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I'm testing ground on water cooling, I've always been against it because of the risk it involves, but seeing how perfect it works and looks when things are done right, I simply have to try it..
I got a RIVF with a 3820, probably upgrading to a 49XX as soon as Ivy-E is out.. Also have a GTX680 with backplate, planning on getting a second one for a nice SLi..


I'm not buying the blocks for the GPU/GPUs just yet, I'll start with the CPU only, but definitely want to get a rad, pump and reservoir that could do the job once I install the new GPUs..



What's your recommendation..?
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look into the xspc raystorm kit.
The cpu block itself is one of the best on the market, restriction wise.
I would recommend upgrading to the D5 pump/res combo as the D5 is a very reliable pump, only have had mine for a month now though.
The kit can come with a 120, 240 or, 360 rad with the kit, and you can add another one too your loop. Usually the general rule of thumb is 120x120 rad for each component, but if you add more then it allows you to run slower fans for less noise. i.e. 1 cpu and 2 gpu i would say look at getting at least 120.4.
I've always used xspc tubing, but theres a theard dedicated to tubing i want to say.

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look into the xspc raystorm kit.
The cpu block itself is one of the best on the market, restriction wise.
I would recommend upgrading to the D5 pump/res combo as the D5 is a very reliable pump, only have had mine for a month now though.
The kit can come with a 120, 240 or, 360 rad with the kit, and you can add another one too your loop. Usually the general rule of thumb is 120x120 rad for each component, but if you add more then it allows you to run slower fans for less noise. i.e. 1 cpu and 2 gpu i would say look at getting at least 120.4.
I've always used xspc tubing, but theres a theard dedicated to tubing i want to say.

p.s. what case do you have?


Looking into this right now..


I have a Raven 2, I was planning on taking out the 3 180s and mounting a 360 there with some high density air penetrators, but now you got me thinking with the 4x120..

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You can always mount a 360 rad on the bottom and get another 120 rad for the top fan mount biggrin.gif

But if you get a thicker rad, like an RX, then you might be able to get away with just having a 360
Edited by jvkua - 3/20/13 at 9:50am
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I say go with CASELABS.com STH10 Magnum quad radiators. A bit expensive. Im doing the same setup TRI 680's 4gb:thumb:
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You should check out the 900D. Its a great case that can fit whatever you want for a "not too expensive compared to similar products" price. The raystorm is an excellent block for the price. As for rads, the alphacool nexxos full copper line of rads are excellent performers. If you like the new EK csq design (I do) you can go with an ek supremacy and matching GPU blocks. A d5 would be a great buy.
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But if you get a thicker rad, like an RX, then you might be able to get away with just having a 360

A thicker rad sounds better, and the less links on the loop, the safer..
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I say go with CASELABS.com STH10 Magnum quad radiators. A bit expensive. Im doing the same setup TRI 680's 4gb:thumb:
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You should check out the 900D. Its a great case that can fit whatever you want for a "not too expensive compared to similar products" price. The raystorm is an excellent block for the price. As for rads, the alphacool nexxos full copper line of rads are excellent performers. If you like the new EK csq design (I do) you can go with an ek supremacy and matching GPU blocks. A d5 would be a great buy.

I'm not switching cases..

I saw a thread here advising against Alphacool..

EDIT: nvm, it's an 06' thread complaining about service and market position..
Edited by kpriess - 3/20/13 at 12:52pm
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How about this..?

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16071/ex-wat-211/XSPC_Raystorm_EX360_Universal_CPU_Water_Cooling_Kit_w_D5_Variant_Pump_Included_and_Free_Dead-Water_.html#blank
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http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16975/ex-blc-1216/XSPC_Razor_nVidia_GTX_680_Full_Coverage_VGA_Block_-_Black_-_Reference_Design_new_style.html


When:

Tubing: 8 Feet - 7/16" x 5/8" Clear
Fittings: 7/16" x 5/8" Compression

Is 7/16 external versus 5/8 internal diameters..? Or what does that mean..? Why are these not available under the Razor VGA block..?

The XSPC kits are great. The D5 is awesome pump, loved the one I used to have. It comes with the EX360, I'm currently using one and it performs great.
When looking at tubing, and you see something like 7/16x5/8, that is referring to the inside diameter (ID) being 7/16 inches, and the outside diameter (OD) being 5/8 inches. Compression fittings have to match whatever size tubing you are getting.
Fittings don't automatically come with a GPU block because they don't know what size tubing you are using. In general neither do CPU blocks when you're just buying a CPU block by itself.

I started out in water cooling buying an EK kit, and it served me very well. The pump is not "terrible", but I will be admit it can be loud if not padded well when it's mounted in the case. But it's a strong pump and performance was good. EK makes good quality components (not that XSPC doesn't) and you feel like you're really getting your monies worth, IMO. Their GPU blocks offer outstanding performance. That's what I love most about water cooling, is the dramatic difference in temps you get when water blocking a video card.
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The XSPC kits are great. The D5 is awesome pump, loved the one I used to have. It comes with the EX360, I'm currently using one and it performs great.
When looking at tubing, and you see something like 7/16x5/8, that is referring to the inside diameter (ID) being 7/16 inches, and the outside diameter (OD) being 5/8 inches. Compression fittings have to match whatever size tubing you are getting.
Fittings don't automatically come with a GPU block because they don't know what size tubing you are using. In general neither do CPU blocks when you're just buying a CPU block by itself.

Thanks, it gets confusing when coming from a metric system..
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I started out in water cooling buying an EK kit, and it served me very well. The pump is not "terrible", but I will be admit it can be loud if not padded well when it's mounted in the case. But it's a strong pump and performance was good. EK makes good quality components (not that XSPC doesn't) and you feel like you're really getting your monies worth, IMO. Their GPU blocks offer outstanding performance. That's what I love most about water cooling, is the dramatic difference in temps you get when water blocking a video card.

So I'm assuming going EK for a GPU block is a better choice, so overall, getting the EK kit+GPU block and fittings and then upgrading to a better quality pump is the best path to take..?
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