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How about for thermal paste on my CPU/GPU. Do I need any on the GPU (Never done any GPU cooling before)? And should I be using IC Diamond thermal paste? Sorry if I'm overwhelming with the questions, but I really want to get this right before purchasing $600 worth of equipment
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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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How about for thermal paste on my CPU/GPU. Do I need any on the GPU (Never done any GPU cooling before)? And should I be using IC Diamond thermal paste? Sorry if I'm overwhelming with the questions, but I really want to get this right before purchasing $600 worth of equipment
No worries about the questions. That's what we're all here for, to help each other out. If you can't return unused fittings you'd be able to sell them on the OCN marketplace pretty easily. All you're parts look good and will all be compatible. Distilled water with a silver kill coil is a great coolant. That what I and I assume at least half of the watercoolers here use. A kill coil just keeps bacteria from growing in your loop. Thermal paste, Arctic silver 5 is a really good paste. I'm using IC Diamond right now and really didn't see much improvement over the Shin-Itsu I was previously using. The GPU will get thermal paste on the chip. The VRM and mosfets with have thermal pads that come with the GPU block
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Angled fittings are a must in some cases. I ended up using about 4 or 5 in my build, especially useful for the first time loop.

I also went with 10ft of tubing as I didn't know how much I was going to mess it up. Turns out I only made one length mistake and still have a couple feet left.
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So I've made some case layout plans. The plan is to have cold air pulled into the case from the front fans. The rad on the bottom will pull in fresh air from the front fans. The rad on the top of the case can either dissipate heat out or pull more cool air in, I'm not sure which one will be better and would love thoughts on how I should set this up. Also pleas note that in my drawing the top rad should be flipped with the fans. I realized after I drew the entire picture that it was wrong and decided to just draw an arrow to pretend I did it right thumb.gif. Any critique on my loop routing is well welcomed as always, and I thank you for your time redface.gif

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I was originally planning the same sort of route in my 800D but discovered an easier route.

Instead of going from your 240mm > GPU > CPU I would recommend the below. It's shorter and will look cleaner smile.gif

RES > PUMP > 240 > GPU > 240 (top) > CPU > RES.
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I was originally planning the same sort of route in my 800D but discovered an easier route.

Instead of going from your 240mm > GPU > CPU I would recommend the below. It's shorter and will look cleaner smile.gif

RES > PUMP > 240 > GPU > 240 (top) > CPU > RES.

Great idea, thank you! I see how that is much shorter in the end for me. How does the plan of having the bottom rad suck in fresh air from the intake fans sound? My father who is a physicist said it should work well, so I believe it should cool fairly efficiently. Also, do people here enjoy build logs as much as the other forum I frequent?
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This dual 5.25" bay with a preinstalled pump seems to be like a decent idea, and would save me on having to find a place to mount my pump at. Can anybody tell me how good this will be for me?

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/18523/ex-res-482/XSPC_Dual_525_Bay_-_DDC_Dual_Pump_Dual_Split_Reservoirs_-_Clear_w_Single_DDC_Installed_DDCBAYTWO-1PUMP.html?tl=g30c97s152
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I was originally planning the same sort of route in my 800D but discovered an easier route.

Instead of going from your 240mm > GPU > CPU I would recommend the below. It's shorter and will look cleaner smile.gif

RES > PUMP > 240 > GPU > 240 (top) > CPU > RES.

Great idea, thank you! I see how that is much shorter in the end for me. How does the plan of having the bottom rad suck in fresh air from the intake fans sound? My father who is a physicist said it should work well, so I believe it should cool fairly efficiently. Also, do people here enjoy build logs as much as the other forum I frequent?

Yes, having the 240mm in the bottom as an intake is really the only option, I can't why anyone would want to use it as anything else. Intakes at the bottom, exhausts at the top!

Yes, we here at OCN love build logs!

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This dual 5.25" bay with a preinstalled pump seems to be like a decent idea, and would save me on having to find a place to mount my pump at. Can anybody tell me how good this will be for me?

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/18523/ex-res-482/XSPC_Dual_525_Bay_-_DDC_Dual_Pump_Dual_Split_Reservoirs_-_Clear_w_Single_DDC_Installed_DDCBAYTWO-1PUMP.html?tl=g30c97s152

Whilst not a bad choice, it's generally considered a better option to get the two individually as it doesn't tie you to one layout. However, for some people it's ideal. Weigh up your needs and make your decision that way.

Hope I helped!
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Just to clarify: When I say I'll have the fans exhaust on the top, I want the fan on top of the radiator pushing up and out correct? Also the pump/res combo may be the best choice as it is a little cheaper and I don't have to worry about mounting the pump somewhere in my case
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Just to clarify: When I say I'll have the fans exhaust on the top, I want the fan on top of the radiator pushing up and out correct? Also the pump/res combo may be the best choice as it is a little cheaper and I don't have to worry about mounting the pump somewhere in my case
You can either have them above the radiator pulling air through the radiator then out the case, or under the radiator pushing air through the radiator then out the case. It depends on your fans. For high speed(>1800RPM), push is preferred, for low speed(<1000RPM) pull is preferred, and for medium speed it really doesn't make much of a difference. But either way, you'll probably only see about a few degree difference(+/- about 2C)
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