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In the world of rapid cpu strength enhancements, my poor little q9400 might not make it to 2014 mad.gif so I've decided to delve into the realm of watercooling for better and safer overclocking. since its my first time working with a custom waterloop, im going to need some help and advice putting together a 775 2-way sli watercooling setup.

so here's what ive got so far:

CPU Block - XSPC Raystorm (LEDs are lovely)
GPU Block - EK-FC570GTX SE Acetal
GPU Backplate - Heatkiller GPU Backplate 570 V2
Radiators - XSPC EX280 2x 140mm (I already have 2 140mm fans attatched to the top of my case)
- XSPC EX120 1x 120mm
Pump - Swiftech MCP 350 Laing DDC
Resevoirs - Bitspower Single 5.25" Bay Black
- Bitspower Watertank Z Multi 80/40
- Bitspower Mini watertank + DDC pump Attachment

and here is where I run into problems. I have no Idea which fittings i should choose/use. I know nothing about the tubing nor coolant so Id really appreciate you help on this one. Thanks a lot everybody!!
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If you want low budget, get barbs and buy hoseclamps from a local store. If you want it to look nice, buy compression fittings. For barbs only the inner diameter matters, while compression fitting require the correct ID and OD. I would go with 3/8 ID because it's a good size for corners and looks.

As for coolant, distilled water and a biocide (like pure silver) is the most popular. Colored coolant is usually messy and messes with blocks.
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+1 what Legonut said

Distilled water , Biocide and remember , dont mix metals
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If you are on a budget, I recommend the XSPC Compression Fittings (and 1/2"IDx3/4"OD tubing/fittings). They are only $3.95/ea and are some of the strongest you can get.
If you want some aesthetic bling, Monsoon comps are nice and are $40, sometimes less, for a six-pack and available in a dozen or so colors.

If you have areas where angled fittings would be of benefit, I HIGHLY recommend getting Angled Rotary Adapters rather than Angled Rotary Comps, as the former are less expensive and allow you to use your own compressions. Bitspower adapters are absolutely top notch, but I also like the EnzoTech,Koolance, and Alphacool ones.
   
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