Originally Posted by bmaverick
In the past 3 years, WCing gear has taken a leap in higher costs. Or could I say, the buying power of a dollar has decreased that much already.
Check out the FS marketplace section for deals. Even eBay has WCing hardware. Just buy from good reliable sources with excellent feedback. Free shipping is great too! and so is eBay returns that have long times like 30 or more days after purchase.
You may pick up about half the gear at a great price and the remainder from retail. That should save about $200-$250 overall.
This is the way to do it for budget water cooling, IMO. Radiators, water blocks, and barbs are my top choices used, reservoirs aren't often a problem either, but I tend to prefer my pumps new so that I know I have the full lifetime on them. I was able to put together a 360rad, cpu, and dual gpu loop for just under $350, and had I purchased everything brand new, it easily would've been pushing $500 or more.
Originally Posted by wireeater
OK. So I think I want to go ahead and order parts to do this.
This list that Xaphan187 supplied, would this be everything needed to complete the build? What about fans for radiators or anything like that? And is there any way to trim the price down. It seems like the main killer are the 7970 water blocks. It is what it is if nothing can be trimmed.
There's not a lot to be trimmed there, to be honest. You could cut the SLI fitting set for the graphics card blocks, as your cards are far enough apart that you'll have no issues using barbs and tubing between them. You could probably scrap the 45 degree rotaries if you're willing to run your cards parallel with the in and out ports both on the top card. You can drop the Enzotech fittings in favor of something cheaper, like XSPC barbs
at almost half the price. If you're willing to run high-speed fans, a single Black Ice GTX 360
would handle that heat load, if you want low-to-medium-speed fans you can go for the EX-series of radiators, which perform quite well and will easily cool that while shaving off some cash: EX360 @ $60
, EX240 @ $50
. Those simple changes should drop ~$100 off the price, although he's planned on using small tubing on oversized barbs and I don't personally trust that. I'd pick up some 1/2" ID tubing as well, and spend the couple of extra dollars on barbs to be truly secure.