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Hey guys, I've been doing a bunch of research on water cooling and finally decided that I want to water cool my PC. I plan on doing as much overclocking as possible on both the CPU and GPU, hence the need for a WC setup. I've written up a water cooling layout and I wanted some more experienced users to take a quick look and see if I'm good to go.

Here's my PC build

Case: NZXT. Switch 810
PSU:Corsair HX850W
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3
CPU: Core i5 2500k
RAM: G. Skillz Ripjaws 16GB (4x4GB) 1600 MHz CAS 9
GPU: XFX Radeon 7970 reference
SSD: Mushkin Chronos 240GB
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200 RPM
ODD: Samsung CD/DVD writer


Here's my proposed WC setup (<$500)

CPU Block: XSPC Raystorm
GPU Block: EK-FC7970 for AMD Reference Design Radeon HD 7970 - EN (Nickel)
Radiator: 1x Black Ice GTX 360
Radiator Fans: 3x Scythe Gentle Typhoon AB-15 120mm 1850rpm
Radiator Location: Top-mounted
Radiator Fan Direction: Pull configuration
Reservoir: XSPC Single 5.25in Bay Reservoir
Tubing & Size: 1/2" ID
Barb/Fitting Size: 8x 1/2" barbs
Pump: Swiftech MCP-655-B
Loop: Res->Pump->GPU->CPU->Rad->Res

Thanks a lot for your help!
post #2 of 14
I will let someone else answer the bottom part about the wc parts. For the top part, everything looks good except for the ram. Are you going to use all that ram? If gaming, surfing the web and some encoding is all you do then 8 GB will do the same job.
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post #3 of 14
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I already bought the top part. I got a good deal on that ram, was only $70.
post #4 of 14
looks good to me. Nice deal on the ram btw biggrin.gif
post #5 of 14
I am not to good with the wc stuff but I will tell you that the Scythe Gentle Typhoon AB-15's you got there are some of the best for radiators.
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post #6 of 14
Your watercooling gear looks good. The only change I would make would be to have the loop go pump> rad>cpu>gpu>res> pump.
However, the opposite direction will work fine as well. The MCP655 is an excellent pump - have one myself. Same withthe GT-15's.
I had a Black Ice 360 rad, but can't recall if it was the GTX or the GTS.
Check out the pics on my profile - you'll see how I have a t joint in front of the pump - allows for a drain fitting at the lowest point in the system.
it is a DangerDen fill port upside down. Really nice when you need to clean the system or change a part.

Enjoy!
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post #7 of 14
The GT-15's aren't silent - just so you know. Not obnoxious or anything. They really do have a different tone than regular fans.
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850 Pro SSD, 2 Cav Blacks Asus HWLabs 280mm SR-1 and GTX120 mm radiators EK GPU waterblock and backplate 
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EK Supremacy EVO cpu block W7 64 Pro Dell U3011  Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 
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post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by Fan o' water View Post

The GT-15's aren't silent - just so you know. Not obnoxious or anything. They really do have a different tone than regular fans.
But then again, his rad has pretty high FPI count so he'll need high(ish) speed fans to get the most out of it.

OP, you do know about FPI and fanspeeds, right?
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Fan o' water View Post

The GT-15's aren't silent - just so you know. Not obnoxious or anything. They really do have a different tone than regular fans.

In a pleasant way I hope? smile.gif I was hoping to build a silent system but effective system but I haven't heard any bad things about those fans. Anyways, thanks a lot for the reassurance guys. I'll place the orders tonight and once parts arrive I'll begin a build log for it. Also, the fill port idea is great. I plan on keeping my system well maintained.
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Yes, FPI = density of the radiator fins. I read somewhere that I needed at least 1500 rpm for higher density FPIs.
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