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Looking at finally upgrading my PC to a custom water cooling set up, and basically i just wanted advice on the parts i planned to purchase and the best way to set the loop up as this will be my first custom set up.

Firstly PC specs -

CPU - Intel i7 2600K
GPU - EVGA GTX 780 SC
MB - Asus P8P67 Pro rev.3.0
RAM - Patriot Intel Extreme 2 x 8GB 1866MHz
SSD - Samsung 840 Pro 512GB
HD - Western Digital Black 1TB
PSU - XFX 750W non-modular
Case - NZXT Switch 810 - White

Now the parts i was thinking about purchasing, most of them are from EK and my basic colour scheme for the build will be white and blue with black as an extra. (There's a better word then extra to use but its 5am here and i can't think what it is) I should also say I'm from the UK so parts like the Cougar fans aren't purchasable here.

CPU block - EK Supremacy CSQ Nickel Plexi
GPU block - EK EK-FC Titan SE - Nickel CSQ with a EK FC Bridge SINGLE CSQ : Plexi link.
Reservoir - EK EK-RES X3 250 Reservoir
Pump - Alphacool VPP655 / Laing D5 Single Edition Pump with Tacho Signal with a Bitspower mod kit.
Pump top - EK Water Blocks EK-D5 X-TOP CSQ - Plexi
1st Rad - EK Water Blocks EK-CoolStream RAD XTC 420
2nd Rad - EK Water Blocks EK-CoolStream RAD XTX 240
Coolant - Mayhems Pastel Fluid for Water Cooling 1 Litre : Blue Berry
Fans - Bitfenix 140 Spectre PRO White With Blue LED for 420 Rad and Case
Fans - Bitfenix 120 Spectre PRO White With Blue LED Case Fan for 240 Rad.
Fittings - Bitspower Fittings - not sure which colour yet though.
Tubing - Undecided.

Tried to line them up to make it neater and easier to read, its not perfect but it will have to do.

I have no idea what tubing to use in the build. I also know the 2 Rads might be bit overkill for what i have but i might upgrade to a second GTX 780 further down the line towards Christmas. I have no idea how good those radiators are as I've searched for reviews but haven't found many especially for the 420 rad. I'm also not 100% sure on the fans and whether i want them all to be led or led at all i just figured the white fans on the black rads would be a good contrast and the blue led's would match the colour scheme too. All i know is i don't want the build to be too loud i want to keep the sound down but to still get good temps as my PC is in a very small room which easily heats up alot in the summer. I know i will never get amazing temps with low fpi rads and low speed fans but im trying to get a good compromise between the two.

So if anyone has any personal reviews on the products listed or any recommendations or advice I would really appreciate it! Thanks for taking the time read all this and sorry if any of it doesn't make perfect sense.
post #2 of 9
I have had no plasticizer issues with THIS tubing with distilled water a biocide and a silver kill coil. For tubing I like 5/8 OD just for aesthetics because its not too thin or too thick. The solid black or white Primochill LRT should go well with your build. If you want good low FPI rads ALPHACOOL is a really good brand to look at, they have plenty of models with FPIs of about 10 I think. They also make white rads if you feel like spending a little more. thumb.gif
Edited by Namkab - 7/10/13 at 10:05pm
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Thanks for the advice on the tubing they do look pretty good but i think I'd prefer to have clear tubing because i want to see as much of that Mayhems Pastel coolant as i can. I did look at the Alphacool rad's but i wanted to go push and pull and with a full 60mm thick rad it wont fit with my motherboard on the top. Where as the EK 420 rad is 55mm thick and that will just fit hopefully so that's why i was swaying towards EK but i just haven't seen any reviews of that rad at all so bit wary of using it. The white rad's do look good but i just like the idea of having black rads as a contrast so there's not too much too white.

Thank you for replying back so quickly and sorry for my late reply.
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Alphacool makes a 45mm rad if your worried a 60mm rad wont fit and a 55mm will. Your really pushing it tongue.gif. You need to start looking at real world thickness instead of advertised thickness of your rads if your pushing it within 5mm tolerance.
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Yeah i seen the 45mm rad's they do but i just think if i can get the bigger rad to fit then i might aswell go for it instead, its the same reason I'm choosing to go for a 420 rad instead of a 360 rad. Most people can make a 60mm rad fit with the push and pull set up if they wear down the curves on the top panel or make some customizations to the fans as they just get close to the heat sinks on the motherboard. I don't personally fancy getting the dremel out to wear down those curves so thought the EK 420 rad would be perfect as it will give me those extra few mm's i need for the clearance. I know its going to be tight and that 5mm difference isn't much to play with but im hoping it should work out if the measurements are all correct smile.gif
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Rad Shootout. In the link there is testing that shows thicker rads perform better when high rpm fans are used but thin and thick rads perform identically when low rpm fans are used. Since your going for low fpi and low rpm fans I dont think you will see a performance difference between the 60mm and 45mm alphacools, especially since your going with 660mm worth of rad space for a GPU, CPU loop. Just something to think about if you want the 45mm to be a for sure fit.
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To be honest after seeing those results on the rad's its made me even more focused on getting the EK rad. I'm pretty certain it will fit so I'm not so concerned about that, i was just worried about the performance of that rad as i hadn't seen any reviews for it and i know that link doesn't have the EK xtc review but cant see it being much different from the EK xtx. Thanks for all the links and advice it really is helping. One thing I'm curious about is the pump i picked? i know i want a D5 but there's so many different variations of it i didn't really know which to pick? is there any real significant differences between them performance/sound wise?
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To be honest after seeing those results on the rad's its made me even more focused on getting the EK rad. I'm pretty certain it will fit so I'm not so concerned about that, i was just worried about the performance of that rad as i hadn't seen any reviews for it and i know that link doesn't have the EK xtc review but cant see it being much different from the EK xtx. Thanks for all the links and advice it really is helping. One thing I'm curious about is the pump i picked? i know i want a D5 but there's so many different variations of it i didn't really know which to pick? is there any real significant differences between them performance/sound wise?

Get a VPP655 for variable speed control, variable speed is important for acoustics so that you dont have to run your pump at full RPM.
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ah good i picked out a VPP655 pump so glad i got that right smile.gif thanks again for all the help
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