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Hey guys I am new to water cooling but thinking about water cooling my rig. Is there a beginners guide here? With the components in my signature what all would I need for my rig? I am thinking about upgrading to a larger case (any suggestions?) and also going to be buying a new better video card and possibly two of them.
What all do I need and what is the best place online to buy the parts? Do you use fans with a water cooling setup as well? Also is it possible to have everything inside the case?
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Here you go:http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/a-beginners-guide-for-watercooling-your-pc,1573.html

And this is a good place to buy water cooling stuff:http://www.frozencpu.com/

And these are very good starter kits:http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l3/g30/c321/s1310/list/p1/Liquid_Cooling-Water_Cooling_Kits_-_Brands-XSPC_Water_Cooling_Kits-Page1.html
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+1 for the XSPC kits thumb.gif

If you decide to go with a custom loop though check out Performancepcs, Sidewinders, and Xoxide for price comparison.

You might be able to stick a 120mm radiator on the exhaust fan in P/P (Push/Pull) Yes radiators still use fans but they dont have to be high RPM ones. I would recommend Scythe Gentle Typhoons or Scythe Kaze Slipstreams for fans. The GTs will be better but are harder to find. If you want to run your CPU+GPU in the same loop you will need atleast an RX240 radiator or you run the risk of overheating.
     
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+1 for the XSPC kits thumb.gif
If you decide to go with a custom loop though check out Performancepcs, Sidewinders, and Xoxide for price comparison.
You might be able to stick a 120mm radiator on the exhaust fan in P/P (Push/Pull) Yes radiators still use fans but they dont have to be high RPM ones. I would recommend Scythe Gentle Typhoons or Scythe Kaze Slipstreams for fans. The GTs will be better but are harder to find. If you want to run your CPU+GPU in the same loop you will need atleast an RX240 radiator or you run the risk of overheating.

is it better to run the cpu and gpu in the same loop? With the kits are they upgradable? And would it be better to start with that or just buy the seperate parts?
"You might be able to stick a 120mm radiator on the exhaust fan in P/P " was this referring to the case I already have?

Also what all is water cooled mostly... just the cpu and gpu or?

I;ll read the beginner guide now too haha
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Originally Posted by jakemfbacon View Post

is it better to run the cpu and gpu in the same loop? With the kits are they upgradable? And would it be better to start with that or just buy the seperate parts?
"You might be able to stick a 120mm radiator on the exhaust fan in P/P " was this referring to the case I already have?
Also what all is water cooled mostly... just the cpu and gpu or?
I;ll read the beginner guide now too haha

It wouldn't be better ,but it'll save you some money by not doing separate loops. I have both my cpu and gpu in the same loop And the kits you can add on parts and swap around if you like. I would suggest trying to buy off of OCN's for sale forums for used parts, as you can get a bargain and probably better watercooling setup for cheaper.
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Originally Posted by bigkahuna360 View Post

+1 for the XSPC kits thumb.gif
If you decide to go with a custom loop though check out Performancepcs, Sidewinders, and Xoxide for price comparison.
You might be able to stick a 120mm radiator on the exhaust fan in P/P (Push/Pull) Yes radiators still use fans but they dont have to be high RPM ones. I would recommend Scythe Gentle Typhoons or Scythe Kaze Slipstreams for fans. The GTs will be better but are harder to find. If you want to run your CPU+GPU in the same loop you will need atleast an RX240 radiator or you run the risk of overheating.

is it better to run the cpu and gpu in the same loop? With the kits are they upgradable? And would it be better to start with that or just buy the seperate parts?
"You might be able to stick a 120mm radiator on the exhaust fan in P/P " was this referring to the case I already have?

Also what all is water cooled mostly... just the cpu and gpu or?

I;ll read the beginner guide now too haha

Single loop or dual loop is completely your own opinion. Kits are upgradeable to anything you buy. Just be careful and double check your case can support it. It is probably better to start with an XSPC kit. Theyre fairly easy to setup but come with no instructions. Yes I was. For us 1366 users yes and if you want to cool your RAM and mobo too.
     
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The kits are decent. Dazmode has some better XSPC ones that offer more room for expansion (better pump). I JUST built a WC loop, and I gotta say, while expensive (almost $700 for all the parts), it was fun (and extremely frustrating) to put together. My CPU load temps are high 40s (@4.8GHz), and my GPU doesn't exceed 40*C. I say build a custom loop, as then you can choose all the parts you want rather than making compromises from the kits (assuming there is a part you don't want or there is a part you'd rather have instead). If you're going to spend the money, might as well get exactly what you want.
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