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Water cooling build idea. I need some opinions on how to loop this up.
My current build consists of these components:
3770k
Ecs motherboard
8gb hyper x ram
Crossfire sapphire 7950
Seasonic x 750 gold
2x ssd 240gb + 1tb seagate hdd
Corsair 500r case

This is my plan based on reading a bunch of forums and reviews.

Radiator
Xspc ex up top with fans in pull
Xspc rx in front with fans in push

Pump
D5 pump, swifttech or Xspc.

Resivour
A dual 5.25 bay may work but I was wondering if anyone has a suggestion for a good tube res, 200-250mm size. Those look great and would fit well in the case. I plan on using my first bay for optic drive, second for fan controller and 3rd for my ssd 4x insert.
I will be removing the Hdd bays to improve air flow and would like my pump and res to be located there.
Mounting the xspc res pump combo outside the 5.25 bays could be an option also if that's the cheaper way to go.

Water block
Xspc raystorm seems to be the best value for performance. Heatkiller for the gpu. Likely I'll start with just a cpu loop and add the Gpu later.

Fittings and tubing
3/8 or 1/2 compression fittings. Any brand suggestions for
tubing?

Fans
Gentle typhoons I read work great. Any other recommendations? I am hoping for fairly quiet, but not too worried.

This is how I am visualizing my loop to look.

Res-pump-gpu-top rad-cpu-front rad-res


Let me know why you would go with a particular part if you suggest it so I can better understand what I need for my first cooling setup.
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the routing is a little wonky. Me personally would route the the radiators before components.

I have the raystorm and love it.

As far as the xspc res pump combo. I still own it running in a secondary computer, not bad for a budget combo. Limits your usage as for it's size and type of application (2x drive bays). I really like the Bitspower tube res. and can be used as a pump top.The tube threads directly into the bitspower D5 housing.

A D5 is more powerful, but requires a second purchase of a res., not budget friendly but better.

The rads are more than sufficient.
Edited by Asustweaker - 11/26/12 at 10:16pm
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post #3 of 6
Kinda agree that your loop routing could be improved a little.

May I suggest you route your loop as follows:

res/pump -> front radiator -> GPU - > top radiator -> CPU -> res/pump
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post #4 of 6
I wouldn't worry about the order as far as components, mock up everything in the case then take a look at it and figure out how you want the tubing to look. I've seen so many times were order is not all that important, that I wouldn't worry about it from a temp stand point, look at it from a routing and aesthetics stand point. Same goes for the tubing size, both will work fine, 3/8 is easy to work with in small spaces, 1/2 gives you that beefy feeling its that what you prefer. I personally like my advanced EK tube res but it's only 150, I think they make them larger though. I've heard bitspower makes a good one too, I've just never had experiences with them.

Oh one more thing ...remember that 45 and 90 degree fittings are almost double the cost of straight fittings, so if cost is a concern try to minimize places where you need to use 45/90s.
Edited by BiaBia - 11/26/12 at 11:48pm
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Saw you metioned RayStorm, thought I'd chime in. For CPU, it is good like what Stren found. The only problem is the poor mounting mechanism, which can be overlooked though. The RayStorm GPU on the other hand, I'd recommend other block or even a full block. I had two of them and all have an uneven contact surface which makes mounting it on a GPU with IHS less than ideal. But for the 7950, it should be fine as t doesn't have an IHS.
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Here is what I have decided so far

Pump/res combo
Swiftech 655 with bitspower top and 150mm res upgrade kit

Radiators
Xspc 240ex mounted up top
Xspc 240rx mounted in the front

Fans
120x20mm fans yate loon slim medium speed x4
1x stock 200mm side fan.
Should I keep the rear fan also?

Water blocks
Xspc cpu waterblock
2x heatkiller 7970 ref full gpu blocks

Fittings
Monsoon 3/8x5/8 compression fittings
1 90* angle fitting and likely 2 45* angle fittings
Heatkiller crossfire link

Tubing
Still undecided.




Any suggestions on what parts you might change or does this look solid?
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