Originally Posted by barracks510
Well here's a basic breakdown:
$200 on bitspower compression fittings (9.99 a piece) and 20 of those unless someone can convince me to go XSPC.
$150 on the ex 420 and 280 radiators
$150 on dc2 ek waterblock and backplate
$100 on XSPC rivg waterblock
$150 for 2 ek ram blocks and dominator adapters
$75 for ek supremacy
$250 for pump and ek pump top for dual d5
$80 for 200ft. Durelene
$20 on mayhems dye
$50 for ek x3 250 mm res
$50 for XSPC fans (9.99 a piece) unless someone can provide a better alternative.
Lots of money on rotaries
i would recommend you to reconsider the choice of BP fittings if it ends up costing you 200 bucks. you could got he Monsoon pack route as suggested above me or try the XSPC fittings which are 4$ a pop and if you need rotaries get either Phobya's nickel ones (quite cheap) which work good with the XSPC fittings or the EK angle rotaries (not the new CSQ style but the "old" ones) which the nickel version of them works almost perfectly with the XSPC ones.
(thus instead of ~20 BP fittings at 10$ a pop you'd get 20 XSPC ones at 4$ a pop and save 120$. and if you need angles the EK ones are ~5.5$ each and phybya should be a bit cheaper so could get as many as needed and save at least 50$)
On the CPU block, if you like EK's Supremacy block i'm no one to stop you from getting one (i guess its because of the frosted acrylic and the dye right?). but if you like / prefer / open to other options aesthetics wise you could get the EK LTX block if the aesthetic difference between the LTX and Supremacy doesn't bother you too much and thus save 25$. Or go with the XSPC Raystorm block and also save 25$ if you like its looks. (but if you like the EK supremacy the 25$ saving isn't worth it)
I would recommend you not
to get a backplate with the GPU block for the 7970 DCUII because you already have the stock one which should work with the block no problems (might be a bit off on this so worth's a bit of researching on this) and it already looks great so you might loose from replacing it. (saved ~25$ here)
On RAM blocks it's a bit of a controversial and problematic topic. On the first side they are completely unneeded and redundant for today's DDR3 modules and just add restrictiveness to the loop and make it more complex. In the second side of it this is OCN and redundant and unnecessary are forbidden words and RAM blocks are purely for aesthetics and for e-Peen. if you like the look of RAM blocks and wish to use them i'm not stopping you from accomplishing your goal, but in my opinion RAM (at least yours) already looks great and you could save 150$ by considering this thought. if you go with RAM blocks, then i think you got your calculation wrong (maybe): since you have the RIVG board you would need the 2X dominator adapters (2x 25$) and 2 of the EK X2 blocks which cost each ~30$ and not the X4 which cost 50$ each. (and thus by the magic of mathematics you save 40$ at least)
TBH, i don't think you need dual pumps. a single D5 should handle this loop without too much sweat. but again this is OCN so if you really want dual pumps then go for it, your money. (but a single pump would save you 75$ of the second pump and 45$ by going on a single pump top)
200ft. of tubing??? i know this is OCN but 60 meters of tubing sounds like a miniature water park project rather than a water cooling project. 50ft. is already overkill so i'd recommend you that and thus saving 60$.
XSPC fans are great, many say that for the price they are quite the good buy. there aren't too many good 140 fans and the overall selection is quite small so you can't go (too) wrong with these.
also, you could save ~20$ by going with 420 and 280 rads from Phobya (60mm thick) or Alphacool (the UT60 model). and if you don't mind going a little thinner to 45 mm then the Alphacool XT45 rads (the 140 variants too) are a great choice with (very) minimal performance hit that saves you ~40$.
(and if you don't mind going to the old favorite 120mm standard, 360 and 240, you could save even some more and have a wider selection of fans but this is an entirely different discussion.)
saved at least ~300$ by going with XSPC comps, no back plate, correct RAM blocks, a single pump, and other rads. (everything depends on what you choose at the end. biggest chunk of the money pit here is the BP fittings and dual pumps)
hope it helped and got you reconsidering at list for a few seconds your loop.
there is also a strong rumor that soon XSPC would release rotary angle fittings. actually XSPC just does not have an ETA date (or pics
)Edited by RKTGX95 - 2/27/13 at 10:48am