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Hello all.

I am starting to build a new rig. Just picked up the Corsair 900D today. With that amount of space, I would really like to water cool my CPU with legit water cooling and not a closed one like the h100i. I have never set up a water cooling loop before. After looking at pumps, reservoirs, tubes, blocks... ect for awhile, I am 100% confused. So many options.

With this being said, I believe a pre"put together" kit would be the best option for me. What is the BEST money can buy at the moment? I would really like my reservoir to be separate from the pump so I can display it within the case. Money isn't an option. I just want the best quality / ascetics.

Will use an LGA 1150 (i7-4770K) if that is of any importance.

PS: Brand new to the forums. Have read many many many threads throughout the years but never thought of making an account. Thanks for having me biggrin.gif
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The more you read the harder it looks, so much opinions out there, if you are new to this I would suggest to start somewhere and stick to one brand like EK Water Blocks (I know there are plenty more and people will recommend some over the others, there is when things turn confusing and contradicting), apparently money is not a issue (Judging by the title) just hit their page and build your kit from scratches and customize from there.

I mean you "virtually" will have your set built, the rest if just look for reviews, if you ask "What's the best Rad" the margin is huge, rads will pup up as roaches at night, but if you have a starting-point-set people will suggest 1 or 2 that could be better or not.

http://www.ekwb.com/
This brand also have preset kits, but full custom is the best.
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Since you appear to have the money anyways, it would be best and most direct to pick and choose the parts you like rather than go through a bunch of side-grades.

Have you read through this post?
http://www.overclock.net/t/913181/water-cooling-guide-for-noobs/#post11984918

Basically, you need:

CPU Block
GPU Block(s)
Pump
Pump Top (Optional)
Reservoir
Radiator(s)
Tubing
Fittings
Fans

When selecting components, you want: high heat dissipation, and low restriction. They are mutually exclusive, so it's up to you to judge the balance between both.

CPU Block:
http://www.xtremerigs.net/reviews/water-cooling/2012-cpu-water-block-roundup/
You can read graphs, hopefully. Popular choices are XSPC Raystorm, Koolance 380i, EK Supremacy

GPU Block:
Dependent on what your cards are. Your video cards need to be reference design, or one of the specialty cards such as DC II or Lightning or Classifieds.

Pump:
Single or dual pumps, depending on your loop complexity. Dual pump offers more head (pressure) and more flow (much much water it moves). Each 'block', a component, adds restriction that lowers flow. Pressure (head) overcomes such restrictions. Popular mainstream choices are either Liang DDC 3.2 variants, or Liang D5 ("655") variants. The former is more compact and has more head, the latter has more flow. Examples include: Swiftech MCP35X (DDC, has PWM), or Alphacool VPP655. Most companies take either the DDC or D5 designs and rebrand them, sometimes adding minor convenience modifications such as PWM, speed adjustment, or flow meter.

Pump top: Default pumps have inefficient pump tops. Aftermarket pump tops allow further customization or aesthetics while improving flow. Pump tops can be standalone, or they can be mated with a reservoir combo to save space. They easily screw in and takes less than a minute to install.

Reservoir: Holds extra liquids, for use of filling, draining, and bleeding the loop. Recommended but not absolutely necessary. Size/shape doesn't matter. Get whatever that fits.

Radiators: The 900D can hold 2 480s and a 240 at front. http://martinsliquidlab.org/2012/04/14/360-radiator-shootout-summary/

Take a look here. Things to look for is 1) high heat dissipation 2) lower restriction. Radiators have different fins per inch (FPI). Generally, the higher FPI, the higher-speed fans you need to effectively force air through. Higher FPI radiators can cool better with the same surface area as low FPI.

Rads are also divided into a few thickness classes: ~35mm, ~45mm, ~60mm, and 80mm. The thicker the greater cooling ability, but you need to take in account clearances of your case. It should not be a problem with the 900D.

As a rule of thumb, each component requires 120mm of radiator space, plus 120mm extra. A CPU + 2 GPU system should have a 480 rad, for example (360 + 120). The more the merrier.

Tubing: Any. Duralene, Masterkleer, Tygon, Primochill. Colored or clear. If you want color in your loop, use colored tubing instead of dyes. Dyes will stain.

Fittings: 2 per component. Fittings can either be barb or compression. Barb requires clamps to secure hosing. Compression fittings have a built-in screw feature to secure hosing. Compression fittings look cleaner but are more expensive. XSPC, Enzotech, Swiftech, Koolance, Monsoon, Bitspower. (Least expensive > most expensive).

Popualr sizes: 3/8" ID x 1/2" OD, 1/2" ID x 3/4" OD

ID refers to inner diameter, the inner diameter of the tube.
OD refers to outer diameter, the outer diameter of the tube.
The difference between ID and OD divided by half is the wall thickness.
The thicker the wall the less likely to kink.

You get barbs the exact size as your ID of your tubing, or one size larger.
You get compression fittings the exact size as your tubing.

G 1/4" refers to the threading in the ports which all your waterblocks, radiators, etc., will have. The G 1/4" denotes a standardized threading size/depth. Fittings will have G1/4 on one end (to screw to your pump, for example) and a compression fitting on the other (to attach to hose). Basically, it acts as the intermediary to allow your hoses to connect all your components together.

Fans: http://martinsliquidlab.org/category/fans/ Check this resource for the ones you need. For rad fans you're looking for high pressure (mm H2O) ratings. It comes down to how much you're willing to spend.

You string all your components together so that water runs through everything. The shorter the total loop length the better. Loop order does not matter.
Edited by sakerfalcon - 5/28/13 at 2:26am
post #4 of 7
In terms of Kits I really like the looks of the EK H30 HFX supreme.

http://www.ekwb.com/shop/kits-cases/kits/ek-kit-h3o-360-hfx.html
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http://www.alphacool.com/product_info.php/info/p1158_Alphacool-NexXxoS-Cool-Answer-480-DDC-XT---Set.html

This is a good kit for the 900D

Or maybe this

http://www.xs-pc.com/products/watercooling-kits/d5-kits/raystorm-d5-rx360-watercooling-kit/

They are good value but to fill up a 900D and have it look really good, ( I assume you meant good aesthetics, rather than denying yourself worldly pleasures ) You may end up changing pieces of either so maybe just picking parts that you like the look of is the way to go.
Edited by Jakusonfire - 5/28/13 at 4:52am
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I just water cooled my first system and I would say the thing that helped me the most was watching youtube videos. I got ideas and was made aware of possible problems I never would have thought of simply by reading or researching. Actually seeing it all going together before my eyes and hearing someone talk about how it all worked was a blessing. Of course that may just be me, I'm a tactile learner (school of Hard Knocks doh.gif )

I would suggest watching as many build logs by Singularity Computers and reviews on water cooling gear from Linus Tech Tips and others as you can stand. Who knows, maybe you'll find the knowledge you seek and decide that a kit isnt for you afterall. Once you get the basics of each area down, the details arent that overwhelming. Pump, Rad, Fans, Tubing, Block, Res, Fittings. They each have options, but take try to take them one at a time.

As for a complete kit... well I dont have enough experience with them to offer any solid advice. I will say though, I had bad luck with a certain all-in-on kit and decided never to go there again. I think the best lesson I learned there was I think combos are bad. IE: Rad/Res and Pump/Block.

Anyway, good luck with your build!
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+1 on the Raystorm. Very good kit. Only thing I would do is replace the Tubing with Primochill or Tygon. XSPC Stock clear tubing discolours fairly quickly. The Block, Pump and RAD are all very good though.
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