Originally Posted by Unicr0nhunter
Yeah, this will be my first watercooled build, so just about everything is going to be new going into it, so I've been doing a ton of figuring out what will work best for me.
I might be biting off more than I can chew for my first go at watercooling but I'm going to try to use Primochill's rigid tubing with this build. It looks like it might be tricky to pull off using a heat gun for all of the bends, but I think I'll be able to do it. I don't mind if I have to buy some extra tubage to learn & make mistakes with. I just really like the way those rigid tubes look. Haven't made my mind up what to do for a pump yet. I sorta want to have dual pumps if just for redundancy, but not sure yet. I still have more reading up on them yet before I can make any sort of informed decision.
The only thing I already have that I know is going in it is an ax1200 psu. That, and I'm thinking I probably will move my GTX 760s in there since I just found out that GTX 670 reference waterblocks will fit them, and I really like xspc's 670 blocks, and in that case I'll just buy different card(s) for my air-cooled Cosmo II.
The new Ivy E processors coming out are going to have me weighing over the next few weeks whether it's going to be worth it to go with a new 4930K against what I hope will be a price-drop on the 3930K, and then deciding what mobo I want to go with.
In my build, I just used 1 4 pack of primochill tubing, and bending is actually pretty easy. I might do a video on it as I made some mistakes while working on mine and now I have a better handle on bending and can almost bend a tube the way I need it without any issues.
In a nutshell the trick is to heat more area than what you need, for example you are going to do a 90 degree bend just make sure you heat 3 to 4 inches of area around the bend. If you do not do that you will cause thermal shock and the tubing will bubble and look ugly when bent.
Also nothing to worry about with your first time water cooling.
1. Make sure you have an easy plan for draining the loop.
2. Make sure you have some extra fittings then what you need.
3. Same with tubing, get some extra (I only used 2 tubes from the 4 pack that I bought for my build)
4. Measure twice cut once.
5. Get some surgical gloves as they help get a better grip on fittings when tightining.
6. Flush your radiator and blocks with distilled water.
7. Leak test the system with only the pump powered and just distilled water. (in case you spill, distilled water will not damage anything)
8. Draw our tube routing plan, I use old fashion pen and paper to figure mine out.
Use the time you have to plan how you want to route the tubing, and how you want to place the ports on the radiators.Edited by jassilamba - 9/9/13 at 1:04pm