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Hi all,

Trying to watercool on a budget for my new build. Been out of the scene for 10+ years so everything has changed and then some!

I bought a Raystorm CPU block for AMD, and an EX240 Crossflow rad on eBay so just putting together a list of parts I need to complete the cooling. If anyone could take a look and see if I missed anything critical it would be appreciated.

Im going to be squeezing everything into the Corsair Carbide 540 case, the two available 5 1/2 bays are vertical, which I think rules out a lot of the bay reservoirs so I opted for the DC-LT pump, top & res which I can install just below the graphics card. The sensors in the list are for an external HUD project I am considering so not critical of course but would rather install now than have to empty the loop at a later date.

I think the specs for the rig are in my sig now, its a FX-8320 with stock cooler atm, and im getting 52degress on surfing the net! Tried some folding and the OpenHardware stats said it was creeping past 75 degrees so ive stopped that for the time being rolleyes.gif

Hopefully this will be an improvement in any case.

Any advice appreciated

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post #2 of 6
I'm not familiar with that pump and reservoir. Does the reservoir attach directly to the pump top? If so, you won't need more than 6 fittings (two for pump/res, two for the CPU block and two for the rad).

Consider if any angled fittings will help reduce your tubing runs too.

How do you plan to drain the loop?
   
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Yes you may need to look at an easy fill/drain option.

Also that pump is dated, I have never used one so I cannot fully comment but I heard it was noisy compared to the D5 not sure on the price difference in UK either.

You may need a pump mount bracket as well. Unless you get a D5 pump top combo it comes with a bracket which you can mod the case to screw it in.
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post #4 of 6
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After looking at some of the threads on here, I am beginning to consider going a completely different route with the cooling.

So far the project has been more about 'buying' than building, and that seems a bit of a shame. I have an idea involving a new desk which I desperately need anyway so perhaps its best to hold off on the cooling for a few days.

I chose the pump above as it was the only 'complete' pump/reservoir system I could find in budget, but I understand its probably not the best, or newest out there.

Time to go out to the man-cave and build something lol.
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post #6 of 6
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This is what I have come up with after a couple hours playing, perhaps this would offer me more future proofing than if I just bought a water cooling kit off eBay?

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