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Hi guys,
Hopefully some watercooling enthusiasts can help me out here as I'm new to watercooling. I currently have around $400 (but can save up more if necessary) to build myself a loop which will cool both my cpu and gpu (see sig rig), and I am looking for your advice on what I should do and maybe if possible a few of you could have a go at piecing together some ideas as this will be my first time watercooling.

Aesthetics- I really like the look of chrome compression fittings, I'm not sure about clear or opaque tubing as of yet because I have heard that the clear stuff can turn a gross yellow colour after a while. If I were to buy clear tubing then I think the PrimoChill Ice Intensified - UV Purple coolant looks awesome.


My case has decent watercooling options- it will support the following radiator positions: Top- 240 and 280mm, Bottom- 120mm, Front- 240mm, Rear- 120 and 140mm radiators. At the moment I am thinking of buying a Swiftech H220 and mounting that in the top of the case, buying a VGA block for my GTX 670, and running tubing through that to circulate coolant around the loop. Since the H220 has a 240mm rad and a powerful pump I wouldn't need to buy another rad say for example a 140mm to put in the backk would I? Or would that incur better cooling results? Also important to mention- I want top-notch performance but also want silence. I live in Australia so please keep that in mind, would prefer to buy from PC Case Gear but am happy to buy from other decent reputable sites. Thanks a lot for everyone who helps me out, I highly appreciate all advice you give me. Any more info needed please ask.

Thankyou.
Edited by Dctr - 10/12/13 at 6:17am
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GAMMODS are Australian, so give them a try.

I think the 240 on top and front is more than do-able. I usually don't like Pump, Res and Radiator configurations like H220. Makes life to difficult.

I'd recommend grabbing the new XSPC D5 Photon of PCCASEGEAR as that's your pump and reservoir. Now just grab some XSPC rads with good fans and blocks and that there with fittings and tubings would be enough. XSPC is very budget friendly.
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GAMMODS are Australian, so give them a try.

I think the 240 on top and front is more than do-able. I usually don't like Pump, Res and Radiator configurations like H220. Makes life to difficult.

I'd recommend grabbing the new XSPC D5 Photon of PCCASEGEAR as that's your pump and reservoir. Now just grab some XSPC rads with good fans and blocks and that there with fittings and tubings would be enough. XSPC is very budget friendly.

Thanks mate, haven't heard of Gammods, will look into them.
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Water cooling works great but there are limits. Silence is a subjective thing but in general a watercooling system can be;

a, very quiet
b, low water and component temps
c, small size of rads and system / low cost

Pick 2 ... all three is not possible.

For example, to cool a CPU and GPU with a 240 rad means either using higher speed fans that make moderate noise or accepting that water temps will be higher than they could be.
Fans on a radiator are much noisier than they are in open air.

Its a balancing act with lots of variables to get the system and results you want.
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Water cooling works great but there are limits. Silence is a subjective thing but in general a watercooling system can be;

a, very quiet
b, low water and component temps
c, small size of rads and system / low cost

Pick 2 ... all three is not possible.

For example, to cool a CPU and GPU with a 240 rad means either using higher speed fans that make moderate noise or accepting that water temps will be higher than they could be.
Fans on a radiator are much noisier than they are in open air.

Its a balancing act with lots of variables to get the system and results you want.

Well I would want A and B, but I mean it doesn't have to be noisy. As long as I used high quality fans like the Noctua NF-F12's I would be right I'm sure.
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Well I would want A and B, but I mean it doesn't have to be noisy. As long as I used high quality fans like the Noctua NF-F12's I would be right I'm sure.

static pressure at low RPMs is what you need. along with minimal noise.
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