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Originally Posted by APhamX View Post

This is what I've come with so far. That being said, compression fittings are expensive :$$$$$$. I went with the G 1/4 or w.e fittings and I hope the tube fits.

That being said however, the reservoir and pump seems overkill, even if I'm intending to add a gpu into the loop in the future. I'm starting to rethink the xspc kit, because I heard that the xspc revised the reservoir. Link to xspc's site It would be more or less same performance for 100 less. What do you guys think. D:


Looks good so far. Yes compression fittings are expensive but that's the price of beauty tongue.gif If you want to make your loop even prettier, Bitspower offers a mod top for the MCP655 that will spruce up the look a bit. I personally don't like the look of un-modded pumps so I've always gone with a mod top.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12199/ex-pmp-122/Bitspower_D5_MCP655_Extreme_Pump_Mod_Top_V2_-_Acetal_BP-D5TOPP2EX-BK.html?tl=c107s1805b145#blank

That pump is fantastic and will work just fine for any loop you have. It may seem overkill now, but if you ever want to add more to your loop (GPU, mobo, ram, etc.) you won't have to change pumps in order to get good water flow. For the res, there are many options out there that would suit your needs. If you really want a tube res, there are smaller versions that will obviously be less money.

If you aren't going to showcase your res, I would suggest something like this.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11220/ex-res-233/XSPC_Tank_Reservoir_-_Laing_D5_MCP655_w_Blue_LED_Light_-_Acrylic.html?tl=c97s165b49

Ultimately, its your decision and if you want to go with the XSPC kit, do it. IMO, water cooling is as much about an increase in performance of your cooling solution as it is about making your rig look cool thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by ZBoneCapone View Post

Looks good so far. Yes compression fittings are expensive but that's the price of beauty tongue.gif If you want to make your loop even prettier, Bitspower offers a mod top for the MCP655 that will spruce up the look a bit. I personally don't like the look of un-modded pumps so I've always gone with a mod top.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12199/ex-pmp-122/Bitspower_D5_MCP655_Extreme_Pump_Mod_Top_V2_-_Acetal_BP-D5TOPP2EX-BK.html?tl=c107s1805b145#blank

That pump is fantastic and will work just fine for any loop you have. It may seem overkill now, but if you ever want to add more to your loop (GPU, mobo, ram, etc.) you won't have to change pumps in order to get good water flow. For the res, there are many options out there that would suit your needs. If you really want a tube res, there are smaller versions that will obviously be less money.

If you aren't going to showcase your res, I would suggest something like this.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11220/ex-res-233/XSPC_Tank_Reservoir_-_Laing_D5_MCP655_w_Blue_LED_Light_-_Acrylic.html?tl=c97s165b49

Ultimately, its your decision and if you want to go with the XSPC kit, do it. IMO, water cooling is as much about an increase in performance of your cooling solution as it is about making your rig look cool thumb.gif

I wanted to showcase the rig, it's sitting right next to my eyefinity setup. That being said I only plan on using distilled water, that's why I'm using non clear tubes, however is there a tube res that had a led cathode in it or something. 250ml isn't that big is it? 150ml is only ten dollars less.
post #53 of 61
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I wanted to showcase the rig, it's sitting right next to my eyefinity setup. That being said I only plan on using distilled water, that's why I'm using non clear tubes, however is there a tube res that had a led cathode in it or something. 250ml isn't that big is it? 150ml is only ten dollars less.

Only using distilled is a smart move. There are two distinct tube res's that I can think of with an LED in them.

Here:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/20924/ex-res-636/XSPC_Photon_270_Tube_Glass_Cylinder_Reservoir.html?tl=c97s165b49

And here:

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10277/ex-res-164/FrozenQ_PC_Mods_250mm_Liquid_Fusion_V_Series_2nd_Generation_Reservoir_-_UV_Cathode_-_Fluorescent_Blue_Helix.html?tl=c97s165b179

Remember, that you will definitely pay more to have a cathode tube in the res, so if you're trying to keep to a budget, than I wouldn't recommend that solution.

Something you might try is to get some BitFenix Alchemy strips and light up the inside of your case as a whole, that way you're not depending on a single res LED to do all the lightning.
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Originally Posted by ZBoneCapone View Post

Only using distilled is a smart move. There are two distinct tube res's that I can think of with an LED in them.

Here:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/20924/ex-res-636/XSPC_Photon_270_Tube_Glass_Cylinder_Reservoir.html?tl=c97s165b49

And here:

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10277/ex-res-164/FrozenQ_PC_Mods_250mm_Liquid_Fusion_V_Series_2nd_Generation_Reservoir_-_UV_Cathode_-_Fluorescent_Blue_Helix.html?tl=c97s165b179

Remember, that you will definitely pay more to have a cathode tube in the res, so if you're trying to keep to a budget, than I wouldn't recommend that solution.

Something you might try is to get some BitFenix Alchemy strips and light up the inside of your case as a whole, that way you're not depending on a single res LED to do all the lightning.

The xspc one is only five dollars more :O. The only thing that is really hurting my budget is the pump and the compression fittings, but I'm convincing myself that it'll be worth it in the future. That being said. Do you think it's a good idea to leave a computer with a watercooling setup to sit for like a month without running? Or should one drain the loop?

On that note, I don't see how I can mount that res without drilling holes in my 650d
Edited by APhamX - 8/18/13 at 3:18pm
post #55 of 61
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The xspc one is only five dollars more :O. The only thing that is really hurting my budget is the pump and the compression fittings, but I'm convincing myself that it'll be worth it in the future. That being said. Do you think it's a good idea to leave a computer with a watercooling setup to sit for like a month without running? Or should one drain the loop?

On that note, I don't see how I can mount that res without drilling holes in my 650d

Yes those tube res' usually need to have holes drilled into the case to get a good mount. If you're going to be leaving the set up unattended for a month, why not just wait a month to build it? If not than I would drain it. No use risking a leak and than coming back to soaked and ruined components. Better safe than sorry. rolleyes.gif
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Yes those tube res' usually need to have holes drilled into the case to get a good mount. If you're going to be leaving the set up unattended for a month, why not just wait a month to build it? If not than I would drain it. No use risking a leak and than coming back to soaked and ruined components. Better safe than sorry. rolleyes.gif

I mean I want to build this now before school starts, I'm saying later in the year I'll probably be gone for a month for vacation.
post #57 of 61
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I mean I want to build this now before school starts, I'm saying later in the year I'll probably be gone for a month for vacation.

I would drain and not have to worry about it. It'll take you less than 5 min to do it and you'll have peace of mind.
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I would drain and not have to worry about it. It'll take you less than 5 min to do it and you'll have peace of mind.

I guess everything is all set, however I want to see if there are cheaper d5 pump alternatives, this one is costing me nearly 130 dollars. And for the res, I guess I'll inevitably have to figure out how to drill it into my case.
post #59 of 61
For mounting your res dont drill holes use high quality velcro you can buy at hardware stores that stuff is strong and will save you drilling a hole in your case and makes it a lot easier!
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For mounting your res dont drill holes use high quality velcro you can buy at hardware stores that stuff is strong and will save you drilling a hole in your case and makes it a lot easier!

Good idea... and you mean the Velcro that is plastic on both sides right?
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