Quote:I'm expecting the loop (pump/tubing/blocks/fans) to be around $1,000. The case/mobo/gpu/ram/ps/ssd will be around $2,500 (2x high end gpu, ivy bridge processor, 500gb of ssd's).
1. Most importantly what is your Budget?
Quote:I have not picked a case out yet, but my #1 criteria is noise. I'd like to have as much radiator as possible with low noise fans (under 1,000rpm). I'm having a hard time identifying wide-fin radiators (which i assume would be better for lower airflow?). I don't care about the case looking nice and am open to external radiators (open-air slipstreams are quiet enough). I don't like the idea of a filing-cabinet sized 50 pound monster.
2. What case are you using.
Quote:I'd like to purchase the cooling equipment in march so I can test it out, then get all computer hardware whenever ivy bridge processors are released. I'd like to watercool 2x high-end gpus crossfire, processor, and possibly ram/northbridge since ambient room temperature will sometimes be higher than ideal.
3. What are you trying to cool and what hardware are you working with?
Quote:Processor at 5ghz, ram with medium overclock, gpu's with slight overclock or at stock.
4. Are you water-cooling to overclock or to run a stock?
Quote:I have been reading these boards and watching youtube videos for a couple months, but have never built a loop. I would like to get as easy to assemble fittings/tubes/blocks as possible, even if that means overpaying.
5. What is your Water-cooling knowledge?
Quote:I'm open to a kit, but think a custom loop would be better given that I want radiators that work with low airflow.
6. Are you looking for a custom loop, kit or a all in one water cooling system like what corsair and antec supply.
I don't know anything about watercooling ram/northbridge, is that even common? I don't have mobo or ram picked out yet. I'd like to pick both of these out based on what has the easiest aftermarket cooling available.
I'm likely going to house the pump(s) in a noise proof box. Are there heat considerations for the pump when doing that, or are most pumps submerged? I will likely custom build the box since I have not seen aftermarket options. This machine will be used for games and will be set up in dual mirrored monitor mode. The second mirrored monitor signal will go to a second computer that will be streaming on Twitch (the second computer uses an independent ISP).
Anyone have a suggestion for pump, radiator, case, and gpu/blocks? GPU I'm leaning towards GTX 590/580/560 or 6990/7970/6870x2/5870x2 but it mostly depends on an efficient and easy to install water block (suggestions?) I'd sort of like to go for whatever the most common high-end hardware is just so I'll be able to ask questions and look up examples.
Edited by avaya - 2/23/12 at 2:15pm