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post #1 of 4
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Below I have a quick diagram of what I believe to be a decent set up for a simple loop. However, this is not only my first computer build it will also be my first W/C build as well and would like the opinion of people who have been doing it a while.

I will be using a Black Ice GTX Xtreme 360 Radiator and a Swiftech MCP655-B pump, and in case it might be relevant my MOBO will be an extended ATX.

I will be using 4 90 degree compression fittings for the connections going behind the MOBO, mostly for aesthetic reasons, I am not sure if the 90 degree fittings will prevent flow or not.

Any help or improvements on this would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 4
I've been building computers/upgrading/molding/overclocking computers for several years now and have yet to do a custom loop.
My suggestions to you since this is your first build would be to wait a while before you go water. Not sure what card and cpu you have planned or purchased, but regardless you won't need water unless your going for a serious overclock. As it seems you are just getting started, I would just get the basics to start start(mobo, ram, cpu, video card) and try a modest overclock on air. Mess around with it for a while see how things go, way temps you get, how loud your rig is. Use programs like HWmonitor, CPUz, speedfan to see how it is running, and prime95 and Intel burn test to see if it is stable.
If you think you have a feel for overclocking then you might look into a closed water loop. They are great! Matience free and easy to install. They can buy a lot of thermal headroom at a reasonable price.
All I'm trying to say is don't jump in over your head, get a feel for what you need and take your time to figure out how you want to upgrade.
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I just do not feel like buying parts and then spending more money later to upgrade, I have all the part for the computer ready and I have two more months to read up/get smart on the subject (which I have been doing for over a month) before I am able to build the PC.

I know that the end result will be me having to liquid cool my computer, maybe not immediately but shortly after the initial build; once I go SLI.

So I want to get my loop setup and ready so once I do get my second video card all I have to do is add it to the loop and maybe add a second 120 radiator.

So lets say I want to get in over my head smile.gif; will this setup be optimal or should I be tweaking it a bit?
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post #4 of 4
From what I read, no matter what order your loop is set up in, the water temperature basically stabilizes across your loop with a max temperature difference of around 1C between two spots.

So you could just have the pump go straight to the GPU and the radiator go straight to reservoir in order to shorten/simplify your loop.

My advice is just theoretical though, I'm still in the process of completing my custom loop.
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