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post #1 of 4
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Hi all,

It is now time to delve into the depths of watercooling.

I have read the stickies and I think I know my stuff. I need help now with what to buy. My case is the 650D so I am thinking a 200mm rad for the front of the case, and a 240mm rad for the top of the case. I have an i7 2600k and a AMD 7970 which I would also like to watercool. I already have the fans (Scythe GT's). The rest of the specs are in my signature.

Can someone recommend me the parts for the build?

I have specced some of the parts that I think I will need. Can I have some help with the fitting and tubing? Should I stay with the same make throughout or does it not matter if I mix and match?

EK Waterblock EK-Supremacy Elite - Intel 1155/1156
Watercool Heatkiller GPU-X 7970 Ni-Bi
Phobya Xtreme 200 Radiator
EK WaterBlock EK-CoolStream RAD XT 240
XSPC Dual 750lph Bay Pump Reservoir Rev2 Multi Fascia

All I need now, I believe, is the tubing, fittings and coolant. This is the tricky part, what tubing should I get? 7/16 - 5/8? Which fittings?

Anything I can improve on?

Thanks all!!
post #2 of 4
I would say pick a size and stick with it.

I personally went with 1/2 x 3/4 tubing with 1/2 inch barbs/ 1/2 x 3/4 compression fittings.

What some people like to do though is get say, 1/2 inch barbs, and 7/16 compression fittings which are ever so slightly smaller, and then heat them up a bit (with a hair dryer or something) at the end, slide on the barb, and let rest such that a clamp/zip tie (although I would not be that zealous haha).

I prefer compression fittings 9 out of 10 times, but you should know that the COST of fittings adds up VERY quickly compared to just using barbs and whatnot.

So when it comes down to it it's mostly preference, same thing with the diameter of the tubing
post #3 of 4
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I have added the items I think I need to the basket taking into account the fitting sizes. I have not included the Mayhems coolant I will be using. I have also generously over estimated the fittings I will need and will review it when the time comes to buy.

Is that looking good?
post #4 of 4
Nice- I'm sure you've ordered it by now since it's been a few hours, but yeah from the looks of it you have more than enough fittings for your components lol.

Now sure why you have so many 45 and 90 degree ones?

I didn't really like the XSPC fittings much myself since they were kind of a pain to handle.

Make sure you have good wrenches and try not to slice your fingers too much on them!
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