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Could use some help spec'ing my first loop

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I'll be cooling a Core i5 3570K and a GTX 670 (would like to add a second one at some point). I've not been able to find any blocks for my Gigabyte Z77X-UP5TH, but if there are any universal blocks that would work, I would like to do something in that regard as well.

My goal is a cool and quiet overclocked system (I know, duh). I would like to utilize as few large fans as possible running at low speeds. Tubing will be 1/2"x3/4" using compression fittings.

Here is what I've been considering so far. I would appreciate any tips or feedback:

Case
I would prefer a clean, uncluttered side window (no fans or mesh). I will need a minimum of four 5.25" drive bays available. Two for the fan monitor/controls, one for a 3.5" HDD and one for a 4xSDD backplane cage. I would prefer a large radiator mounted in the top.
NZXT Switch 810
BitFenix Shinobi XL
Cooler Master HAF X (or 932)
Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T - I *really* like the look and design of this case, but there are just a couple of issues I have with it. 1) I don't think it's big enough to accommodate my rad(s) and reservoir (show stopper), and 2) if I use a panel mount fan control, that would render the fan control knob on top useless. Not a big deal, but it would bug the crap out of me.
Corsair Obsidian Series 650D - I like this one a lot, too. Fairly plain, but roomy. The SATA HDD connector on top is a really nice feature as well.
SilverStone Temjin Series SST-TJ04B-EW Black

Radiator(s)
If I could find a case that could accept one radiator in the top large enough for the loop, that would be great. As I'd like to use the largest fans possible, it follows that the radiators should be as well, but I don't know which cases can accommodate larger than a 120mm wide size. Rad sizes and manufacturer recommendations would help here.

Pump
Again, shooting for quiet and good flow here. Some I'm considering (for lack of knowing any better):
Alphacool VPP655 Variable Speed Pump - HF Top Edition
XSPC POM Replacement Top w/ Swiftech MCP655-PWM Pump Installed

GPU Water Block
I'd like to get full water cooling on GPU, memory and VRM's.
HEATKILLER® GPU-X³ GTX 670 / 660Ti Reference Design Full Coverage Water Block - Nickel / Black
Alphacool NexXxoS NVXP Nvidia GTX670 - Polished Stainless Steel - Black

CPU Water Block
I just want something with low back pressure and usable with 1/2" compression fittings.
XSPC RayStorm High Performance Acetal CPU Liquid Cooling Block
Swiftech Apogee HD High Performance 4-Port CPU Waterblock

Fan Controller
I really don't know much about these yet, but I'd like a 2x5.25" bay touch panel. I guess it could be a 1x5.25" bay panel. I'm really just looking for a nice, functional display. Looks like the AeroCool stuff gets some pretty dismal reviews.
AeroCool Touch 2000 Fan Controller / Touch Display / Temp Sensor - Black
NZXT Sentry LX - Aluminum Dual Bay Fan Controller - Black - Doesn't look like it's a touch screen, but it's still pretty slick.

I know this is a lot of links to check out, but if anyone has used any of these products, or if something jumps out at you about them that this n00b should know, I'd appreciate the info.

Thanks,
Q
post #2 of 3
the koolance 380i is about the same price and performs a little better. i would recommend that instead:

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/17580/ex-blc-1376/Koolance_CPU-380I_Intel_Liquid_Cooling_CPU_Block_-_No_Fittings_.html?id=xzFZAwFa



also, the switch 810 is a great case for water cooling since you can fit a 360 in the top without modding and it has the potential for a 240 in the front and a 240 in the bottom if you decide to add more components.

as for rads, i would suggest one 360 as you can always add more later. the alphacool ut60 is the highest performing rad on the market so that is what i would suggest:

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14857/ex-rad-333/Alphacool_NexXxoS_UT60_Full_Copper_Triple_120mm_Radiator.html
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The Koolance 380i CPU block definitely looks like the way to go. I also like the reviews of the UT60. It looks like it performs well at low fan speeds. Unless you have any suggestions for a wider radiator for bigger fans (2x180? 2x200?) that will fit in a reasonably priced case (top), the UT60 is probably the way I'll go with it.

The Switch 810 is definitely one I'm seriously considering. It appears to provide a lot of room and features for the price. The only real nit I might pick with it - and this is something that a lot of the better case manufacturers do - is that the window extends over the drive cages. IMO no one wants to see that. A basic rectangular area or perhaps an L-shaped opening to cover lighted or water cooling components in the bottom-front area would be the way to go, I would think. Like I said, though, that's a pretty minor flaw, considering everything else it has to offer.

I really appreciate the suggestions.
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