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Hey all, so after taking the plunge and deciding to start modding my new build, looking at my overlcoked CPU temps hitting 50-60 degrees on an H60 and after taking a long look at the inside of this 800D, I have decided I want to watercool myself.

What I want to watercool for now is just the CPU and the one GPU I have. Preferably a single loop. I already have three Typhoons I would like to use on the radiator and I am assuming a radiator that size should be efficient? This is my first time customizing and doing a water cool setup, so I am definitely looking for all the advice I can get.

My current specs are:

Intel i5 2500K
Evga Z68 SLI
Evga GTX 570
Corsair Dominator 1866 DDR3
Corsair ATX850
Corsair Force 3 120GB SSD x 2
Western Digital Cavier Black 1TB HDD
Corsair 800D case

I am going for a black and gold color scheme and already have all my sleeving from Nills. I am going to be cutting the door to make the window pretty much the size of the whole side of the case and having some parts inside the case painted metallic gold or metallic black.

I have my heart pretty much set on these two waterblock:

http://www.coolingconfigurator.com/upload/pictures/EK-Supreme-HF-Plexi_front-600.jpg

http://www.coolingconfigurator.com/upload/pictures/DSC_0619_600.jpg

I might go with the nickel depending on which I think will mesh better with the color scheme.

Here is what I need help on though. What is a good pump and radiator? I want to mount the rad with the fans on the top of the case that I will be cutting out for a custom grill. If there is a better suggestions, let me know. Keep in mind, I have the intentions of adding a second GPU and eventually the MB. But I will probably run the MB on a separate, single rad loop when it comes time.

Also, given this is my first time doing this, I would like to know what tubing is ideal for this setup and what fittings I should get. Pretty much everything besides the blocks, what the hell should I purchase? Pump, res, tubing, fittings, I need to know.

I budget is around $200-$300, but if something is a must grab, then I don't mind going a bit above that.

I would like to go with mid size tubing also. Nothing too thick or too small. Also, if anyone knows of a good colored solution that comes close to gold, let me know as I would like to use colored solution since the waterblocks are clear.

THANK YOU SO MUCH
post #2 of 9
I recommend the MCP655 (D5) pump personally. It looks like the Alphacool UT60 is one of the best radiators at the moment.
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I would definitely recommend the MCP 655 D5 pump as it runs cooler and is known to last a long time, longer than most DDCs!
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I also think a D5 is an excellent pump, I have used a few, the oldest one I have is 6 years old and still running fine.

Tubing, I recommend 3/8"ID 5/8"OD. Either Tygon 3603 or Primoflex Pro LRT. I have used both and they are are a good combination of size and flexibility.

Fittings. Barbs and clamps work really well, but if you can afford compression fittings then do so, they work great and are aesthetically pleasing. Bitspower fittings are absolutely excellent quality. Others work well too, the Monsoon fittings have a colour range you may find you like. Ive used these and they work well, though I dont think they are as solid and A grade as the Bitspower. Also if you do get Monsoon fittings be carefull tightening them as the finish is easy to mar.
And, if you do get compression fittings, make sure they match the tubing size, both inside diameter and outside diameter.

Radiator. A 360 rad will be sufficient for a CPU and one GPU, and yes GTs are the right fans. As to which rad, well, how thick can you fit n there? If your GTs are AP15s and you are happy running them at full speed (noise-wise) then a rad with a fin density of at least 11 fpi would be good, like an EK XTX, or maybe even a Black Ice GTX.
Those are both more expensive rads though. I recently used a Coolgate 360 and am quite happy with it, and of course the XSPX RX are highly popular with good reason. Both of these are 7 fpi so they are better suited to GT AP13s or 14s. Will work well with AP15s too of course, just a bit low in fin density to make the most of the faster fans air flow properties.
Edited by DiHyMo - 5/6/12 at 1:05am
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I'm going to be running 3/8"ID 5/8"OD PrimoChill PrimoFlex PRO LRT and a single D5 for now, perhaps later I might add another if needed. Here's my blinged out PMP-450/MCP 655 pump that I just upgraded to from my hot running DDC 3.25 pump.


Link to D5 pictures.
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I would recommend getting a MCP655. The MCP35X tends to run hot from what I've read. If you can afford it, get a good Iwaki pump. biggrin.gif

For radiators, Alphacool seems to be able to hold the throne with either the UT60, XT45, and ST30. The main difference between the 3 models is the thickness, with the UT60 being the thickest radiator and the ST30 as the thinnest. Comparison was Martin's work. Here's the link.

http://martinsliquidlab.org/2012/04/14/360-radiator-shootout-summary/

Scroll down. The bar graph and line graphs should be near the bottom.
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Thanks for the replies guys. I think I am going to go with the EK res and the D5 pump. As for the rad, I don't think size will be an issue in the 800D so I am going to go with the one of those three that are aesthetically pleasing. I think thick will look the best, but still a bit indecisive.

I am definitely going for an aesthetically pleasing piece of art work so major customization and time will be spent on perfecting the smallest details. Therefore, I will be picking up black compression fittings. I am also going with black UV coolant because the color scheme is black with gold accents.
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I'm going to be running 3/8"ID 5/8"OD PrimoChill PrimoFlex PRO LRT and a single D5 for now, perhaps later I might add another if needed. Here's my blinged out PMP-450/MCP 655 pump that I just upgraded to from my hot running DDC 3.25 pump.
Link to D5 pictures.

Another quick question, how did you get the D5 to look like that? Did you buy it like that or you modded it yourself?

EDIT: Oh, I see. You got the Bitspower mod kit.


I am just trying to get the loop I perfect in my drawing this way I know what fittings to get (90 degree etc...). I really like the big fittings and the ones recommended here. That is really the last thing that I am stuck on. Which TYPE of fittings to get, not which brand. Also, can someone clarify which size is the middle size tubing. I don't want it to be super thin and I don't want that thick gorky tubing.
Edited by Remote - 5/6/12 at 3:52pm
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Originally Posted by Remote View Post

Thanks for the replies guys. I think I am going to go with the EK res and the D5 pump. As for the rad, I don't think size will be an issue in the 800D so I am going to go with the one of those three that are aesthetically pleasing. I think thick will look the best, but still a bit indecisive.
I am definitely going for an aesthetically pleasing piece of art work so major customization and time will be spent on perfecting the smallest details. Therefore, I will be picking up black compression fittings. I am also going with black UV coolant because the color scheme is black with gold accents.
Another quick question, how did you get the D5 to look like that? Did you buy it like that or you modded it yourself?
EDIT: Oh, I see. You got the Bitspower mod kit.
I am just trying to get the loop I perfect in my drawing this way I know what fittings to get (90 degree etc...). I really like the big fittings and the ones recommended here. That is really the last thing that I am stuck on. Which TYPE of fittings to get, not which brand. Also, can someone clarify which size is the middle size tubing. I don't want it to be super thin and I don't want that thick gorky tubing.

I bought this and this, the pump top upgrades actually quiet the motor sound a bit because of the dense delrin/acetal. You can also get them in shiny nickel finish as well. Don't forget to install some Gel Stuff underneath the pump mount for truly dead silence!
Edited by Systemlord - 5/7/12 at 1:17am
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I'll suggest the XSPC EX360 or RX360 for a radiator... the RX360 will only fit in the top of the case if you use 3x120x25mm fans. The EX360 is thinner and will allow for 6x125x25mm fans in push/pull...

 

As for your coolant, maybe try Primochill's black tubing. I have Feser black UV dye and I used a ton of it in my CPU loop and it still looked purple.

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