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Okay its time... Ive been air cooling for many years and im getting tired of it. I want a 360Rad in the top with a block for my GPU and CPU obviously. But what tubes, fittings and such should i get? Are there any kits i should get and just buy a GPU block seperately that will fit with the tubes included in the kit?
 
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Okay its time... Ive been air cooling for many years and im getting tired of it. I want a 360Rad in the top with a block for my GPU and CPU obviously. But what tubes, fittings and such should i get? Are there any kits i should get and just buy a GPU block seperately that will fit with the tubes included in the kit?

COME TO THE DARK COOL SIDE. Firstly, what is your budget? WC can get fairly expensive fairly quick. I personally advise you to pick out your own parts if you want something a little more high end and are looking to make your own aesthetics as well as more flexibility with parts. If you just wanna experiment, you can go with a kit. XSPC Raystorm kits are excellent. If you are piecing together your own loop (which I am doing for my first loop) I advise you go with 1/2 ID 3/4 OD tubing. Since your 800D is a fairly big case, the 5/8 OD tubing might look a little small. Performance wise they are identical. Primochill advanced LRT tubing is the ebst because it doesn't leach plasticizer into your loop and has incredible clarity. As for fittings, you can go with generic 1/2" barbs if you are on a tight budget, or go with the bitspower compression fittings if money is no object. In the middle ground there are other compression fittings such as XSPC fittings and Phobya fittings. You can get just straight fittings or angled fittings if you are willing to spend the extra money to cut down your tubing length and improve aesthetics. basic rule is two fittings per component in the loop. A good CPU block is the XSPC raystorm. Best price to performance ratio. If you want a little something better looking, there is the EK supremacy, which is just as good of a performer. For the GPU block, XSPC makes good ones, as does EK. Their new CSQ design is a love or hate thing ( I love it), so YMMV. The alphacool nexxos line of rads are excellent choices. You can go with a bay res or a tube res. Bay res's are cheaper and easier to use while tube res's have better aesthetics. Good luck with your loop!
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COME TO THE DARK COOL SIDE. Firstly, what is your budget? WC can get fairly expensive fairly quick. I personally advise you to pick out your own parts if you want something a little more high end and are looking to make your own aesthetics as well as more flexibility with parts. If you just wanna experiment, you can go with a kit. XSPC Raystorm kits are excellent. If you are piecing together your own loop (which I am doing for my first loop) I advise you go with 1/2 ID 3/4 OD tubing. Since your 800D is a fairly big case, the 5/8 OD tubing might look a little small. Performance wise they are identical. Primochill advanced LRT tubing is the ebst because it doesn't leach plasticizer into your loop and has incredible clarity. As for fittings, you can go with generic 1/2" barbs if you are on a tight budget, or go with the bitspower compression fittings if money is no object. In the middle ground there are other compression fittings such as XSPC fittings and Phobya fittings. You can get just straight fittings or angled fittings if you are willing to spend the extra money to cut down your tubing length and improve aesthetics. basic rule is two fittings per component in the loop. A good CPU block is the XSPC raystorm. Best price to performance ratio. If you want a little something better looking, there is the EK supremacy, which is just as good of a performer. For the GPU block, XSPC makes good ones, as does EK. Their new CSQ design is a love or hate thing ( I love it), so YMMV. The alphacool nexxos line of rads are excellent choices. You can go with a bay res or a tube res. Bay res's are cheaper and easier to use while tube res's have better aesthetics. Good luck with your loop!

About 530 euros or 688 dollars. I dont need anything EXTREME. Kits should do just fine. I need a kit that fits whatever size the 7970 matrix block holes are.
 
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Get a 360 rx kit + a gpu block with 2 compression fittings.The easiest way. Dont forget to get some tubing
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Get a 360 rx kit + a gpu block with 2 compression fittings.The easiest way. Dont forget to get some tubing

What size of the compression fittings? man dont forget im completely new to this water stuff.
 
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What size of the compression fittings? man dont forget im completely new to this water stuff.

It depends the tubes that you will get. If you get 1/2 you need 1/2 compression fittings. If you get 5/8 you need 5/8 compression fittings
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It depends the tubes that you will get. If you get 1/2 you need 1/2 compression fittings. If you get 5/8 you need 5/8 compression fittings

Aaah, so the fittings and tubes dont come with the kits?
 
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Here is the kit. Chose 1/2" ID 3/4" OD Compression fittings.
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=59_202_972&products_id=33549


Here is the GPU block you should get:
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=59_971_240_587&products_id=36150

Pick out some 1/2, 3/4 tubing ffrom here in the color of your choice:
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=59_413_292_1154

And get two of these compressions for your GPU block:
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=59_346_951&products_id=30115

Get extra angle fittings if you want. Colored coolant if you want (I recommend mayhems), and your set.
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Aaah, so the fittings and tubes dont come with the kits?

I dont remember what tubes the rx kit have. Rx kits have the fittings for the rad and the cpu block. If you want to add a gpu block too then you need 2 more. So you check the size of the tubes and you get the right compression fittings
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I dont remember what tubes the rx kit have. Rx kits have the fittings for the rad and the cpu block. If you want to add a gpu block too then you need 2 more. So you check the size of the tubes and you get the right compression fittings

What about the RayStorm 750 RS360? Its a thinner rad but a whole lot cheaper, i could make the loop go through the CPU first then into the GPU as the GPU can take a lot more heat than the CPU. What do you think? (No crazy overclocks, maybe 5GHz on CPU and current OC on GPU.)
 
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