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post #1 of 16
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Hey, first off, i have no experience in water cooling but i would like to start off easy by doing a simple loop for my CPU. The reason I'm posting is to get info and recommendations for people that know what they are talking about. I'm open to anything really but I do want to do it myself, i don' t want you guys to tell me to go buy like a corsair h100 or whatever. I'm looking at getting the following and was seeing if you could tell me if they are compatible and if you know of something better.

CPU Block: EK supremacy plexi and nickle
Pump: PMP-400 from Koolance.com
Pump Base: Its a base made for the PMP400 and a 60mm Res also from Koolance.com
Res: 60mmX200mm (ive measured it out and it can fit in my case nicely
Rad: FrozenCPU's White Edition of the Black Ice GTX Xtreme 240
Tube Size: 10mmX13mm (and probably 8 feet or so)
Fittings: Bitspower G 1/4" black fittings
Coolant: Mayhem's Pastel white

Thank you ahead of time.
post #2 of 16
well , you pretty much got it all , remember the tubing ID OD and the compresion fittings ( asuming you are using those instead of barbs )

i would give you a suggestion , you could buy one of those RASA kits from XSPC , EK got another complete kit too


... but you got it all there too smile.gif so u are good to go
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post #3 of 16
I'd get PMP 450 instead. It's more powerful and silent. Only $10 difference, so why not?

Also, consider getting tube size 10mmX16mm(3/8ID 5/8OD). Thicker tube is much less prone to kink and it also looks better.
post #4 of 16
I would prefer 7/16 x 5/8 tubing. Not to thick, and not to skinny. smile.gif Have you researched the MCP 655 pump? It's quite popular with water coolers. Good choice on CPU block though! thumb.gif
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post #5 of 16
Are you planning on putting your GPU underwater? If so a 360 rad would be nice.
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post #6 of 16
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Thank you for all the recomemdations! I'm glad I didn't leave anything important out! Also yes I will be using compression (I think they look slicker than barbs). The tubing is going to be in very short lengths (under 5" in one stretch) so what would be the best tubing size for that? If that matters. When I looked up the MCP 655 it didnt have the decibel listed if you know that... Also no I don't plan on water cooling the GPUs (maybe if I had a reference card) but I'm using 2 MSI's 560ti so I don't want to bother. I'm going to have to get a new GPU set up for Crysis 3 anyway so maybe then I'll water cool my GPU. Thanks again for all the info!
post #7 of 16
Oh and the case is important too... you need to make sure where you will be installing the RAD and also need to make sure that you have proper clearance from the motherboard items like 8 pin connector.. and need to decide the depth of the rad depending on the clearance you got so you wont have to mod ur case. Plus I would suggest planning a loop on paper as it comes in handy deciding what kinda fittings (rotary 90 deg or 45 deg) and how many ..
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post #8 of 16
I recently purchased and constructed a loop using the Koolance PMP-400 with the modified pump top myself, and I'd vouch to say its a good choice. The PMP-400 is a nice space-saver in the case, packs enough flow/head pressure for the average loop (I think it was rated at 1.9 GPM) and adding the pump top supposedly gives you a minor increase in flow not to mention a good place to mount your reservoir. IMHO Those are solid choices for what you aim to accomplish.

I will say this, however - you should always build carefully anyway .... but pay extra attention to the rubber O-rings on the PMP-400 and pump top. When performing my build, I had 1 O-ring ever so slightly out of place, but not enough out of place that the pieces wouldn't screw together correctly and I had a minor leak in the loop coming from underneath the reservoir. Luckily I hadn't even powered anything up yet so I was able to disassemble and correct the error without any damage or serious mess. But just a heads up on that, because coolant in your case = not fun tongue.gif

Gill makes a good point as well, I diagrammed my loop out on paper too when I was speccing out the order the components would be in, mapping in/out ports and figuring out how many compression fittings I needed and it's definitely good practice.

Good luck ! thumb.gif
Edited by M0nk3y11 - 2/18/13 at 7:30pm
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post #9 of 16
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Thanks again everyone! I have a Corsair C70 arctic white case and the blackice will fit just right above my motherboard. Its funny that you say that I should draw it out because I did that when I first started thinking about water cooling xD Also leading off that I have planned out my loop and it should take approximately 4 45•, and a couple extenders to go on the CPU block (my vengeance ram is really tall)
post #10 of 16
I was going to recommend going for a 360 rad just for future graphics expansion until I say your case. Still very capable case for watercooling, you could always throw another thick 240 in the bottom for that.
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