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I REALLY have wanted to embark on water cooling for a long time. It might be a stretch , but I could shell out the $$ if someone could recommend a good kit.

I have a GREAT case for water cooling (NZXT Switch 810) and have BUILT & modified my computers at this point, but am COMPLETE novice to water cooling (the most I touched was the corsair water coolers =( )

Here are some pics:





the amount of gratitude would just be so unreal if you guys could help me!
post #2 of 12
What are you going to cool cpu+gpus or gpus only or cpu only that will help in what you really need.


these kits come with good parts only thing you might wanna add is some differt tubing to make it look better and more fittings depending on how much stuff your going to add to it.

1 cpu
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/xsrad5exwaki.html
1 cpu and gpu
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/xsrad5exwaki1.html

1cpu and 2 gpus
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/xsrad5exwaki1.html
and
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/xsexdu12ra.html
Edited by Bal3Wolf - 5/19/13 at 5:30pm
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Originally Posted by Bal3Wolf View Post

What are you going to cool cpu+gpus or gpus only or cpu only that will help in what you really need.

1 cpu
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/xsrad5exwaki.html
1 cpu and gpu
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/xsrad5exwaki1.html

1cpu and 2 gpus
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/xsrad5exwaki1.html
and
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/xsexdu12ra.html

I only have 1 CPU and 1 GPU.

I think cooling both would look most appealing.

But I'm weary of opening the graphics card to put the water block and all the tubes and clamps since I'm a novice. On a level of 1-10 of difficulty, how hard is it to install these things for a novice?

How many hours, and what are the chances of ruining something, again, to the complete novice who has never done this before?
post #4 of 12
I would get a XSPC Raystorm D5 kit. I have one and I love it. I would go for the 420(3.140) kit if you can afford it. Mine cools my 1090t, 990FX, and my 7970 with ease. The stock fans are great too, I run them at max speed, and you can't hear them with the side panel on.

Here is the link:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16550/ex-wat-218/

When I ordered mine, it came with a kill coil, which I would recommend. You can also get different colored tubing, white would be good in your case.
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I would get a XSPC Raystorm D5 kit. I have one and I love it. I would go for the 420(3.140) kit if you can afford it. Mine cools my 1090t, 990FX, and my 7970 with ease. The stock fans are great too, I run them at max speed, and you can't hear them with the side panel on.

Here is the link:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16550/ex-wat-218/

When I ordered mine, it came with a kill coil, which I would recommend. You can also get different colored tubing, white would be good in your case.

will his case even hold a 420 not many will.
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Originally Posted by XxAlbertoxX View Post

I only have 1 CPU and 1 GPU.

I think cooling both would look most appealing.

But I'm weary of opening the graphics card to put the water block and all the tubes and clamps since I'm a novice. On a level of 1-10 of difficulty, how hard is it to install these things for a novice?

How many hours, and what are the chances of ruining something, again, to the complete novice who has never done this before?

i was a new user about 4 years ago to water cooling i was really picky and took me total of around 3-6hrs to do a cpu and gpu loop nice thing with the kits they have compression fittings so no clamps needed id say its about a 5-7 on difficulty depending how much you have taken apart your pc and gpus myself i had gpus apart for years so that waset anything to me finding the right block can be the biggest pain. When dealing with water you always have the chance of a leak if your watch and do everything slow you should be ok i didnt have any leaks when i did my rig but i have had some sence then going from 1 5870 to a 5970 and 5870 to a 7970 to 2 7970s draining and unhooking stuff is the part your most likely to get leaks.
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post #6 of 12
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I would get a XSPC Raystorm D5 kit. I have one and I love it. I would go for the 420(3.140) kit if you can afford it. Mine cools my 1090t, 990FX, and my 7970 with ease. The stock fans are great too, I run them at max speed, and you can't hear them with the side panel on.

Here is the link:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16550/ex-wat-218/

When I ordered mine, it came with a kill coil, which I would recommend. You can also get different colored tubing, white would be good in your case.

I need to see if my case supports that size. Is that only a water cooler for the CPU? what about the GPU?

and what is the best tubing?
post #7 of 12
I just did my first custom water cooling loop. I picked one of these kits and based what I wanted around it, so I wasn't limited to what they advertise. Not sure if you go for a XSPC kit if it is any cheaper than buying it all individually.

Putting it together is easy. Not hard at all. I used compression fittings. Just take your time. Plan everything. Read every guide you can and triple check all the fittings and you should be fine.
post #8 of 12
I would go for an XSPC kit also great kit for the price/cooling performance. As for the gfx card just order an waterblock from ek, heatkiller, koolance etc and add it too the loop the bay res does 500-750lph depending on the model included with the kit more than you would need. Im running 2x 360 rad cpu> chipset> dual 7970 was triple tho pump puts out 1200lph.

All tubing is the same it cools the parts imo, I have 3/4OD, 1/2 ID aslong as you dont have any restrictive flow from connections or bends its fine and is bleed properly air locks cause lots of heat traps.
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I only have 1 CPU and 1 GPU.

I think cooling both would look most appealing.

But I'm weary of opening the graphics card to put the water block and all the tubes and clamps since I'm a novice. On a level of 1-10 of difficulty, how hard is it to install these things for a novice?

How many hours, and what are the chances of ruining something, again, to the complete novice who has never done this before?

The favorite around here are Primochill Advanced LRT.

Installing these GPU blocks are easy, all you need is a small screwdriver, hex wrench, some thermal paste, and some scissors. You basically loosen all the screws on the back of your GPU to remove the stock heatsink/fan assembly, clean the old paste, then take your new block, apply new thermal pads on the VRMs, apply new thermal paste on the GPU die, then install your new block with the supplied screws. 3 on difficulty.

Hours: Depends on amount of planning for loop. The more you plan the cleaner it'll be. If you test your components first (test run your pump with only pump/res, for example) you'll get an idea of how things work, how to install tubing over fittings, how tight you'll need things to be. At first you'll make a mess and splash water everywhere, but you'll get the hang of it. Installing the loop will take ~2 hours, the rest is getting the air bubbles out.
post #10 of 12
^ yes primochill advance LRT is good tubing, and I like to use mayhems for fluids/chemicals

Watch some videos on how to do each part then follow them and you'll be fine, just take your time and don't force anything. You'll probably spend more time reading about it than the time it actually takes you to do it. Also check that your GPU card is reference and that you can find a block for it, (if you're lucky you can find some blocks for non reference cards or just use a universal block -ugly IMO- ) That part has so far been the longest in my building process.
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