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so i've been lurking this board for a few weeks now and even made a single topic and been contemplating doing a loop of my own.

but i have 2 questions.

can you use liquid other then distilled water? i know some liquids can operate at below room temp.

and how much does this TRUELY cost to get a decent loop

i have 2x asus gtx 560ti and an i7 2700k that i would want in the loop and im sure there is other attachments for chipset and other parts im very ignorant to it all.
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so i've been lurking this board for a few weeks now and even made a single topic and been contemplating doing a loop of my own.

but i have 2 questions.

can you use liquid other then distilled water? i know some liquids can operate at below room temp.

and how much does this TRUELY cost to get a decent loop

i have 2x asus gtx 560ti and an i7 2700k that i would want in the loop and im sure there is other attachments for chipset and other parts im very ignorant to it all.

Research only no personal experience:

You can use a different liquid but there's a 1000 reasons not to.

My GUESS is it'd cost about 200 bucks to get all that under water maybe more.

I'm not the expert, but this is who I would ask: Evil Jerry.
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Read the faqs, Juggalo's threads/vids, etc.
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Read the faqs, Juggalo's threads/vids, etc.

i did take a look around for a guide of some sorts but couldn't find one. if you would be so kind to link it for me while i take a look in case i don't find it.
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cool thanks! but still no serious answers about other liquids i mean i know there are liquids that operate at below room temperature.
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cool thanks! but still no serious answers about other liquids i mean i know there are liquids that operate at below room temperature.

Like Dice/LN2?
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Ok so for your type of rig I would say around 550 if you want to cool both the gpu's. I say this because you would need 2 gpu blocks ~$120 a pop, cpu block ~$60, I would say two 360 mm rads if you overclock the cpu and maybe a slight overclock on the gpu's~$90. Tubing would be about $20, fittings would be ~10 so $30 for barbs or ~$100 for compression fittings. You can use distilled water which is like a buck a gallon and a silver kill coil for $8. You would need a pump and reservoir so ~$110 and finally fans ~$60. These are ROUGH estimates and I think that adds up to about $550

$60 Cpu
$120 x 2 gpu
$110 pump and reservoir
$90 Radiators
$20 tubing
$30 Barbs
$8 kill coil
$2 water

This is for a full watercooling system that would handle anything you threw at it and would keep things quite cool. smile.gif don't be scared lol
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I think glinux has a pretty good guesstimate of how much your loop would cost

The gpu blocks could be cheaper, and maybe the pump too, and the cpu block also, but not by that much
But if you include shipping with those, then it'll probably go back up.

You may be able to get some cheaper parts if you look around the OCN Marketplace

Or you can try to make some custom stuff, like you dont need to buy a reservoir, you can make one yourself, and it should work just as well.
But besides that, I dont think theres much else you can make on your own. You can try to use a heater core from a car, but that comes with its own problems and issues, which may cost you more than you would save.

You should really spend a little extra on quality parts, rather than cheaping out on sutff like tubing or fittings. It will usually bite you in the back.
At least make sure you know what you're buying before you buy them.

Edit: Oh yea, make sure the gpu water blocks are compatible with your graphics cards
Not all graphics cards of the same kind have the same shape.
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you could pick up a 360 rasa kit and start there add in your gpu blocks afterwards when your more comfortable.

Rasa 360

or

Rasa 360 Extreme

but if your going to add in your gpus it's going to bump cost up a bit


as far as other cooling. you can use different liquids without any issues, but in most cases distilled water matches temps and is cheaper or comes within very close range of temps.

also if you run a temp below your room temp (ambient temp) you will run into condensation issues. fans will not let you run below ambient this is where dry ice phase or tec's come into play
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