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LC looks tastyyy, but I need help choosing my parts and planning!

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Hello everyone!

I've recently upgraded my PC components, changed almost everything and I'm currently running on an h100i with some sp120 fans (ill tell you more about my experience with those later..).

Here are my specs:

Z77 MPower
i7 3770k
Current GPU GTX660 (upgrading to a r9 290x, just waiting for some better aftermarket coolers and some optimisation)
PSU Corsair TX750 (it is not the modular version so I might be shopping for a new one)
Mushkin redline 16 gigs @1866 mhz
1 Seagate barracuda 1TB
1 Samsung 840 evo 250GB

The color scheme is RED and BLACK. Yes, I am going to repaint the yellow mpower with idk what (maybe some nail polish lmao).

The idea

Basically, I'd like to cool the CPU and the GPU when I upgrade, wich means that right now I'm only planning for the CPU! (Correct me on that if I can't plan right now for just the CPU and then just slide in the card and modify the loop)/

Planning the loop

Alrighty. The case is a corsair C70. I love that case! The side pannels are easy to take off, it looks great (IMO), there is a lot of room to do cable management, handles to carry on BUUUUUT..

It is low on room for liquid cooling..

Looking around on forums lurking at some places, I found some ideas, stole some and well.. Now I need you guys' thoughts on it! My initial plan was to fit a 280 in the top and a 240 infront. I will only have 1 gpu to cool when I upgrade. Here is the plan I thought about.



the pictures are taken directly from google, I do not own any of those.
On picture #2, an alluminium/painted acrylic sheet would go there, I miss wrote, my english tonight is tired :3

NOW. I've read somewhere that doing intake with water cooling is bad and that you should only expell the air out of the case, switching the front rad on putting it on bottom position and not having to cut an allu sheet on the back because I could stay with 1 HDD cage. Correct me on that if I am wrong, and I bloody hope so, because I don't like how radiators on the bottom look (yes, I am picky :\)

ALSO, do you guys know a place where I could order a clearside for this case WITHOUT THE STUPID FAN MOUNTS?!?!?!?! Talk to corsair maybe?

The parts

This is where I NEED HELP! My budget is 600$, not counting in the GPU. I've looked a lot in the water cooling kits, they really look great BUT I had a few thoughts about it and it looked like this;

Things I disliked :

1) Most of the water blocks don't look good (aesthetically)
2) I cant have a red tubing with those

Things I liked :

1) It comes with everything you need (fittings, pump,res, blablablablabla)
2) It's relatively cheap

NOW,
I've looked around for some WBs on the web, looking at reviews and I found one that I think looks really really sweet, I don't know what you guys think about it.

http://koolance.com/cpu-380i-processor-water-block

It's already 1/3 the price of a kit, but its got great performance and good looks (anyone with personal experience with the block?)

As for the pump/res, I thought a combo for a single 5/(1/4) looked tight, considering I have a dvd/cd burner and a Bitfenix recon to monitor my fans ( I might take the dvd burner out if there are cool 2x 5/(1/4) bays. I think a bay infront is a good idea in here considering there is not that much room to put a res inside with all the hardware.. What do you guys think?

THE PART LIST! (To be built up!)

Block : Koolance 380i
Rad #1 (280mm) : ****
Rad #2 (240mm) : ****
Pump/Res : Combo? for the 5/(1/4) bay?
Tubing (RED PLEASE! smile.gif) : ****
Liquid : Distilled water ? I don't mind doing the maintenance, I really like playing in my PC, in fact, I'm always inside it 3-4 a week doing changes in my cable management or things like that.
Fittings : I.Have.No.Idea.. ****
Fans : Oh lord..

Fans - Knowing different radiators uses different fans optimized for either fins or rad width or blablabla.. I NEED YOU GUYS' HELP. I'm currently running SP120 performance edition and I have them undervolted by the bitfenix recon (wich is the only way I have found to do so, my BIOS didnt want to do **** about it and the corsair link software is just.. well the bloody corsair link software..) and they do that noise of fans that want to run at 250% speed all the time ( some weirdo noise, recognized in some other forums too, I think here even ). I want a silent/performance rig, because I know they exist. The recon helped me reduce the noice of the fan by 2340923094%, I swear, those are really really noisy at 1800 RPM and above, and mine are at 1100 RPM atm with a only 3 degrees difference on idle and about the same when priming. I'm not saying SP120 perf edition are bad fan, they move a lot of air and generate really good static pressure, I'm just saying they are damn noisy..

I don't like the noctua colors.. really.. they are awesome fans, I love their performance but SERIOUSLY, BROWN?!?!?! It definitely doesn't match my scheme (sadly frown.gif )

Conclusion

I think I ran into most of the stuff.. If there are things I haven't went through, well please let me know! It's going to be my first water cooled rig, but I've done a LOT of research before posting in here, but there are so many things to consider and a lot of knowledge to gain from personal experience that I don't have!

