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Hello all,
I'm new here smile.gif Hopefully will become a active member

So I have decided to do my first custom water cooling loop. Currently using the H100. I have a few questions I would really like answered I hope I can get some help with them.

So my case is a level 10 GT (wish I brought something different now) I would like to set up the loop with no case mods or as little as possible.
I was thinking a 240 Rad at the top then a 120 down the bottom of the case. I would like my loop to go something like Pump/res<240rad<120rad

Next is my gfx card, I currently have a Gigabyte GTX580 Super OC (wish I got the normal one now). My question with this is are there any water blocks that fit the card? I have googled it and had very little success, some info here would be great. smile.gif

Next is the parts for my loop, I have herd the RASA kits are very good to start out with but a lot of people were telling me they are quite cheep low quality parts? What parts of the kit should I change? I know for a fact I want compression fittings and not barbed. But for the other parts, should I change the pump and get something better or just what parts should I change out.

Tubing is next, I would like a white colored tubing or a white coolant, which is going to give me less trouble? With white tubing how do you find any air bubbles that manage to get in the loop ect?

Last is how do I maximize the looks of my case? If I am getting white tubing should I use blue UV? Or what will go well with it? I am willing to spend a bit of money on this so I can change out all of my current fans ect.

Would love some advice, sorry for the wall of text. But I really want to get this right and now mess it up. smile.gifthumb.gif
post #2 of 8
If you like the XSPC kits get the RX/EX extreme kit. you get the compression fittings and VP655 (aka D5 ) pump


For the tubing. You'd hear it if there's air bubbles. Your pump will sound really loud. Kinda like a grinding sound.
 
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Welcome to OCN!.

Regarding XSPC, I don't think the word cheap is accurate. The parts are still quality yet at a good price point. Note they have 3 versions of RAD (RS, EX, RX) = (Thin, Med Thick, Thick). For cooling only a CPU the RS240 works fine, but if you are doing a bigger loop with a GPU then you could probably get away with a single RX360.

If you want to see the liquid in the loop, go with clear Tygon tubing. Its known to not discolor. I'm just about to swap out my original tubing that came with the Rasa kit, and it looks absolutely nasty due to discoloration over time.
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Thanks for your help so far. Looking at the RX kit at the moment, now searching for some tubing. Hopefully will figure out everything I'm going to buy tomorrow.

Anybody care to inform me about my GFX card though?
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i believe its very hard to find a block for custom designs (like the one you have), sorry bout that..
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Sadly for your videocard, only universal blocks are available. Sadly reference designs rule when it come to fullcover blocks.
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For the VGA just do what I did, because mine is not reference... at idle GPU 1 and 2 sit around 39C, at load 46C.

Universal VGA Water-block

259

RAM Heatsinks

they both will do the job, will not look as nice as the full blocks for reference cards. But will do exactly what you are looking for in water cooling for around $80 "depending where you shop"

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Sorry, I was busy yesterday and my reply did not sound very appreciative.
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Originally Posted by 1rkrage View Post

If you like the XSPC kits get the RX/EX extreme kit. you get the compression fittings and VP655 (aka D5 ) pump
For the tubing. You'd hear it if there's air bubbles. Your pump will sound really loud. Kinda like a grinding sound.

Thanks for the tip with the air bubbles. I believe I am going to get the RX and then buy a extra 120 raid. Should I change the pump/res in the kits or is it going to be fine for the cpu and gpu?
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Originally Posted by nugget toes View Post

Welcome to OCN!.
Regarding XSPC, I don't think the word cheap is accurate. The parts are still quality yet at a good price point. Note they have 3 versions of RAD (RS, EX, RX) = (Thin, Med Thick, Thick). For cooling only a CPU the RS240 works fine, but if you are doing a bigger loop with a GPU then you could probably get away with a single RX360.
If you want to see the liquid in the loop, go with clear Tygon tubing. Its known to not discolor. I'm just about to swap out my original tubing that came with the Rasa kit, and it looks absolutely nasty due to discoloration over time.

Thanks, I will make sure I do swap out the original tubing.
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Originally Posted by Indulgence View Post

i believe its very hard to find a block for custom designs (like the one you have), sorry bout that..
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Originally Posted by PeteJM View Post

Sadly for your videocard, only universal blocks are available. Sadly reference designs rule when it come to fullcover blocks.

Such a shame frown.gif I should have just brought a non oc and done the oc myself.
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Originally Posted by zer0signa1 View Post

For the VGA just do what I did, because mine is not reference... at idle GPU 1 and 2 sit around 39C, at load 46C.
Universal VGA Water-block
259
RAM Heatsinks
they both will do the job, will not look as nice as the full blocks for reference cards. But will do exactly what you are looking for in water cooling for around $80 "depending where you shop"
thumb.gif

Thanks, for your help, I guess this will be my only option. I think your loop still looks really impressive I really like the look of the RAM heatsinks.

I will post a list of what I am buying in a few hours, if somebody would give it a quick check over and give some advice that would be great thanks. thumb.gif
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