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I'm planning to watercool a new build I'm going to make in the next few weeks in my current case which is a Cosmos II(not the best for liquid cooling, but the best available to me atm).
So far I have these parts:

Exhaust:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16235/ex-rad-409/Alphacool_NexXxoS_Monsta_Single_120mm_Radiator_-_80mm_Thick.html?tl=g30c95s667
Bottom:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16236/ex-rad-410/Alphacool_NexXxoS_Monsta_Dual_120mm_Radiator_-_80mm_Thick.html?tl=g30c95s667 x2
Top:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16114/ex-rad-408/XSPC_EX360_Crossflow_Triple_120mm_Low_Profile_Split_Fin_Radiator.html
Cpu block:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16546/ex-blc-1168/XSPC_RayStorm_High_Performance_Acetal_CPU_Liquid_Cooling_Block_-_Black_Edition_Intel_Sockets_LGA_1155_1156_1366_2011.html
Pumps:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/17626/ex-pmp-217/Alphacool_HF_D5_Top_-_Laing_D5_MCP655_-_Black_Acetal.html x2
Reservoir:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14261/ex-res-319/Bitspower_Water_Tank_Z-Multi_250_Inline_Reservoir_-_Ice_Red_BP-WTZM250P-IRDBK.html?tl=g30c97s165

I was wondering if it's a good set up, it will be used to cool a 3930k, Rive, and 2 geforce titans.
Currently own a 1200 watts PSU, which i hope should be enough.

Also need help on which fittings,tubing and other misc parts to use, since I have no idea which ones to use, only picked the rads, reservoir, pumps and cpu block.

Any input would be great as this is my first time doing a custom loop.

Thanks!
Edited by Brianmz - 2/17/13 at 4:16pm
post #2 of 26
None of your links work for me. And yes, a 1200w PSU will do the trick.
For rads, go with Alphacool rads ....I dont know what you picked since your links dont work for me.
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post #4 of 26
Don't dismiss the idea of an external rad like the phobia line:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11760/ex-rad-123/Phobya_XTREME_Nova_1080_Radiator.html?tl=c95s667b189

I had internal rads till going outside the box, lolol. Works perfect if you ask me.
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post #5 of 26
The titans aren't out yet let alone blocks. The amount of rad is overkill and so is the PSU.

If you're planning on cooling two GPUs in the future, then the rads you have chosen are fine. However, the PSU is still overkill. A nice 850 - 1000 will be suffucient
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post #6 of 26
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Yes, planning to cool the gpus 2, titans should be out soon as well as blocks according to EK and it's poll.
The PSU is from my current build, so I will just be carrying it over.

Was also looking at this:

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16942/ex-res-421/XSPC_Twin_D5_Dual_525_Bay_Clear_Reservoir_-_w_Dual_MCP655_Series_Pumps_Installed.html?id=QQnd5Iop&mv_pc=4607#blank

Any good?

And still have no clue on what fittings and other misc parts to use.

Thanks for the input so far.
post #7 of 26
I believe that it's usually a good idea to go with a separate res and pump as it gives you more flexibility should you need it.

That also has two pumps included but I'm not sure if you're going to need them. I'm only a beginner in water cooling and not really sure when it comes to the point of needing two pumps so maybe another user can chime in on this one.

The res itself is fine though, most of them are subjective and all about preference.
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post #8 of 26
Well I take it your going to be doing a CPU and GPU loop with another GPU later on. With the amount of rads there you could probably add some motherboard coolers too but this would require a second/stronger pump. The idea of two pumps is obviously to increase the pushing power for high resistance loops. Or in some rare cases to have 2 separate loops (can provide heat isolation between gpu and cpu for example).

As for fittigns and fixtures, you can either go compression or standard barb. Compression look very nice and are expensive. You slide a cap nut onto the tubing and then the tubing onto the barb. Then you screw the cap nut over the end of the tubing onto the barb. This locks the tubing in place and creates a clean look.
Standard barbs require a fixing device (usually a simple worm drive screwed nice and tight.
For arrnaging the fittings special fittigns can be bought (they cost more) that provide special angles. 90 degrees and 45 degrees are standard but there are also fittings that can rotate to make connecting your tubing much easier and cleaner.

Tubing diameter is labelled by inside diameter ID and outside diameter OD. You want to try to match either the ID or OD to the diameter of your barbs for example 1/2" OD tubing on 1/2" barbs.
Thicker tubing has less resistance to flow because the surface area to volume ratio is better. The most popular size is 1/2" and can be purchased easily.

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post #9 of 26
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Yes, I'm going to cool the CPU, 2 Gpus and the motherboard.

And the dual reservoir seems decent with the 2 pumps installed already, any better options?

For fittings and tubing which would be the best for my setup? Was looking at some but still can't choose any =/
post #10 of 26
If you working with the Rampage IV Extreme, I would suggest 3/8 iD 5/8 OD tubing, seems easier to work with in terms of managing bends and linking all your blocks together.

In terms of tubing brands, I have used Primochill Advanced LRT and XSPC, both worked for me.
Duralene tubing seems like a popular and cost effective clear tubing on OCN.

I use Bitspower 3/8 5/8 compression fittings myself, can't really go wrong with any brands, I don't think.

I like your original pump, pump top and tube reservoir choice.
Originally, I wanted a bay reservoir and pump combo as well, but through further research I found some faults on the XSPC and Koolance bay reservoir/pump combos.
Leaks and difficult to bleed the air, but those are probably isolated cases.
In the end, I went with an EK pump top, D5 pump and Bitspower tube reservoir.
It's really personal preference I think.
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