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This is my first time ever building a water cooled PC.

My Plan is:


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Asus Gene V MATX
i7 3770k
Asus GTX 670 DirectCUII (already purchased on current PC)
16GB Samsung Wonder RAM (already purchased on current PC)
Red Corsair SP120's everywhere, maybe a AF140 on front.

As for the water cooling, I just want to watercool my CPU for now, and leave open posibilities to expand in the future if possible.

First and foremost I need quiet, so ive narrowed the pump down to a Laing D5. Maybe I can just conceal it inside my 5.25 Drive? If it goes in my 5.25 cage I would need the inlet and outlet to be on the same side right?

I was thinking about getting a D5/Reservoir combo thing, but I've read about the EKWB one leaking and im scared others might too. So instead I figure I should just get the RAD with a built in reservoir vs the pump with a built in reservoir?

So for the pump Im thinking D5 with a Top that lets you configure the outlet/inlet how you please.




For the Radiator I'm thinking a simple 140 RAD with a built in reservoir, I cant find very many. FOr now I have the Swiftech in mind.

http://www.swiftech.com/mcrx20-qp-radiator-series.aspx#tab3



And for the waterblock Koolance CPU 380i or Raystorm Chrome or Copper




The 120/140mm radiator would be in the back of the case, in push/pull, with the pull fan on the outside of the case.


Sort of like this, but with a 120/140mm radiator in the rear, not the top.



Also, does Phobya make the best clear red dye? Planning on using clear tube with red clearish liquid

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

I guess I need to figure out connections too, and tube diameter..
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Would a D5 fit in the bottom 5.25" rack, if the top one is used by a Optical Drive?
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The d5's are quite large and will not fit in a single 5.25 bay. You would be much better served with a 355 bay res unit. Either that or put the D5 on the HDD rack.
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post #4 of 9
According to stren the current block to beat is the koolance cpu 380, i just got mine and with only chaging the block from a DD mc-tdx it droped my temps by 8-9 degrees. and getting a rad with a built in res may interfere with mounting options.
    
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Is space is a concern why not get a res top for the pump. Like this XSPC one or EK one. Or you can get a Swiftech Micro Res. Then forget about the radiator with built in res and get an XSPC EX140
post #6 of 9
I would get at least a 240 rad if you plan on overclocking. Buy the proper parts now so you wont have to buy others down the road.

You can get the mcp655
then get this
http://www.koolertek.com/computer-parts/pc/XSPC-Dual-5-25-Bay-Reservoir-for-Laing-D5-Fits-Swiftech-655-655-B-225p2281.htm

I used a mcp355 with my Vulcan build



I moved the hdd to the back of the mb. I used a laptop hdd instead.
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post #7 of 9
Your chosen case supports a top mounted 240 radiator so I would go with that. I have the Raystorm Chrome and its the first waterblock I have had so I can't give a meaningful comparison to any others but it does a good job and aesthetically it looks fantastic.
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I'm willing to leave both 5.25 bays free and use an external DVD Drive instead.

In all honestly my Two main concerns are noise and looks. I know the cooling from a 120mm rad will be sufficient enough for the moddest 4.5 Ghz overclock I have in mind.

So ya that's why I want a simple 120mm rad in the back, the combination of the 25mm thick fan and 27-29mm thick rad will hide the bussines of all the motherboards IO ports behind a Corsair SP120 fan smile.gif

As for the pump, I want as quiet as possible so I'm leaning towards the Koolance D5 with the Koolance RP450 top. Are there any reservoir/pump combinations that have been tested to be as quiet as a decoupled Koolance D5 + RP450 Top?



If I have to go desperate pump and separate reservoir, should I put the pump in 5.25 Cage area or on the bottom between PSU and HD Cage?
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The noise of your pump in any configuration or mounting is going to be absolutely nothing when compared to how loud your fan will need to be if you are only using a 120 rad.
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