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Thanks for your time.

I'm doing a watercooling build on my sig rig, half the parts still have to make it through customs (im in canada, the blocks are coming from watercool and the rads/res are coming from aquacomputer, fittings are coming from the states)

The equipment is this:

1x cpu block
http://shop.watercool.de/epages/WatercooleK.sf/en_GB/?ViewObjectID=397220
2x vga blocks
http://shop.watercool.de/epages/WatercooleK.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/WatercooleK/Products/15525
tygon tubing (6ft)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10477/ex-tub-637/Tygon_R-3400_12_ID_34_OD_-_Laboratory_Tubing_-_Black.html?tl=g30c457s1152
1x 240 rad
http://shop.aquacomputer.de/product_info.php?products_id=1221
1x 120 rad
http://shop.aquacomputer.de/product_info.php?products_id=1218
1x laing ddc pump with top
http://shop.watercool.de/epages/WatercooleK.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/WatercooleK/Products/30007
1x dual bay res
http://shop.aquacomputer.de/product_info.php?products_id=2469
14x comp. fittings
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=59_346_393_614&products_id=35265
1x rotary comp fitting
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=59_346_393_611_627&products_id=25061
Distilled water
5x quiet fans 120mm
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=35365&vpn=D12SL-12-VALUE-PACK&manufacture=Bundle%20Deals

The blocks are all nickle plated copper
The rads are both copper fins with brass housings
The res body is delrin and the front plate is plexiglass

I'm wondering if i'm missing anything. I'm specifically worried about the fittings; the rotary fitting is just in case the cpu area gets too tight; I got the 'pro' 240 rad which has a slim design, but the fans going onto it will take up the rest of the room. I'm interested in any comments you have, if I've gone the wrong route with certain peices or whatever...your thoughts are appreciated.

This is my first wet build.

PS: where's a good source for sound proofing info? does anyone with this pump have heat issues with it?

Best,
Dan
Edited by cobaltdan - 11/14/12 at 5:53pm
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Can you write out the names of the components you're using? It's extremely tedious to go through every link just to find out what you're planning on getting.
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I'd recommend not to get 1/2 inch ID tubing, it can look kind of goofy, but that is just my opinion (don't take offence anyone). 3/8 inch inner diameter is shown in tests to perform the same as 1/2, and it's easy to work with.

I'm not a fan expert but those are sleeve bearings, might want to think about slightly better fans, as sleeve bearings won't last as long as alternatives.

Depends on your budget though. Since it's your first water build i'll add that static pressure of the fans is the most important thing, the same rad could have 20c delta or 5c delta depending on the fans.

Try to understand this graph:



Delta is the most important thing in water-cooling, difference between the water temp and air temp. Above 10c isn't so good. As you can see the same rad and heat load with different types of fan makes a world of difference. I'm switching to SP120 HP from corsair, probably going to be loud (over 2k rpm) but static pressure of 3.1 and so I should have a delta bellow 5 with just an overclocked i5 2500k and my wc setup will be kind of future-proof.

In fact I think the fans you want to buy are shown as the purple line on that graph. They have pretty poor performance compared to others shown but I guess your ones would be higher rpm, so they might be good. Anyway, something to think about before you pull the trigger. Again i'm no expert, also just finishing up my first water build, and my name is also dan.
Edited by ilikebeer - 11/15/12 at 3:13am
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Pretty much what beer said.1/2id is pretty stiff but workable every one has their opinion. Other than that id advise getting atleast 15ft since its your first build 6ft is pretty step you'll prolly find yourself in a bind.test and trial good luck. biggrin.gif

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Thanks for your input guys.

ilikebeer: if i underrstand your graph properly, and there's a small chance that i do, very small....lol...the difference between my air temp and liquid temp will be a delta less than 6c; my fans are rated at like 1380rpm or something so they fall right behind the second best YL on your graph. Thanks for providing that info .

xaphan: The fittings came today and they fit well with my tubing. the tubing is just black and it's very easy to work with, so I'm happy about that. And hopefully i dont f up when i'm measuring, cuz I think 6 ft is plenty for me. My loop isn't ginormous. you're right though it's better to be safe than sorry.

the fittings are made out of brass; i've read that if you use silver fittings they act as a natural biocide. since I don't have any silver in my loop i think i'm just going to hit up the fish store and pick up something to keep the loop clean.

I was also wondering if it's necessary to use a backplate for the CPU waterblock? there's like NO local stores that sell them...and they're about 2 bucks so I'd have to pay probably close to 20 bucks in shipping for a stupid backplate lol...suggestions? the cpu block is a heatkiller CPU rev 3.0 Ni-BL.

Thanks again!

ALSO: What should I know about how watercooling setups affect power? I can't imagine the pump being that demanding..I've see some companies offer replacement 22v power and reset buttons for the case...are there any precautions in this area that you'd recommend?

Thanks for your input
Edited by cobaltdan - 11/16/12 at 1:24pm
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