is pretty sweet too. If you can afford, I don't see why not.

4) Tubing, Fittings, Radiators, Reservoir, Pump, and Fans. In depth in the sticky i posted.

5)Used water cooling parts around here are a great bet for finding good water cooling deals on the cheap. Go head to the classifieds and see if you can't pick yourself up some pieces.

6) As far as choosing which block based on performance, disregard it. All of the more recent blocks are going to perform very closely to one another, a few degrees here or there will not break your system or make it perform poorly. Buy the one that looks really good to you or meets a great price in your eyes.

Thanks and Good Luck.
My SB Build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2500k Asus P8P67 GTX 470 4GB Gksill 1600mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Kingston SSDNow 1TB Samsung F3 Asus DVD Rom Heatkiller 3.0 CPU WaterBlock 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
EK GTX 470 Waterblock XSPC RX 360 Radiator Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Acer 23" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Steelseries Shift Ultra x3 1000w HAF 932 Modded('UHAF') Razer Deathadder 
Mouse Pad
Razer ExactMat X 
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My SB Build
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2500k Asus P8P67 GTX 470 4GB Gksill 1600mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Kingston SSDNow 1TB Samsung F3 Asus DVD Rom Heatkiller 3.0 CPU WaterBlock 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
EK GTX 470 Waterblock XSPC RX 360 Radiator Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Acer 23" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Steelseries Shift Ultra x3 1000w HAF 932 Modded('UHAF') Razer Deathadder 
Mouse Pad
Razer ExactMat X 
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