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post #1 of 13
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Hello guys,

I have been utilizing a Corsair H80 for the past year, and now I am upgrading my computer and really want to try some serious liquid cooling (with a reservoir and all) but am not sure what to get.
Here is what my new PC components are:

ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011
Intel i7-3930k
Corsair Vengeance 16GB 1600 MHz DDR3
Corsair Gaming Series 700 Watt GS700
CM Storm Stryker - Gaming Full Tower Case

Also, if you have another suggestion for a better case please let me know.

My question is - Being a first time user of serious liquid cooling - What would be the best water cooling kit to use for this type of build? I am going to try and overclock this CPU from 3.2GHz to 4.7GHz

Thanks for your time,

Christopher
post #2 of 13
Get a MCP655 pump, XSPC radiators, EK CPU/GPU blocks/EK reservoir, Bitspower fittings and primochill tubing (depends on if you want clear and whether or not you are using dye). I'd use 7/16 x 3/8 fittings and tubing for good flow and aesthetics, 1/2 x 3/4 for more flow but fat ugly tubing.

As for a case, I have no experience watercooling with your case. An NZXT switch 810 is a good cheap watercooling case. Corsair 800/900D are equally as good (or better) but are made of superior quality material.
post #3 of 13
If you want minmum modification on the case and budget is not limited, get yourself a 900D/CaseLabs case. Much easier to set them up with water cooling....
    
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I would really recommend the CaseLabs cases as well. They are designed with watercooling in mind and from everything I've read they are premium quality. I am looking to upgrade to an SM5 or SM8 with watercooling down the line.
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http://www.overclock.net/t/1359030/cooler-master-haf-xb-w-c-build-new-hardware-installed
Was my first W/C build.. (still running strong ofc)
It has some high end components that I will recommend smile.gif
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Get a MCP655 pump, XSPC radiators, EK CPU/GPU blocks/EK reservoir, Bitspower fittings and primochill tubing (depends on if you want clear and whether or not you are using dye). I'd use 7/16 x 3/8 fittings and tubing for good flow and aesthetics, 1/2 x 3/4 for more flow but fat ugly tubing.

As for a case, I have no experience watercooling with your case. An NZXT switch 810 is a good cheap watercooling case. Corsair 800/900D are equally as good (or better) but are made of superior quality material.
I agree.. MCP655 pump is the only way to go smile.gif
I went with 3/4'' tubes for max flow, but I have to agree.. the over all look vs performance gain, I would go with something smaller (or though the big tubes looks kinda cool in my build)

for liquid, I would go with distilled water + adjectives and coloured tubing vs. clear tubing and dye.. even though Im sure there is some quality liquid with dye out there, I dont like the stories I hear on other threads / forums..
Even my clear premix (no dye.. only UV reactive) seamed to leave particles after a few months. so I switched (actually just switched today hehe)

Are you only gonna cool the CPU with water?

Tip: read guides while you wait for the components!! it sucks BIG time to blow up your PC course you didn't prepare enough frown.gif

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post #6 of 13
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Yeah, I was going to cool only the CPU with the water cooling since this is my first time cooling a PC with liquid. I didn't want to get too fancy my first time around. As far as preparing, do you have any tips/warnings off the top of your head? Such as watch out for this when doing xyz?

I wanted to go with colored tubing since I have heard some stories about the dye - I am very much a Looks over Performance kind of guy - I like my PC too look really aesthetically pleasing.

I do have a budget - Trying to keep the total cost around $1500, and I am already at $1400 minus the cooling haha. I got a really good deal on the CPU for $150 since I am certified with Intel so it kept the overall price of the computer down a bit. I can go up to $1650 if need be.

Also the Corsair 900D is a bit pricey for me - Looks like it's solid - But I don't really wanna fork out $400 on a case. I was thinking maybe $200 on a case. Also, I would like the case to be able to display as much of the insides as possible without leaving anything out (I.E the reservoir)

What do you all think about this kit:
http://www.amazon.com/Universal-Triple-Radiator-Cooling-Updated/dp/B008PA1TPM/ref=sr_1_7?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1369173033&sr=1-7&keywords=XSPC+radiators

Again, I have no experience what so ever on water cooling. I guess I need to know how big the case is in order to make sure the radiator fits. As-well as how many fans will fit.
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post #7 of 13
Well, with a leftover budget of $100 to $250, your best bet is really a Swiftech H220. When you feel brave enough to expand, you can add a GPU block to your video card and order extra tubing. With a custom loop, you're not really going to get that performance-to-dollar ratio until you invest in a lot of money.
post #8 of 13
i suggest you to get a haf x, plenty of space. Also How much is your total budget if you buy a case?
post #9 of 13
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How does the swiftech h220 compare to that of the corsair h80 which I currently have. Also, it would appear that that particular system has a built in reservoir - I was thinking about having the actual tube (partly because it looks fancy) if I were to say, up my budget, another $200 could I get a nicer one?
post #10 of 13
make a volenti cooler, best WCing possible.
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