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Hey OCN,

I think it is finally time for me to switch over to water cooling. I have been waiting for quite some time to do this, but I think my sig rig deserves it.

So, I need some help in compiling a list together of water cooling components. I think I wanted to first start with water cooling on the CPU and then my GPU. I'm not quite sure on the budget, because this is my first water cooling build ever. But I guess I'll throw a number out there for some sort of starting point: $500. Would this be enough for a pretty awesome setup? Or is that mid-spectrum?

I guess when I want to migrate over to GPU water cooling, is it possible to convert my 580/470's with water blocks that I can buy?

Thanks again OCN!
 
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500$ is a good start point but not enough to do the cpu and 2x gpus. Custom loop would be your best bet.

CPU block 60-100$
GPU Block full cover 100+
Tubing about 20$
Compression Fittings 5-15$ /ea (depending on how Fancy you want to get)
Radiators 50-100$ (depending on Size and thickness)
Pump(s) 70-80$ /ea
Res - Varies depends on your style I recommend a Dual bay res/pump combo

What Case do you have, and did you want to cool everything first or start with a cpu loop.

I started with the EK kit all in one and changed out the tubing and compession fittings . Then I ended up changing to a Bay/Res/Pump combo, but the kits are a good place to start if it is your first time.

Just a fair warning and anyone on here can contest to it... This becomes a addicting hobby, and costly.
post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by Slygamer View Post

Hey OCN,
I think it is finally time for me to switch over to water cooling. I have been waiting for quite some time to do this, but I think my sig rig deserves it.
So, I need some help in compiling a list together of water cooling components. I think I wanted to first start with water cooling on the CPU and then my GPU. I'm not quite sure on the budget, because this is my first water cooling build ever. But I guess I'll throw a number out there for some sort of starting point: $500. Would this be enough for a pretty awesome setup? Or is that mid-spectrum?
I guess when I want to migrate over to GPU water cooling, is it possible to convert my 580/470's with water blocks that I can buy?
Thanks again OCN!

Water blocks are not usually interchangeable, so to answer your question no. You would need to buy new waterblocks.

After re-reading your post i would suggest starting with just a CPU loop, and Like a I said in the previous post I would get a kit to start with 230$ for a 240mm Rad and a little more for a 360. The 360 should fit in the top of your Hafx. The 240 is more then enough to cool just your cpu.
post #4 of 16
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The kit you recommended and these parts, are they something that I could buy on newegg? Or are these parts I need to get from various sites?

Starting with the CPU is fine, that is really all I wanted for now.


EDIT:: Also, what specific parts do you recommend I get?
 
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The kit you recommended and these parts, are they something that I could buy on newegg? Or are these parts I need to get from various sites?
Starting with the CPU is fine, that is really all I wanted for now.
EDIT:: Also, what specific parts do you recommend I get?

Frozencpu, PerformancePC's, Aquatuning, Sidewinders, Jab-tech, Dazmode are some places to get stuff depending on where you live.
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I am a fan of the EK and Koolance Products with Bitspower compression.

www.performance-pcs.com
or
www.frozencpu.com


Koolance Dual Bay Res with 655 Pump (450PMP) Rev. 2.0 (about 170$ with pump)
EK 240 or 360 Rad the Xt or XTX both are pretty thick (about 50-100$)
Bitspower 3/8ID 5/8ODCompression fittings
Tygon or primochil tubing 3/8ID 5/8OD
Ek HF supreme water block (get copper not Nickle I personally have had corrosion issues with it)

But first and foremost before you buy anything, I would suggest spending about 2 weeks on this section and asking questions and reading up on it as much as your can.

Also there are a couple of good you tube videos out there


P.S. the kit I was referring to was the EK 240 or 360 kit.

Comes with everything you need for a cpu loop to start you off.
post #7 of 16
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Ok so I started looking into parts on frozenCPU while looking at the various guides here on OCN. What I really want is a setup that can be semi-permanent. By that I mean, I want a really beast setup, so I don't have to constantly upgrade it and also so that I can just stick with it for a while. This also means that if I have to bump my budget up, I think im all for it.

I have picked a few parts out and will link them here, let me know if I am missing something or if some of the parts are wrong. Other than this I have a couple of questions ::

1) I was talking with Lt.JD from here and he told me that I also had to get clamps. But I couldn't find the metal clamps that do not have a size associated with them, only the clamps with specific OD sizes. So if anyone could give me a link with the secure metal clamps that would be good. (JD can possibly elaborate more here)

2) I saw in the guide that using dye is a bad idea, so I tried to find colored tubing. However, the only colored tubing available on frozenCPU is the primochill / tygon UV tubing. I can stick with white / black tubing, but would like the setup to all match in terms of color so it doesn't look mismatching and wierd.

Here are the products I have selected so far :

EK Supreme HF

PrimoChill Tubing

3/8" Barb

3/8" x 5/8" Compression Fitting

T-Virus Reservoir

MCP35X Pump

EK 360 XT Rad

EDIT: Messed up links in previous post, fixed
Edited by Slygamer - 2/20/12 at 12:34pm
 
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post #8 of 16
You don't need special clamps, you can use plastic zip ties. One step up would be hose clamps from your local hardware store. Or, if you want to spring for the bling, use these.
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post #9 of 16
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Oh ok, meh I think I will buy the clamps. I'm only going to need the two on the tubing going into the CPU waterblock? Or they need to be on every connection to each component?

Other than the clamps, were the parts I picked good and am I missing anything? Also, I'm trying to find the correct color tubing, and not the UV tubing.
 
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post #10 of 16
If you order from FrozenCPU use the code "xtreme" to get 5.1% off your order (and if that doesn't work) use "pcapex" 5% off (think it's pcapex)

Get a silver kill coil so you don't have to worry about anything growing in your loop.

As for clamps just use worm clamps like on car hoses, dirt cheap.

Consider this rad from XSPC, http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14328/ex-rad-316/XSPC_EX360_Triple_120mm_Low_Profile_Split_Fin_Radiator.html
and also check this 360 rad roundup by one of our members here on OCN, it may or may not change your choice on a rad.


First of all how many barbs are you considering buying (x amount of barbs=x amount of clamps needed), if you use all compression fittings you wont need clamps.
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