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I am looking to put together a new build this summer and would really appreciate some guidance. I would like to do a watercooled build, something I’ve never done before. I’ve done some reading, but I have some questions. Any advice on the matter is greatly appreciated!

I am looking to downsize, thinking the Mercury S3 by CaseLabs.

The system will be used for gaming mostly.

I want it to run as close to silent as possible.

I will be overclocking the CPU and probably the GPU. Neither will be extreme overclocks, just slight.

I will most likely only be able to fit push or pull in the S3, not push/pull.

I have not decided on the components of the build just yet, I am waiting to see the new arrivals this summer. I am just looking to get some advice on the watercooling parts at this point.

My questions:

1. Will 2x 240mm radiators be sufficient to cool both the CPU and GPU? (Slight overclocks)
2. What brand of radiators would you recommend? I would like to be able to use fans that will run as close to silent as possible. Would the XSPC EX240, XSPC AX240 or XSPC RX 240 be better for a quiet build? (Feel free to suggest other brands if you feel there are better ones for performance and noise levels.)
3. How large of a reservoir would be safe for this build? Remember I am going to be building in the Mercury S3.
4. What pump would you recommend for a build of this size? I am looking to keep it as quiet as possible. Would a reservoir/pump combo be a good idea for this build to save space?
5. What brand of blocks offer solid performance and quality? (I like the looks of a full coverage block for GPUs.)

Thank you very much for reading and I appreciate the suggestions.
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Just some things I need to know, a basic outline of what parts you are looking into getting. And, what is your budget for the watercooling section of your build?
Q1. Need to know specs, mostly likely this will not offer the best possible temps.
Q2. The RX series are the best for quieter, lower RPM fans
Q3. Personally I'd just go with anything that fits, and looks nice.
Q4. Swiftech MCP655/Laing D5
If you want to save space, go ahead with a bay res, though I would recommend a small tube res with the pump sitting underneath
Q5. There isn't really much of a difference between most blocks. Good brands are EK, XSPC, Aquacomputer.
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I am looking to put together a new build this summer and would really appreciate some guidance. I would like to do a watercooled build, something I’ve never done before. I’ve done some reading, but I have some questions. Any advice on the matter is greatly appreciated!

I am looking to downsize, thinking the Mercury S3 by CaseLabs.

The system will be used for gaming mostly.

I want it to run as close to silent as possible.

I will be overclocking the CPU and probably the GPU. Neither will be extreme overclocks, just slight.

I will most likely only be able to fit push or pull in the S3, not push/pull.

I have not decided on the components of the build just yet, I am waiting to see the new arrivals this summer. I am just looking to get some advice on the watercooling parts at this point.

My questions:

1. Will 2x 240mm radiators be sufficient to cool both the CPU and GPU? (Slight overclocks)
2. What brand of radiators would you recommend? I would like to be able to use fans that will run as close to silent as possible. Would the XSPC EX240, XSPC AX240 or XSPC RX 240 be better for a quiet build? (Feel free to suggest other brands if you feel there are better ones for performance and noise levels.)
3. How large of a reservoir would be safe for this build? Remember I am going to be building in the Mercury S3.
4. What pump would you recommend for a build of this size? I am looking to keep it as quiet as possible. Would a reservoir/pump combo be a good idea for this build to save space?
5. What brand of blocks offer solid performance and quality? (I like the looks of a full coverage block for GPUs.)

Thank you very much for reading and I appreciate the suggestions.

1. two 240s is more than sufficient
2. Alphacool Nexxos full copper rads are one of the best
3. I would go for a 100mm tube res, 150 at most.
4. The Laing-d5 / MCP-655 is the most silent pump with great flow rate, however its quite large. The Laing DDC / MCP-355 with a custom top might suit you better if size is an issue.
5. I like EK blocks the best. XSPC makes great blocks too.
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Are you aware of the Mercury S3 Pedestal to add to this case?


http://www.caselabs-store.com/mercury-s3-pedestal/
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I concur with most of the opinions on this thread also.

2x240Rad is plenty to cool your system.
The XSPC RX rad is good I would also suggest the Alphacool Nexxos UT60 or the hardwarelabs SR1 Rads as they are both good for low speeds, if space is an issue the SR1 is a bit thinner.

A D5 pump is good I would also suggest that, for the Res if you get a tube res get the biggest one that will fit (and still look ok) to make filling easier so you don't have to refill the res 100 times. Bay reservoirs/pump combos are also very good for space saving and work fine too.

EK and XSPC blocks are good but Heatkiller make some of the best out there, good performance and amazing machining quality and it look good to boot. yessir.gif
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Thank you very much for the replies so far! I do not have a set budget for the watercooling at this time. I am willing to spend what is needed to do what I am asking within reason. More than about 500 is probably too much.

I was thinking of getting the equivalent of the 3570k CPU, waiting for haswell to hit the market, and something like a Titan for my gpu. Again, neither of these will have extreme overclocks, probably 20% or so at maximum.

I am aware of the pedestal for the case, I am not keen on going that route though because this brings the size up by a large margin and I am really looking to downsize. If watercooling this wont fit then I will have to make some sacrifices, but I believe it can work.

Thank you again for your time and insight!
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Please?
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Please... What do you need answered? I thought this was solved and you didn't have a question in your last post... headscratch.gif
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