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So I'm planning on building a new computer to go away to college with, and I wanted to try and watercool it. I have no experience in this, and I've been trying to read the threads on here to learn what I need for the system.

These are the pieces I plan on getting, but I'm not entirely sure if this setup will work.

Reservoir:
http://frozenqshop.com/bayres.html

Pump/Pump Top:
http://frozenqshop.com/d5top.html
http://frozenqshop.com/d5-mcp655-vario-pump.html

Waterblock:
http://frozenqshop.com/cold-fusion-waterblock.html
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16598/ex-blc-1177/EK_GeForce_670_GTX_VGA_Liquid_Cooling_Block_-_Acetal_CSQ_EK-FC670_GTX_-_Acetal_CSQ.html
(With the waterblock, is a 1150 the same as a 1155/56?)

Radiator:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/4084/ex-rad-85/Black_Ice_GT_Stealth_240_X-Flow_Radiator_-_Blue.html

Fans:
2x http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10323/fan-674/Scythe_Gentle_Typhoon_120mm_x_25mm_Fan_-_1850_RPM_D1225C12B5AP-15_Hot_Item_.html

Tubing:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12991/ex-tub-866/Masterkleer_PVC_Tubing_12_ID_34_OD_-_10ft_Retail_Pack_-_Clear_UV_Blue.html

Fittings:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/9556/ex-tub-508/Bitspower_Matte_Black_G14_Barb_Fitting_-_12_ID_BP-MBWP-C01.html

I'm honestly not sure if that's everything I need or if the setup will work. I was also unsure how the sizes of the fitting on the actual reservoir and such work, as everything is 1/2", but the reservoir is G1/4" it says. Any help on getting the correct pieces would be extremely appreciated!
post #2 of 10
Everything looks fine by me, besides that weird looking CPU waterblock. I've honestly never seen or heard about it before. Looks cheaply made as well.

Every component has a G1/4 threading, even barbs/fittings. The part that screws into the waterblock, radiator, etc is G1/4 threading, the opposite end is where the ID and OD play into part. What you have selected is correct.

Don't forget to buy proper coolant and additives. If you don't want colored coolant, just buy distilled water at a local grocery store and the Monsoon.999 Fine Silver Bullet. It's what I use as a setup, and everything has been fine so far.


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yep super strange block. chinese made funk?
go with primochill advance lrt tubing. theyve fixed their plasticizer issues and i havent heard anything about anyone else doing so.
that rad wont be enough to justifying going water cooling. you should go with a 360 at least. rule of thumb is 120 per block plus a 120 headroom. you can get better temps by going with more rads of course.
also, do you realize you need to run those fans pretty fast(loud) to get it to perform? what case are you planning to use? a low fpi rad performs very well with low rpm fans helping your noise level.
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Originally Posted by R3apR369 View Post

Don't forget to buy proper coolant and additives. If you don't want colored coolant, just buy distilled water at a local grocery store and the Monsoon.999 Fine Silver Bullet. It's what I use as a setup, and everything has been fine so far.


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Thanks man! I like the idea of that silver bullet! I will definitely add one of those to the reservoir!

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yep super strange block. chinese made funk?
go with primochill advance lrt tubing. theyve fixed their plasticizer issues and i havent heard anything about anyone else doing so.
that rad wont be enough to justifying going water cooling. you should go with a 360 at least. rule of thumb is 120 per block plus a 120 headroom. you can get better temps by going with more rads of course.
also, do you realize you need to run those fans pretty fast(loud) to get it to perform? what case are you planning to use? a low fpi rad performs very well with low rpm fans helping your noise level.
I have no idea. I just saw the block there when I had heard about the Frozenq reservoirs. I thought it seemed really cool and fit the look I was going for.
I was planning on using Masterkleer tubing, but I'll look into the primochill too.
The case I plan to use is a Fractal Design Define R4 with window. I love the look of it, the form factor, and it looks like it has a good amount of space inside for everything. So would I be able to just buy another one or two of the same radiator that I already posted, or would it be more cost effective/space effective to get a bigger single one? (And if I was to have multiples, would I just hook them up one after another?)
post #5 of 10
If you plan on only using SSD's, you can velcro them to the back chasis, and buy two 240 radiators and do this:



