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Hey everyone!

Having been on this forum for quite a while, ive always envied the people with those shiny watercooling setups but never really took the effort to look into it.
With a recent purchase(ivy bridge) and its notorious high temperatures i figured i should use it as an excuse to get my feet wet tongue.gif

i've looked into alot of threads on the forum, and i know some of these questions have probably been asked yet but it feels just more comfortable having them answered in person.

I currently have a HAF932 case, and at the top theres space for 2x120mm fans. i was thinking to start off with a 240 rad and place it there.
As being suggested alot on this forum, the XSPC Rasa 750 (RS/RX) series is a good way to get started, so that was what i was planning.
At the moment on the leading(and only) supplier in my country the RX240 set is for sale for about 210 euro, and the RS240 for about 165.
I know the RX is definately the better performer so i was thinking to go with that one.
i made a quick paint drawing of how i was planning to install everything:
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I currently have 2 fans on my air cooler(coolermaster excalibur) and with the set supplieing 2 of them i thought putting those in a push/pull configuration.
with the fans having different speeds, pressure ect i was wondering if it is a good idea to have:
- both coolermaster fans on top(push), supplied fans on the bottom(pull)
- both supplied fans on top(push), coolermaster fans on bottom(pull)
- 2 cooler master fans push/pull on one side, 2 supplied fans on the other side push/pull
i was thinking of connecting all 4 fans to the 2 motherboard headers(2 way splitter)?

The standard set coms with standard barbs and clamps, but many people have been recommending compression fittings on this forum. will this make a big difference, or will either work fine?
if going for compression fittings is a good plan, ive seen the BitsPower ones recommended alot, but the go for 20euro/set, and that would be quite alot on top of the origional price. there are Feser compression fittings for sale at the store i will be buying, and they go for about 5 euro a piece(10 a set). would these be fine, or do the lack in quality compared to bitspower ones?

many people suggested that it is a good idea to replace the tubing that comes with the set with different ones, is this really a big deal, or is it more of a luxuary thing(more flexible)?

what preparations would i have to take before going for the final installation? i heard you have to flush the radiator with hot water or something like that? would regular boiled tapwater work, or does it have to be boiled destilled water?

as for the coolant, i was planning to go with distilled/deionized/demineralized water + some piece of silver(kill coil). does it matter alot of the water is destilled or demineralized/deionized?

i was thinking, if i want to get the water out of the loop, id prolly need some sort of drainport/and fillport idea right, are there any default connections for something like that on the res of the xpsc kit, or would i have to manually make a T connector with a tube with a plug in it or something?

I know it was a long read, and id really appreciate it if some people can look into it as watercooling is quite unknown area for me frown.gif

thanx in advance!
Edited by punceh - 4/20/12 at 3:26pm
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post #2 of 5
I would suggest reversing the direction of airflow, remember heat rises so you ideally want cool air coming in from the bottom and warm air out the top. Either barbs or compression fittings will work just as well, it comes down to your personal preference as to what you like the look of most.
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Even though heat rises and cold falls, they will still follow where the wind blows

So if you have strong enough fans pushing and pulling air and circulating properly, I don't think that it would make any significant difference in temperatures.
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post #4 of 5
Push out the top ,you don`t want to push warm air from the rad into the case. Get RX240 rad ,lower fan speed to get same effect therefore quieter. Pull air in from front, T connection for filing one for draining are good ideas makes life easier. Distilled water with kill coil is fine and barbs are good for now but compression are nicer but pricey. Watch current draw on fans mobo connections sometimes only support 1 amp max. Best of luck !bike.gif
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For better watercooled component temps, but slightly worse motherboard temps, point all radiator fans inward.
The positive case pressure will cause air to escape through any cracks / holes in the case which will also reduce dust on your components.
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