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I'm planning on replacing my case with an NZXT H630, and would like to watercool a future 3930K/4930K using a single 400mm radiator in the front of the case with fans in push/pull configuration. My goal is an overclock as close to 5 GHz as possible with a low level of noise. I am looking at purchasing the following parts:

Cooler Master 200mm fans
Koolance CPU-380I CPU Block
Phobya Xtreme 400mm Radiator
XSPC X20 750 Dual Bay Pump/Reservoir

Will these parts play together well? As for fittings and tubing (and anything else I need), I don't know much there, so I'm open to your suggestions. I suppose I'll need six fittings total and I don't know which tubing size would be the most efficient.
 
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Somewhat well but you will want to measure the holes in the case and ensure that they work with the radiator.

The x20 pump will not be very quiet and its best to get a d5 pump with a silencer.
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Thanks for the advice. Believe it or not, the 400mm radiator can fit inside the front of that case with the drive bays removed. I'll only have one SSD and that can be mounted in the bracket behind the motherboard so I don't need HDD bays. I've heard that most of the complaints about noise on the X20 were due to air in the system, so I'll be sure to bleed it well. I'm guessing my fans will be louder at full power. I'd like to stick with an integrated bay/reservoir as for a first time watercooler like me it's one less thing to go wrong. Plus, it's significantly cheaper than a dedicated pump like the d5 and that's before a silencer and separate reservoir. What would you recommend as far as fittings go for this combination?
 
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Go with compression they are better in every way and the time you save makes up for the extra cost. I use phobya 3/8 5/8 and i love them and the tube size.
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compression fittings are not better in every way. some people prefer the look instead of barbs with clamps.
hell if you install the retaining ring wrong or tighten that ring down too far you can shear the tube. you can crossthread the ring or base fitting if you accidentally start the ring crooked. you could have problems with getting the ring started or tightened if your tubing is 1 of the tubings that doesnt play well with compression fittings.
some of these problems arent likely while others are. it boils down to what look you prefer and how much you want to spend.
to say they(compression fittings) are better in every way, is purely wrong.
avoid the xspc bay res. the acrylic versions are the only ones not known to warp and leak. and that pump is known to have reliability and longevity issues.
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Thanks, I will go with 3/8 5/8 if that will give me the proper flow for a 3930K and the corresponding fittings.

Which type of fitting stands a lower chance of leaking? Appearance doesn't matter to me (my case won't have a window), so I'm willing to use those plumbing-esque clamps over barbs. I don't mind spending a little more money on whatever type of fittings will work best.

Also, what dual bay pump/reservoir would you recommend over the X20 750? The one I am looking at is the acrylic one, it's also the cheapest one.
 
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if i remember right, the 655/d5 pumps are the quietest. do you HAVE to have the bay res?
have you looked at this?
http://www.xtremerigs.net/reviews/water-cooling/2012-pump-roundup/
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It doesn't need to be that particular XSPC one, but I'd like to stay with a combo bay pump/res. It's one less connection where something could possibly go wrong in the system, and saves me some cash too. I would go with separate pump and res if I were to watercool my GPUs as well, but I think a smaller unit could get the job done for just a CPU. I don't have to worry about where to put and how to mount the pump and res in my case either.

I am looking at using PrimoChill Primoflex 3/8" by 5/8" tubing and the Bitspower G1/4" Thread 3/8" ID x 5/8" OD compression fittings. Total cost of my watercooling system will be around $400. It's about twice the cost of the xspc rx360 system I was looking at, but that wasn't including the cost of better fans, had barbs instead of compression fittings, and the raystorm waterblock was one of the worst versus the Koolance CPU-380i being one of the best. This cooling system ought to last me years too.

I want to buy my server now and get that all set up this week, so I can put my data hdd into it since I won't have room in the NZXT H630 - the radiator will go in the front where the removable HDD bays are.
 
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