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This will be the first time I will be watercooling. I have some questions I need to ask the OCN community. I have been reading some beginner guides but I don't get what the mean by "My loop order will be ...CPU Block > GPU Block > Reservoir > Pump > Radiator.." I plan on overclocking my CPU (i7-4770k) and GPU (7970 or 770). The case I plan on using is Corsair 800D. I plan on starting out with a kit, but after installing a kit I also need to know of I need another 240 radiator. Right now I am debating if I should just add another 240 for looks. If I do, what extra parts do I need to buy? I know I need a GPU block, what about extra tubing? What do you guys use for coolant? Should I use the one that comes with the kit, or should I only use distilled water? What tubing should I get? What fittings should I get? Do I need extra pumps or reservoir? Should I use colored tubing with clear coolant? Or clear tubing with colored coolant?

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/17221/ex-wat-224/XSPC_Copper_Raystorm_AX360_Extreme_Intel_CPU_Water_Cooling_Kit_w_Twin_D5_w_Free_Dead-Water.html?tl=g30c321s1310

I will be using that kit. If I planned on buying more parts I would like to buy from XSPC because I tend to prefer using one brand in a build. And for choosing the parts I would like the parts to look the best
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Going with a kit like that is a good choice but I would recommend just going with a single D5, the second D5 is unnecessary. Start with a kit like your wanting and just put together a loop for your CPU, you will learn a lot by doing that. When your CPU loop is up and running properly start thinking about how you want to add GPU into the loop. If your a beginner you can get overwhelmed trying to do it all at once and you will make a lot of mistakes that way. If you start small with just a CPU loop then add on to make a complete CPU and GPU loop you can learn gradually and come out with a better end result with less mistakes. If you can fit a single 360 in your case that is the route I would take for a single GPU and CPU loop. A single D5 with a 360 on a CPU and a single GPU is perfect in my eyes. If you add another GPU to that I would add a 240 and the D5 is still perfectly fine.

This kit will provide the same performance at a much better price point, that second D5 is just really unnecassary.

XSPC WC KIT
Edited by Namkab - 8/27/13 at 12:01pm
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Going with a kit like that is a good choice but I would recommend just going with a single D5, the second D5 is unnecessary. Start with a kit like your wanting and just put together a loop for your CPU, you will learn a lot by doing that. When your CPU loop is up and running properly start thinking about how you want to add GPU into the loop. If your a beginner you can get overwhelmed trying to do it all at once and you will make a lot of mistakes that way. If you start small with just a CPU loop then add on to make a complete CPU and GPU loop you can learn gradually and come out with a better end result with less mistakes. If you can fit a single 360 in your case that is the route I would take for a single GPU and CPU loop. A single D5 with a 360 on a CPU and a single GPU is perfect in my eyes. If you add another GPU to that I would add a 240 and the D5 is still perfectly fine.

This kit will provide the same performance at a much better price point, that second D5 is just really unnecassary.

XSPC WC KIT

Are you sure there is no need for a 2nd D5? I would never sli or crossfire my GPUs. So if i don't sli or cf and have one CPU and one GPU in a loop I only need one D5?
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In a small loop like this, a second pump would only be useful for redundancy - certainly not necessary. I say go for one reliable (D5) pump.
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A single D5 is more than enough. As for fluid:
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Note: Kit does NOT come with fluid or additive.
Personally I use EK-Ekoolant, it provides anti-corrosion and anti-algea addictives, and works with pretty much any metals in the loop. The kit comes with 2m of tubing (I think), which should be enough for a cpu and gpu loop. Make sure to get fittings for the gpu-block, as they do not have any included. Also, make sure to match the inner diameter of the tubes and fittings, and outer if you use compression-fittings.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHNFhTAvvBA (3 parts), should be useful for a first-timer wink.gif
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