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Good day OCN!

Fairly new member here lurking around for a few weeks.

I'm doing my first water cooling build and I need your advice.

My build:
NZXT Switch 810 case
i5 3570k
AsRock Z77 Extreme 4
2x EVGA GTX 670 FTW
16GB Ram
Corsair AX850W

I've been doing a little research and I'm looking to do a 360 rad on top and 240 on the bottom. I'm also leaning towards the XSPC Raystorm RX360 and RX240 because of their reviews for cool and quiet setup. I'm going to do some light overclocking. I hope I put down all the information you need.

Any advice on brands? Setup?

I would love it if someone could pull up a cart of what I need.

Thank you very much for taking the time!
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post #2 of 7
Im pretty sure a "RX" 360 will not fit if you use a push pull set up

It's pretty thick. double check to make sure wink.gif

It would be helpful if you said what you were going to put under water... I'd assume the GPU's with the additional rad, but I hate to assume.
Edited by nicedart - 10/3/12 at 5:56pm
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post #3 of 7
Black Ice SR1 will fit up top for sure-- it's about 1CM thinner than the rad you picked.

What blocks are you using? Those are reference 670s, so you've got your choice of blocks. I recommend heatkillers-- My 670 never goes more than about 7 degrees above my water temp.
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I am absolutely sure u dont need 850w of power but if u really want it then go for it. Also have u thought about the 7950. You can OC the crap outta them and then enjoy the performance. Even if u dont OC them they still have more memory and a higher memory bandwidth.
Also do u have a hard drive of some sort. I highly recommend an SSD. They make boot times go FWOOSSSSSHHHHH. Like 10 or so seconds and ur done biggrin.gif
    
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Few notes for ya:

Like people are saying full thickness rads won't fit in push pull up top. Instead I put a XSPC EX420 up top (thinner than the RX but performance isn't much worse, but it does require you do a little bit of drilling up top because of fan spacing issues, not too big a deal) with fans in push pull no problem.

For GPU blocks the 670 ftws are 680 pcbs if I'm not mistaken, so any 680 waterblock will work. I'd personally take the XSPC Razor because I love the LEDs on the side, plus you're not going to see the block because it's upside down, so keep that in mind. Other options include the Heatkiller, EK (NO NICKEL COPPER ONLY) or aquagrafx.

CPU I always reccomend the raystorm for price to performance ratio, and again because like the XSPC gpu blocks I love the LEDs. If not you could get the EK Supremacy (again no nickel) or the apogee HD (performs well from reviews I've read).

As for your rad on the bottom I have to insist on the Alphacool Nexxxos UT60 240mm rad because it has an extra port on the opposite side of the inlet and outlet that you can use as a drain port for your loop, immensely useful. Just grab yourself a QDC (quick disconnect) or put a fitting on it to a tube with a valve that you can stow to the side so whenever you need to drain you loop you either attach another QDC with a tube or just turn the valve and empty.

The PSU is a bit excessive but hey future proof and whatnot, I'm all for more power over less.

Tubing go for masterkleer or durelene if you want clear tubing, feser if you'd prefer colored tubing.

For a pump and reservoir go with this:

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/13884/ex-res-300/XSPC_Dual_525_Bay_Clear_Reservoir_-_w_D5_Variant_Pump_Installed.html?tl=g30c97s152

I'm using a switch 810 with the parts I've reccomended to you with a 3570k and GTX 690, take a look at my sig rig and photo to see.

Hope this helps you

EDIT: Sorry to shamelessly promote another thread guys but because you are looking at the switch 810 please consider posting your support and maybe an e-mail to NZXT about offering case tops with 20mm fan spacing to allow for more 420mm radiators than just the HWLabs offerings. The more of you that post or email the more likely they'll be to do this! Thanks guys!

http://www.overclock.net/t/1308049/switch-810-owners-send-nzxt-an-e-mail-so-we-can-get-new-chassy-tops-for-420mm-radiators
Edited by PhantomTaco - 10/3/12 at 10:35pm
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Thank you all for the replies!
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Originally Posted by PhantomTaco View Post

Few notes for ya:
Like people are saying full thickness rads won't fit in push pull up top. Instead I put a XSPC EX420 up top (thinner than the RX but performance isn't much worse, but it does require you do a little bit of drilling up top because of fan spacing issues, not too big a deal) with fans in push pull no problem.
For GPU blocks the 670 ftws are 680 pcbs if I'm not mistaken, so any 680 waterblock will work. I'd personally take the XSPC Razor because I love the LEDs on the side, plus you're not going to see the block because it's upside down, so keep that in mind. Other options include the Heatkiller, EK (NO NICKEL COPPER ONLY) or aquagrafx.
CPU I always reccomend the raystorm for price to performance ratio, and again because like the XSPC gpu blocks I love the LEDs. If not you could get the EK Supremacy (again no nickel) or the apogee HD (performs well from reviews I've read).
As for your rad on the bottom I have to insist on the Alphacool Nexxxos UT60 240mm rad because it has an extra port on the opposite side of the inlet and outlet that you can use as a drain port for your loop, immensely useful. Just grab yourself a QDC (quick disconnect) or put a fitting on it to a tube with a valve that you can stow to the side so whenever you need to drain you loop you either attach another QDC with a tube or just turn the valve and empty.
The PSU is a bit excessive but hey future proof and whatnot, I'm all for more power over less.
Tubing go for masterkleer or durelene if you want clear tubing, feser if you'd prefer colored tubing.
For a pump and reservoir go with this:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/13884/ex-res-300/XSPC_Dual_525_Bay_Clear_Reservoir_-_w_D5_Variant_Pump_Installed.html?tl=g30c97s152
I'm using a switch 810 with the parts I've reccomended to you with a 3570k and GTX 690, take a look at my sig rig and photo to see.
Hope this helps you
EDIT: Sorry to shamelessly promote another thread guys but because you are looking at the switch 810 please consider posting your support and maybe an e-mail to NZXT about offering case tops with 20mm fan spacing to allow for more 420mm radiators than just the HWLabs offerings. The more of you that post or email the more likely they'll be to do this! Thanks guys!
http://www.overclock.net/t/1308049/switch-810-owners-send-nzxt-an-e-mail-so-we-can-get-new-chassy-tops-for-420mm-radiators
Thank you for all your replies.


@PhantomTaco You know what I like. haha. The XSPC cpu and gpu waterblocks were on the top of my list from the beginning. I guess I'm sticking with the XSPC theme and opting for the XSPC bay res and pump combo. I didn't think about any options for easy access draining. That's quite clever. I think you just got me sold and everything you listed. +rep
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Build a bong cooler? biggrin.gif
xspc Raystorm block is good..RASA is too.
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