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heya guys, I recently built my first custom build, and I was a little short on cash so I just stuck with all air-cooling, I really wanted to liquid cool, but it was a bit too pricey at the time... now, I finally overclocked my CPU and am building up a fat cash bundle to use on more PC parts. I want to make a custom loop, but I have no idea where to start as this is my first time, any help?
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How many components are you planning on cooling? That will determine how much rad space you need. Typically you want 120mm of rad space for each component, and an extra 120 if you plan on overclocking. For example, if you are only cooling your gpu and cpu with moderate overclocking , a triple 120mm rad should work well. What case do you have? Your case will have a big impact on what kind of radiators you end up using. If you are interested in learning about each component of a system, I would start here: http://martinsliquidlab.org/2012/04/14/360-radiator-shootout-summary/ he compares alot of different components so you can get the best possible performance out of your cooling loop.
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I have an NZXT phantom, i think i could make due with a top rad and a back rad, idk what size for the top but the back is 120mm i believe
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I did a quick search for water cooled builds in the NZXT PHANTOM Owner's Club, it looks like you have a few options in terms of your layout. It looks like you can fit a dual 120 or 200 mm in the top of the case, a duel 120 in the bottom and/or a single 120 mm in the back. I would recommend making a post in the aforementioned thread which is linked here: http://www.overclock.net/t/876350/official-nzxt-phantom-owners-club/14300_20#post_20227114 so that people familiar with your case can give you a hand. I wish I could be of more help, but I am just not familiar with your case and don't want to lead you astray.

Edit: you can also try here: http://www.overclock.net/t/584302/ocn-water-cooling-club-and-picture-gallery/0_20
post #5 of 8
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aparrently i can fit a 240 in the top...i'm just looking to cooling the CPU + GPU... so you think a 240 on the top and a 120 on the back would be good?
Edited by DsixS - 6/27/13 at 7:42pm
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Are you wanting to do a full custom loop? There is the possibility of using the swiftech h220 and adding an extra radiator and waterblock for your gpu. It will be significantly cheaper to do it this way. Here is a video showing how it is done:
If you would prefer to go the full custom route you will need the following components:
Duel 120 rad (top of case)
Single 120 rad (back of case)
Cpu water block
Gpu water block
Pump
Reservoir
Fittings

Most likely you will also want to get new fans as I assume your case fans won't have high enough static pressure for the radiators. If you would like, I can put together a custom loop for you, so you can an idea of what that would cost. If you would like me to do this, please list the hardware you want to cool.
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since i have a GIGABYTE GPU that has windforce, do i have to use a universal block instead of a full cover one? That is what a friend told me.
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Originally Posted by DsixS View Post

since i have a GIGABYTE GPU that has windforce, do i have to use a universal block instead of a full cover one? That is what a friend told me.

It depends what GPU it is and/or what revision of the card it is.

Nvidia ... No
7970 ... If you have a rev 1 OC (non Ghz Edn) board it will be reference. Rev 2 OC and Ghz Edn are custom PCB and only a universal block will fit.
Edited by Jakusonfire - 6/28/13 at 11:08am
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Samsung 840 Pro 256GB X2 EK Supremacy Aqua Computer Aquaero 6 Pro Aqua Computer D5 USB 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Aquacomputer MPS 400 flow meter EK-CoolStream PE 360 EK-Coolstream PE 240 Noiseblocker Eloop B12-PS 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK Vardar F2 EK-FC Titan Acetal & Nickel EK-RAM Monarch X4 Clean CSQ - Acetal+Nickel EK-D5 X-RES 140 CSQ 
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