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Alright guys, I'm ready to take the plunge into a full custom (even if kit) water loop for my hardware! I'm a little nervous, but have done a bunch of reading and watching and am ready to undertake this endeavor.

I need help picking parts however, as everyone keeps recommending really expensive stuff. I know that custom loops can get quite pricey, but I don't want to give my unborn first-born as payment for one.

Here's what I've got:

Corsair Air 540
ASUS Crosshair V
AMD FX-9370
Radeon R9-290x (one at the moment, but as funds permit I'd like to add a 2nd card).

I have contacted XSPC and frozencpu.com for help getting everything I'll need to make this possible, and while XSPC wasn't particularly helpful, they weren't unhelpful either, and frozencpu gave me a very expensive parts list that totaled over 700. I asked him to help with a cheaper setup and that one was 550. I'm really looking to spending no more than 500, but that doesn't look possible.

loop5.jpg 103k .jpg file loop3.jpg 120k .jpg file

I want something simple, yet efficient and cool (so my GPU doesn't throttle once spring/summer start).

Do I really need that much stuff? Please help watercooling vets.

I need to purchase the majority of stuff from FrozenCPU as I got a bunch of giftcards for my birthday from them.
    
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500 can get you a TON. FrozenCPU is also just very expensive.

How much do you have in GC? I would buy the GPU, tubing, and fittings from FrozenCPU and get the rest elsewhere. You also don't have to get the full nickel versions if you want to save some money.

You can swap in an XSPC Raystorm for ~50 bucks to replace the EK cooler. They all pretty much perform the same. And another suggestion, buy used!

You might also want to change fans. Those Cougars are LOUD.
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Barbs are a lot cheaper than compression fittings so you can knock off about $30 that way.

Also make sure you use the OCN discount code which is, I believe, OCN biggrin.gif I think it's 5.1%?
Edited by threephi - 1/15/14 at 11:20am
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Hey, thanks for the info.

I have 125 in FrozenCPU gift cards, which would nearly cover a GPU block + backplate.

I really like the look of the Raystorm Photon D5 stuff, and what not. I was considering getting the 240mm kit of XSPC + GPU block + backplate, for about 400. that would just leave a few fittings and what not. According to what I've seen though I should add another 240-280mm rad before tossing in a 2nd GPU. I really don't want a 360 in the front of my case.

If I were to get a kit, the tubing included should cover my needs, the only extra I believe is fittings (which I want compression or sharkbite), and extra connectors. I dunno if I should get a 2nd rad right now, or wait.

The attachments I uploaded are what the FrozenCPU guy recommended to me.
    
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Also make sure you use the OCN discount code which is, I believe, OCN biggrin.gif I think it's 5.1%?

There's a OCN discount? That's helpful to know! Thanks.
    
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Performance PC's has a 5.5% code if I recall correctly, not sure about other places.
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post #7 of 21
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Maybe I'm going about this incorrectly.

How much rad will I need to effectively cool a CPU + GPU, the ones I have?

How much rad will I need to cool CPU + GPU + a 2nd GPU, of what I have?

I've been told between 240-360 for what I currently have, and 360-720 for adding a 2nd GPU. If I could get a good/straight answer, that would probably help me narrow stuff down and get me started.
    
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"Need" is a rather fuzzy term here if you haven't noticed yet wink.gif, but the old-school rule of thumb is one 120 for each major chip, plus one, as a baseline. More rad space is always better as it will give you lower coolant temps and thus better performance, but that's the consensus on where the sweet spot is. So by that rule, CPU + GPU would be 120x3; CPU + 2 GPU's would be 120x4. Add one more if you plan on overclocking.
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post #9 of 21
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I was thinking that I'd do a 240 + another 240 or 280 to cool everything, and I do very low overclocks. Anything that doesn't run on stock voltages doesn't get overclocked (at least not til I get water). ;-P
    
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post #10 of 21
Just buy the GPU block from Frozen then!

Performance PCs has better pricing for the most part.

CPU + GPU you could get by with a 240 but probably better to get 360. Add another 120 for the 2nd GPU. That said, if you have the space for it, just get the largest radiator possible. The price difference isn't THAT much.

My suggestion:


+ the 150 for the GPU card, it'll put you right under 500 excluding discounts.
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