Thank you so much to all of you, in advance, who are going to help me go through my project!

CHEERSSSS,
noiiaz
Edited by noiiaz - 10/27/13 at 10:15pm
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I'm starting my first liquid cooling build as well. cheers.gif

If your on a budget I could suggest the XSPC ex280 d5 kit. (I think they fixed and issue with the resevoirs leaking)

also option for using red tubing.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16551/ex-wat-217/XSPC_Raystorm_EX280_Universal_CPU_Water_Cooling_Kit_w_D5_Variant_Pump_Included_and_Free_Dead-Water.html?tl=g30c83s137

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You can order red led's or replace the led in the kit with a red one like in the above picture. (also applicable to the reservoir)

with that kit you'll be able to ad a radiator and gpu block to the loop no problem. All you'll need is another radiator

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16236/ex-rad-410/Alphacool_NexXxoS_Monsta_Dual_120mm_Radiator_-_80mm_Thick.html?tl=g30c95s160#blank

some more fittings.

as for fans im not an expert in that category. Definitely going to want to use a fan controller and some decent fans.

http://martinsliquidlab.org/

There is more than enough info there to keep you busy for a while. I know I read articles over and over trying to make sure I got it right.

also check out my thread on radiator fan direction.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1436794/two-radiators-one-case-need-help-with-fan-directions

Happy reading and happy liquid cooling. thumb.gif
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I'm starting my first liquid cooling build as well. cheers.gif

If your on a budget I could suggest the XSPC ex280 d5 kit. (I think they fixed and issue with the resevoirs leaking)

also option for using red tubing.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16551/ex-wat-217/XSPC_Raystorm_EX280_Universal_CPU_Water_Cooling_Kit_w_D5_Variant_Pump_Included_and_Free_Dead-Water.html?tl=g30c83s137

Processed By eBay with ImageMagick, R1.1.1.M2a

You can order red led's or replace the led in the kit with a red one like in the above picture. (also applicable to the reservoir)

with that kit you'll be able to ad a radiator and gpu block to the loop no problem. All you'll need is another radiator

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16236/ex-rad-410/Alphacool_NexXxoS_Monsta_Dual_120mm_Radiator_-_80mm_Thick.html?tl=g30c95s160#blank

some more fittings.

as for fans im not an expert in that category. Definitely going to want to use a fan controller and some decent fans.

http://martinsliquidlab.org/

There is more than enough info there to keep you busy for a while. I know I read articles over and over trying to make sure I got it right.

also check out my thread on radiator fan direction.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1436794/two-radiators-one-case-need-help-with-fan-directions

Happy reading and happy liquid cooling. thumb.gif

Thanks for all the sweet info!

Would there really be a huge difference if I replaced the water block that comes with this kit with the koolance 380i?

The aesthetics on the block are not that bad tho ! thumb.gif That would be a really sweet kits considering its reviews are good.
If I was to get other tubing, what would I need to be careful with for the fittings? (I am really really confused with the I/Os :s)

Where could I get the LEDs to make it go red? I'm really digging that pump/res combo, looks sweet! It performs good?

As for the monsta in the front, I've looked around and I'd have to do some little moding, no biggies I can deal with that.

Thank you once again!
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Thanks for all the sweet info!

Would there really be a huge difference if I replaced the water block that comes with this kit with the koolance 380i?

The aesthetics on the block are not that bad tho ! thumb.gif That would be a really sweet kits considering its reviews are good.
If I was to get other tubing, what would I need to be careful with for the fittings? (I am really really confused with the I/Os :s)

Where could I get the LEDs to make it go red? I'm really digging that pump/res combo, looks sweet! It performs good?

As for the monsta in the front, I've looked around and I'd have to do some little moding, no biggies I can deal with that.

Thank you once again!


You could replace the Raystorm block with that one although it may offset the savings gained from buying the kit.
Try pricing out all pieces without the kit and all pieces with the kit and see what works best.


Here is one place to get the red led if you went with the Raystorm

http://www.amazon.com/XSPC-Twin-3mm-Wire-Red/dp/B00795SNZS


Yes the D5 laing pump is a good pump. The review from martinsliquidlab is great!

If you buy from Frozencpu they have an option to add the hose color of your choice when selecting the kit.
7/16 ID 5/8 OD is what they use in the XSPC kits. Its fits tight on the 1/2" OD barb and will have a hard time coming loose on its own.

I think the XSPC D5 kits come with compression fittings. If you add radiators or other components to you loops such as GPU I recommend examining the locations of where everything is going to go and pick out the best fittings for those locations. For example 90degree vs Straight vs 45deg

Research liquid cooling with your case and get an example of what works with it best visually and functionally.

Yeah that Monsta front is a beast. You could pick out a UT60 240mm rad that is slightly thinner but still has great capacity.

Your welcome. cheers.gif
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