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I know the stickies at the top of this forum, but having to go to each individual thread to get info about what I do not need isn't helping. So, if you wouldn't mind, I could really use some help on this. I don't have a lot of money right now, so I'm not going to be able to build this in a week and show you guys pics, but when I do, I'll start a new thread and give some shout outs to those who helped!

I am planning a loop that would be used in a custom case. I am hoping for dual 3x120mm rads, and will end up using (at least) a CPU block (AMD) and a GTX 680 block. I'll start with a CPU block, then add the 680 block later. I plan on adding another 680 for SLI later, when I need it. I really only want to cool the top card since it gets hotter than the bottom. Custom case will be a basic dual layer, horizontal motherboard box. Radiators on the back and top, exhaust. Might go for P/P if I can. Intake on sides and front, plain fans to move air. Only getting one rad, and CPU block at first, others later. I don't need the highest end supplies, I'm going for mild OC (not trying to set records) so this is more of a price focused build, but I do realize it is going to cost quite a bit to build it. Also, what's the rule with the placement of res to the pump? I'll know how many of whatever fittings I'll need to get once I find out what parts I need at first.
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Motherboard up top will the SATA cables going to my optical drives/HDDs down below, whichever part needs to go on top (pump or res) next to motherboard. Second rad exhaust will be on top, somewhat over the top of the motherboard (offset to the side). First rad will be over the back panel of the motherboard. Intakes will be on the sides and front of case.I may not need a lot of tubing if I put the pump/res directly over each other.

TL;DR?
I need a pump that can work with a CPU block, and at least one 680 block. Dual 3x120mm. Using koolance.com. How much tubing will I end up needing?

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If you're just going for mild oc, why would you want 720mm of radiators? Why not get your feet wet with the swiftech h220 first. Second thing, afaik, 680's aren't really worth w/c in the first place....just trying to save you money. smile.gif
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If you're just going for mild oc, why would you want 720mm of radiators?
At first, I will only have a single rad and will see what I can do with what voltage. If I see that temp is my main problem, I'll see how far I can push it.
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Second thing, afaik, 680's aren't really worth w/c in the first place....just trying to save you money.
Picked up a 4GB FTW for under $400, and I'll assume that I will pick another one up when the 8X0 series come out and drop the prices even more. I had a GTX 660, sold it for a decent price to fund the 680.

OT: Do you have a basic setup for me as a suggestion? Pump will have to be strong enough for the add-ons later on. I was thinking the PMP-450

EDIT: I see that you were referring to the cost of WC the 680's. I did see the cost of the plate, but I see them going cheap on eBay.
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OT: Do you have a basic setup for me as a suggestion? Pump will have to be strong enough for the add-ons later on. I was thinking the PMP-450

EDIT: I see that you were referring to the cost of WC the 680's. I did see the cost of the plate, but I see them going cheap on eBay.
I was thinking the swiftech h220 would probably do for you what you are asking, and only cost an initial $150. If you decide you want to go further, afaik it's capable of quite a bit, or at the very least it's a 240mm radiator if you need more rad space/pressure for multiple gpu's. http://www.overclock.net/t/1367654/swiftech-h220-owners-club/0_100
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ripsaw View Post

I was thinking the swiftech h220 would probably do for you what you are asking, and only cost an initial $150.
I already have a basic system, I'm looking for a custom loop.
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post #6 of 7
If h220 is too basic go with...

CPU block from pretty much any reputable brand is $65
240 rad $60
DDC pump $50 and up
Res $40
Tubing $20
Fittings $40 or more
Fluid & other misc stuff $25

Aaand you're at $250-300 pretty quick. Generally budget build + custom water don't mix, so if money is tight do what ripsaw said & get an h220.
 
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Think I've got the part list together. Now all I need is some feedback to see if that all works together, and if the pump is strong enough for whatever block I get later on and another radiator. thumb.gif
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