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Hello All,

I am looking to do my first time water cooling build. I have been doing lots of reading and research over the past two months and I have compiled my parts list. I am looking to have some people with much more experience and knowledge than myself look it over and see if there are any issues (galvanic corrosion potential, part incompatibility, etc.) or suggestions. I can think of no better place to ask since I have seen some amazing things on these forums.

I have built my own computer before so I am familiar with core components, but like I said I have never water cooled before.

Main Components
Processor: Intel i5-3570K (Already Purchased)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-77X-UP7 (Already Purchased)
RAM: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 GB x 4) (Reuse from my existing rig, plan to upgrade later)
Power Supply: Corsair HX750 (Reuse from my existing rig)
Bluray Drive: LG WH12LS30 Blu-ray/DVD/CD RW Burner (Reuse from my existing rig)
SSD: Kingston SSDNow V100+ 96GB (Reuse from my existing rig)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB (Reuse from my existing rig)
GPU:
ZOTAC NVIDIA GTX 770

Case: Corsair 900D (Already Purchased)

Water Cooling
2 x Radiators (Top & Bottom): XSPC EX480 (35.5mm Thick)
Reservoir & Pump: XSPC Dual 5.25" Bay Reservoir / D5 Vario
CPU Waterblock (Acetal Top): XSPC Raystorm
GPU Waterblock: XSPC Razor GTX 770
GPU Backplate: XSPC Razor Backplate
8 x Fans: Gentle Typhoon AP-15 (All in pull so that they can be seen from the outside, may Upgrade to push/pull later)
Fan Controller: Lamptron FC5V2
3x Fan Cable Splitters: Phobya Y Cable Splitter - 3-Pin to 4x 3-Pin (x3)
Tubing: XSPC FLX Orange UV Tubing 7/16in. ID x 5/8in. OD (20 Feet so I have extra, should I go bigger or smaller? I choose the 7/16 in. because it was in the middle)
Fittings: Monsoon Fittings (Matte Black) x 12
Fluid: Distilled Water + PT Nuke Biocide (Do I need the blue or the clear?)
Silver Bullet: Monsoon Silver Bullet
Cable Extension: Bitfenix Alchemy Orange Cable Extensions (24 Pin ATX, 8 Pin EPS, PCI-E)
Thermal Paste: ???


Some questions I have:

  • I contacted XSPC about the compatibility of the GPU block with the ZOTAC GTX 770, and they said that the block was compatible with the plain (non-AMP edition) 2GB model. I wanted to get the 4GB model, and I figured the block would fit because the card should just have extra RAM modules on the back side. Does anybody know?
  • Do I need any 45 or 90 degree fittings? If not needed, would you still suggest some to make the tubing easier? This is something I am having a tough time wrapping my head around.
  • Do I need the blue or clear PT Biocide?
  • Do I need bigger or smaller tubing/fittings? I went with 7/16 because it was in the middle.
  • Did I pick my water cooling components right?


Please look this over and give me your comments and suggestions. i value any help that anyone is willing to give me.

Thanks,

Daveys93
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You can use EKWB cooling configurator to see if a stock 680/770 block will fit on your 4gb card.

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Make sure your fittings match the size of your tubing especially when you going for compression fittings like those monsoon's.

If XSPC says it fits the normal card and did not directly say it fits the 4gb model it very well may not, you will need to goggle the hell out of it if you really want to make that jump or change to another brand that will give you 100% coverage.

Plan out your build with in your PC make sure your rads will fit where you want to install them, mock up how you want the loop to go and that will give you an idea if 45 or 90 fittings will make the flow of you loop easier to install.

PT Nuke and that Monsoon silver bullet do the same job you only need one, if you go the silver bullet path make sure you plan into your loop an extra port for it to screw into.

Your fitting and tubing choice is much the muchness and while many people can argue the merits of each size type it comes down to your choice.
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I would say yes that you may need 45 degree and 90 degree fittings. This may save room and allow for different routing of tubing. I stuck with straight compression fittings and I am limited to how I can run my loop. Also Mrshilka is right make sure the fittings are the same size. I had to run to lowes to get some clamps when I was doing mine. I have a slightly smaller scale then what you have on rads but basically same pump, block, and tubing as you. Always try to envision your water loop. thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by Legonut View Post

You can use EKWB cooling configurator to see if a stock 680/770 block will fit on your 4gb card.

According to the EKWB cooling configuration the Zotac 770 4GB model is compatible with their block. Because it is shown as compatible with an EK block does that mean it should be compatible with an XSPC block?
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I would say yes that you may need 45 degree and 90 degree fittings. This may save room and allow for different routing of tubing. I stuck with straight compression fittings and I am limited to how I can run my loop. Also Mrshilka is right make sure the fittings are the same size. I had to run to lowes to get some clamps when I was doing mine. I have a slightly smaller scale then what you have on rads but basically same pump, block, and tubing as you. Always try to envision your water loop. thumb.gif

The advertised ID and OD of the fittings I chose match that of the tubing I chose (7/16" ID 5/8" OD). Is there some other specification I should look for? When I was looking at the XSPC tubing I noticed that the wall thickness of the 7/16" ID tubing was a bit thinner (3/32") than that of the 3/8" and 1/2" ID tubing (4/32" = 1/8"). Will that make a difference? I just figured it would be a bit more flexible and may not be as prone to pinching/kinking.

As for 45/90 degree fittings, where would you apply them? On the radiators only (quantity 4)? On the radiators and CPU block (quantity 6)? On each component (quantity 10)? I may be stretching it a bit, I just do not know where these are optimally applied and I know from reading martinsliquidlab.org that the 45 and 90 degree fittings add restriction. I also am not sure where to apply a 90 degree fitting or a 45 degree fitting (can they be used interchangeably)?.

It looks like the clear PT Nuke biocide has an active ingredient of Benzalkonium chloride 1.65%, where as the blue PT Nuke is Copper (II) sulfate pentahydrate (CuSO4·5H2O) 4.1%. From reading the descriptions on the sidewinder page it says that the clear is designed for distilled water (which I plan on running), unfortunately the blue PT Nuke's description does not say what it's intended use is. So I guess I could assume the clear is what I need?

Thanks for the responses to far to all who have replied. I am looking for any suggestions or comments anyone may have, so if you see a water cooling component in my list and something pops to your head when you read it please let me know. I cannot wait to start building in the 900D!
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