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New CORSAIR 900D WATERCOOLING LOOP build HELP & ADVICE PLEASE

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Thread Starter 
Hi everyone

i am about to build well my first custom loop, i just want some feed back on the stuff I've chosen or are as yet to purchase;
i am going to run a single loop.

now firstly i got all of the parts below for free they are as follows: biggrin.gif:D
CPU: i7 3960x

Motherboard: Asus x79 rampage extreme 4 along with the following water-blocks:
---- Motherboard water-block: EK-FB Kit RE4 - Acetal+Nickel CSQ
---- CPU water-block: EK Supremacy Acetal + Nickel CPU Waterblock

motherboard: x79 gigabyte UD7 (though i have read bad things about this mobo)

yes i got both for free

RAM: g skill 16gb quad channel 4x4gb 1600mhz

Pumps: 2 x Swiftech MCP655
http://www.swiftech.com/mcp655.aspx

PUMP block: Bitspower Dual D5 Mod Top - Black Acetal
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=14587

Graphics cards: also 3x gtx 680 gigabyte 2gb oc with ek blocks and ek parallel bridge but i want either 780 sli or 8970 crossfire when they come out ill explain later why

SSD: samsung 512gb pro

plus tons of bitspower compression fittings

yeah i got lucky

plus my own stuff i already have - tons of HDDs etc

items to purchase:
Case: Corsair 900D (i would look into case lab case but i live in Australia)

Radiators:
TOP: Alphacool NexXxoS UT60 Full Copper 480mm (PUSH PULL) i'm thinking have it suck in from the top

BOTTOM FRONT: Alphacool NexXxoS UT60 Full Copper 480mm (PUSH PULL) i'm thinking have it suck in from the SIDE (i know one of the 120mm fans will be hitting the PSU

BOTTOM BACK: Alphacool NexXxoS UT60 Full Copper 240mm (not sure if push and pull of just push)

Reservoir: EK RES X3 250 Reservoir (im pretty sure ill just get the one plus this - http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/380656473872?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649 to feed the loop back from the top

im going to be using the new primochill rigid acrylic pipes around the cpu, mobo and gfx cards
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=24132

and hose for the rest of the loop

PSU im looking at getting the corsair AX 1200 gold

and run a few phobya fan boards MAYBEEEE corsair link but that is extra cash

im building this rig to last a VERY long time 5 yrs or so, and to play on at first one 1440p 27" and then 3x27" 1440p screens

also as im not really interested in watercooling the motherboard and i dnt really like asus (i want the MSI x79 big bang II - also for an all black board - as if i get board i want to change the coolant colour and the red on the asus MAY show through but this isnt a big deal atm also i heard new 2 gen x79 boards are due out ?? anybody heard the same) i have had bad luck with them tho heard good things about the rampage extreme

please tell if i have forgotten anything or any input would be a great help thumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gif

im think of running the loop like this:

tube res - pump - pump (cos of pump cover) - top 480mm rad - mobo top - cpu - mobo base - gpu - bottom 480mm rad - bottom 240mm rad - back to res tube
post #2 of 3
- Asus is flat out the most reliable motherboard manufacturer that has existed over the course of time since it started producing them: it's a shame that you've had a bad experience. All manufacturers send out DoA boards from time to time unless you want to avoid that possibility by buying a pre-tested/checked motherboard such as their Sabertooth line (some other manufacturers also have military-standard pre-checked boards as well).

- Here are the radiator positions for the 900d
Quote:
•Front: up to 360mm
•Top: up to 480mm (4 x 120) or 420mm (3 x 140)
•Bottom side one: up to 480mm (4 x 120) or 420mm (3 x 140)
•Bottom side two (with PSU installed): up to 280mm (2 x 140) or 240mm (2 x 120)
•Rear: 140mm or 120mm
If you pull air in from the top, bottom left, and bottom right (which I would recommend), you would want to have the front and back as exhaust.

- For your "hose for the rest of the loop", be sure to pay attention to posts on here about plasticizer issues with certain brands and models of tubing.

- If you're going to be using dye, then make sure you understand all that that entails. For instance, some additives conflict with some dyes and cause gunk build-up (and some dyes are just poor enough to cause gunk build-up on their own).

- You say "im building this rig to last a VERY long time 5 yrs or so", but remember that water cooling generally requires maintenance every 6 months to a year, especially if you use dyes. If you're very careful you could probably stretch that to two years. At that point you'll need to clean out the blocks in order to maintain cooling performance.

- You may consider putting two of the GPU blocks in parallel to maintain an overall higher flow rate. I wouldn't recommend 3x parallel unless you have a really high overall flow rate though (2+ gpm).
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Thread Starter 
ye i have a parallel bridge so im deff doing that.

im only putting rads in the top and bottom none on the front or rear of the case.

ye i have a sabertooth z77 n the problem is that board lol. thats y im liking the msi big bang ii each board gets tested for 24hrs on prime 95

maintaining the loop im fine with just not buying new cpu n mobo maybee gfx cards if i get them on the cheap in few year after i buy these new ones

ok i will have too look in the dyes atm im looking at primochill due to the range of colours
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