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Hey guys,

I've been thinking and thinking about my WC setup and although I constantly keep thinking of different setups every other day, I think I pretty much narrowed it down to what could be a workable solution. I had a closed loop WC setup in the past and as this will be my first custom loop, I'd hope I could get some advice from those of you whom, without a doubt, have tons of more experience in this field. My to be cooled hardware will be:

- i7 950 with a yet to be decided block (leaning towards an EK Supreme HF)
- Asus Rampage II Extreme north and south bridge with an EK-FB RE2
- 6 ram sticks with an EK-RAM Monarch X6
- 2, quite possible 3 graphics cards with full cover blocks

My res and pump will most likely be a Koolance 452x2 V2 with an XSPC RS 240 and an yet to be decided 120mm rad in push/pull to do the cooling. With these 5-6 block that will have to be cooled, will an 240 and 120 rad do the job, or are more rads needed? The res/pump bay I have in mind supports both 2 separate loops or 1 loop with 2 d5 pumps in series. Will either of the 2 be enough to get the job done? I was thinking something like:

res/pump > 240 > cpu > nb/sb > ram > 120 > card1 > card 2 > card3 > res/pump

Or if it has to be 2 loops:
res/pump1 > 120 > cpu > nb/sb > ram > res/pump1
respump2 > 240 > card 1 > card 2 > card 3 > res/pump2

Am I on the right track with this setup, or does it need major rethinking? Would love to hear some advice on it! smile.gif
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post #2622 of 10491
Seeing as some others have posted some awesome looking water setups, I wanted to know if anyone could pretty much help me get to grips what would be a good start for changing or half-changing from air, to water cooling. My set up at the moment is all air, however i'll be getting a GTX660 and was wondering if there was a worthwhile way to do it all.

Sorry if im rambling
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post #2623 of 10491
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Fit test:

20130518_071505_zps9136637c.jpg

That is awesome, how long did it take you to do that?
post #2624 of 10491
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That is awesome, how long did it take you to do that?

Just a couple of hours so far. It will be done Wednesday or Thursday hopefully.
 
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post #2625 of 10491
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Hey guys,

I've been thinking and thinking about my WC setup and although I constantly keep thinking of different setups every other day, I think I pretty much narrowed it down to what could be a workable solution. I had a closed loop WC setup in the past and as this will be my first custom loop, I'd hope I could get some advice from those of you whom, without a doubt, have tons of more experience in this field. My to be cooled hardware will be:

- i7 950 with a yet to be decided block (leaning towards an EK Supreme HF)
- Asus Rampage II Extreme north and south bridge with an EK-FB RE2
- 6 ram sticks with an EK-RAM Monarch X6
- 2, quite possible 3 graphics cards with full cover blocks

My res and pump will most likely be a Koolance 452x2 V2 with an XSPC RS 240 and an yet to be decided 120mm rad in push/pull to do the cooling. With these 5-6 block that will have to be cooled, will an 240 and 120 rad do the job, or are more rads needed? The res/pump bay I have in mind supports both 2 separate loops or 1 loop with 2 d5 pumps in series. Will either of the 2 be enough to get the job done? I was thinking something like:

res/pump > 240 > cpu > nb/sb > ram > 120 > card1 > card 2 > card3 > res/pump

Or if it has to be 2 loops:
res/pump1 > 120 > cpu > nb/sb > ram > res/pump1
respump2 > 240 > card 1 > card 2 > card 3 > res/pump2

Am I on the right track with this setup, or does it need major rethinking? Would love to hear some advice on it! smile.gif

According to your setup You are def on the right track. I would recommend the two loop setup for two reasons:
1) Two loops will allow the system to maintain a better pressure within. With the water (coolant) not having to travel as far your flow rate will be much better.
2) Having two loops is nice if something fails its easier to replace failed components in separate loops or clean separate loops if needed.

As far as your flow chart idea, I think you have the most effecient setup. I would prob recommend getting the RX240 and an RX120 as they are thicker radiators and would potentially offer a little better cooling. I have 30mm radiators and I am going to replace them with 45 or 60mm radiators because I believe I can get better temps with it.
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post #2626 of 10491
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Seeing as some others have posted some awesome looking water setups, I wanted to know if anyone could pretty much help me get to grips what would be a good start for changing or half-changing from air, to water cooling. My set up at the moment is all air, however i'll be getting a GTX660 and was wondering if there was a worthwhile way to do it all.

Sorry if im rambling

Depends if you want custom loop or closed loop
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post #2627 of 10491
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Depends if you want custom loop or closed loop

A custom loop is where you can expand it to whichever components you want to add in and a closed is for the cpu right? Well i'd want to see how much a custom is
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A custom loop is where you can expand it to whichever components you want to add in and a closed is for the cpu right? Well i'd want to see how much a custom is

Custom loop: You buy all the individual parts and construct yourself, where it is your responsibility to check for leaks etc, more expensive but better cooling, and more aesthetically pleasing

Closed loop, manufacturer sealed, no maintenance, warranty, cheaper, not always as good cooling, or good looking

Note: you can by a closed loop water cooler for GPUs, I'm sure arctic cooling do one

If you wanted you could by something like a H80i or H100i for your CPU, and then buy another and custom mount it to your GPU, so long as you make sure you have room for your radiators.
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post #2629 of 10491
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According to your setup You are def on the right track. I would recommend the two loop setup for two reasons:
1) Two loops will allow the system to maintain a better pressure within. With the water (coolant) not having to travel as far your flow rate will be much better.
2) Having two loops is nice if something fails its easier to replace failed components in separate loops or clean separate loops if needed.

As far as your flow chart idea, I think you have the most effecient setup. I would prob recommend getting the RX240 and an RX120 as they are thicker radiators and would potentially offer a little better cooling. I have 30mm radiators and I am going to replace them with 45 or 60mm radiators because I believe I can get better temps with it.

Thanks Dgeorge7161!

It's always good to hear that you're on the right track. Since I haven't decided which graphics cards I will be getting, I can already make a start with the cpu loop. Regarding your advice to go with RX radiations, I will definitely go for the RX120 at the rear, but about the RX240 I have some doubts. I measured the space on my motherboard and due to the placement of the atx power connector, I have about 70mm of space for a radiator and fan and therefore, an RX240 would not fit in a push/pull configuration. Would it be better to go for an RX240 push setup, or would an RS240 in push/pull be better? Maybe also necessary to add, these 2 radiators with fans will be the only fans installed in the case. So would an RX240 in push and an RX120 in push/pull as exhaust be enough, or with that in mind would an RS240 in push/pull create a better airflow?

Also, to make things even more complicated, due to the 70mm that I have, EX and AX radiators would also fit...so many different options to go with! I plan to use ap-15s as my fans, btw. My aim is to get a configuration with as little noise as possible.
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post #2630 of 10491
If I could do mine over again I'd probably go with a swift apogee drive 2 cpu block , 120 rad, 240 rad, and then a microres mounted near the Ram on the fronf of the housing. I think this makes for the cleanest top side loop.

If you want to use a bay reservoir then I'd consider also adding in a small dual 80mm rad on the bottom floor because the case is sort of radiator limited.
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