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Hello everyone!

I am new to this forum and pretty much any modding PC water cooling website for that matter. I have done some research on water cooling and understand some. However, I normally look at frozencpu.com and there seem to be no reviews on anything. I do believe in reviews, but they also seem useless at the same time. I don't know anything about water cooling parts and what's the best out there. I am looking into buying the Corsair 900d case and adding my new components into it. My house doesn't have AC and in the summer time I game when my kid is in bed, or when the wife and son are gone. My office can get to about 80-90 degrees (yes I sometimes game in the nude thumb.gif) even with a fan blowing around. So, I would like to start water cooling my PC.

Since I am knew to water cooling I was wondering if anyone here would like to toss some parts for a complete kit on here under my requirements on PC components. I know some people like researching and finding stuff out.

Here is what I have:

  • 850 Watt power supply
  • Sabertooth Z77 Asus Mobo
  • Intel i5 3770 socket 1155
  • GTX 690 (Might go to SLI down the road and in that case I need a 1200 W PSU)
  • 16 G Corsair Dominator Ram
  • 2 SSD in Raid 0 w/ raid card( I know, I know.....)
  • 1 TB Hard drive
  • 1 DVD ( Might get a Blu Ray down the road
  • Corsair 900d case (when it comes out)

I would like to have all white cabling. Debating on heat shrink, or braided. I didn't find any "this is better than that" articles.
I think a black light, or some faint dim white light would work.
The res could be the test tube looking thing, or the helix res that lights up in the front. ( I heard these leak and the inverter is a pain.
All clear tubing, or white not sure how that would even look.
Compression fittings, not sure if monsoon is better, or if its a personal look type thing.

For the rad, I really love the push pull setup in the video below. I was wondering if there is a benefit of a push pull setup and does it matter. Also should I get double rad setup for extra cooling in the summer time? I am hoping to build an office in the basement for my computer (man cave) room. But, the outside of the house needs to be fixed first rolleyes.gif

Thanks in advance for anyone's input and sorry if I sound like I want people to do my work. I don't, but I also don't want to blow $500 and find out my inner diamters don't match up with anything I paid for!

Any help would be appreciated!
post #2 of 6
Welcome to OCN! You've certainly come to the right place for learning about how to watercool your computer.

Other people here are better at suggesting parts, but I want to respond to this in your post:
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Originally Posted by crazyolreno View Post

My house doesn't have AC and in the summer time I game when my kid is in bed, or when the wife and son are gone. My office can get to about 80-90 degrees (yes I sometimes game in the nude thumb.gif) even with a fan blowing around.

Watercooling, like air cooling, is a passive cooling method, and as such it is limited by ambient room temp. It's more efficient in terms of moving heat away from your components than straight air coolers, but the heat coming out of your rads will still vent into ambient air just the same. The water can never get below room temp either so performance gains over air in situations like yours aren't going to be as impressive as they could be.

There are some active cooling solutions such as using bongs or chillers, and you should maybe look into those to see if you're up to an even more advanced challenge. Either that or buy an AC wink.gif

I don't mean to discourage you at all, but just wanted you to be aware that watercooling isn't going to change the fact that your computer is in a sweatbox wink.gif
Edited by threephi - 4/5/13 at 5:14pm
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Oh and BTW, "game" in the nude... rrriiiiiiggghhhhttt. biggrin.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by crazyolreno View Post

Here is what I have:

  • 850 Watt power supply
  • Sabertooth Z77 Asus Mobo
  • Intel i5 3770 socket 1155
  • GTX 690 (Might go to SLI down the road and in that case I need a 1200 W PSU)
  • 16 G Corsair Dominator Ram
  • 2 SSD in Raid 0 w/ raid card( I know, I know.....)
  • 1 TB Hard drive
  • 1 DVD ( Might get a Blu Ray down the road
  • Corsair 900d case (when it comes out)

I would like to have all white cabling. Debating on heat shrink, or braided. I didn't find any "this is better than that" articles.
I think a black light, or some faint dim white light would work.
The res could be the test tube looking thing, or the helix res that lights up in the front. ( I heard these leak and the inverter is a pain.
All clear tubing, or white not sure how that would even look.
Compression fittings, not sure if monsoon is better, or if its a personal look type thing.

For the rad, I really love the push pull setup in the video below. I was wondering if there is a benefit of a push pull setup and does it matter. Also should I get double rad setup for extra cooling in the summer time? I am hoping to build an office in the basement for my computer (man cave) room. But, the outside of the house needs to be fixed first rolleyes.gif

Thanks in advance for anyone's input and sorry if I sound like I want people to do my work. I don't, but I also don't want to blow $500 and find out my inner diamters don't match up with anything I paid for!

Any help would be appreciated!

Your parts list is really similar to my current build in progress (with the exception of ATI vs nVidia). I too am a WC nooblet. I really recommend taking a look at some of the builds on here from the more experienced folk and going through their build logs. I learned a lot just from seeing how certain things were done and what issues they faced.

As for which WC parts to go with... opinions are like *holes, everyone's got one. However, sticking with some of better known brands is a plus. Mixing and matching can lead to issues (X for blocks, Y for fittings, Z for pumps/res, etc) with fit or other problems. I look forward to seeing your build (either in progress as a build log or as a finished gallery) and wish you luck!
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I got pics! i can black out the naughty parts!

Hmmm I will have to look into that then, thanks threephi!
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Mixing and matching can lead to issues (X for blocks, Y for fittings, Z for pumps/res, etc) with fit or other problems.
I agree with everything in your post except this. Fittings and the ports on watercooling components that they go onto are pretty much universally standardized G 1/4" threads. You have to make sure that stuff will fit inside your computer case but that's equal for all manufacturers. People mix and match blocks, rads, fittings and reservoirs from different companies all the time.
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