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I'm looking to possibly get into watercooling for my CPU and GPU. However there are a few options I have been considering. Seeing how money is an issue to an extent and I don't necessarily need a super ridiculous custom loop. I was thinking of a few options below...

1. Basic Water Cooling: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16892/ex-wat-220/XSPC_Raystorm_750_RS360_Extreme_Universal_CPU_Water_Cooling_Kit_New_Rev_4_Pump_Included_w_Free_Dead-Water.html?tl=g30c321#blank
Kit: $170.
7970 Block: $120
Backplate: $30
Approx Total: $350 +/-
-Simply get a AIO kit and add a 7970 block to the loop as well as the included CPU block for my 3820. 1 GPU, 1 CPU, that's it... for a while at least.

2. Closed Loop x2.
CPU - H100i: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181032
7970 - ARCTIC Accelero: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186083
H100: $110
ARCTIC: $150
Approx Total: $260

3. Any similar combo.

I really like the XSPC Dual Bay Res since I have so much room on that side of my build and 3 open bays which I can finally put some use to with that. Plus I think it looks cool smile.gif
My temps could benefit (without getting into details). And the silence/aesthetics and cooling obviously mean enough for me to want to get it. But I am also looking into the future as well since my RIG is more of a one time thing and ill upgrade once I start using programs in the future that actually need a CPU or GPU more powerful than the one I have, or something dies. That way I will still have a CPU block for Ivy Bridge E as an upgrade option on my LGA 2011 and can add another 7970 or 7990 in Crossfire, assuming 7990 can CF with a 7970 I'm not sure, as an addition in the future if my FPS is lacking. So I would only have to buy a new GPU block and add it to the loop instead of a entire new closed loop which I would have no idea to fit the fan lol. Taking the pump into consideration I know the included one isn't as good as a D5 Variant but I'm not sure if I would need one. Could I upgrade the pump later on? Could it handle 1 CPU & GPU? 1 CPU 2 GPU? Just need some input.

Thank you very much! Have an awesome day.
post #2 of 5
If you're considering 1 more gpu, I would recommend the first option. Adding another closed loop may not be viable depending on your case design. It won't look good aesthetically either. Single RS360 rad may not be sufficient for 1 cpu + 2 gpus depending on the fan speed you're willing to run on it. If you want it silent, you should add another rad to your loop to maintain decent air-water delta T. I'm not sure about the pump, but a single D5 variant or DDC seems enough for the setup.
post #3 of 5
If you think the XSPC bay res looks cool, you should look at the FrozenQ bay res. You can pick the color of the two helixes but it's expensive.
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And say away from dual loops. They are not nearly as efficient as single loops, and more expensive.
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I think your option 1 is the best bet, it gives you something to build on later when you add another card LOLOL. Watercooling is addictive!
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