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What I want to achieve:
  • Water loop including CPU/GPU
  • Good performance, as well as looks
  • Fit it all in a not super ghetto fashion into a Corsair 500r

Budget: $600-800 (It's just an estimate, I want to do a good loop!)

I've picked out a few parts, but over on a different forum they said I want want a dual-rad in strictly push or pull. If there is anything I need to change I am willing to. They only thing I have is the rig in my signature along with some white sleeved cable extensions.

$61 Black Ice Dual 140mm Rad
$70 Apogee HD White CPU LGA1155
$44 4x S.S. Air Penetrator
$154 Komodo 7950 Full cover
$99 Green Double Helix
Edited by mwb1234 - 3/4/13 at 1:41pm
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Hello and welcome to the forums! I think it would be a good idea to hang out in the watercooling discussion and gallery thread for a while and pick up some ideas. That's what I did before building my first loop a couple weeks ago.


Secondly, it might be a good idea to layout your post just a little better so it's easier to read, it's just a block of text right now redface.gif

We will also need to know your budget so appropriate items are selected for your build. If not, you may get suggestions that are completely out of question.

Lastly, fill out your current spec in your user profile so it appears under your post (like mine below). That way, we can see clearly what you have without you having to post it every time. smile.gif

Once that's all done, we can then talk watercooling!
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Hello and welcome to the forums! I think it would be a good idea to hang out in the watercooling discussion and gallery thread for a while and pick up some ideas. That's what I did before building my first loop a couple weeks ago.


Secondly, it might be a good idea to layout your post just a little better so it's easier to read, it's just a block of text right now redface.gif

We will also need to know your budget so appropriate items are selected for your build. If not, you may get suggestions that are completely out of question.

Lastly, fill out your current spec in your user profile so it appears under your post (like mine below). That way, we can see clearly what you have without you having to post it every time. smile.gif

Once that's all done, we can then talk watercooling!

How about we start talking then? thumb.gif
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your parts list looks good, but the links all bring you back to this thread for some reason.
You still need a pump, fittings, and tube.
For pump I recommend a MCP655 (Liang d5).

Fittings, I prefer compression fittings over barbs. I really like bitspowers fittings but they are expensive. The XSPC and EK compression fittings are nice a a little cheaper.

Tubing size and color is more of a personal opinion thing. Most popular around here seems to be 1/2" ID x 3/4" OD. I think that's a little big for my taste. I use 7/16" x 5/8".
If you go with clear tubing, you can't go wrong with Duralene from sidewinders. It's been shown to have the least amount of issues with plasticizing and yellowing.

For coolant, distilled water with a kill coil or PTnuke is cheapest and easiest but if you want colored coolant, use Mayhem's dye, concentrated, or premixed coolants. They have had the least amount of staining tubes and blocks and gunking up blocks. Note that red, pink, and purple do stain a little bit though. I personally only have experience with their orange dye and haven't had any of the issues mentioned.

If you have the room in your case, I would chage the Black Ice radiator to an Alphacool ut60 as it is the king of radiators right now at a wide range of fan speeds. If a 60mm radiator is too thick go with the Alphacool xt45. It's right behind the ut60 in terms of performance
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your parts list looks good, but the links all bring you back to this thread for some reason.
You still need a pump, fittings, and tube.
For pump I recommend a MCP655 (Liang d5).

Fittings, I prefer compression fittings over barbs. I really like bitspowers fittings but they are expensive. The XSPC and EK compression fittings are nice a a little cheaper.

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If you have the room in your case, I would chage the Black Ice radiator to an Alphacool ut60 as it is the king of radiators right now at a wide range of fan speeds. If a 60mm radiator is too thick go with the Alphacool xt45. It's right behind the ut60 in terms of performance

The grill on the top is about 29mm thick, so that's why I went with the stealth 240. I was thinking of ordering a second, much thicker rad, to ghetto mount in some fashion at the bottom of my case. I was looking at this pump. Also, I've looked at dual bay reservoir/pump combo and was wondering of any recommendations on that. As for tubing I've been thinking of green tubes/LEDs with white cables and accents. I'll probably just use clear non-conductive coolant such as distilled deionized water inside colored tubes. Now when ordering a pump do I need to get it to match my tubing size or will I just make the tube stretch?
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That's a good pump. If you plan on using the stock top on the pump you'd need to get tubing that matched the barb size. If you use a reservoir that allows the pump to be mounted directly to it then you buy fittings to match the size of the tube. If you use a res that is stand alone from the pump you could get an aftermarket pump top that allows any size fitting to be installed in the threaded ports to match the size of the tube. There are also some pumps that come with the stock top with threaded ports to install different fittings. For bay res/pump combo, I like the XSPC dual bay with d5 pump, but some have had issues with it leaking. I myself like tube reservoirs since they can be mounted anywhere and can be easier to fill and bleed.
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So I've gone through and tried to make my parts better while still not going overboard on the costs. Again I welcome any and all critique as I'm brand new to watercooling. My new list of parts is as follows.

$70 Apogee HD White CPU LGA1155
$44 4x S.S. Air Penetrator
$154 Komodo 7950 Full cover
$100 Dual XSPC 240mm Rads
$50 XSPC Dual 5.25" Drive Res
$15 5 Feet 1/2 x 3/4 Tube White
$70 10x Silver Comp. Fittings
$77 Koolance PMP-450 Pump (1/2")
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Might not be a bad idea to pick up a few 45 and 90 degree angle adapter fittings just in case.
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Might not be a bad idea to pick up a few 45 and 90 degree angle adapter fittings just in case.

If I do grab them, but end up not using them am I able to return them? I don't feel like wasting money just because I can rolleyes.gif. Also, do my parts seem to be compatible with each other, and I'll also need help selecting a coolant. I do believe distilled deionized water would do good as it's clear and non-conductive right?
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Grab so more tubing its you're first time at least 10 feet everything else looks good thumb.gif
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