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help me spec some gear for my first loop? and advice!

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Hey!

I'm planning on doing my first loop because I'm sick of noise while gaming. I want really silent/passive. only problem, I've no idea where to begin. for a start, I'm in Ireland, and parts are damn expensive over here. I've a friend in Atlanta that's coming home in a month, and I figured I could piggy back on them to get me stuff in the states for what I imagine to be, much cheaper?

what websites do ye advise me to look at? I see 'frozencpu' was mentioned in another thread, so will check them out. any other places worth looking at?

onto my hardware:
i5 2500K
Asrock z68 extreme4 gen3
8gb g.skill ripjawX
HD6990
Corsair graphite 600T (black)
Antech true power quattro 1200W
Samsung spinpoint f3 1Tb
Samsung 830 128Gb SSD


I've been told I need at least 480mm Rad to keep everything nice and cool. problem is, the 600T is a bit of a pig to fit that stuff into, so I've been considering getting a phobya Nova 1080 to house externally? it should leave enough headroom for a second 6990 down the line, and should run passive under my current setup?

I don't know anything else about water, so I was hoping ye gentlemen could put together a basket type thing for me with all the fittings/pumps I need?

want to keep the budget low as possible (I'd be chuffed if it could be done for $350? is that even possible? )

I'd also like a back plate for the GPU.

really, really appreciate any advice, help or comments. sorry about the wall of text!
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I am running this kit (click) My main concern was noise. The xfire 6950's would ramp up pretty high while gaming. Drove me nuts.

I'm running a fairly aggressive OC on my cpu and a slight OC on both of my 6950's. The loop hits my CPU and both gpu's. After 8 hour gaming sessions the max temps I've seen are 50c on the CPU and 41 on the GPU's. I am only running 3 120x25mm fans in a pull configuration on the supplied rad. (the fans in the kit where out of stock when I bought the kit. I am using NB Silents)

As far as sound goes... it's almost impossible to explain how happy I am with it.

The kit has everything you need except the distilled water, gpu block, and two fittings for the gpu block. Just dig up the part number and pick up two more of what the kit has and you will be fine. (this assuming all you are looking to put in the loop is the cpu/gpu)
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thanks, that's certainly a start. I should have mentioned in my post that ive got a 4.8Ghz OC on the CPU, and plan to get a bit extra out the 6990. its too hot now for me to try, but people seem to get a comfortable 930Mhz out of it under water.

what's the difference between distilled and deionized water as far as coolant goes?


that kit looks the business! unfortunately, the rad is so thick, it'll never fit into my case frown.gif

any other websites I should look at?
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