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Help a noob build a loop for my sig rig. 2500k + 2 7970's

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After battling high temps for a week after getting a second video card I am seriously considering watercooling my rig. I have never done it before and I have no idea what components to get, what size tubing to run, what barbs and connectors, type of pumps etc.

I don't need top of the line I just want something that will work well and not cause me any trouble. I have a friend who has built loops in the past but is out of the loop when it comes to components as it has been a while. < see what I did there? tongue.gif

The video cards I have are the Sapphire 100351SR. Not sure if there are waterblocks that fit. Case will be Corsair A540 as I have it coming in the mail from Corsair. Haven't decided if I want to switch cases yet or not.

So as far as I know I will need

Rad(s)
Pump
Reservoir
CPU block
GPU blocks
Barbs
Connectors
Tubing
Fans
Edited by killeraxemannic - 1/9/14 at 9:18am
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Current System:
Case:Cooler Master HAF 932
Motherboard:ASUS Crosshair V Formula
CPU: AMD FX-6300 Current Freq @ 5.01GHz
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB(4x4GB) DDR3-1600
GPU: 2x EVGA GTX 470 SLI Current Core Clock Freq @ 824Mhz Mem Clock Freq @ 2224Mhz
Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-FI Titaninum
PSU: Antec True Power 750 Watt, Semi-Modular Power Supply
SSD: Corsair Force GT 120 GB
HDD: 2TB Western Digital Green SATA III HDD; 3 TB Seagate Barracuda 7200 SATA III HDD
Optical Drive: LG Blu-Ray Rewriter x12 Burn Speed
OS: Windows 7 Professional

Water-Cooling Parts
CPU Waterblock: XSPC Raystorm AM3
Motherboard Northbridge/VRM Waterblock: EK-ASUS-C5F-Z
GPU Waterblock: 2x EK-GTX470 Nickel + Black Acetal w/ EK Triple Serial Bridge
Radiator: XSPC EX-140 Radiator; XSPC AX-240 Radiator
Pump: XSPC D5 Vario
Reservoir: XSPC 5.25" Dual Bay Pump/Reservoir Combo; EK-150-RES w/ Multiport Top
Fans: 2x AeroCool Shark 14cm(140mm) Devil Red Edition; 4x AeroCool Shark 12cm(120mm) Devil Red Edition

Here is my current setup it look almost idenitcal to what you are looking for, I am currently using 10x 45-degree fittings and 3x 90-degree fittings
with 1/2" ID 3/4" OD Tubing with 13mm/19mm Compression Fittings


hope this helps
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I would also get feser non conductive coolant. Its a fluid that you use in place of water, also get non corrosive agent (small bottle) to add in the fluid so blocks don't corrode. The feser fluid even if it leaks won't destroy your components, worth the investment especially for first time builders.
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post #4 of 5
Also get a decent pump or pump res combo. With a d5 such as swifttech or a pair of small ddc pumps, better flow when using 2 gpu blocks and cpu blocks with a few rads. XSPC combo has a slow flow rate ok for one or two blocks but throw in some 90 degree barbs/fittings with a few blocks for gpu and cpu and it does not handle overclocks as well
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Originally Posted by rts2468 View Post

Current System:
Case:Cooler Master HAF 932
Motherboard:ASUS Crosshair V Formula
CPU: AMD FX-6300 Current Freq @ 5.01GHz
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB(4x4GB) DDR3-1600
GPU: 2x EVGA GTX 470 SLI Current Core Clock Freq @ 824Mhz Mem Clock Freq @ 2224Mhz
Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-FI Titaninum
PSU: Antec True Power 750 Watt, Semi-Modular Power Supply
SSD: Corsair Force GT 120 GB
HDD: 2TB Western Digital Green SATA III HDD; 3 TB Seagate Barracuda 7200 SATA III HDD
Optical Drive: LG Blu-Ray Rewriter x12 Burn Speed
OS: Windows 7 Professional

Water-Cooling Parts
CPU Waterblock: XSPC Raystorm AM3
Motherboard Northbridge/VRM Waterblock: EK-ASUS-C5F-Z
GPU Waterblock: 2x EK-GTX470 Nickel + Black Acetal w/ EK Triple Serial Bridge
Radiator: XSPC EX-140 Radiator; XSPC AX-240 Radiator
Pump: XSPC D5 Vario
Reservoir: XSPC 5.25" Dual Bay Pump/Reservoir Combo; EK-150-RES w/ Multiport Top
Fans: 2x AeroCool Shark 14cm(140mm) Devil Red Edition; 4x AeroCool Shark 12cm(120mm) Devil Red Edition

Here is my current setup it look almost idenitcal to what you are looking for, I am currently using 10x 45-degree fittings and 3x 90-degree fittings
with 1/2" ID 3/4" OD Tubing with 13mm/19mm Compression Fittings

hope this helps

What was your total cost for all of your water cooling components?
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