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So i've been running my CoolIT Eco for a while now, and i think im ready to step up to a custom CPU loop.
My case is FD Core 3K. Im going to remove both HDD cages and use that space for 240 rad, here is my initial plan, please dont mind my paint skills: biggrin.gif



And here is a list of components i am thinking to get:



I will highly appreciate any suggestions
Edited by ekg84 - 10/25/12 at 10:14pm
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I honestly don't see anything wrong with the setup as you have it. It's space-conserving and reasonably low-cost. Just ensure to order fans for the radiator if you don't have any on-hand.

Edit: you'll also need 6 fittings, not 4, and you'll want more than 4' of tubing (just to be sure you have enough).
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That is a good loop, but you might want to change a few things:

1)you need 6 barb fittings, not 4, and you should probably try to get SLIVER COMPRESSION fittings. I would suggest ones from bitspower. (silver acts as a natural bioside to stop your loop from gunking up)

2) Dont get a cpu block and a pump in one, If you want, you can get a DUAL bay reservoir that has a built in pump (The best one is the XSPC d5 dual bayres - if you can get your hands on it) or get a decent pump, like the D5 vario, or the swiftech mcp655 pump and mount it in the bottom of you case.

Something else that might tickle your fancy is a tube res. I would suggest the EK multi option 150 advanced. you can mount this next to your cpu (on the right) and have it drop into the pump at the bottom > rad> block and back again.

REALLY think about your water loop and NEVER EVER TREVER cheap out on water cooling. Try to future proof it for more blocks later by having a bigger pump. it is gonna cost a little ore though.

BTW you can fit a 2 x 120 rad in that case. so you might want to put it there.

Take a look at this case - Iknow it is a different case, but see if you can set the parts in a similar way... except with a tube res

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I honestly don't see anything wrong with the setup as you have it. It's space-conserving and reasonably low-cost. Just ensure to order fans for the radiator if you don't have any on-hand.
Edit: you'll also need 6 fittings, not 4, and you'll want more than 4' of tubing (just to be sure you have enough).

Thanx, for suggestions , guys, there is only 4 fittings cause that Apogee Drive II comes with 2 1/2" barbs
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That is a good loop, but you might want to change a few things:
1)you need 6 barb fittings, not 4, and you should probably try to get SLIVER COMPRESSION fittings. I would suggest ones from bitspower. (silver acts as a natural bioside to stop your loop from gunking up)
2) Dont get a cpu block and a pump in one, If you want, you can get a DUAL bay reservoir that has a built in pump (The best one is the XSPC d5 dual bayres - if you can get your hands on it) or get a decent pump, like the D5 vario, or the swiftech mcp655 pump and mount it in the bottom of you case.
Something else that might tickle your fancy is a tube res. I would suggest the EK multi option 150 advanced. you can mount this next to your cpu (on the right) and have it drop into the pump at the bottom > rad> block and back again.
REALLY think about your water loop and NEVER EVER TREVER cheap out on water cooling. Try to future proof it for more blocks later by having a bigger pump. it is gonna cost a little ore though.
BTW you can fit a 2 x 120 rad in that case. so you might want to put it there.
Take a look at this case - Iknow it is a different case, but see if you can set the parts in a similar way... except with a tube res
Why get silver compression fittings? I understand the need to get some form of biocide into the loop, but it would likely be cheaper to just get a kill coil or PT nuke.

The pump in the Apogee Drive II is a very good pump and would have little to no issues with running more water blocks.

There's not much need to "Future proof" a water cooling loop (IMO). You can always add more to a loop, including a secondary pump.
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Why get silver compression fittings? I understand the need to get some form of biocide into the loop, but it would likely be cheaper to just get a kill coil or PT nuke.
The pump in the Apogee Drive II is a very good pump and would have little to no issues with running more water blocks.
There's not much need to "Future proof" a water cooling loop (IMO). You can always add more to a loop, including a secondary pump.

i actually wanted to get some kill coil, but i have a noob question about it: where do i need to place it, in reservoir?
Also, the reason why i decided to go with a single bay res is because i will very likely put my ssd/hdd in the top 5.25" bay.
Edited by ekg84 - 10/25/12 at 10:48pm
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i actually wanted to get some kill coil, but i have a noob question about it: where do i need to place it, in reservoir?
Putting it in the reservoir is typically a good place, either there or in the tubing between two components.
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Yes you just throw it in the res. But - personal opinion - i would suggest having that biocide in the fittings - just so you dont have to worry about it.

That pump is a good pump, but once you add more blocks and rads, it is going to pump around slower = slower heat dump = higher temps.

What I meant by future proof was that that pump will not perform as well as a d5 with more blocks and rads. To save yourself purchasing more later, all you really need to do is add gpu block and rad, you dont need a new pump.

BTW - that looks like a really tight corner from the res to the rad... you mgiht want to try find away around it with no kink
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Yes you just throw it in the res. But - personal opinion - i would suggest having that biocide in the fittings - just so you dont have to worry about it.
That pump is a good pump, but once you add more blocks and rads, it is going to pump around slower = slower heat dump = higher temps.
What I meant by future proof was that that pump will not perform as well as a d5 with more blocks and rads. To save yourself purchasing more later, all you really need to do is add gpu block and rad, you dont need a new pump.
BTW - that looks like a really tight corner from the res to the rad... you mgiht want to try find away around it with no kink
The pump in the Apogee Drive II has higher head pressure than a D5 (4.4m vs 4.0m), which is more important for large numbers of blocks since each block the water passes through lowers the water pressure. The Apogee Drive II pump also has only slightly lower flow than a D5 (285GPH vs 317GPH).
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well ill be dammed... your right, soz about all the cufuffle...
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