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Hi everyone, I'm planning on getting a computer tomorrow to split with a friend - I take the water cooling equipment from it, and he takes the rest of the components and uses air cooling.

Anyway, I'd be cooling my sig rig Number Cruncher with these parts: (sorry for the vague descriptions, this is what it lists)
-Danger Den CPU Block (1336 I believe, it's on an i7 920 currently, I think it should work on 1155 sockets, most seem to) as well as dual bay reservoir
-EK GPU Waterblock (It's on a GTX 260, I don't think it fits my 670 with a 680 PCB though biggrin.gif, might get the GPU as well though) (Unless of course it's a universal block, which I've heard are kind of iffy)
-Swiftech pump
-120MM radiator (this is way too small already for a 920 and a GTX 260, apparently temps are hitting 65C-70C, planning to upgrade this to a 360MM radiator for both CPU and GPU to run on, or get a 240 MM radiator to run GPU on, and run CPU on 120MM rad) (Reason for a 240MM radiator is because I've heard the little voice in my head talking about getting another 670 biggrin.gif )

So how does this sound?

I'm also looking at 680 waterblocks, because my 670 Sig2 is on a 680 PCB. So far I've found this: http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=59_971_240_581&products_id=33928 - Problem is that it doesn't come with any connectors to connect to the tubing, and I'm not sure what kind of fittings I should get (bars, compression, swivel)

Oh, and finally: I'm in no rush to get the GPU watercooled, I'm not trying to jump into watercooling and spend a ton of money just to find out that it doesn't work right with my components. The reason I'm getting these parts is because a friend is interested in the computer, except for the watercooling, which I'm interested in. thumb.gif So what do the OCN water coolers recommend to do with this stuff? Last note, I'm not into any of those foolish HDD water blocks or RAM blocks either tongue.gif)
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I say take the pump, CPU block (if it fits) and rad and start from there. You say you are in no rush to cool the GPU, thats good because a full cover block will run you in the ball park of $100 give or take. start off with just the cpu and see how you like it. you will want at least a 240 rad IMO for the cpu but the 120 may suffice( its worth a shot if you have one right) I would buy either a 240 or a 360 depending on your case I like to have as much rad as I can comfortably have but I also like to keep it all inside the case, I had one outside once and it didn't make me happy. Add the 120 if you want or save it and add it back in when you add your 680 to the loop.

as far as connecting it all together. I like to run 1/2" barbs with 7/16th" tubing. It gives a tight fit and helps protect from leaks(people say you dont even need clamps) usually it will take 2 barbs per block so 2 for the rad, 2 for the cpu, two for the pump, 2 for the gpu, ETC but you will want to look at your individual components before you order anything to be sure. If you want to do compression fittings go ahead, do what you think looks best, barbs are just a cheap effective way. Tubing comes in many colors and you can usually buy it by the foot or in 10 foot packs, make sure to take your time and plan out where your components will be and how you want to route the tube before you start cutting and installing stuff haha.


once you get everything you need to cool your rig you wont be disappointed.
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Originally Posted by The_ocho View Post

I say take the pump, CPU block (if it fits) and rad and start from there. You say you are in no rush to cool the GPU, thats good because a full cover block will run you in the ball park of $100 give or take. start off with just the cpu and see how you like it. you will want at least a 240 rad IMO for the cpu but the 120 may suffice( its worth a shot if you have one right) I would buy either a 240 or a 360 depending on your case I like to have as much rad as I can comfortably have but I also like to keep it all inside the case, I had one outside once and it didn't make me happy. Add the 120 if you want or save it and add it back in when you add your 680 to the loop.

as far as connecting it all together. I like to run 1/2" barbs with 7/16th" tubing. It gives a tight fit and helps protect from leaks(people say you dont even need clamps) usually it will take 2 barbs per block so 2 for the rad, 2 for the cpu, two for the pump, 2 for the gpu, ETC but you will want to look at your individual components before you order anything to be sure. If you want to do compression fittings go ahead, do what you think looks best, barbs are just a cheap effective way. Tubing comes in many colors and you can usually buy it by the foot or in 10 foot packs, make sure to take your time and plan out where your components will be and how you want to route the tube before you start cutting and installing stuff haha.


once you get everything you need to cool your rig you wont be disappointed.
Thanks for the reply. I'll see how it works out tomorrow, and might even try piecing it together a bit in my rig, hope it goes well.

But I seriously need to read up on the articles here on water cooling, inform myself a bit more.
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Rosewill HIVE 750W Rosewill Blackbone 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Sempron 145 Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 4x MSI GTX 750 Ti 6 GB Corsair XMP 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
500 GB Seagate Barracuda Stock Windows 7 LG 20" 900p display 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Intel 520 120 GB SSD Seagate Barracuda 1 TB 250GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD LG Blu-Ray Lightscribe Combo Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Swiftech H320 (CPU only) Windows 7 Ultimate 27" Shimian 1440p Monitor 1000W Corsair PSU 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
800D custom painted and fixed up! 15 year old Microsoft Custom Minecraft Mousepad Logitech 2.1 Speakers (wub wubbity wub wub) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570k MSI Z68 MA-ED55 MSI GTX 750 Ti 6GB Corsair XMP 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
500GB WD Blue ASUS DVD Burner Hyper 212+ Windows 8.1 
PowerCase
Rosewill HIVE 750W Rosewill Blackbone 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Sempron 145 Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 4x MSI GTX 750 Ti 6 GB Corsair XMP 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
500 GB Seagate Barracuda Stock Windows 7 LG 20" 900p display 
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