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im in the uk too.

2 good places for water cooling gear I use is

scan & specialtech

I had a look at how you could do the whole loop aswell.

you could have the 240 rad in the top & a 120 externally at the back.

so id get

alphacool 30mm rad for top (if placing inside case)

any 120 rad for the back (prefer 60mm or above)

xpsc x20 dual res / pump combo

2x ek gtx 680 waterblocks for the 670's FTW ( theyre the ones that fit apparently)

1/2'' inner diameter tubing & fittings?

good luck finding all the bits you want!

its not easy here in the uk!
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Basically a premix coolant comes with corrosion and algae inhibitors in the mix, and typically a dye of some sort, whereas distilled, or deionized water will need an anti corrosion additive and biocide.
These come in a few flavours, so to speak, that will handle one or the other, or even both such as Liquid Utopia. There are also kill coils, which work the same as a biocide, but is just a coil of silver the sits in the res.

While both types of coolants are fairly similar in performance, the premix coolants can be problematic, as dyes and uv additives break down over time and slowly clog up waterblocks, its not an issue if you regularly flush your loop out, but doing so costs more as distilled water is cheaper than premixed coolants.

One thing I did forget to mention, is to avoid using aluminium in your loop, there are some radiators made of aluminium, and will accelerate the corrosion process. Brass, copper and nickel are fine together though.
Edited by Braindead - 4/21/13 at 5:12am
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I will have a look at this when I leave work.
First of all, I would like to thank you for taking the time to explain everything in detail. Watercooling is starting to make a lot more sense now.

Does that mean I would have to mix the mixture myself or do some kits come with the liquid to just pour in so to say. Is there a huge difference between having a custom mixture and premade one?

I think to start off with I might remove my H60 and use the watercooling loop instead. If this works out well then I will probably extend the loop to the GPU's - Is this possible?

I will start to look further into it as soon as I get home.
I plan to remove the current cooler. I will have a look at those products as soon as I get home but thank you for the help. I am from the UK and usually order everything from Amazon although I am pretty sure that they do not sell watercooling components.

Amazon do watercooling components http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_9?url=search-alias%3Dcomputers&field-keywords=bitspower&sprefix=Bitspower%2Caps%2C272 but you are simply ordering from one of the four main suppliers so theres no real advantage, except Amazon has better photo's!
The main UK suppliers are
Specialtech http://www.specialtech.co.uk/ - good choice of gear but they have an unfortunate habit of advertising items which are not in stock, as I found out to my cost a couple of times. Postage can be excessive, select the cheapest postage if you buy.

C & C Central http://www.candccentral.co.uk/ - less choice but good customer service and they normally combine postage.

Watercooling UK http://www.watercoolinguk.co.uk/ more specialised but their descriptions are often confusing due to be being badly translated from German mad.gif

Aquatuning UK http://www.aquatuning.co.uk/ as before with more choice and newest gear but very poorly translated.

Edit* I forgot to mention Scan who I recently bought my radiator off and they sent me a TEXT to let me know it was dispatched! Very impressed.
When I planned my loop I looked at bay reservoirs but didn't like them because if you need to do anything with connectors and so on you have to pull the reservoir out. With a conventional cylinder reservoir it looks great and is easily accessible. I plan to WC my GPU this year and am currently adding a front radiator to the existing 360 rad which will take care of this - I have removed the HDD cage to do this.


Edited by PinzaC55 - 4/21/13 at 6:11am
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I plan to WC my GPU this year and am currently adding a front radiator to the existing 360 rad which will take care of this - I have removed the HDD cage to do this.
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Haha you're going ahead with what I was too lazy to do, I was going to run my sig rig in my HAF X but it was gonna be such a pain to mod the case to fit rads in. Dropped the cash on a mountain mods case and havent looked back tongue.gif
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I have actually been thinking about doing thisfor a couple of months but groaned at the thought of the work involved. In the event it took about 30 minutes and involved the use of a hand drill and a half inch wide hacksaw blade. I can't understand why good old Coolermaster didn't simply fix it in with screws? I doubt that Mountain Mods cases like Caselabs are available in the UK and if they were they would cost a lot.
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Trying not to go off topic too much ninja.gif

Yea it was about $650AUD incl. shipping to get mine, but the way I see it, its the one part of the pc that you can truely future proof, and in the event you ever do need to change it, being modular its, just a matter of getting parts, instead of buying a whole new case every time I upgrade. The biggest factor for me was that it could fit all the radiators I would ever need inside the case.
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