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I'm a watercooling noob thinking about watercooling my rig. I would like to know what would I need for a basic loop for my CPU and graphics card.

I am from Spain so parts that I could get internationally would be best.

Is my case watercooling friendly?

Would this be any good?

- EK Supreme LT Plexi/Nickel Universal
- EK-FC7970
- Backplate EK CPU Universal
- EK-CoolStream RAD XT (360)
- Yate Loon D12SH-12 (2200rpm)
- EK-DCP 2.2 (12V DC Pump) - 400 L/H
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- Masterkleer 12,7/9,5 Tubing
- EK-PSC Fitting 10mm - G1/4 Nickel
- Arctic Cooling MX-2 - 4gr
- EK-Ekoolant UV Blue
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Your case isn't exactly the prime choice for water cooling, but it seems somewhat workable. The description says that the top fan can be removed and a 240 radiator installed.

Besides the rad you chose being too big, everything else looks solid thumb.gif

A slight issue, 240 is probably a little less cooling capacity than what you would want for a 2600K + 7970 overclocked.
     
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Your case isn't exactly the prime choice for water cooling, but it seems somewhat workable. The description says that the top fan can be removed and a 240 radiator installed.
Besides the rad you chose being too big, everything else looks solid thumb.gif
A slight issue, 240 is probably a little less cooling capacity than what you would want for a 2600K + 7970 overclocked.

Ok, thanks a lot. If the 240 rad is not going to be the best choice I may not go for it. I wanted to push my 7970 to the limit...
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Ok, thanks a lot. If the 240 rad is not going to be the best choice I may not go for it. I wanted to push my 7970 to the limit...

Would you mind an external radiator? You could place a 240/360 off the back mounted to where the rear 120 is.

You could also cool just the 7970.

Or sell the case and buy a more cooling friendly case.
     
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what do you expect to get from watercooling?!
as far i can see you have a very good system.. wanna have a watercooling just to have one?! biggrin.gif

your case should be ok.. but i think there wont fit this 360 radiator if you plan to place it inside..
take another thermal paste due acmx2 is outdated.

about the radiator and pump. theres no need to ask.. just search for temperature benchmarks and decide by yourself what you
wannt to buy. one more thing.. i have coloured colant too.. i would not do this again, better buy uv active tubes with an uv light imo.

further look on some good watercooling builds here on ocn.
theese things you can do by yourself should answer most of your questions.

GL
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I see you changed the rad to a 360 good move to cool a cpu and a gpu both overclocked. My concern would be your case, you may need to attach the rad outside your case or mod the case. More investigation needed in fiting in your case thumb.gif

also if you havernt already have a look at this sticky, research is the key to watercooling
http://www.overclock.net/t/226970/updated-water-cooling-essential-threads
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what do you expect to get from watercooling?!
as far i can see you have a very good system.. wanna have a watercooling just to have one?! biggrin.gif
your case should be ok.. but i think there wont fit this 360 radiator if you plan to place it inside..
take another thermal paste due acmx2 is outdated.
about the radiator and pump. theres no need to ask.. just search for temperature benchmarks and decide by yourself what you
wannt to buy. one more thing.. i have coloured colant too.. i would not do this again, better buy uv active tubes with an uv light imo.
further look on some good watercooling builds here on ocn.
theese things you can do by yourself should answer most of your questions.
GL

Right know my 7970 is struggling a little bit with some games and I don't want to get a second one to cfx because in eyefinity there is really bad micro-stuttering... Was thinking that with WC I could improve my oc even more.
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheJesus View Post

Would you mind an external radiator? You could place a 240/360 off the back mounted to where the rear 120 is.
You could also cool just the 7970.
Or sell the case and buy a more cooling friendly case.

Could the weight from the rad be a problem backmounted with only 4 screws?

What cases do you guys recommend for WC?
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Right know my 7970 is struggling a little bit with some games and I don't want to get a second one to cfx because in eyefinity there is really bad micro-stuttering... Was thinking that with WC I could improve my oc even more.
What cases do you guys recommend for WC?

the thing is.. i think your gpu is slowing you down, not the cpu.. 5ghz wont make a big difference.

which games at which resolution? with texture mods?.. i rly think eyefinity is killin yo gpu and either 7990 or cfx is the way if you are that disappointed of its power :/


EDIT: WAIT.. i am not sure of this.. gotta do more investigation.. maybe the cpu slows you rly down but this relies to the app/game and its settings.. so more info would be usefull
Edited by smex - 2/26/12 at 3:07am
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