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Ok im going to be honest here i have no clue what im doing when it comes to Water Cooling. Never even thought of it. But now im making the jump late in the water cooling world. Im done with air. Even thow i can say that NZXT Havik 140 is a great Air cooler. But i want to push this New system but need a little bit of help.

Direct me to some useful links that i can read up on how to build a custom water loop?
What are the best part and companys to use for building?
Hold my hand and point a finger in the right direction.


Only fear i have is leaking water all over my new AMD Bulldozer Build.
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To be honest the only place you need to go is here. I was in the same boat 6 months ago and I know this may not seem like no help but, just read here. I picked out people with builds that looked interesting and I just read it. Read READ and read some more here and you will find everything you need fast. There are kits that can be used as a start for noobs as well but I wanted the good stuff so I just read.
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What helped me a lot was watching DazMode's Youtube videos Guide to Watercooling. That will get you started on the basics. From there I just started to read, and now I'm about to click the "finalize purchase" link. biggrin.gif
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DazMode's videos on filling the loop are nice. But yes, the only place you really need to go is here on OCN. This is where I learned 95% of my water cooling knowledge
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Some of the most simple things to remember is distilled water only, no dyes. Ptnuke or a silver kill coil for anti-microbial, and clean EVERYTHING with near boiling water to 1: clean them, lol, 2: Get loose junk out of parts. Rads CAN come with paint flakes somehow getting in the rad, reservoirs DO come with plastic flakes in the res, tube DOES come with plasticizer inside of it. CLEAN EVERYTHING, and don't touch copper with your oily fingers, you'll corrode it.
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post #6 of 21
Here is a helpful guide from NCIX:

Also as people have said, don't use dyes and the best coolant to use would be distilled water + PT NUKE or Silver (Killcoil) or a combination.
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post #7 of 21
yeah... basically...

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And you should be good. I learned it all here, just by reading other people's work logs and searching for terms when I needed to learn them.
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Also do not take any shortcuts. If while building your loop, you see that you are one clamp short or something, order another and wait. Always use clamps when using barbs no matter what your tubing diameter is

Some basic rules:
1. Don't use dyes. Go with distilled water and PT Nuke
2. Do not let the pump run dry, ever. Always have water in the inlet when you turn on the pump.
3. Leak test for the first time no matter how good you think you did. Even if you did a perfect job, you don't know if there are any manufacturer defects on the water cooling gear so always leak test for the first time.
4. Do not power your whole rig when filling the loop. Use the paper clip trick to power just your pump so that nothing burns.
5. Use clamps over all barbs
6. Minimize tubing length as much as possible. The shorter the tubing, the higher your flow will be
7. Flush all your new water cooling equipment (even if its new) and then rinse with distilled water
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post #9 of 21
water cool you will love it, just research ur options. cpu o cpu and gfx cards?
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For now just going to Water cool the CPU. Here is a pic of inside my case. I bought the NZXT Phantom. White w/ Red trim but have alot of room in there for a pump. Dpes anyone have the Phantom on water cooling
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