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What is the advantage of using a 'coolant' product over just distilled water anyway? the xspc kit I bought came with everything except coolant (it even came with biocide type drops so i'm guessing I can just use distilled water)

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/21235/ex-wat-270/XSPC_Raystorm_750_EX240_Extreme_Universal_CPU_Water_Cooling_Kit_New_Rev_4_Pump_Included_w_Free_Dead-Water.html

thats the one I bought, I really feel for 150$ it is a good deal. I mean looking around separately I've seen just CPU blocks that cost that much or more
There is no advantage, unless you wanted your blocks and rads gunked up with dye go ahead! tongue.gif
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Yea I know the kits are a good route but 2 things come to my mind

1) I really want to have more hands on in the process. That's gonna be half the fun haha lame I know.

2) if I go over kill to start then it will be cheaper in the long run. I don't want a stock pike of old stuff when I upgrade. That's why I want a 360mm rad to start
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Yea I know the kits are a good route but 2 things come to my mind

1) I really want to have more hands on in the process. That's gonna be half the fun haha lame I know.

2) if I go over kill to start then it will be cheaper in the long run. I don't want a stock pike of old stuff when I upgrade. That's why I want a 360mm rad to start

gotcha. If you change your mind the kits do come with different sized rad optons.

I'm excited to get my first loop going here soon and a little nervous about working with water around an expensive pc redface.gif
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In terms of being "hands on" a kit will still be the same, just less boxes to open tongue.gif But on the other hand, you aren't buying each individual part so specifically I guess and don't get the full "feel" for it smile.gif

Just go with a cheap D5 vario, nice top/mod (not entirely necessary), any res that takes your fancy XSPC raystorm block or similar... Idk, it's pretty simple once you're familiar with everything.
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In terms of being "hands on" a kit will still be the same, just less boxes to open tongue.gif But on the other hand, you aren't buying each individual part so specifically I guess and don't get the full "feel" for it smile.gif

Just go with a cheap D5 vario, nice top/mod (not entirely necessary), any res that takes your fancy XSPC raystorm block or similar... Idk, it's pretty simple once you're familiar with everything.

Yea I just feel that I can customize the whole set up this way. So far I have some other questions

1) What are the best type of connectors? compression fittings?
2) Swifttech 655b pump pretty good?
3) I feel that 1/2" is better than 3/8" due to mass flow rate being greater on the first
4) Im still looking for a good 3x120mm radiator, looking for a combo of silence and performance
5) CPU block that really interests me is this one, I really like how it has all sockets available to it

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14366/ex-blc-1001/Swiftech_Apogee_HD_High_Performance_4-Port_CPU_Waterblock_-_White_-_Intel_w_LGA_2011_Hardware_AMD_Ready_Apogee-HD-WT.html?tl=g30c85s139

anyone have any other suggustions or input to other things that I would benefit from.

for the time being I am building this set up with lots of overclocking with CPU and GPU under water.
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post #16 of 17
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Yea I just feel that I can customize the whole set up this way. So far I have some other questions

1) What are the best type of connectors? compression fittings?
2) Swifttech 655b pump pretty good?
3) I feel that 1/2" is better than 3/8" due to mass flow rate being greater on the first
4) Im still looking for a good 3x120mm radiator, looking for a combo of silence and performance
5) CPU block that really interests me is this one, I really like how it has all sockets available to it

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14366/ex-blc-1001/Swiftech_Apogee_HD_High_Performance_4-Port_CPU_Waterblock_-_White_-_Intel_w_LGA_2011_Hardware_AMD_Ready_Apogee-HD-WT.html?tl=g30c85s139

anyone have any other suggustions or input to other things that I would benefit from.

for the time being I am building this set up with lots of overclocking with CPU and GPU under water.

1)"best" is somewhat subjective. Barbs + zip ties can be just as effective as compression fittings and a whole lot cheaper. Compressions look nice and are fairly easy, so they're pretty much the default.
2) Yes, though I'd spend the extra few bucks for the vario. The 655b (b as in "basic") doesn't have variable speed and runs at the equivalent of 80% of the vario's max output
3) I'm not sure that 1/2" has been shown to have any dramatic performance difference vs 3/8". I chose 7/16" as the middle ground between theoretical flow performance and tubing flexibility/routing
4) Chose a low FPI thick rad. Low FPI will let you run lower speed fans at the expense of some performance at very high fan speeds. Check out the Alphacool UT60, EK XTX360 or the XSPC RX360. Martins Liquid Lab has a bunch of good reviews of these rads
5) I think its a good block, but its definitely higher restriction than most of the other high performing blocks out there.
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1)"best" is somewhat subjective. Barbs + zip ties can be just as effective as compression fittings and a whole lot cheaper. Compressions look nice and are fairly easy, so they're pretty much the default.
2) Yes, though I'd spend the extra few bucks for the vario. The 655b (b as in "basic") doesn't have variable speed and runs at the equivalent of 80% of the vario's max output
3) I'm not sure that 1/2" has been shown to have any dramatic performance difference vs 3/8". I chose 7/16" as the middle ground between theoretical flow performance and tubing flexibility/routing
4) Chose a low FPI thick rad. Low FPI will let you run lower speed fans at the expense of some performance at very high fan speeds. Check out the Alphacool UT60, EK XTX360 or the XSPC RX360. Martins Liquid Lab has a bunch of good reviews of these rads
5) I think its a good block, but its definitely higher restriction than most of the other high performing blocks out there.

Thanks for the input. Do you know of any other CPU blocks that can be used for both Intel and amd with better flow charectecharacteristicsristics ?
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