Originally Posted by mtcn77
I recently discovered that the most "specific heat" dense element in the universe is the humble hydrogen and I presume water is quite dense due to having a high proportion of hydrogen atoms.
I think you will benefit most from having a high flow pump because it is the heat density of water' that is extraordinary, not its heat conductivity.
After 1GPM (which the Rasa 750 will do) you will see quick diminishing returns that eventually flat-line as the pump dumps more heat into the water than the increased water flow helps to cool the water. The water is not stagnant or moving extremely slow so it is of uniform temperature through the entire loop (for the most part).
As for the compression fittings... the monsoon fittings are not of "excellent" quality and are not better than what comes with the XSPC kit. I am not saying they are worse but they surely are not better. I have a set and abandoned them immediately. Also compression fittings are not better than barbs. The benefit of a compression fitting is that it is easier to get the hose off if you drain the system by removing the hose. Often times with barbs the hose is on so tight you have to cut the hose off of the barb. That is not an issue if you are building a T line in for draining or using QDCs for draining.
With the QDCs you do not need 2 sets of 2 for draining. You need 1 pair plus a 3rd spare to open the valve. The 3rd does not need to be valved as long as it is compatible with one of the other 2.
For the radiator if you are mounting it externally you may want to give some thought to going with a 360 radiator. The XSPC kit comes with some awesome brackets that will make that easy. Having it hang off the end will make running the tubing easier.
This is how I installed the Rasa 750 kit when it came with the Rasa block instead of the raystorm. You see those brackets? You can use them the opposite direction and use a 360 and the 360 will hang off the rear of the case enough to make it easy to get your tubes into the case. The way you have it drawn the ports would have to be facing up and you would have to use 90 degree elbows and a lot of extra tubing. You can also do what I did and cut 2 holes into your case which will simplify the tubing.
I used the barbs and when it came time to drain the loop the tubing would NOT come off the barbs... this is a good thing to me as they will never leak.Edited by givmedew - 9/8/13 at 2:58pm