Originally Posted by BigOlBilliam Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
My name is Bill and I’m gearing up for my first “major” computer build in a while. First off, I just want to say this forum has been infinitely helpful in helping me learn the ins-and-outs of liquid cooling. Hopefully, I don’t show my ignorance by any of the questions of oversights in my setup. I was hoping I could get feedback on my setup and find out if there’s anything I’m missing/not taking into account.
Case: CoolerMaster HAF-932 Advanced HAF-942 X Blue Addition
Motherboard: ASUS Maximus V Extreme
Processor: Intel i7-3770K
GPU: GeForce GTX Titan GeForce GTX 780
SSD: Intel 520 Series 180 GB
HDD: Western Digital Velociraptor (1TB)
Memory: 16 GB (2x8 GB) Corsair Dominator Platinum G.Skill Trident X 2400 Mhz
Power Supply: Corsair AX1200i
Disc: ASUS Blu-ray Burner (BW-14D1XT)
Liquid Cooling Components:
Radiator: XSPC AX360 Radiator
Reservoir: XSPC Dual 5.25” Split Bay Reservoir
Thermal Compound: ARCTIC MX-4
Antimicrobial: 1 silver kill coil
CPU Block: XSPC Special Edition Copper Block
GPU Block: XSPC Razor GTX690 Block TBD
Pumps: Swiftech MCP655TM Laing D5 Vario Pump (2)
Pump Tops: XSPC Multiport Acetal (2)
Tubing: Koolance UV-reactive 1/2” inner diameter/ 5/8” outer diameter tubing
Logisys CLK12 12” Cold Cathode Dual Tube Kit
CoolerMaster SickleFlow 120mm (6, for push-pull configuration on the radiator)
First up, the MoBo, CPU, and GPU (and associated cooling components) are at this point place-holders until the new Intel Haswell chips come out (if they’re worth it to upgrade to).
My first round of questions are as follows:
1. Do I need to buy any type of anti-corrosive additive (I’m using water, no special coolants) to add to my loop, or will all my cooling components play well with one another
2. I’m a little unclear as to whether or not I need a speed controller. Can the temperature sensors on the motherboard regulate the pumps by themselves? Is it worth it to buy one?
3. Similarly, as my pumps are variable pumps, would I plug those into some of the fan headers on my motherboard? And if so, will I be able to control their speed using the motherboard’s fan management software?
4. I currently envision my setup to have 2 independent loops, one each for the GPU and CPU. Should there be anything in particular I need to worry about? I’ve got a split reservoir and 2 pumps, so I thought that should be plenty.
My loop goes from the reservoir and into the radiator, and then splits to the independent blocks, and then merges.
5. Is it worth it to cool the chipset on my MoBo? I haven’t been able to find much about people who have liquid-cooled the chipset on my board, and I feel like it may be overkill. Anyone’s thoughts on this? Know of any companies that sell blocks for the chipset?