Originally Posted by SenorRed
Any chance the timing belt was your fault? How many miles were on the car? They are supposed to be changed at 80k miles, anything over that and they WILL break.
As for watercooling the 7950's, do it up proper or don't do it at all. 3 Kuhlers would look like a mess, three blocks, some tubing, a res/pump combo and you can probably get out of it for less than 500.
Yea I know we should've changed it. Don't remember how many miles but it was too much. Also I agree that three Kuhlers would look terrible. That would be hell just to try to fit inside of a case too.
Originally Posted by Lazy Bear
Except you also need radiators and fans for that loop, and it would look super ghetto and ugly without the CPU in it two, so you'd probably go with two 360 rads, which means 6-12 fans and, depending on your case, some modding and an external mounting system. Plus about 80 in fittings as well, and with full covers they'd probably equate to about 330 plus a bridge system, which would be another 50 or so. So, in reality, he's looking at about 800 or so, depending what he spends on fans.
If he DOESN'T do that, which, in my opinion, would be a bad idea, he could get a GPU loop for like 650. Watercooling is rough.
If you're wondering, my makeshift loop was:
XSPC Raystorm - 60
3x EK FC7950 acetals (copper) - 100 each
2x XSPC EX360s - 60 each
EK 3 slot bridge - 25
12 Yate Loon fans - 83.40
12 Monsoon compression fittings - 70
XSPC Dual bay res - 50
Koolance PMP400 (DDC) - 60
12 feet of 3/8 x 5/8 tubing - 24
I agree for the most part. YOu can also get away with some cheaper stuff. You don't need an EK SLI bridge since they are a bit more expensive then just getting regular SLI fittings. Yate Loons can be found on Performance-pcs.com for as low as $3.99 each. Compression fittings for a budget build?? Get rid of those and just use barbs and some worm clamps. That alone will knock off about $60. No need for anywhere near that much tubing either. 6 feet will be more then enough as long as you take your time and plan things out.
On the other hand there are things that you just can't cheap out on. You need the $300 in GPU water blocks and if you can find them new then that's even better but good luck finding three of them.