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So i'm currently planning on doing my first custom loop(hopefully by the end of this month) and started gathering a catalog of parts i need.
The idea would be to cool a 4770k now and expand once radeon 9000 series comes out.
Parts i've picked up so far:

CPU Block: XSPC RayStorm
Pump: Swiftech MCP655
Rad: HWLabs Black Ice GT Stealth 240
Res: Bitspower Z-Multi 150mm
Coolant: Distilled water?

Would this be a good set and how long does it usually take untill gpu blocks start to come out after release? Also do i need some sort of casing for the pump?
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looks like a good start
I would consider a larger radiator but the 240 would do the job
That MCP655 normally comes with a cheap pump housing there are much better out there XSPC and EK both make nice housings.
normally waterblocks come out the same day as Gpus because the manufacturers of waterblocks are supplied engineering samples of the GPUs
As for coolant to give you the safe answer I would say use Pastel by Mayhems

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I agree about the MCP655 you can do a lot better than this and I know the ek is a lot better never tried the xspc. 240 Will be more than enough for a cpu. but if you get a water cooled gpu you will need more than this for sure. at least 240 more I would think for 1 card and maybe 360 more depending on the thermals of the card. I would use distilled water and led's if you want color in the water. something like the monsoon light ports..

but this is a personal choice the fluid is.
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Thanks for the input, the thing is my current case doesn't support any bigger rads but i do plan on getting a new case, memory and psu aswell later this year/along with the radeons and get another radiator. What about the Swiftech Apogee HD? Seems like it's really really good for only ~15€ more over the XSPC.

I assume this is the EK pump variant?
http://www.ekwb.com/shop/pumps-and-accessories/pumps/laing-d5-pump-12v-mcp-655.html

Nevermind that tongue.gif
This is what i want right? http://www.ekwb.com/shop/pumps-and-accessories/pumps-accessories/ek-d5-x-top-csq.html
Edited by Jiiks - 6/5/13 at 1:23am
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Can you draw you the bluepring of how / where your wc parts will
be added to your case and upload it here again?!

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Originally Posted by Jiiks View Post

Thanks for the input, the thing is my current case doesn't support any bigger rads but i do plan on getting a new case, memory and psu aswell later this year/along with the radeons and get another radiator. What about the Swiftech Apogee HD? Seems like it's really really good for only ~15€ more over the XSPC.

I assume this is the EK pump variant?
http://www.ekwb.com/shop/pumps-and-accessories/pumps/laing-d5-pump-12v-mcp-655.html

Actually what I was thinking with the EK is the below 2 items.

http://www.ekwb.com/shop/pumps-and-accessories/pump-tops/ek-d5-x-top-csq.html

and

http://www.ekwb.com/shop/pumps-and-accessories/pumps/pump-laing-d5-vario-motor-only-alphacool.html

the one you linked to is the exact same... but the combo i showed you will give you .2 to .5 GPM more flow....

the thing is do you want the best or do you want something that is available and more affordable. and to be honest the difference in temps is not going to be over 5 degrees. all the equipment is good at its price range for the most part and some are better and more efficient than others but will you be able to see it?? for the most part no. if your ambient temp is low then you will notice a big difference in water cooling but if it is not you really will not see big difference. quieter That is my 2 cents worth... If you want to see crazy take a look at my build!!
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Originally Posted by smex View Post

Can you draw you the bluepring of how / where your wc parts will
be added to your case and upload it here again?!






Quote:
Originally Posted by seross69 View Post

Actually what I was thinking with the EK is the below 2 items.

http://www.ekwb.com/shop/pumps-and-accessories/pump-tops/ek-d5-x-top-csq.html

and

http://www.ekwb.com/shop/pumps-and-accessories/pumps/pump-laing-d5-vario-motor-only-alphacool.html

the one you linked to is the exact same... but the combo i showed you will give you .2 to .5 GPM more flow....

the thing is do you want the best or do you want something that is available and more affordable. and to be honest the difference in temps is not going to be over 5 degrees. all the equipment is good at its price range for the most part and some are better and more efficient than others but will you be able to see it?? for the most part no. if your ambient temp is low then you will notice a big difference in water cooling but if it is not you really will not see big difference. quieter That is my 2 cents worth... If you want to see crazy take a look at my build!!

Yeah i just spotted the alphacool pump a minute ago and that's what i'll most likely go with. Either the GT Stealth 240 or 280 depending on whether or not i have to hack the case, thanks thumb.gif and yes that is pretty crazy biggrin.gif my ambients are ~20 during summer and ~10 or below during winter(i like cold).
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Also when you get ready for a new case and you want the best for water cooling think about one of the Case Lab Cases..

They now have something for any size mother board and any budget... It is really hard to beat the expandability of these cases...

http://www.caselabs-store.com/
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personally I would worry about the case first and build your loop around that i.e. bigger radiators

to be honest now days WC is more about aesthetics than actual performance gains
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personally I would worry about the case first and build your loop around that i.e. bigger radiators

to be honest now days WC is more about aesthetics than actual performance gains

He is so right!!
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