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first water cooling project.

post #1 of 5
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Hi, I am going to start my first loop and water cool a video card.
I will be picking up a ftw hydro 680 when it comes out.

for now I would like to practice on a 480 hydro that i picked up for 150$

Some help out what parts to get
used or new.

thanks
post #2 of 5
I hear scythe's gentle typhoon ap-15 are extremely popular, but they are pretty pricey at somewhere around 15-20$ a piece
You can get yate loon fans for about half the price of those, and i hear they work just as effectively, but are not the best quality

I like xspc, and i also hear their gpu full cover blocks are also not that bad either, and they're much cheaper than the rest of the blocks at around 85 each

xspc also has good radiators, their ex are nice and thin and perform pretty well

A little more details would be nice, like what case are you working with? or are you going to overclock a lot, or include your cpu?

and I'm kind of confused what you mean by practice watercooling on a 480.

You would have to either buy a universal gpu block and ram heat sinks, or buy two wholely different full cover gpu blocks
full cover gpu blocks are a lot less of a head ache than the universal ones, but are much more expensive, and would probably be the most expensive component in your water cooling loop

you could get a laing ddc or a d5 pump, but I hear a lot about how good the variable d5 pumps are, and that if you were going to buy one full price, you should probably get that one. (The d5 variable speed)
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post #3 of 5
Hi,

I'm going to send you to the post I did a bit sooner tonight: http://www.overclock.net/t/1233978/going-h2o-need-help#post_16802358

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post #4 of 5
If you dont want to WC your CPU as well, here is a short listing of things you will need.

Radiator (For a 480, if you want you can just use a good 140 Single, but if you want to use one that you can add your CPU into the loop later, I would get a 120x3 like a XSPC RX360)
Res (I would get a Dual-Bay EK Res personally, I love them smile.gif, so easy to bleed)
Fittings (Make sure that 480 uses G 1/4, and then get yourself some good barbs to start out with and clamps as well.)
Tubing (PrimoFlex or MasterKleer)
And most importantly a Pump! I would suggest something that has a speed adjuster on it to start out with, so you wont need much else aside from fans, with a RX360, some 800 RPM or 950 RPM fans will do fine.
post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
thanks alot so far for the help. great ideas and choices.

the evga hydro copper 480 gtx is a card with a waterblock on it
http://www.evga.com/articles/00539/
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