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I don't NEED watercooling, but always wanted to make a loop...

Thing is, I'm still on my old Q6600 G0. Do WC parts generally become out of date fast or will they last long enough until I decide to build a new PC, mine being 5 years old? Minus the CPU block of course.
My PC is fine for what it does for now, apart from being sluggish with Photoshop and my 30MB images my camera pumps out.

I'm having difficulty finding parts in my area, but this is what I'm thinking of so far- anyone comment on these?:

- Radiator: XSPC RX360 Triple 120mm Fan- $95
- Pump: Swiftech MCP655 12V 1/2IN Barbs- $90
- CPU Block: Koolance CPU-370 LGA1366/1156/1155/775/AM3- $100
- Tubing: Primochill Primoflex Pro LRT Clear 3/8IN ID 5/8IN (10 Feet)- $17
- Radiator: Swiftech Maelstrom 5 Dual Bay- $90
- Case (my current one would definitely not work): Corsair 650D or 800D... 800D is a bit pricey, but wonder if 650D would fit the radiator

For the radiator I'm pretty sure there are cheaper options... anyone recommend one? I see one commonly used on this site, but I don't know the name of it.

For compression fittings and clamps... how many would I need of each if I'm just cooling a CPU?
Edited by Winwin - 11/5/12 at 1:30pm
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Hmm, I forget the site that everyone uses in Canada but there is a pretty reputable vendor up there for water cooling parts. Dazmode maybe?

Water cooling parts don't really go out of date, your CPU block will last until you buy a motherboard that has some new crazy bracket layout (Doesn't exist yet). Radiator will keep on dissipating heat, and D5 pumps have been around for 7-8 years now. Sure slightly better versions will come along.

I would recommend deciding on a case first so that you know what size radiator's you can fit into it. As far as radiator's themselves go the Alphacool line of products is really highly regarded. Generally the best performers at any given fan speed. Also going to recommend the Gentle Typhoon AP-15's or 14's for fans on the radiators.

That pump is fine, but there are cheaper D5 pumps available that should perform just as well.

Upgrade to the Koolance CPU-380 block, think it's actually a little cheaper and is the current best performing CPU block.

Ditch the Primochill, it has a bad issue with plasticizer at the moment, I'd recommend Tygon, Durelene (Really cheap through Sidewinder) or Masterkleer.

You generally need 2 fittings per component (Radiator, Pump, Block, Reservoir) unless your reservoir mounts directly to the pump.
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Yup it is Dazmode!

For radiator, is the RX480 worth it over the EX360? The RX480 just looks overly big... not sure if the 650D case I plan to get would fit it. Are the RX versions significantly better than the EX versions?

i.e. are 4-fan size radiators usually netting lower temps than3-fan ones?
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It's doubtful you can fit a 480 in that case. Most standard cases have trouble fitting a 360 sized radiator. But, if the case you choose does have room, greater surface area allows for a lower water delta leading to better temperatures.
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A 360 should be more than enough to cool a CPU only loop and then some. I know that the 800D can fit a 360 at the top with no modifications and a 480 with a bit of cutting. I'm not sure what will fit in the 650D but it appears that a 240 would fit at the top.
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A 360 should be more than enough to cool a CPU only loop and then some. I know that the 800D can fit a 360 at the top with no modifications and a 480 with a bit of cutting. I'm not sure what will fit in the 650D but it appears that a 240 would fit at the top.

Would the 360 be significantly better than the 240?

In case I end up getting the 480 for better temps, I hear some people mount it outside the case.
How would I go about doing this? Is it recommended (I guess apart from having something sticking out)?
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The general rule of thumb is 1 x 120 per water block and an extra 120 for overclocking. So with that said if you have no plans to water cool a video card I would think that 240 would be more than sufficient for a CPU only loop.

You could use a "radbox" to attach a radiator outside of your case. You would just mount this externally to the 120 fan at the back of your case and then mount the radiator to the box. As for it being recommended or not I think that's more or less up to your environment and if there's any chance of a child, cat, dog, etc bumping into it it or whatnot. You'll see quite a few builds using them if you go through the water cooling picture thread.

Swiftech MCB-120 "Radbox"
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