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Ok, I want to build a new computer and want to try watercoolling. Ive never done watercooling, so forgive me if some of the questions are dumb to u.

My first question. I plan to water cool an AMD dual core (unsure which one) and two 7900 GTs in an SLI setup. What loop should I have for this setup? As in, what order should the water flow to to give me maximum cooling? This rig will be a gaming rig and I don't plan to do any overclocking if that makes a difference in how it should flow.

Since we know what I want to cool, what cooling kit whould I get. I would really perfer a case with watercooling built in already, mainly to simplify the process of add the radiator. I know for this setup I will probably need a big radiator.

I know that all cases are NOT meant for watercooling, but what case you would recommend/use currenty for watercooling?

Last question. What coolant should I use for the setup?

Thanks in advance

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Also, I would like to know what tubing is best to use. I know that bigger does a better job at moving heat. What tubing stands out above the rest?

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It should run: res-pump-rad-cpu-gpu-gpu

If you want a kit these are good. You will need to buy 2 gpu blocks for it... Swiftech Apex Ultra Dual 120mm Water Cooling Kit

Gpu blocks............................................ ......Swiftech MCW60 Extreme Duty VGA Bare Water Block (3/8" and 1/2" barbs)

This is the fluid I use.................
Fluid XP EXT Extreme Non-Conductive Coolant - UV Midnight Blue 32oz.
And it really is better to just build a WC rig..If you want to let us know how much you want to spend we will help you piece on togather....EDIT: I like the 7/16 x 5/8 Masterkleer..You use it with 1/2 fittings, it's easier to work with and still has about as much flow as 1/2" tubing..
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Thanks. The cost is not an issue...so let's get started. Also, ima need a real "noobie" lesson on fittings and clamps...cuz they are all different...thanks

I also noticed u had perp drives, how are those working out for u...i want 2 of those for RAID 0.

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For a kit, i agrre on the APex from swiftech. Or for custom, buy all the same parts as the Apex, except change the radiator to a Black ice GTX other than that every thing will be great.

Also a sweet resivoir is the Cyclone 120

Go with 1/2" fitting, higher flow, less restiction in the loop. For clamps you can use a number of things... Zip ties, steel screw down clamps which can be found at home depot for pocket change...
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You only need to buy the right kind of tubing...then either use clamps of some sort or zip ties that should hold the tubing on pretty tightly...And by Cost is not an issue, you mean you want to spend ~200, 300, 400 dollars....less than 800? You're not ocing, so temps won't matter all that much for you, but i'im just curious
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OK Buddy let's get you one pieced togather...

Pump........Danger Den :: Pumps :: DC Powered :: 12V DD-D5 Pump

CPU block...fstfrddy here on our forum makes a killer one I will link you to it and to a Swiftech one also...Stinger Waterblocks
...... Swiftech Apex Ultra Dual 120mm Water Cooling Kit

GPU blocks.............Swiftech MCW60 Extreme Duty VGA Bare Water Block (3/8" and 1/2" barbs)

RES.......Danger Den :: Reservoirs :: Bay Style Reservoirs :: Danger Den Single 5 1/4" Bay Reservoir

Rad this is the best one going right now.................Danger Den :: Radiators :: Black Ice Series :: GTX Xtreme Series :: Black Ice GTX240.
This one is good and cheaper..............................
Danger Den :: Radiators :: Black Ice Series :: GTS Stealth Radiator :: Stealth GTS 240 Black Ice
Rad box to hang your rad off the back of your case.......Swiftech MCB-120 Black 120mm Radbox Kit....

Tubing I like this it flows about as much as 1/2 inch tubing but is easier to work with..You use it with 1/2 inch fitting......................Danger Den :: Tubing :: Tubing and Clamps :: 7/16" ID (5/8" OD) Masterkleer General Purpose Clear PVC Tubing
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post #8 of 18
You have gotten some great advice, just let me add my 2 cents. If you do not move your computer around, consider an external system, I prefer that. I can spin the nuts off my waterblock and be completely free of the cooling system to work on on it in a few minutes and it keeps everything easily accessible. Either way, Dive in!
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Thanks for all the help guys. Yes, the price isn't really a big deal...I dont think it will be. I have another foundation that could possible pay for everything i could want/need for this computer. I love computers, especially fast ones, so I wanna go all out on this one and try things I haven't done before.

I love the Stinger waterblocks. That looks sweet man. I will probably order most of my things from newegg.com and xoxide.com. I really love both those websites. I think everything you guys mentioned is on either of those sites.

I will take all of ur comments into consideration. If and when I get this computer built (probably more into Dec. around Christmas time) I will def put pics and info regarding how I did it.

Another question though. I read a few post of people mixing other things into their coolent. What should I mix, if its even necessary?

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You will love the Stinger V-6, picture's do it no justice..I will link you to a couple of other good places to buy WC gear at to...I like to use Fluid XP, everything is already mixed and it's non-conductive as well, it also comes in other colors......
Fluid XP EXT Extreme Non-Conductive Coolant - UV Midnight Blue 32oz.
Good Place.........................................
Danger Den Community Website: News
Good Place........................................ Performance-PCs.com, ... sleeve it and they will come

Good Place........................................Petra's Tech Shop

Good Place..........................................SVC.com - Computer Hardware & Cooling
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