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Hey OCN!

I know there are probably a ton of these threads out there and I did read the guide in the sticky thread, but I am looking for help with water cooling my system. The specs are in the sig, but just in case its a core i5 2500k that I want to cool. My graphic cards are non reference so there are no water blocks for them. My question is where to begin? I do not know what brands are good to buy. I do know that I want to go with a 240mm radiator because thats the biggest I can fit with out mods. Also what fittings are better compression or barbs? I appreciate any help I get. As Christmas comes around I will be getting more hours at work and would like to slowly put this together.
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There is definitely many threads so to quickly give a quick outline:

  • CPU Block
    Every block is within 1-3c of each other so it is mostly aesthetics, pick the one you like the most.
  • Radiator
    Alphacool, EK, HWLabs, and XSPC are a good place to start looking. If you want silence a low FPI radiator such as a SR-1 from HWLabs or any of the Alphacool line up will do wonders while still scaling very well with more airflow. Thickness is not much of a cooling performance factor just get the one that will fit in your case.
  • Pump
    Most people around here get either a DDC or a D5. They are both just as good for a simple CPU loop. If your purchase is dependent on space then a DDC takes much less space than a D5. I have personally had both and they both have similar noise levels, even though some feel as if a D5 is quieter.
  • Reservoir
    This can either be a simple cylindrical standalone reservoir, or a bay reservoir. There are some reservoir combos (cylinder or bay) on which you can install the pump as well.
  • Tubing/Fittings
    Tubing people usually use around here is Primochill Advanced LRT. For fittings you can use either compression (more expensive) or barbs and clamps (cheaper). There are many more companies that make compression fittings and are more expensive based on the build quality (Bitspower being the most expensive). If using compression you must match the tubing size to the fitting size. I am sorry but I am not too sure on barbs since I have never used them.

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Thanks for the reply! I'm assuming that the pumps you are talking about are swiftech? Where is a good place to buy this stuff from?
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Frozen CPU is a recommended retailer, and offers a 5% discount for being an OCN member... I don't remember the code though.
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Thanks for the reply! I'm assuming that the pumps you are talking about are swiftech? Where is a good place to buy this stuff from?

Any of the re-brands will work, they are all basically the same.

As for a place aside from FrozenCPU I usually buy from Performance-PCs as they tend to be cheaper on some items. They also have a 24/7 5.5% discount code, OCN55.
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As far as fittings go are the threads that screw into the radiator the same size, or do different radiators require different fittings?
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As far as fittings go are the threads that screw into the radiator the same size, or do different radiators require different fittings?

Yes they are all the standard G 1/4" size threading.
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Just an option, there are quite a few XSPC kits out there, recent ones are very nice with D5s, compressions, etc., and they have all the parts you need for a cheaper price. If you need anything in addition you could just buy more.

Here's an example

There are lots of options with bay reservoirs and other rads also.
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