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Hey, I just spent around £800 on a new custom-made gaming PC and seeing that I have a stock CPU cooler and a VERY hot GPU, I concluded that I could do with a touch of water-cooling to drop my temps enough to attempt an overclock on both.

Specs are a follows:

Case: HAF-X
PSU: Corsair GS-700 watt
Motherboard: AsRock z68 pro3 gen3
CPU: Intel 2500k
GPU: PNY GTX-480 (Reference)
RAM: 8gb 1600 Corsair vengeance

I did not think I would be using water cooling when I bought the parts for my rig and so did not think of buying things like the ever-so over-clockable I7 CPU, high-end mobo, or high wattage PSU.

I just want to know if my system will handle my proposed water cooling set-up and whether you guys deem it to be worth the money it costs based on the performance increase I would receive.

Mostly based on the 'EK H3O 360 LTX Kit' with a few changes such as CPU water-block metal finish, fans, res, and pump:

-EK Water Blocks EK-Supreme LTX - EN Nickel/Plexi 775/ 1156/ 1366

-EK Water Blocks EK-CoolStream RAD XT 360

-12V Phobya DC12-260 Water Pump

-XSPC Single Bay Reservoir - Multi Fascia

-13/10mm (10x1,5mm) Compression Fitting G3/8'' - Knurled - Silver Nickel Plated (x10)

-fan recommendations for my rad would be good but please try to find some that are either black and/or with blue LEDs to suit my colour theme wink.gif

- I also need recommendations for a good solid water-block for my GTX 480


I am sure I have made a few mistakes in my set-up, but afterall, I'am a noob biggrin.gif
Edited by xXBigEyeXx - 3/19/12 at 3:02pm
post #2 of 5
Doesn't sound like a bad set up.

Not sure on that pump, I know the LTX is slightly higher restriction than your average CPU block but hopefully someone else can chime in on that.
I'm sure it'd be fine but you might be better off with something a little beefier. You'll be fine with a stronger pump on your PSU.

For the waterblock take a look at coolingconfigurator.com, as there can be more variance with reference designs than there should be. Assuming you don't, IIRC the EK block is on sale ATM from their webshop and is an excellent block.

For the fans I'd go for Yate Loon's if you're after something in black. If you have a fan controller then get the 2200RPM models, they'll be great.
They aren't great horizontally mounted, but if the rad is vertical they'll be perfect.
Bear in mind you may want fan grills over whatever fans you end up with anyway. While blue fan grills are out there they can look a garish, IMO anyway so black would work well there too.
If you're willing to place performance over aesthetics then look at the Gentle Typhoon AP15's. They aren't loud fans in any way. They look subtle, are well built, and quiet.

Not that there is anything wrong with your choice but can I ask why you opted for that size tubing? There a larger sizes that have a bigger range, you might want things like angled fittings and possibly a T line, particularly if you're going for a smaller res.

Depends what increases you're looking for as to if it's worth it. If you're looking for a quieter, cooler PC you can push that little bit further, you'll be extremely happy.
post #3 of 5
Looks good. I would dump that pump tho and get a mcp355 and the corresponding XSPC dual bay res or single bay res that fits the pump inside.

Really any full cover block will be great for the 480. There isn't a "bad" full cover out for it. I like my koolance blocks on mine (vid-nx480). Fans depend on ur budget. $$$ Gentle Typhoon/ Noiseblocker --> $$ Scythe Ultra Kaze/ sflex --> $Yate Loon. The Yates are great and cheap. Just be ready to buy in bulk and throw some away, but at $3-5 ea it's not a big deal.
Edited by fat_italian_stallion - 3/19/12 at 8:56pm
 
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Rat 7 Razer Goliathus XL 
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Take a look:
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=33590
this kit comes with everything you'll need.
As for the block ^ follow stonetrap suggestion.
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post #5 of 5
Those setup looks good mate. But if you wanted to clarify and learn more about water cooling, these links might be really useful for a kick start:

http://www.overclock.net/t/226970/updated-water-cooling-essential-threads
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/265776-29-read-first-watercooling-sticky

Since this is your first post, I would like to say, WELCOME TO OCN!! wink.gif
Goodluck with your watercooling setup thumb.gif
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