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Hi everyone, first off sorry for the long post and thank you to all that read it.

Well here I am, about to take the plunge into water cooling for the first time, *Scared Face*.
I have meticulously measured and mapped out where everything will go in my build and after a few weeks of measuring I think I've got it..... hopefully!
But as this is my first time I was really hoping that a some water cooling veterans could give my set up the once over to see if I've missed something.

The problem I have is I've just emigrated to Eastern Europe from the UK, and over here PC tech is way, WAY behind the UK, USA and everywhere else. I've tried asking about parts for water cooling in all the big PC superstores over here, but when I asked them they look at me like I'm Doctor Evil asking for parts to build a Volcano super lair! biggrin.gif They just didn't know what I was talking about.
So I'm going to have to order the parts from the UK and have them shipped over, which is gonna cost.... a lot! So I have to get the order spot on, if I've missed something out, I'm stuck. I won't be able to order anything else for a few months :-\

So if a few of you could please have a good look at my proposed set up and let me know if I've forgotten/missed something, or just cocked up in general, I would be eternally grateful =)

My loop would be: Pump>>Rad>>Block>>Res>>Pump again, with a T-Fitting between the Pump and Rad for a ball valve and drainage tube.

Here is the list of parts I was going to order with a rough map of where the parts would go.
Thanks guys, really really appreciate it.

Block - XSPC RayStorm CPU WaterBlock (Intel) [x1]
Rad - XSPC AX240 Dual Fan Radiator (Black) [x1]
Pump - EK DCP 4.0 Pump (12v) [x1]
Res - FrozenQ Liquid Fusion V Series 160mm - Blue [x1]
Hose - XSPC HighFlex Hose 1/2" ID, 3/4" OD, 19/12.7mm, 2m, Blue/UV Blue [1x2m]
Fittings - XSPC G1/4" T Fitting (Black Chrome) [x1]
XSPC G1/4" to 1/2" ID, 3/4" OD Compression Fitting (Black Chrome) [x14]
XSPC G1/4" 45° Rotary Fitting (Black Chrome) [x4]
XSPC G1/4" 5mm Male to Male Fitting (Black Chrome) [x4]
XSPC G1/4" Plug (Black Chrome) [x4]
Aqua Computer Ball Valve Female Thread G 1/4 without Fittings [x1]
Extras - Mayhems Biocide 10ml With PH Testing Kit [x1]
Mayhems Fine Silver Kill Coil [x1]
Bitspower O-Ring Set - 50pcs - Black [x1]

post #2 of 9
If you add a drain line, you will be much more happy. Between the Pump Outlet and Radiator or at the outlet of the radiator.

Just notice this sorry
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T-Fitting between the Pump and Rad for a ball valve and drainage tube.


(You can also add a temperature sensor to your loop)

But for the rest, everything seems fine. thumb.gif
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Looks like a solid complete order. You ever think about the EK pumps that mount to the bottom of the EK cylindrical reservoirs those are sweet. Where you want your res they might not work out so well though..
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Looks like a solid complete order. You ever think about the EK pumps that mount to the bottom of the EK cylindrical reservoirs those are sweet. Where you want your res they might not work out so well though..

Thanks for your reply.

Yeah I had looked at the pump/res mounts but I measured and if I got one of those I would have to get a very small res as things would be in the way.
Can you explain what you mean by it might not work out well with the res being there??? Is that a bad place :-\

Thanks again
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What i meant was the pump/res combo would be too big for where you want it like you said, but with the res alone like like you have, it will be perfect. Sorry for misunderstanding. Res is above pump your in good shape.
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What i meant was the pump/res combo would be too big for where you want it like you said, but with the res alone like like you have, it will be perfect. Sorry for misunderstanding. Res is above pump your in good shape.

lol Nah that's my bad, now I've read your post again "Properly" I see you meant the res/pump combo biggrin.gif

Thanks for your help pal
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If you guys don't mind I would like to ask something else about the fans on the rad.
I was going to go with a Push>Pull set up on the rad, but I don't have 4 identical fans. I was going to use: 2 Scythe GT's 5400rpm as Push, and 2 Scythe GT's 1850rpm as Pull. But now I'm thinking this might have an adverse effect, causing back pressure or something like that. What would your opinions be this, is it a bad idea or doesn't it really matter???

Thanks again
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It will still add to the general flow of air.. but probably not that much smile.gif I would personally go with push fans only (less noise) unless the pull fans makes a big difference (witch I doubt)
Im using 1400 RPM's in my build, running at 900 RPM most of the time, also when gaming smile.gif OC CPU OC GPU and 240 + 120 radiator -> good temps.. so Im pretty sure you will be fine with ether 5400 or 1850 rpm's (those 5400 are LOUD aren't they?)

I would start with 1850 as push and check temps, then move to 5400 if needed ( I would hope not) and just for the heck of it.. try both smile.gif
Post back results when you get it all put together smile.gif
 
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It will still add to the general flow of air.. but probably not that much smile.gif I would personally go with push fans only (less noise) unless the pull fans makes a big difference (witch I doubt)
Im using 1400 RPM's in my build, running at 900 RPM most of the time, also when gaming smile.gif OC CPU OC GPU and 240 + 120 radiator -> good temps.. so Im pretty sure you will be fine with ether 5400 or 1850 rpm's (those 5400 are LOUD aren't they?)

I would start with 1850 as push and check temps, then move to 5400 if needed ( I would hope not) and just for the heck of it.. try both smile.gif
Post back results when you get it all put together smile.gif

Yeah that makes sense. I think I'll do that. In fact now I think of it, I have 2x Corsair Performance SP 120's that I could try as they are meant to be good on rads. Then I'll try the GT 1850's, then test the 5400 big boys =) And yeah they are very load, but damn do they shift some air smile.gif

Cheers for your help, and I will post my results once it's complete.
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