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first time water cooling a rig. Any suggestions?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I'm taking the jump into this wet world of water cooling
but having a bit of trouble deciding the components.

Right now i got:
An Antec DarkFleet DF-85 case (2x120mm exhaust in the rear and 2x140 mm exhaust in the top)
Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z mobo
AMD Phenom II 1090T (OC'ed to 3800MHz)
XFX Radeon HD 6950 XXX (uses HD 6870 PCB design)
Antec CP-850 850W PSU
(If you need more info on my system do not hesitate to ask)

I was thinking of WC'ing the GFX as the heat makes the fan go too high for comfort (noise vise).
This is what i got in mind:

1 EK - FC6870 - EN (GFX Block) (Bought)
1 Phobya G-Changer 240 ver.2 (Bought)
1 XSPC Laing DDC Reservoir top (Multiport) (Bought)
1 EK-DDC 3.2 PWM (12V PWM pump) (Bought)
1,2m (4ft) PrimoChill PrimoFlex Advanced LRT Crystal Clear 19mm OD / 13mm ID (3/4" OD / 1/2" ID) tubing (Bought)
3 Phobya Straight compression fittings Black Nickel (19mm OD / 13mm ID (3/4" OD / 1/2" ID)) (Bought)
2 Phobya 90 degree compression fittings Black Nickel (19mm OD / 13mm ID (3/4" OD / 1/2" ID)) (Bought)
1 Phobya 45 degree compression fittings Black Nickel (19mm OD / 13mm ID (3/4" OD / 1/2" ID)) (Bought)
250ml Mayhem X1 Blood Red concentrate (Bought)
Fans? 2 or 4 x 120 mm low noise or the ones allready sitting in the case?

Any suggestions to loop priority? (Sorted)
pump --> GFX block --> RAD --> Res --> pump (pump --> GFX block --> RAD --> CPU block --> RAD --> Res -->pump if upgraded)

My goal is to make my PC a bit more silent (and hopefully decrease the temp a bit aswell

I would love to hear your suggestions on this build
Edited by Inciter - 9/30/13 at 12:49pm
post #2 of 11
In terms of loop order this is all that matters Res --> pump

The rest of the loop should be ordered to give you the tidiest look.
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
Bump

Any suggestions on my choice of WC parts?
post #4 of 11
All individually good parts although personally I would give the dye/coolant a miss. I just use store bought 100% Ultra distilled water and a silver kill coil.

Here are a couple of good resources for water cooling. lots of good reviews and explanations;

http://www.dazmode.com/
http://martinsliquidlab.org/
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
Bump

Is there any rule of thumb for how much water I need for my system?
I will update the original post with the parts i've bought.
post #6 of 11

Are you not watercooling your CPU? 

 

Rule of thumb is fill it until it's completely full and refill it once it has bled through completely until no air is in the loop.

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post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
Nope only my GPU (at this time)
CPU may come later on (and another rad)

I was hoping for a rule of thumb to tell me how much water i needed before i started to fill the system (so im not ending up with a halfway filled system)
post #8 of 11
My rig took just under 1 litre. That included a pump, res, 360 rad and CPU block and a few feet of tube. Yours might need a shade more as I'm assuming a GPU block will take a little more water.
Edited by dihartnell - 10/4/13 at 4:07pm
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thank you for the answer Dihartnell

I think you are right that a GPU will use more water. But as i only got a 240 rad i think it will be about the same.
I'm guessing the ID of 1.2m / 4Ft of tubing doesn't change the amount of water by much.
and 200ml of res
post #10 of 11
Yeah I think less than litre to fill. You should get extra to clean out the rad though. Most usually have a bit of gunk in them to begin with. Just buy distilled water from supermarket to flush clean.
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