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Hello folks, I've been running my swiftech h220 for a while now. I have expanded my loop to include a 360mm swiftech XP rad as well as 2 7950's with heatkiller gpux blocks. I have had nothing but trouble with bleeding the loop any time I have changed it to anything but the included radiator, so I think I will finally make a swap to full blown loop with a pump, block etc. Here's what I was considering:
XSPC D5 Pump: http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=35560:ce599f950de3ef415dcf17d4a8ea6408
XSPC D5 Res: http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=27997:ef827e32ec6ae056195d96dd06c80af8
XSPC Raystorm block (AMD): http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=32332:fcc40f47a7d4baf7fd2390f7da042c5b
Alphacool XT45: http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=32764

Thoughts? I want to try to save as much money as I can. With my case (Corsair 540) a bay res is someone difficult to include.

Will mounting that pump/res combo below everything present problems? How much improvement in cooling will this provide (in theory)?
post #2 of 9
So you will be going with the 360 Swiftech and the 240 Alphacool? That should be great for CPU + dual GPU. I have that exact same pump and res combo and like it a lot. I have it placed at the bottom of my case with no issues. See pic:

post #3 of 9
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I already have the 360 in the loop of the h220, not cooling the gpu's yet. Its almost impossible to bleed all the air out.

Whats that line leaving your gpu? Just a drain? Also does the pump connect to that res with screws? Is there an o-ring in there?
post #4 of 9
Yeah that's a drain. I will probably be taking that out soon, I'm not too happy with how it looks. smile.gif

The res comes with an O-ring and yeah you screw the pump into it with 4 screws. Very simple. Bleeding with this res can take a little longer than others because of the way it direct feeds the water right into the pump. But there's a simple way to get around that: stick something flat and thin (I used a flattened drinking straw) down through the fillport and interrupt the path between the intake tube and the pump. It will create a little vortex inside the res and your loop will bleed much quicker.

E: Whatever rad configuration you end up with, a good rule of thumb is 120mm rad space per heat generating component, plus 120mm for overclocking, plus 120mm for good measure. So a total of five 120mm rad spaces would be great for your setup.
Edited by jhaze84 - 8/18/13 at 12:06pm
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Originally Posted by jhaze84 View Post

Yeah that's a drain. I will probably be taking that out soon, I'm not too happy with how it looks. smile.gif

The res comes with an O-ring and yeah you screw the pump into it with 4 screws. Very simple. Bleeding with this res can take a little longer than others because of the way it direct feeds the water right into the pump. But there's a simple way to get around that: stick something flat and thin (I used a flattened drinking straw) down through the fillport and interrupt the path between the intake tube and the pump. It will create a little vortex inside the res and your loop will bleed much quicker.

Interesting, thanks for the tip. Think I will place this order tomorrow then.
post #6 of 9
Wow jhaze, that's one mighty clean loop you've got there.
Mine somehow always look like an utter mess rolleyes.gif

Anyway,
I've been looking at the pictures of your system and I'm thinking that the parts you have picked will be pretty good even though I don't know the performance of that pump.
Pumping water upwards in a radiator seems like it'll put a lot of strain on your pump and my guess is that it won't bleed properly.
When you are bleeding this particular loop I'd advice you put the case on it's side so that all the radiators have horizontal waterflow.
Once the loop has bled successfully you should be good with your parts.

And I'm sure you already know this but I wouldn't exactly put my hard drive directly under a water fitting but ya biggrin.gif
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post #7 of 9
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I actually think for the money, its a better idea to go with the XSPC Raystorm extreme rx240 kit. Has everything I could need for just a little more money, plus I get a better pump and reservoir.
post #8 of 9
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I actually think for the money, its a better idea to go with the XSPC Raystorm extreme rx240 kit. Has everything I could need for just a little more money, plus I get a better pump and reservoir.

I have to agree with you on this sir
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post #9 of 9
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Its still more than I wanted to spend, but I am sure it will have everything I need. Plus now it will have all compression fittings which I had not planned on plus a better D5 bay res/pump.
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