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I decided to take the plunge in to the water cooling world, and I bought everything I need to get me started in this. It isn't cheap, but buying quality components is worth every penny imo.

I will be cooling one of my 7970's, and a CPU. I currently have Tri-Crossfire setup with my 7970's, but I only plan on cooling 2 of the cards. I will be adding the 2nd water block for my other card sometime in the future. I already ordered the Crossfire bridge for water cooling the 2 cards.

These are the items that I bought already.

- XSPC Raystorm D5 EX360 Water Cooling Kit
- XSPC Razor 7970 Full Cover Water Block
- 3x Noctua NF-F12 Fans to replace the stock fans the kit comes with
- A few more compression fittings for future expansion and a few more feet of clear hose as well.
- 5 1/4, 5 port fan controller to help control the radiator fans, and to let me know what's going on with them.


My PC consists of:

CPU: Intel 4930K CPU, currently OC to 4.3GHz. I want to aim for 4.5-4.8GHz
M/B: Rampage IV Extreme M/B
Video: 3x 7970 video cards
RAM: 24GB of Kingston RAM (can't remember the exact specs on it)
PSU: 1000watt Corsair PSU
Case: HAF 932 Advanced


I have been doing a crap load of reading and watching tons of videos, trying to get as educated as I can before I start the build. One of the things I read is to draw out a plan for the loop before you start throwing everything together. I did just that, and want opinions if I got everything correct in my drawing on how things should flow and go. It isn't the prettiest drawing ever, but I think it gets the point across. I was having a hard time picturing the loop until I did the drawing of it and everything came together.



When I do decide to add the 2nd water block on my other video card. Do I have to drain the system completely before attaching the hoses, or is there another way?

Thank you for reading my post
Edited by Cyb3rKn1ght - 10/21/13 at 8:11pm
post #2 of 5
might i recommend a drain port or hose trust me it makes life easier. second when you put your second card in i would recommend draining it a good bit 100% isn't necessary though. Also i noticed a lack of biocide or corrosion inhibitor, if you didn't just forget to put it up here i would recommend getting some universal car coolant and diluting it to 10% and draining it every year maybe 2 depends on the system. also just a recommendation but don't put dyes in your water because it can clog it up over time but the car coolant is naturally a bit green so hope that floats your boat. good luck and have fun biggrin.gif it may seem like you're wasting money or time but it is so much fun and there is so much you learn along with it , looks like you are gonna be fine thumb.gif
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First, thanks for your quick response. That's a excellent suggestion for the fill port, I will definitely do that. I did forget to mention the coolant, but I have that covered as well. Does my drawing look good and functional?
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I myself have the same EX360 kit (cooling only a 2700K at the moment, but a 290X is likely soon to come), and my recommendation is to get an additional radiator. A 4930K is going to put out a lot of heat, not to mention two 7970's. I can't see a single 360 being enough, especially since it's not a thick one. Also, I'm not sure if a single D5 will do too well with 3 blocks, but it is a great pump so I might be wrong.

You absolutely need more rad space though.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I read some people were running the same setup I have with good results. If it's worth anything, I won't be OC the video cards, just running them stock. It's more for the heat because the cards are sandwiched together.
Edited by Cyb3rKn1ght - 10/21/13 at 9:39pm
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