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Hello everybody! First and foremost, thank you for taking the time to read this post... forgive me for any extremely noobish statements/mistakes I make, as I have said this is my first venture into custom water cooling. I have done some research to prevent myself from being completely ignorant, but still need opinions and tips on how to proceed.

Here is my rig.
Obviously, the H100i will be sold or at least removed once I get a custom loop in.

Parts that are pretty much confirmed:
GTX Titan EF-KC (compatible with GTX 780) - I like this part because it cools the VRM very well, I do not want to swap it unless I have to

Parts I need an opinion on, but otherwise confirmed:
EK-MOSFET X79 - Mainly I am not 100% sure whether this will have issues with metal-mixing with the above part.

Parts I need help choosing:
LGA 2011 X79 Water Block - I am aiming for maximal performance here, with price being a secondary concern only when diminishing returns kick in.
Radiators - As many/ as large as will fit in my case.
Fans - Sound is not a huge factor to me, I wear headphones.
Reservoir(s) - Even if this one is a tad obvious, I am still open to suggestions
Pump - Same as above.
Tubing - Same as above.

I do intend to fully load my case with fans/radiators provided that it has a measurable benefit and is not entirely redundant. I will need some guidance on how to best route the tubing, e.g. is it best to run through all radiators in one go, or is it better to visit a radiator between each heat producing part, etc.

Thanks again for taking the time to read this and help a total noob in this area of knowledge.
    
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Please also have a look at my watercooling guide in my sig , biggrin.gif that should help allot too (-= thumb.gif.


-ROG
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Hi KarateF22.
Looks like you did your research smile.gif
The metal mixing can indeed be a problem! It is best to stick with as much of the same metals as possible.
Namely copper and brass. Nickel CAN be a problem when mixed with copper / brass frown.gif but it is such a small cooler, so you might not get any problems.

as for the fans, push / pull will give a better result than only push or pull. and will also allow you to run at lower speeds to prevent too much noise (witch you dont care about, it seams?)
You should look for fans with high air pressure if you choose radiators with high FPI (fins per inch)

As for tubes and liquid, I would try and stay away from colored liquid and get some colored tubing instead. it minimizes the risk having goo problems.
and just use distilled water with a silver kill coil or two. Is the easiest / cheapest solution!

Also, you should put your rig in your signature.. makes it easier for us wink.gif

Good luck on the build!
 
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Nickel is always mixed with copper and brass ... there aren't any Nickel radiators. If it was a problem the manufacturers would go broke with all the returns. Many high end blocks are made only in Nickel. Do what the manufacturers recommend and always use a simple and inexpensive corrosion protector in any loop and it will be fine. Change the coolant a couple times a year for added piece of mind.

There is a lot of Myth and hyper anxiety surrounding some of this stuff but common sense should prevail. They wouldn't make the things if they destroyed each other. Worrying about mixing metal blocks but then adding another one to kill biological growth is silly ... a corrosion protectant will kill growth too but not vice versa.
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Thanks for all the input on the metal-mixing, but I still need more on actual CPU water blocks and the rest of the components.
    
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