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so im finally ready to get a water cooling setup and from my searches, it doesnt seem like there is an obvious best water cooling block. im looking for a good block for both my cpu (FX-6100) and my GPU (GTX 570). i also need a good thinner rad to fit the top of my cosmos 2 as there isnt much room up there for a thick rad. i plan on adding in a second GTX 570 as well down the road so i would like the system to be able to handle that as well.

the CPU block i was looking at is here.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14365/ex-blc-1000/Swiftech_Apogee_HD_High_Performance_4-Port_CPU_Waterblock_-_Black_-_Intel_w_LGA_2011_Hardware_AMD_Ready_Apogee-HD-BK.html?tl=g30c85s139#blank

i like that one because it has multiple outlets that can be used. i figured that would come in handy with the video cards to create a parallel loop vice a series loop like i see in a lot of SLI setups, keeping the 2nd card cooler.

here are the 2 blocks i was looking at for the GPU, EK being the cheaper one and the heat killer i just really like the look of.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12304/ex-blc-851/EK_GeForce_570_580_GTX_VGA_Liquid_Cooling_Block_-_Acrylic_EK-FC580_GTX_Hot_Item.html?tl=g30c311s1356#blank

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12905/ex-blc-902/Heatkiller_GPU-X_GTX_570_580_-Hole_Edition-_nVidia_GTX_570580_Reference_Design_Full_Coverage_Water_Block_15511.html?tl=g30c311s1356

as for the radiatior, here are a few i was looking at, again, i need something fairly thin, ive heard less than 35 mm thickness to work well in this case. i plan on adding another 2 x 120 on the bottom later, probably when i get my second video card and that will be a normal size one.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/4283/ex-rad-88/Black_Ice_GT_Stealth_360_Radiator_-_Black.html?tl=g30c95s161

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12703/ex-rad-228/Magicool_Extreme_Triple_120mm_Radiator_-_Slim_Profile_LC-RADI360.html?tl=g30c95s161

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/5795/ex-rad-121/Swiftech_MCR320_Quiet_Power_Triple_120mm_Radiator_-_Black_MCR320-QP-K.html?tl=g30c95s161

so i would love to have everyone's suggestions and input on what to avoid and what to get. its coming up to summer time and its getting warm. i need some better cooling and i know this is the way to go. any input on pumps would be great too as i havent looked to much in to them yet, and if you know of sites that are cheaper for parts than frozencpu i would love to know about them as well.

thanks all, the short time i have been a member you all have been tons of help.
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Personally, I'd try to stay away from EK if I had the choice, just because they aren't the most honest company in the world (you'll have to read through the vast amount of pages on here and around the net to get the full explanation.)

With that said, Heatkiller makes awesome stuff, so I'd go with that block for your GPU's. The Apogee HD is a good block for what you want to use it for.

As for rads, it all comes down to your size restrictions. The Swiftech doesn't use standard hole sizes that other Rads do. I have had two of their 360 rads and they cool well, and I also like Hardware Labs radiators.

For a pump, I'd just go with a MCP655, you choose whether you want the Vario version or the Speed-Dial version.

Reservoirs? I personally like my Bitspower Reservoirs, but there's so many different res's out there and options to mount them. Bay style, cylindars, aquatubes...

For websites, check:
Performance PC's
Aquatuning.us
Sidewindercomputers
Xoxide

Though, I did get my XSPC Raystorm CPU block for 46 bucks brand new from PPC a couple of weeks ago on sale. Chicks dig sales. a
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