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Hello there everyone, I've been on air cooling my whole entire tech life and only now want to truly take the plunge into the deep end. I have a few general questions I am hoping you all can answer. Browsing build logs and various threads has made things a bit more overwhelming than I have initially planned, so please go easy on me ;_;

1) Looking at all the choices of WC a mid tower the CM 690 advanced seems to be the best option. Here, I plan to cool a GTX 580 and a Ivy Bridge quad once it arrives next month. What options do I have in regards to radiators? I've seen from build logs that the case can fit 2 x 240 radiators on the top and bottom, and I suppose this would suffice smile.gif

^ I really want this to be all internal, and I have a small PSU (160mm depth) so I think the bottom 240 should fit

2) What radiators, reservoirs (bay reservoirs please), pump, tubing, etc would you suggest? I know just general information about not mixing various metals as to avoid corrosion and icky water.

I know I am being extremely vague, but it is only because I require guidance from anyone willing to help me out and am in dire need of advice... I'm a great listener! So please, all of you willing to teach me a thing or two, provide your wisdom so that I too can swim with the big fish thumb.gif
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for bay reservoir, i'd recommend the xspc dual d5 bay res.. works as intended thumb.gif


any budget in mind? compression fittings or barbs?

i recommend this page for general comparisons.

The XSPC Raystorm is second to the DT 5Noz in performance, but for the price/performance it is second to none thumb.gif Some people find the Raystorm ugly though, your call.
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for bay reservoir, i'd recommend the xspc dual d5 bay res.. works as intended thumb.gif
any budget in mind? compression fittings or barbs?
i recommend this page for general comparisons.
The XSPC Raystorm is second to the DT 5Noz in performance, but for the price/performance it is second to none thumb.gif Some people find the Raystorm ugly though, your call.

Budget is going to be 400-500, I have like 6 Gelid Wing Fans so you can count that out automatically, and I am not going to count the case as part of it.

The Raystorm looks lovely to me, quite a change from the "refined" rigs I've had before, so that is noted.

-Would XSPC Rads, 1 RS240 for the top; 1 RX240 for the bottom be ideal?
-I noticed that you can get the res and pump bundled from frozen CPU: XSPC Dual 5.25" Bay Reservoir - w/ Alphacool VPP655 Variable Speed Pump for $160. Is that a decent deal?
    
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Budget is going to be 400-500, I have like 6 Gelid Wing Fans so you can count that out automatically, and I am not going to count the case as part of it.
The Raystorm looks lovely to me, quite a change from the "refined" rigs I've had before, so that is noted.
-Would XSPC Rads, 1 RS240 for the top; 1 RX240 for the bottom be ideal?
-I noticed that you can get the res and pump bundled from frozen CPU: XSPC Dual 5.25" Bay Reservoir - w/ Alphacool VPP655 Variable Speed Pump for $160. Is that a decent deal?
I haven't owned the cm 690 advanced, so I'm not going to attempt to recommend a radiator that won't fit. I would think the rx240 would work at the bottom. if you can't fit the rx at the top, i'd say ex240 over the rs 240 imo.


you can get a cheaper quote elsewhere for separate parts. the pump is around 70-80 depending on where you get it and which brand (Alphacool Koolance, Swiftech). I bought the res from sidewindercomputers for 55
 
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Hello there everyone, I've been on air cooling my whole entire tech life and only now want to truly take the plunge into the deep end.

Fair warning friend. If you decide to take the plunge, it gets addicting; it also costs money. Welcome to the club! thumb.gif
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The CM690 II is a great little case for water cooling. You can get a thick rad in the bottom, and a thin rad up top. I have an 34mm thick MCR up top and it is as thick as I can go before it blocks my 8pin CPU plug.

You should have no problems with a 160mm long PSU. Just be aware that if it is a modular PSU then you only have 175mm max for the PSU and all the connectors.

The only issue I have with it is that you only have two 3.5" bays with the bottom rack removed.


Here are a few quick and dirty photos of my rig:

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Top rad clearance:
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PSU clearance:
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Gelid Wing 12 fans a crap for radiator trust me i know
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Gelid Wing 12 fans a crap for radiator trust me i know

Why not at least suggest an alternative instead of being so blunt? wink.gif

He's here to convert, not ranting. thumb.gif
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I just built my first water cooled rig and i am using those fans and they seem to be working great. I do not have much experience with water cooling but have been building computers for last 12 years. As for other fans i would suggest Scythe Typhoons
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