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Hey guys.

So i am looking to piece together JUST a loop for my CPU. Its a 3570k @ 4.5GHz

I dont need the biggest radiator or anything much really as i will not be adding my GPU to the loop. Just a simple CPU one. Nice and clean.

Also hoping my current power supply will work - OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W

My case is Fractal Design Define R4 and i have some decent room on top of the HDD bay for the Res

Suggestions?

Sorry for crappy iphone photo.
post #2 of 10
For something simple and inexpensive look into a kit from XSPC (for example):
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16891/ex-wat-219/XSPC_Raystorm_750_RS240_Extreme_Universal_CPU_Water_Cooling_Kit_New_Rev_4_Pump_Included_w_Free_Dead-Water.html?tl=c83s137b49

These kits are great for your fist time loop, they provide everything you need to get started except fluid. It gives you great insight into how a loop goes together. Word of warning: As soon as you do this you'll get addicted!
Edited by Jameswalt1 - 4/7/13 at 5:48pm
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post #3 of 10
As long as your power supply has at least one Molex connector for the pump it will work. It certainly won't be straining to get power to the components if that's what you're asking.

Those XSPC kits are great for starting out but I don't think he can fit that bay reservoir in there since it looks like there's already a disk drive installed.

Here's a similar kit with the same style bay reservoir but it's only a single slot res.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/17359/ex-wat-226/Alphacool_NexXxoS_Cool_Answer_240_DDCXT_-_Kit.html?tl=g30c321s1793

Although I don't know if that radiator + fans will fit. How much space do you have between your mobo and the top of your case?

For reference, this is the space I'm referring to:


For the RS240 kit, you'll need about 60mm of space for the rad and push fans. For the Alphacool kit, you'll need about 80mm.

Edit: If you can't get away with a decent 240mm rad up top this layout may work with a thick 120mm up front and a thinner 120mm in the back.


Edited by Shpongle - 4/7/13 at 7:05pm
   
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post #4 of 10
If you don't need that optical drive you could always throw a 5.25 dual bay res/pump combo and a 240mm rad up top. BTW nice clean rig.
post #5 of 10
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The optical drive is not even hooked up so i can ditch it. I just got my case yesterday so thank you. Trying to get all my wiring clean. Have a few more red cables coming for my GPU and some more Corsair red fans. Ditching the blue memory and air cooler :]
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BTW i would rather piece a kit together rather than buy one.
post #7 of 10
I would say that the XSPC or EKWB are all really good. If you might wanna expand it in the future go for the kit with a D5 pump. Just my 2 cents. Water cooling for the win.
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I'm looking for recommendation on like actual pump, res, black, coolant, rad etc.
post #9 of 10
If space is an issue go with a dual pump/res setup. Tubing is opinion but for me I would rather buy the color I want instead of using dyes. Rad depends on space. Bigger is always better in case you wanna upgrade.
post #10 of 10
everyone seems to be ignoring the OP's guestions, he wants part recommendations

What sort of budget you have Essartee?

since I don't know I'll take a plunge and suggest some very good performing parts.
I would get a D5 pump, any brand it doesn't really matter as they are all the same and will perform exceptionally. to go with that you can get a short tube res and a pump top that connects the res right on top or to save space you can get a D5 bay res.
For the Rads I would go for XSPC RX rads, they are pretty thick at 60mm but they are great performing at slow fan speed, If they are too thick you can try a hardwarelabs SR1 which has very similar performance. CPU block should be EK supremacy or aquacomputer cuplex kryos.

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