Personally though, you only plan on watercooling a GPU and CPU, so a simple 240 radiator will be fine. I'm not sure about how well that radiator works though, since every radiator handles temps differently. If you do plan on overclocking, adding a 120 radiator (to the rear or bottom of case) would be recommended.
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Personally though, you only plan on watercooling a GPU and CPU, so a simple 240 radiator will be fine. I'm not sure about how well that radiator works though, since every radiator handles temps differently. If you do plan on overclocking, adding a 120 radiator (to the rear or bottom of case) would be recommended.
The reviews I've seen of it seem to make me believe that it handles heat pretty well, most people seem very happy with it. I do plan on overclocking as well, so would something like http://www.frozencpu.com/products/2145/ex-rad-09/Black_Ice_Xtreme_120mm_Radiator_Blue_w_Customizable_Fittings.html?tl=g30c95s159 which is the smaller version be appropriate to put in the loop as well?
Just another thing too: How many feet of tubing am I most likely going to use? I figured 10ft would be fine, but a lot of things are getting put in.
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...apart from the funky bay reservoir, I don't see why you would be ordering from that frozen-q place...and that waterblock looks horrific! If I was in USA, I'd probably just be ordering everything from FrozenCPU or PerformancePCs as I much prefer receiving 1 parcel than having to wait for multiple!

...as mentioned by others, you are going to need more mm of rad if you are cooling cpu & gpu...and I would really recommend making a cpu loop before you add in the video card anyway. If you aren't experienced in removing heatsink from gpu, you may create a problem whereby you don't know what is wrong with your system as you have done too much at once! Also, you may wish to consider something like the EK L240 which is a self assemble watercooling kit. Once you have the hang of watercooling, you can add in a second rad and your gpu block...best to take baby steps, before it costs you a bucket load of cash!

anyway, just my 2cents.gif
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...apart from the funky bay reservoir, I don't see why you would be ordering from that frozen-q place...and that waterblock looks horrific! If I was in USA, I'd probably just be ordering everything from FrozenCPU or PerformancePCs as I much prefer receiving 1 parcel than having to wait for multiple!

...as mentioned by others, you are going to need more mm of rad if you are cooling cpu & gpu...and I would really recommend making a cpu loop before you add in the video card anyway. If you aren't experienced in removing heatsink from gpu, you may create a problem whereby you don't know what is wrong with your system as you have done too much at once! Also, you may wish to consider something like the EK L240 which is a self assemble watercooling kit. Once you have the hang of watercooling, you can add in a second rad and your gpu block...best to take baby steps, before it costs you a bucket load of cash!

anyway, just my 2cents.gif
(On my phone right now, so unable to cut the quote up real nice)
I realize the block is rather bad now. what I'm looking at now is http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14186/ex-blc-971/XSPC_RayStorm_High_Performance_Acetal_CPU_Liquid_Cooling_Block_-_Intel_Sockets_LGA_1155_1156_1366_2011.html?tl=g30c85s139 which seems to be a lot better. I am considering dropping the gpu cooling and just liquid cooling the CPU with the radiator I chose before. I realize my budget isn't the best, and I can use the money saved from this to get better hardware somewhere else. (unsure of what I'd want just yet.)

On removing the heat sink and installing things, I don't think it'd be too big an issue so long as I can find detailed instructions on how to remove it. I do frequent work with electronics and am rather careful. the premade system you linked seems nice, but I really do want something I've had to piece together, which is more of a personal choice. I am definitely getting that reservoir though if I'm going to do liquid cooling. It's just to hard to resist.
post #9 of 10
The Raystorm CPU waterblock will do you fine. It is recommended by a lot of people in the OCN community.

Taking apart a GPU and installing the waterblock really isn't all that complicated. Just make sure you keep count of all the screws you take off and where they were initially. After you remove the initial cover and heatsink, everything else is pretty straight forward. Not much more complicated than a cpu waterblock really. wink.gif

Have you seen this reservoir?: It's the FrozenQ T-Virus
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The Raystorm CPU waterblock will do you fine. It is recommended by a lot of people in the OCN community.

Have you seen this reservoir?: It's the FrozenQ T-Virus
Thanks, good to know my choices are decent!
And I have seen it! I think it looks awesome, but I liked the bay one so much more...

Actually I'm rethinking the whole water cooling loop for now. I'm thinking that I want to hold off on the fancy cooling and instead reallocate funds toward better hardware in the machine I'm making. I will definitely add water cooling to it at a future time, but for now, I'm just gonna use a few Noctua fans and upgrade other stuff. This thread has been a ton of help though in confirming what parts are needed though! Thanks all!
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