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Please check if this build looks ok. I would be happy to hear about any clever ways to optimise the cooling whilst leaving it open for expansion.
I'm not concerned with colour schemes but I am with noise. I want this to be quiet and I want to have fun overclocking the haswell.

CASE:
Fractal Design Define XL R2 Black Pearl
Lamptron FC9 Fan Controller

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Motherboard
MEM: Corsair Vengeance Pro CMY16GX3M2A1600C9 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3
PSU: Seasonic X-1050 80Plus Gold 1050W
GPU: (2x) Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 OC Edition 4GB

CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K
W/C:
Alphacool NexXxoS XP3 Light - Black Chrome Edition
Alphacool NexXxoS Monsta 240
(4x) Scythe 120mm Gentle Typhoon 1850RPM Fan
XSPC Twin D5 Dual Bay Reservoir Pump Combo
PrimoChill PrimoFlex Advanced LRT Tubing White 1/2ID 3/4OD 10ft
EK-Ekoolant Clear Premix 1000mL Coolant
(4x) Bitspower G1/4 Matte Black 1/2 Compression Fitting CC5
(2x) Bitspower G1/4 Matte Black Dual Rotary 45 Degree 1/2 Fitting

When I can affort, will add 30mm x240mm rad to top in push & blocks for both GPUs.

Questions:
1. Will 240mm x 30mm push and the 240mm x 80mm push/pull be enough in future for SLI + CPU W/C with overclock?
2. Is the XSPC Twin D5 quiet? I really want a quiet case above all else. It'll drive me nuts if I hear a refrigirator like sound...Are there any ways to decouple / dampen it further?
3. Is 1/2ID too thick to route between res/bay & bottom mount rad with a tight bend?
4. Any other quiet cases below $200 which are better?
5. Only chose this MOBO because Asus z87-pro won't fit a 30mm rad as my mate learnt with a H110 with the XL R2
6. Any other suggestions?

Thanks in advance. I hope that this time around I'll actually get around to buying and building. I've been agonising over W/C for years!
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Originally Posted by tomxlr8 View Post

Please check if this build looks ok. I would be happy to hear about any clever ways to optimise the cooling whilst leaving it open for expansion.
I'm not concerned with colour schemes but I am with noise. I want this to be quiet and I want to have fun overclocking the haswell.

CASE:
Fractal Design Define XL R2 Black Pearl
Lamptron FC9 Fan Controller

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Motherboard
MEM: Corsair Vengeance Pro CMY16GX3M2A1600C9 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3
PSU: Seasonic X-1050 80Plus Gold 1050W
GPU: (2x) Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 OC Edition 4GB

CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K
W/C:
Alphacool NexXxoS XP3 Light - Black Chrome Edition
Alphacool NexXxoS Monsta 240
(4x) Scythe 120mm Gentle Typhoon 1850RPM Fan
XSPC Twin D5 Dual Bay Reservoir Pump Combo
PrimoChill PrimoFlex Advanced LRT Tubing White 1/2ID 3/4OD 10ft
EK-Ekoolant Clear Premix 1000mL Coolant
(4x) Bitspower G1/4 Matte Black 1/2 Compression Fitting CC5
(2x) Bitspower G1/4 Matte Black Dual Rotary 45 Degree 1/2 Fitting

When I can affort, will add 30mm x240mm rad to top in push & blocks for both GPUs.

Questions:
1. Will 240mm x 30mm push and the 240mm x 80mm push/pull be enough in future for SLI + CPU W/C with overclock? If you make one Loop it should be ok.
2. Is the XSPC Twin D5 quiet? I really want a quiet case above all else. It'll drive me nuts if I hear a refrigirator like sound...Are there any ways to decouple / dampen it further? I dont know about quiet but I have see a lot of people have problems with this XSPC reservoir with leaks and other issues so you might want to do a couple of searches on here and ask people that have this one.
3. Is 1/2ID too thick to route between res/bay & bottom mount rad with a tight bend? If it is you can use fittings to make it possible hard to tell you this without actually seeing case and set up..
4. Any other quiet cases below $200 which are better? The one case I would recommend is more than 200 dollars it is a case labs case!!
5. Only chose this MOBO because Asus z87-pro won't fit a 30mm rad as my mate learnt with a H110 with the XL R2
6. Any other suggestions? Take a look at the Asrock Z87M OC Formula it has outstanding features, is a mATX and should overclock like a champ if it is like its bigger brothers the Z77 and Z87 OC formula.. Asrock also make some very good and dependable boards..

Thanks in advance. I hope that this time around I'll actually get around to buying and building. I've been agonising over W/C for years!

Good luck and see my answers in green above.
Just my 2cents.gif worth!!!
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