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So I am making a liquid cooling build. Here are my specs:
CPU: Intel i7 3770K
GPU: Nvidia GTX 580
Case: Antec DF-85

I really like the frozenq reservoir. What is a good pump? If it has a reservoir with it I want it to look cool. (I know I'm stupid for wanting something because it looks cool) So yeah. Since the case is red I would like to stick to that color scheme. I was looking at XSPC stuff. Just I want to know what is good and what I should use. Thanks for helping my.

I am not liquid cooling my GPU by the way.
Edited by Xout - 12/4/12 at 12:58pm
post #2 of 11
XSPC makes some good starter kits with the D5 pump(my preference over DDC). You can easily switch out the stock clear tubing with red tubing to match your theme. A 240mm rad kit would be more than enough to cool just your CPU. More rads can also be added down the road if you ever decide to watercool the GPU as well
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=59_202_972
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Since you really want the frozenq res, grab the parts one by one (since if you buy kit you'll get a res in it unless you wanna go into a hustle where you sell the res from the kit separately )

all you need is
- CPU Waterblock
- Pump
- FrozenQ Res
- Tubing
- Fittings
- Radiator

and you are good to go smile.gif
I would recommend to use non-colored coolant/distilled water and use colored tubing, since colored coolant have bad impacts on your blocks and tube. Though i've heard good thing about mayhem, but if you really want to show off the frozenq lighting use non colored one

which rad to use? well it depends on you future plan on water cooling and your case. If you're planning to WC you GPU than get a bigger rad, if not than a 240 rad would be adequate enough for an OC 3770k
choose the fans carefully, it has effect on the cooling as well
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post #4 of 11
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Would a 280 be enough for a graphics card? I think I could mount a radiator on the inside-top of the case...
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If you plan to add the GPU, I would go with at least a 360. Or the 280 plus another 120. Especially if you plan on overclocking at all
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post #6 of 11
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Now I think that the case isn't the best. I thought I might be able to put the radiator inside but not anymore. Also you're right. I need a bigger radiator. What case would you recommend?
post #7 of 11
The Corsair 800D, CoolerMaster HAF X, NZXT Switch 810, Silverstone TJ07, LittleDevil cases, Caselabs cases are all very popular watercooling cases with a lot of options. I have a Corsair 700D, essentially the exact same case as the 800D without some of the bells and whistles, and absolutely love it.
EDIT: I just looked at that Antec case you have and with a little modding, you could definitely make it work. You could mod it to fit a 360 in the front and a 240 up on top and have more than enough cooling capacity
Edited by morencyam - 12/5/12 at 9:46am
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Do you think the Xigmatek Elysium is good? It's huge and should get the job done. I really want a Corsair 800D but that's a little out of my price range.
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Yes, the xigmatek should get the job done as well.
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Came across an interesting case
the AZZA Genesis 9000, very interesting case though incomparable with 800D/TJ since its le plastic tongue.gif
affordable though, or you can check bitfenix shinobi xl
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