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Gathering parts for my first water cooled build

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I've been thinking of doing water cooling for quite a while and I finally got around to doing some research on the parts I would need and want to get some thoughts and opinions if I got everything squared away. For my hardware, my case is a Silverstone FT02, I have an i7 3770K, and right now 470's in SLI. My 3770K is overclocked to 4.5 GHz, and hopefully I'll be able to squeeze a little more out of it with the new loop.

So I found out water cooling the FT02 is a little tricky but I think I got it figured out. Here are the parts I'm thinking of getting:

Koolance RP-452X2 Reservoir

Swiftech MPC655 PWM Pump

Alphacool XT45 180mm Dual Radiator

Alphacool XT45 120mm Radiator

XSPC Raystorm CPU Block

2x Monsoon Free Center Compression Fittings

6ft PrimoFlex Advanced LRT White Tubing

Monsoon Silver Bullet

I still haven't decided what I'm going to do yet for video cards. It seems kind of silly to sink money on water cooling my 470's this late, so I might upgrade to a 7970 and watercool it instead.

So the way I'm thinking of running the loop is to send water from the res to the 180mm radiator, then to the CPU block so it has the coolest water running through it, then up to the 120mm radiator to get a little bit of cooling before heading the the GPU, then back to the res. Does this sound like the right order to flow the water?

I'm not looking to mod my case much if at all, so I opted for a dual 180mm radiator at the bottom of my case, and adding a single 120mm radiator at the top for extra cooling. Would this be enough to cool my CPU and whatever GPU I end up water cooling?

I really like the Koolance reservoir since it seems like a great fit for the FT02 with its limited space for water cooling, and I like that a little later on I can add a second pump for a little redundancy in the loop.

WIth these parts it seems like water cooling the FT02 won't be that bad. I might be spending a little extra money on some parts but the convenience seems to make the cost worth it to me.
post #2 of 4
Your list has all the components you need, and a 280 and 120 will be plenty of radiator for a CPU GPU loop. I run a 280 and a 240 and its overkill for my loop with 1 GPU and CPU, I probably wouldnt even see a temp difference if I dropped my 240 to a 120. My waterloop uses all the same brands as you picked except for reservoir and cpu block. Good thing your going with the monsoon chrome black fitting cause I really dont like the finish on my monsoon white fittings. The finish looks much better on the chrome black. One thing I would suggest is going for 3/8x5/8 tubing is your planning on making any tight turns in your case, its less prone to kinking, and the extra flow is negligible to performance. If you do a little reading on water loop temps you will learn that rad and block orders dont matter because the water is flowing quick enough in the loop that all the water is practically the same temp. It doesnt heat up then cool down everytime the water makes a cycle, the warm water carries heat to the rad and heat is removed at an even rate. My explanation isnt very good, do some research on that though.
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Thanks for the info! That is pretty interesting about the tubing size. That's the one thing I didn't look into much, I just figured the bigger the better.

After doing a bit more reading I understand what you are saying about the water temps. I'll go with the flow order I mentioned since it will work out fine.

Now all I have to figure out is what to do with my SLI'd 470s. I might see if I can get a couple of used water blocks to put on them, since I would be able to get some better performance out of them under water. If I'd be able to overclock each to 800 MHz or so that would give me a pretty good bump in performance, and then I might be able to hold out until the 8970 comes along.
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I would just leave the 470s on air and wait until the 8970 comes along if thats the card that you want. You will be happy that you waited when that time comes. Your water gear isnt going anywhere.
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