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Hello there smile.gif

I'm considering getting water cooling for my GPU and CPU.
I have Intel® Core i5-3570K and XFX Radeon HD 7950.
My case is Corsair Obsidian 700D.

I'm a first timer, so I'm not sure about parts and stuff, but I have found some parts I believe will work. But I still have parts missing and questions.

So far I've putted these items on the list:

Pump: Swiftech MCP655
Tank: XSPC tank, Single Bay 5¼" Reservoir, Plexi
Radiator: Swiftech MCR320 360mm
CPU Block: XSPC RayStorm
GPU Block: EK-FC7950 - Acetal+EN (Nickel) + Backplate

But I haven't picked out more then that so far. Cause of questions.

Will it be enough with 1 radiator to cool both CPU and GPU? Or do I add one small radiator to it?
I'm unsure about hoses, which diameters would be good for these parts. Any suggestions? smile.gif
I'm thinking about using compression fittings. How many would be needed? tongue.gif
I was planning to have the pump at the floor of the case, and the tank in one of the bays obviously, and the radiator at the top.
Would the flow work like this? Pump-Tank-Radiator-CPU-GPU

I haven't picked out fans yet, cause I want to get the other parts sorted before fans.
Not gonna buy anything yet, due to money.. But it doesn't hurt to have the parts picked out, in case I can order piece by piece:P

Any help and/or feedbacks, both positive and negatives will be met with an huge thanks:)
post #2 of 12
You need low speed fans for that rad. Medium speed Yate Loons would do fine. I'm not sure if that 1 rad is enough. Are you going to OC or fold alot?

Your res MUST feed your pump. Some may argue with me but it is very important for many reasons that your pump is always full of water.

You could go Res > Pump > GPU > CPU > Rad > back to the res.
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post #3 of 12
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I doubt I'll be overclocking.. But I guess I can add a 240 Radiator with it.
And yes, it seems correct that the res is before the pump indeed smile.gif
post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by Fuganater View Post

You need low speed fans for that rad. Medium speed Yate Loons would do fine. I'm not sure if that 1 rad is enough. Are you going to OC or fold alot?
Your res MUST feed your pump. Some may argue with me but it is very important for many reasons that your pump is always full of water.
You could go Res > Pump > GPU > CPU > Rad > back to the res.
This flow direction is very important!
By taking the hottest liquid, ie after cpu/gpu you will have the maximum difference between ambient air temp and water temp, so you would get the maximum temp drop of your water.thumb.gif
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post #5 of 12
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Thanks for those feedbacks smile.gif

My mind is a blank about fittings frown.gif
Maybe some of you could make a complete list of hoses and fittings needed?
Like the plug fittings to the GPU block and stuff :s
post #6 of 12
Do up a drawing of the case and where you want the hardware. You need to figure out placement first to see if you need any 90/45 degree fittings. You can't go wrong with Bitspower fittings. Pick black or silver 1/2" barbs with some 7/16"ID tubing.
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post #7 of 12
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Sorry for the delay.

I haven't been home this week. Just got home:P
560

I was thinking maybe getting G1/4" Matt Black Dual Rotary 30-Degree for the CPU block and maybe the Radiator.
400

Any good idea?
post #8 of 12
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post #9 of 12

That is a nice kit. Never saw that one before. Comes with a much better pump vs the normal kit and gives you lots of choices. Just remember to measure and make sure the RX will fit in your case. Also get the low speed fans for that rad.
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post #10 of 12
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I liked that set, and not that to costly either, but I guess the price goes up abit. As I'm living in Norway.
But I still clueless about the Fittings and Tubes.

In the kit, you get 7/16" x 5/8" Compression.
And the tubes ofc are the same tongue.gif

I'm considering getting this GPU block.
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/15577/ex-blc-1081/EK_Radeon_HD_7950_VGA_Liquid_Cooling_Block_-_Acetal_Electroless_Nickel_Plated_EK-FC7950_-_AcetalEN_Nickel.html?tl=g30c309s1626
Looking at the fittings list makes me dizzy tongue.gif
Which one would be needed?
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