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post #1 of 20
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Hey all!
First post on OCN and I think its a good one. I'm looking to water cool my cpu and after looking at the essential guides I came up with what I think would be a good build

The CPU: Intel core i5 2500k 1155 chipset
The Case: NZXT Phantom

and for the good stuff the water cooling parts:


CPU Block
XSPC RayStorm
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/racpuwai.html
Reservoir
XSPC Dual 5.25’’ res for mcp355
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/xsacdu5refor1.html
or
XSPC Dual 5.25’’ res for mcp655
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/xsacdu5refor1.html
Pump
Mcp355
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/swiftechmcp355.html
or mcp655 w/ speed controller
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/swmc12vdcpu.html
Radiator
XSPC RX 240
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/xsrx2xrare2.html
Rad Fan
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/scgety120mmf.html
Hose Clamps
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/brmihocl7int1.html
Bitspower G1/4 Black 1/2inch tubing attachment
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/big14mabl1id.html
Hoses
PromoFlex Pro 3/8” tubing
http://www.koolertek.com/computer-parts/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=1321

Total: $371.56

So thats what I'm looking at getting, but I feel like this isnt exactly the "budget" setup. I'm hoping you guys could give me suggestions as to how I could save a bit more money while still having a good water cooling setup.
Thank you all for your help in advance

Jesse
post #2 of 20
rasa rx240 kit..ready to go..just add distilled water...includes fans and everything
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14182/ex-wat-181/XSPC_Rasa_750_RX240_Universal_CPU_Water_Cooling_Kit_w_RX240_Radiator_and_Free_Kill_Coil.html?tl=g30c321s1310

$170..oh and you can get a 5% discount code floating around here on OCN also wink.gif
Edited by mrinnocent - 2/16/12 at 8:28pm
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post #3 of 20
I would get some 38mm Yate loon instead. For the price, those gentle typhoon aren't worth it any more (in my humble opinion). I can buy gentle typhoon at 14$ but I would never buy them for 20+$. Hell, it would cost me more on fans than for a radiator (60+$ just for a 360 radiator!!)

I would definitively get some compression fittings. Costy investment but it is worth it in the long end. I have barbs and I need to cut the tubing to take apart the loop mad.gif I had to buy 3 boxes of tubing.

Also you picked 3/8 ID tubing with a 1/2 barb... I would just go for 1/2 ID 3/4 OD tubing.
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ya i thought 3/8 was too small. 3/4 is what i was thinking of smile.gif
post #5 of 20
If you can get a bigger radiator. I've seen some people modding their case to make it fit or just add a 120 radiator. I don't know how far you want to push the CPU but extra room is always a good thing!
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how big of a rad should i go for if not a 240?
post #7 of 20
Get the EX360 Radiator. And fit it in the top like all of us Phantom owner's thumb.gif And get quieter fans. Trust me lol. I bought those fans for a friends build and they are extremely loud.

Get Yate loons at 2000rpm.
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This could give you an idea:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/267379-29-2500k-extreme-overclocking-watercooled-help

It really depends what kind of radiator you pick and what you want as a fan. Lower speed fans are better with larger rad and high FPI (around 14-20).
High speed fans are better with lower FPI radiator and usually performs better with slim radiators (vs lower speed fans).

You can use this calculator http://extreme.outervision.com/tools.jsp to check how much watts the CPU will dump into the watter (at a given speed/voltage). I suggest you to play a bit with it, checking what is the desired speed & voltage limit you are ready to use.

Once you have this you can pick a radiator. You want it to be able to dissipate the amount of watts the CPU produce while maintaining a delta temperature (air vs water) of at least 10C (being correct) 5C (being good).
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post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by Just a nickname View Post

This could give you an idea:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/267379-29-2500k-extreme-overclocking-watercooled-help
It really depends what kind of radiator you pick and what you want as a fan. Lower speed fans are better with larger rad and high FPI (around 14-20).
High speed fans are better with lower FPI radiator and usually performs better with slim radiators (vs lower speed fans).

You can use this calculator http://extreme.outervision.com/tools.jsp to check how much watts the CPU will dump into the watter (at a given speed/voltage). I suggest you to play a bit with it, checking what is the desired speed & voltage limit you are ready to use.
Once you have this you can pick a radiator. You want it to be able to dissipate the amount of watts the CPU produce while maintaining a delta temperature (air vs water) of at least 10C (being correct) 5C (being good).

I think you have that backwards. You want high speed fans for high FPI (fins per inch) because the fins are so close together you need a higher speed fan to have more static pressure to push air through it. thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by AMC View Post

Get the EX360 Radiator. And fit it in the top like all of us Phantom owner's thumb.gif And get quieter fans. Trust me lol. I bought those fans for a friends build and they are extremely loud.
Get Yate loons at 2000rpm.

Oh damn I just saw he picked 4500 RPM GT ph34r2.gif
I would really stay with fans under 1850 RPM... 2000 RPM being the max! You don't need hair driers to cool your system lol
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