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I've recently decided that it's about time for me to stop going from CPU cooler to CPU cooler and just break down and water cool. I was hoping to get some advice on my loop since I am pretty new to liquid cooling. I am going to be doing this in a fractal design R4 case. The CPU is a 3770K and my GPU is currently a 7950. However, due to the recent release of new NVIDIA cards, I am waiting to see the pricing and performance of the 760 ti. My other options would be to use a 770 or pick up a 680 with a price drop/used. So the GPU cooling aspect is still very much up in the air.

The plan so far:

-Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 dual 140mm RAD (top)
-Alphacool NexXxoS Mostra dual 140mm RAD (front)
-EK Supremacy CPU Block
-Swiftech MCP655-B Pump
-Bitspower Mod Pump Top V2
-Bitspower Top Upgrade Kit 250 Black
-(Insert GPU Block Here)
-D5 Pump Mod Kit-Blue
-Monsoon Free Center Compression Fitting 7/16 x 5/8
-PrimoChill 7/16 x 5/8 Tubing

Have I missed anything? Is that pump large enough for this loop? I have read the stickys but just needed a little extra help. Thanks in advance!
 
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are you willing to drop loads of cash, or have you considered going with a swiftech h220 + a waterblock for the new gtx770 and maybe an extra rad???

and yes, a d5 will handle that.

may want a nice reservoir as well
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That pump is more than enough for that loop. Everything seems alright, but what you now need to do is plan the loop. What will connect with what, etc. If you're going for clear tubing I'd recommend getting a dye/colored coolant to match your color shceme, unless you want to go just with water. Good luck with your rig! thumb.gif

Edit: Forgot about the fans. I'd recommend gentle typhoons or swiftech helix that you can grab for 10 bucks at amazon. If you can and have space go for push/pull. A fan controller would also be nice to keep them quiet.
Edited by setza - 5/30/13 at 5:01pm
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Think People have been having issues with some of the Primochill tubes plasticizers leaching into the water...Research that. Love my Monsoon fittings. Get extra... I keep running out. Fans are important and a fan controller. That or buy fans for the Rpm/ static pressure you want to maintain. http://martinsliquidlab.org/ is a great resource so is tater tot hereon OCN http://www.overclock.net/t/1321074/tator-tots-big-quiet-120mm-140mm-fan-round-up Oh and a Reservoir
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are you willing to drop loads of cash, or have you considered going with a swiftech h220 + a waterblock for the new gtx770 and maybe an extra rad???

and yes, a d5 will handle that.

may want a nice reservoir as well

I am still deciding how much I am willing to drop on the cooling actually. I previously had a H100, a Phanteks PH-TC14PE, and a few other coolers. I had looked at the H220 but I really wanted something that was dual 140mm since all the fan mounts in the case are. I hated how my H100 looked and I had to mount it weird to make it work.
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That pump is more than enough for that loop. Everything seems alright, but what you now need to do is plan the loop. What will connect with what, etc. If you're going for clear tubing I'd recommend getting a dye/colored coolant to match your color shceme, unless you want to go just with water. Good luck with your rig! thumb.gif

Edit: Forgot about the fans. I'd recommend gentle typhoons or swiftech helix that you can grab for 10 bucks at amazon. If you can and have space go for push/pull. A fan controller would also be nice to keep them quiet.

I think I was going to go with the blue cooling that primochill has. I completely forgot about fans as well. The swiftech helix's come in 140mm as well so I could use those. Right now all I have are Prolimatech Blue Vortex 140mm fans. The are completely silent but probably would not perform well with a rad. I also already have an NZXT Sentry fan controller.
 
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Think People have been having issues with some of the Primochill tubes plasticizers leaching into the water...Research that. Love my Monsoon fittings. Get extra... I keep running out. Fans are important and a fan controller. That or buy fans for the Rpm/ static pressure you want to maintain. http://martinsliquidlab.org/ is a great resource so is tater tot hereon OCN http://www.overclock.net/t/1321074/tator-tots-big-quiet-120mm-140mm-fan-round-up Oh and a Reservoir

Hmm. I will be sure to look into the tubing issues, that does not sound good. That tater tot link is amazing, thank you!
 
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Everything I read about the primochill advanced LRT was that it's not plasticizing (I know the original tube was), but that was a long time ago. I wonder what the current status is on that. I assume that is what the OP is looking at as it's the only primochill they are selling on a lot of these sites now.

I use monsoon & xspc compressions, each are nice. Monsoon's look nice but it can be a little painstaking using that tool in a lot of area's.

That's a lot of money for pump top / other pump accessories, couldn't you just get the threaded MCP655? Then use a male to male to connect it into a tube reservoir or something
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Throw in a resovoir, a valve or quick dissconnect for draining the loop and if you choose a res witch is hard to fill (bayres basically) a fill port. I personally love the tube resses with pump mount since you'll always get res -> pump, the most important thing in a loop order, and makes a easy way of filling and you'll not be stuck with a bayres hanging out of the case while filling.

There will probably be people going against me on the drain part, saying that disconnecting the tube from a nipple will do it, but believe me, it's not worth trying it.. 20$ for a valve from BP+ two fittings and a blind 1/4" thread vs spilling chemicals all over, do the math yourself tongue.gif

And, you'll need the actual coolant, I personally love EKoolant, great performance and the basic colours for themes smile.gif

Regarding the gpu's, don't wait for price drops if you're not into the second hand market, the way it seemes now nvidia won't drop prices until 8xxx/9xxx and they are due to q4 2013 or q1 2014, would be a long wait. Although we may se drops in 7970's thumb.gif

Would also recommend using two less powerful pumps for the safety if one should stop you'll still have flow and won't fry your water cooled components, but that's just my two pence
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Everything I read about the primochill advanced LRT was that it's not plasticizing (I know the original tube was), but that was a long time ago. I wonder what the current status is on that. I assume that is what the OP is looking at as it's the only primochill they are selling on a lot of these sites now.

I use monsoon & xspc compressions, each are nice. Monsoon's look nice but it can be a little painstaking using that tool in a lot of area's.

That's a lot of money for pump top / other pump accessories, couldn't you just get the threaded MCP655? Then use a male to male to connect it into a tube reservoir or something

Yeah, the tubing is the advanced LRT, I should have specified. I had thought of the work in relation to the monsoon fittings as well but I have plenty of time on my hands ahah. As for the separate pump and tube res... I hadn't really thought of that. I think that is a better idea, actually. What about the bitspower water tank z-multi 250? Any idea or does it not matter so much?
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Yeah, the tubing is the advanaced LRT, I should have specified. I had thought of the work in relation to the monsoon fittings as well but I have plenty of time on my hands ahah. As for the seperate pump and tube res... I hadn't really thought of that. I think that is a better idea, actually. What about the bitspower water tank z-multi 250? Any idea or does it not matter so much?

LL

Notice my tube res (Phobya Balancer 240) and the threaded mcp655 beneath. I wish I went with just a male to male connector to attach them, but same result using a couple compressions and tubing.

Also, add this drain valve to your cart
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