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Hello everyone!

I have a few questions about water cooling. I am sorry since you probably saw a similar thread hundreds of times.

My I have a MSI Twin Frozr 7950 and while playing my temp is 70ºC and my CPU (AMD 1090T AM3) runs at 62ºC during the day.

I want to make my 7950 and my CPU water cooled.

I have several problems. The first is that my case is falling apart (The front part snapped off.) So I want to get a new case.

1.) What case is around $100 and is great for water cooling. I'm not sure if going cheap on the case is a good idea since I am going to be using the case for many years, so should I just dish out $350 to get a Corsair Obsidian Series 900D?
Edit: I was looking at a Corsair Air 540 and after looking at some of the builds on here, it looks amazing.

2.) Is a Twin Frozr 7950 any different than a regular 7950? (The size and if it is compatible with any 9750 waterblock.)

3.) What waterblock is best for the 7950? So far I only saw the KOMODO-HD7900, EK-FC7950, or Heatkiller GPU-X³ 79X0 XFX Edition HD. If I where to rank them by looks I would choose the Komodo HD7950 then the EK one.

4.) Why does everyone say to use clear coolant? I looked it up and I decided on using distilled water. Do I have to change the water after a while?

5.) Does reservoir size matter?

6.) This is a lot of money to me. How much are the temps going to change if I switch to water cooling?

7.) Are the parts in my build compatible. (Guide said not to mix metals.)

8.) What size tubing should I get and how much?

9.) What is a Pump top for?

My build
CPU: AMD 1090T
GPU: MSI Twin Frozr 7950
RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance.
I also have 3 hard drives

So the parts list I'm thinking of is this

Pump: Swiftech MCP655
CPU Waterblock: Swiftech Apogee HD CPU Waterblock - Black
GPU Waterblock: Komodo-HD 7950?
Radiator: I'm not sure, it depends on the case I decide to get.
Reservoir: depends on the look and if clear coolant is better than colored.]
Everything Else: Some one is going to have to recommend tube size, barbs, compression fittings

I'm not sure if I need anything else (probably). I'm not done reading the beginner threads.
If I missed anything feel free to recommend parts for me!
Edited by Fourze - 9/1/13 at 3:41am
post #2 of 4
Hi Fourze

My advice is to buy a ready-made water loops for CPU and GPU. I have built liquid systems and am currently using ready-made loops, and have to tell you that the latter is much better for your situation. OK, building your own liquid cooling system is great fun, and can have amazing results (especially decorative), but they come with their own set of headaches.

I am using the H100i for CPU and Arctic Accelero Hybrid for my GPU, and the temps are amazing. I dont think my GPU gets over 30C at load. OK, i don't know if i will face problems up the road, or the lifespan of these ready-made loops... time will tell.

So in my case i have a 2x120 radiator for CPU (mounted as exhaust at the top of the case) and 120 radiator for GPU (mounted at the front as an intake). So in terms of a case i would suggest something that can host 2x120 fans at the top, something along the lines of a Corsair Carbide 300R:

http://www.corsair.com/en/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/carbide-series-300r-windowed-compact-pc-gaming-case.html

So if you want to get great temps with little headache, think about the above. If you want to experiment with your own liquid-cooling solution. then go for it, but expect a few ups and downs thumb.gif

Thats just my advice.

Good luck
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Corsair RM850x Corsair Obsidian 750D Airflow Edition CableMod C-Series RMi, RMx Cable Kit - Blue 
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Yea I was thinking about using a ready-made loop, and there's no reason not to other than the experience and looks.

I was looking for a small project for me to do.
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Yea I was thinking about using a ready-made loop, and there's no reason not to other than the experience and looks.

I was looking for a small project for me to do.

In that case... I can't help you with your questions, although I suggest not to get too small a case.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel® Core™ i7-6700K MSI Z170a SLI PLUS Gigabyte 980 TI G1 Gaming Gigabyte 980 TI G1 Gaming 
RAMHard DriveCoolingCooling
Vengeance® LPX 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4 DRAM 2400MHz Blue Western Digital Black 2TB EK-CoolStream PE 240 (Dual) EK-XRES 140 Revo D5 PWM (incl. pump) 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
EK-Supremacy MX CPU Waterblock - Acetal EK-FC980 GTX Ti WF3 - Acetal+Nickel Corsair SP120 Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 
PowerCaseOther
Corsair RM850x Corsair Obsidian 750D Airflow Edition CableMod C-Series RMi, RMx Cable Kit - Blue 
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RAMHard DriveCoolingCooling
Vengeance® LPX 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4 DRAM 2400MHz Blue Western Digital Black 2TB EK-CoolStream PE 240 (Dual) EK-XRES 140 Revo D5 PWM (incl. pump) 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
EK-Supremacy MX CPU Waterblock - Acetal EK-FC980 GTX Ti WF3 - Acetal+Nickel Corsair SP120 Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 
PowerCaseOther
Corsair RM850x Corsair Obsidian 750D Airflow Edition CableMod C-Series RMi, RMx Cable Kit - Blue 
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