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Hey guys, I'm about to take the plunge! I just need some help on choosing parts and keeping it kinda....cheap.

Ill be cooling two 7970s which will be OCed to their limits, as well as the motherboard and my 4770K (overclocked to the max).

I figured 120mm of rad for every component + 120mm safety net. So a 480 should serve me well.

Where I'm sorta lost is on the pump/res. I know next to nothing about those two things. I'd like it to be as quiet as possible and look great in my build (see my sig).

So, how does this kit look? If it's no good, and you can keep the entire setup fairly cheap, please feel free to build me a setup biggrin.gif

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/17361/ex-wat-228/Alphacool_NexXxoS_Cool_Answer_480_DDCXT_-_Kit.html?tl=g30c83
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It all really depends on what case you use, and the space it has.

I like tube reservoirs and having a pump connected straight onto it. I'd stay away from drivebay reservoirs if you can. Bleeding the system of air is a pain, as well as draining the loop with drivebay reservoirs.

Most recommended D5 Pump: Swiftech MCP655-B

Pump Mod Cover: Bitspower D5 Pump Mod Kit (other colors available)

Pump/Res Combo:
Bitspower Dual/Single D5 Top Upgrade Kit w/ 150 Reservoir
Bitspower D5 / MCP655 Extreme Pump Mod Top V2
(This is required for pump/res combo to work)
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Ill be using the Haf X. Im willing to mod a bit to get the 480MM in there.

Grr. I was trying to keep the entire loop below $500. Seems like that's not practical at this point though?
Edited by TehOnlyMITTENS - 6/4/13 at 2:18pm
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Kit is pretty nice. Looks like a mcp355 pump which are nice, compression fittings. I would rather see a dual bay res where the pump attaches (like the xspc ones) or a tube as earlier suggested, I have never used a single bay before, but bleeding a dual is kinda annoying.
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$500 may be a bit low for what you want watercooled. Two GPU WB's will be around $220-$240. CPU WB will probably be at least $100. If you get the MCP 655 Pump (recommended), that will be another $100. The Radiator, (I recommend Black Ice GTX 480) is $150. The Bitspower 250 Reservoir is $45.

Total, that's about $635. This is without motherboard chipset, fittings/barbs, tubing, and any pump top mod's/kits (if wanted).

I don't know what motherboard you have, but let's just say that will be another $130 (basing this price off ASUS IV Mobo's) So now that would equal up to $765.



Water cooling can get pricey. But once all is said and done, the PC will be one hell of a beautiful machine. thumb.gif
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Ill be using the Haf X. Im willing to mod a bit to get the 480MM in there.

Grr. I was trying to keep the entire loop below $500. Seems like that's not practical at this point though?

Are you going to be mounting the rad externally since the HAF X can only take a 360 rad?

Heres my HAF X with a 360 top and a Phobya Xtreme 200 in the front.

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^ That's an awful lot of cooling for a CPU lol. Nice setup PinzaC55. You plan on getting that GTX 690 wet as well?
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Are you going to be mounting the rad externally since the HAF X can only take a 360 rad?

Heres my HAF X with a 360 top and a Phobya Xtreme 200 in the front.


I agree. All that for a CPU? blinksmiley.gif

To fit in a 480mm, Ill just have to cut some holes in the top so I can mount it all. Other than that it will fit like a glove....a correctly sized glove.
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Yes soaking the 690 is part of the reason for the 200 rad. The cooling provided by the 2 rads is incredible.biggrin.gif
I recently renamed my rig "Evolution" because I try to expand it in slow easy stages with an eye to making the next upgrade as simple as possible; adding the 200 and a full bleed and retube took 2 hours.
I agree with an earlier poster re bay reservoirs which is why I went with a tube - the thought of rummaging around to get a bay res out and detube it was a nightmare.
Edited by PinzaC55 - 6/4/13 at 3:33pm
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Yes soaking the 690 is part of the reason for the 200 rad. The cooling provided by the 2 rads is incredible.biggrin.gif
I recently renamed my rig "Evolution" because I try to expand it in slow easy stages with an eye to making the next upgrade as simple as possible; adding the 200 and a full bleed and retube took 2 hours.
I agree with an earlier poster re bay reservoirs which is why I went with a tube - the thought of rummaging around to get a bay res out and detube it was a nightmare.

You could probably make due fine with just that 360Rad cooling the CPU and GPU. Having an EK CSQ Pump Top would look quit nice as a center piece in place of where your 200Rad is.

EK CSQ Pump Top


But hey...this thread isn't about you, it's about TehOnlyMITTENS. wink.giftongue.gifrolleyes.gif
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