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post #1 of 6
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Hey All!


Today im hoping for help from you lot in a loop that i hope to have built by the end of the year, i am going to need everything: Case & All the water cooling stuff!
What sort of power supply size would you recommend as im also going to be upgrading that!
Parts:

i5-4670k
MSI Z87-G45 Gaming
Powercolor R9 290 PCS+

Budget would probably be max £575!


Thankyou!
post #2 of 6
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Bump need help asap!
post #3 of 6
You've left this wide open, which is probably why you're not seeing any replies.

Are you looking to cool the card and the CPU? Motherboard?

Are you looking for recommendations on everything from fittings, tubing, pump, radiator, and reservoir? Or just on things like the waterblocks?

Have you done the pre-requisite reading? If you haven't, I'd highly recommend this: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/277130-29-read-first-watercooling-sticky

Other than that, my suggestion is to start out by looking at the kits to get an idea of everything you'll need. Then research each component one by one and decide what you'll want.

I'm happy to help if you've got other questions, but please try to be a little more specific. smile.gif

edit: removed a question that OP had answered in OP
Edited by Kepl3r - 3/3/14 at 8:53am
post #4 of 6
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Originally Posted by Kepl3r View Post

You've left this wide open, which is probably why you're not seeing any replies.

Are you looking to cool the card and the CPU? Motherboard?

Are you looking for recommendations on everything from fittings, tubing, pump, radiator, and reservoir? Or just on things like the waterblocks?

Have you done the pre-requisite reading? If you haven't, I'd highly recommend this: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/277130-29-read-first-watercooling-sticky

Other than that, my suggestion is to start out by looking at the kits to get an idea of everything you'll need. Then research each component one by one and decide what you'll want.

I'm happy to help if you've got other questions, but please try to be a little more specific. smile.gif

edit: removed a question that OP had answered in OP

Im looking to cool the CPU and the Graphics Card for the possibility of 2 also, i have done the pre-requisite reading but i would like some recommendations on things you suggest i get e.g. Res's,Pump's,Raiator's,Fittings and Blocks seeing as im looking at some but i have no idea which are the best for performance but for aesthetics. If you have any case recommendations please put them below as at the moment i have a cheap case and i would have to expand to a nice looking full tower!
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Originally Posted by TheyCallMeAndy View Post

Im looking to cool the CPU and the Graphics Card for the possibility of 2 also, i have done the pre-requisite reading but i would like some recommendations on things you suggest i get e.g. Res's,Pump's,Raiator's,Fittings and Blocks seeing as im looking at some but i have no idea which are the best for performance but for aesthetics. If you have any case recommendations please put them below as at the moment i have a cheap case and i would have to expand to a nice looking full tower!
You'd be able to find what your asking for by simply sifting through the threads of the first two pages of water cooling sub forum. Let the odds be ever in your favour.
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post #6 of 6
OK then - I will summarize my findings from when I built my loop in December and pass them on. These are personal "recommendations", and I put recommendations in quotes because this is my first loop and as such I don't have much of a basis for comparison.

Water blocks - What I found in my research is that generally, performance of any of the big water block companies is very close - so let aesthetics guide your choice here. I ended up going with an EK supremacy for the CPU block, and I'm looking at EK for my other blocks in the future because I've had no problems with this one. I chose this one because it performed very slightly better than the other blocks in the research I referenced, but more importantly they put out a Red Harbinger edition in gold that I thought was really sweet looking, so I went with that.

Tubing, I went with Primochill Primoflex advanced LRT and have no complaints. It made some pretty tight bends without kinking.

Bits, I went with Bitspower. Again, no complaints, but don't bother with the quick disconnects. I got a pair to see how they work and the answer is not too well. At least the Bitspower ones require waaaaay too much force to put together and take apart - I'd be afraid of wrenching apart my whole loop trying to disconnect the pair.

Res - I went with a Bitspower tube res - but I'm thinking about switching to an EK bay res. Bay res's apparently sometimes vibrate is the only information to be passed on here, but fitting the tube res into my case ended up being a little tougher than I expected.

My case is a HAF-X, and again, no complaints. Plenty of space for the radiator I chose and 6 fans and push/pull configuration.

Radiator - I went with Alphacool 360 XT45. It has radiator/screw protection, and since this was my first time building a watercooling loop and I didn't know why radiator/screw protection might be necessary - I went with it. I now know what it is and am glad that I went with it for my first build, but won't need it for future builds. I went with the 45 because reviews on the 60 said that fitting it into my case in push/pull configuration would be tricky. The XT45 had similar performance, but that extra 15mm made it easier to fit into my case.

Pump - I went with a Laing D5 variant. Swiftech's version. The Laing D5 is a solid pump from all reviews and you can't really go wrong with it.

I'm using distilled water and a silver kill coil right now. Nothing else. It's been a little over a month and there is nothing growing in the loop. I discovered monsoon sells silver plugs though and bought some of those as I'm afraid the kill coil in the res could eventually be positioned to block water flow - the plugs are stationary so I wouldn't need to worry about that anymore.

Really, my only critical thinking here was that I did get 3/8" inner diameter and 5/8" outer diameter tubing because I wanted 1/4" wall for protection; and I intentionally bought more expensive connection bits because I figured they are probably a more common point of failure and I'm hoping that extra money went towards quality and QA. Again - no complaints about Bitspower; I also just ordered some Monsoon Chain Gun compression fittings because I thought they looked really cool. When I add my graphics card to my loop I'll probably use them somewhere.

HTH!
Edited by Kepl3r - 3/3/14 at 12:32pm
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