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Helloi fellow OCNers,

Just looking for some input from people more knowledgeable than myself on the topic of watercooling.

IS there anything wrong with the following parts selection?
  • CPU Block: Koolance CPU-380I CPU Water Block for Intel
  • GPU Block: Koolance VID-AR290X Water Block (AMD R9 290X)
  • Radiator: Alphacool NexXxoS UT60 Full Copper 480mm
  • Pump: Alphacool VPP655 Single Edition 12V Variable Speed Pump
  • Pump top: Alphacool HF D5 TOP Black Acetal G1/4
  • Reservoir: FrozenQ Liquid Fusion - 250mm
  • Standard fittings: Monsoon Free Center Compression Fitting - 3/8"ID x 1/2"OD
  • Angled fittings: Alphacool Dual Rotating 45 Degree G1/4 M-F Extender
  • Tubing: PrimoChill PrimoFlex Advanced LRT Tubing 3/8"ID x 1/2" OD
  • Coolant: Distilled Water
  • PrimoChill Antimicrobial Tube Coil Silver

I believe all of the metals different components and the metals they are made from are all safe to run together (this is my main concern I think)
The tubing size matches my fittings size.
Distilled water is fine with the silver coil, correct?

Thank you in advance to anyone who takes the time to read my post and/or respond to it.
post #2 of 7
It looks fine to me. Although why you are going with such a thin tubing size? Going 3/8 5/8 will help stop kinking the most while the largest size is 1/2 3/4 tubes.


Also, from what I read there are still a ton of people who do only silver coils, only PT Nuke, and both. Personally, since this is my first loop and I want everything to go smoothly, I am going to be using both to make sure that I don't have anything growing in my loop at all.

The only reason to really not use both is if you are more of a purist with your water and you want to keep it as clean as possible. I've been doing research for over a month for my loop and I have yet to come across someone having corrosion from adding a few drops of PT Nuke.

Also, instead of a kill coil you could use this. It looks cool and very convenient, although not many people have tried it out yet. I plan to buy it though. http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=33961
Edited by hfcobra - 1/7/14 at 7:51pm
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I agree with hfcobra, 3/8 by 5/8 tubing would be preferred for less kinking.

Also, the blocks and the silver killcoil might have an issue, since they contain nickel and although the GPU block at least claims to have anti-corrosive plating, it is chemically (?) possible for the nickel to corrode due to the silver. I would recommend a biocide rather than a killcoil, due to this.

Also, biocide will be in all of the water in the loop, so it will stop algae in all areas, while a killcoil stays in the same place, so it will only stop algae as long as the water is moving on a regular basis (not so great if you travel somewhere or something like that).
post #4 of 7
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Originally Posted by WarpPrism View Post

I agree with hfcobra, 3/8 by 5/8 tubing would be preferred for less kinking.

Also, the blocks and the silver killcoil might have an issue, since they contain nickel and although the GPU block at least claims to have anti-corrosive plating, it is chemically (?) possible for the nickel to corrode due to the silver. I would recommend a biocide rather than a killcoil, due to this.

Also, biocide will be in all of the water in the loop, so it will stop algae in all areas, while a killcoil stays in the same place, so it will only stop algae as long as the water is moving on a regular basis (not so great if you travel somewhere or something like that).

I am now only getting PT Nuke. Thanks! smile.gif
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post #5 of 7
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I am now only getting PT Nuke. Thanks! smile.gif

The nickel + silver corrosion thing is really only theoretical for the most part, but it's best to be safe anyway. A lot of blocks don't have nickel though, what are you getting?
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The nickel + silver corrosion thing is really only theoretical for the most part, but it's best to be safe anyway. A lot of blocks don't have nickel though, what are you getting?

All nickel + acetal blocks from EK lol. Copper rads from Alphacool and the Photon res/pump from xspc. Just working on what angle fittings I'll need right now then I'm done. smile.gif
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Hi hfcobra and WarpPrism,

Thank you both for taking the time to reply.

I already have the fittings and tubing otherwise I might of changed to a larger size.

The reason I got 3/8"ID x 1/2" OD was simply because that was what I could find in my colour choice with reasonable shipping prices to Tasmania. I have the tubing in Orange and two six packs of the Monsoon fittings, six each in black and orange.

Re the silver coil:

Thanks for the biocide recommendation. It seems that Koolance even recommends against using silver in conjunction with the two blocks I want (the 380i CPU block and the 290X GPU block).

I now have some Mayhems Biocide Extreme 10ml on it's way to me.
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