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post #1 of 16
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I'm going to be pulling the trigger on the rest of my build in the next week or two. I'm pretty sure that I've got my water cooling components nailed down with the exception of fittings where most will be compression fittings/rotaries. However since this is my first water cooling loop I'd like a quick check through to make sure I'm not missing anything major.

Here are the main bits that will be water cooled:
  • 3930K
  • EVGA GTX 670 FTW (2)
  • Rampage IV Extreme

Here's a screen shot of my current shopping cart:



I know some people think that the mobo blocks aren't worth doing because of the restriction but I do have two pumps and I don't want high VRM temps to hold me back from reaching my CPUs potential. I'm debating if I want white or red tubing. If I go with the white tubing I may try red Monsoon fittings. Also, because of the spacing of the PCIe slots on this board when running two cards, is this the SLI Link Bridge I'd use? All of this will be going into a Case Labs TH10.

Thanks!
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post #2 of 16
That's a good looking loop, almost identical to what I am working on smile.gif

I would suggest that one MCP35X would be better suited to your proposed loop, as you have a significant number of components and the extra pressure would be beneficial. However if you want two pumps for redundancy reasons, there is the MCP35X2 which is double the pump, double the fun.

Regarding fittings I would recommend getting all of your angled fittings as adapters and just buying a bunch of compression fittings, that way you can reuse them with any size tubing for the cost of new comps instead of all new fittings ($50 vs $250)
   
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post #3 of 16
Looks great- i second nleksan on the mcp35x2

I need to go get a bank loan lol
   
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post #4 of 16
i cant believe they want 90 bucks for the mod kit....
post #5 of 16
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I'll take a look at the MCP35X2 but to me it doesn't have the visual impact of 2 D5's. I haven't really looked at them that much but I'll try to hit up some review sites (mainly Martin's) and see how it fares.

The reason they want $90 for the mod kit is because I have 2 of them in my cart. They are cheaper elsewhere but currently out of stock at other retailers. I have everything in one cart for easier representation instead of multiple screen shots.
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post #6 of 16
I think you forgot fans in there, unless you have some already then ignore me tongue.gif
post #7 of 16
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Nah, I didn't forget them I'm still trying to figure out which fans I want to go with and how many. I've been looking at GT-AP15's (performance), the new Corsair fans (looks), or the Treibwerks (just because it's something different), and the NoiseBlockers (silent). Since I'm going with the RX series radiators I don't need a super high performance/high speed fan; chances are I'll have the fans dialed back to about 1000rpm.

One thing that I did leave off is a fan controller. I'm still not sure how I want to run the fans and connect them to the controller. I could splice/chain them together but I don't know if there's a controller out there that can handle 4 AP15's on one channel. I was hoping to control the rad fans with 2/3 channels and have another channel or two that controls the rest of my case fans. I was hoping that I could put the rad fans into a power distribution block and then power the block from the fan controller but I'm not sure that's how it works.

Still not sure where/how I'm going to drain it either. I was thinking about a T line between the pump and the first water block along with a QDC but I really want to keep a clean look. Suggestions?
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post #8 of 16
Well I can tell you at around 1200(±200)RPM GT AP15 and AP14 they may whine/growl on the radiators, at 5v they are almost silent at 7v they are quiet.

Here is the thread about the GT's noise issues.
post #9 of 16
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I may end up going with the MCP35X2 after reading Martin's review. It would save me about $40 and seems to perform better but I'm not completely sold on it visually.
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post #10 of 16
You could always have it sitting in the Bay below the reservoir, which will make it "invisible" and a simple 90deg angle fitting will allow you to run water directly to the pump inlet.

As for fans, I would say that the AP15s will be the best of the ones you have listed for a low-FPI rad like the RX.

Regarding the fan controller, as long as you get something with, say, 30W/ch you can easily run multiple fans on one channel using something like the Akasa splitter or the very nice looking Bitfenix Alchemy 1x3pin-to-3x3pin Individually Sleeved Fan Splitters. 3 fans per channel would allow you to control push fans with one knob and pull with another.
   
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LG/Hitachi Slim DVD-R/W Custom MB-Backside VRM-sinks (Copper) 3x NZXT RF-FX140LB 1-2krpm 98.3CFM Case Fans 2x Corsair SP120-PE Case Fans 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Heatkiller GTX680 "Hole Edition" Block + Backplate XSPC Single-Bay Res (Single 5.25 bay) EK Multioption Res X2 - Advanced 150 DD "Fill-Port Res" + Fill-Port Fitting (Red) 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
2x MCP35X + Heatsinks/80x15mm Fan XSPC EX420 Alphacool NeXXos UT60 240 6x Bgears Blasters 140mm 1800rpm Fans 
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