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post #1 of 17
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Hi Guys.

I wanted to get your opinion before ordering water cooling stuff for my rig.

I've got the following hardware:

MOBO: ASUS ROG Maximus V Formula (with thermal fusion)
CPU: i5 3570k
GFX: EVGA GTX 670 FTW
Case: CL Merlin SM8

I think that's the relevant parts, everything else is in my signature.

I've chosen the following parts so far:


I've got a few questions:

Will that block fit my EVGA FTW card, and is it a good performer?

Can someone confirm the barb size on the fusion thermo on the motherboard. I'm pretty sure it's 1/2" ID, is that correct?

I've got little idea about what coolant i should use, so I selected something in a color I liked Snorkle.gif , feel free to suggest another make!

It seems like frozencpu is the best place to order from, even though I'm in the UK. With shipping it works out at around $890 with shipping... Would I be better of ordering from somewhere else?


I hope you can help me
Chris
post #2 of 17
To answer your questions:

Yes it will, the 670 FTW is a reference design GPU and is compatible with any reference design waterblock. For your own knowledge, you can check in the future by goign to coolingconfigurator.com. It's EK's website to check compatibility with their blocks, but obviously if it's compatible with their reference design blocks it will be compatible with anyone else's

I wouldn't bother with liquid cooling the mobo if that's what you're getting at. The only chipset where that is something worth doing is the X79 when you're liquid cooling because they run much warmer than z77/z68.

Ditch that EK coolant right now. I used their UV blue coolant before and it gunked up/stained my blocks and tubing. Most people are going to tell you not to use dyes or premade coolants. The only one anyone will recommend is the stuff made by Mayhem's, except for their Aurora line which isn't meant for 24/7 use. Here's what they've got in red:



Also if you intend to use a premade coolant with dye then you do not want to also use colored tubing, you'll never see the liquid then.
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post #3 of 17
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Thanks for your reply.

The only reason I wanted to go with red coolant was because of the res. I dont want it to be clear when it's in the res. But you recon that the mayhem together with some distilled/demineralised water would do the trick?
post #4 of 17
Yes it will. I only recommend because I've used it myself, I had the pastel mint green running for a good while and my tubing didn't stain, neither was there any gunk or buildup in my loop.
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post #5 of 17
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Ok. If I went with clear tubing, which would you recommend then?
post #6 of 17
Personally I'd use masterkleer, it's cheap and it's very good quality and bends nicely. You could also get tygon plasticizer free tubing as well but it's pricier
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post #7 of 17
Doesn't the 670 FTW have a 680 PCB? So you'd need a 680 waterblock.
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post #8 of 17
Don't forget to enter "ocn" as your discount / coupon code for 5.1% off your order. Otherwise parts look nice, not sure on the GPU block though.
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post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by PhantomTaco View Post

Personally I'd use masterkleer, it's cheap and it's very good quality and bends nicely. You could also get tygon plasticizer free tubing as well but it's pricier

Alright, I'll try and get that then! Thank you for your help! Really appreciate!
post #10 of 17
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Quote:
Originally Posted by PapaSmurf6768 View Post

Doesn't the 670 FTW have a 680 PCB? So you'd need a 680 waterblock.
Well, the block is made for 670 it says, so I guess that will do?
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Originally Posted by compalalaska View Post

Don't forget to enter "ocn" as your discount / coupon code for 5.1% off your order. Otherwise parts look nice, not sure on the GPU block though.

I did do that, but thanks!
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