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So i have decided to start building a water cooling system with my current parts. Reason I would be doing this is because of aesthetics as well as overclocking. My current build is as follows

i7 4770K
ASUS Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Z87
CORSAIR Vengeance Pro 16GB
Samsung 840 Pro 256GB
Western Digital Blue 1TB
Seasonic Platinum 660 PSU
EVGA 780TI classy
NZXT H440 Black/Red Case

I would be buying another 780TI classy soon once I get my tax return. Currently after searching I came up with the current list


Now my question would be what fans and pump/radiator would best fit my need if I want to keep my fans around 1200-1400 RPM?
post #2 of 13
Using that go stealth you don't want low rpm fans. That rad has high fpi count and needs high rpm fans.
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post #3 of 13
i would say so too...
if you want it quiet and low rpm's on the fans, you would need another low fpi rad like the UT60 you have there on the list....and for the fans you can check Gentle Typhoon AP-14 or AP-15's
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So something along the lines of UT 30 would be fine correct? What about the pump/res combo, any suggestions?
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So something along the lines of UT 30 would be fine correct? What about the pump/res combo, any suggestions?
Rad:Do the thickest radiator you can while having push pull. UT30 is a good rad. Slap AP-14s on it you're ready to go.
You wouldn't even see great results by going push pull on it. The UT60 definitely would though.
Fans: Scythe Gentletyphoons or grand flex are good choices. Akasa also makes nice cheap ones. Noctuas if you're colourblind. wink.gif
Reservoir: Glass puts acrylic to shame. Any reservoir will do. Size has no performance impact, unless you use a silo filled with chilly water.
Pump: A D5 would do you well if you want extreme quiet. DDC pumps however are still the king of performance.
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The scythe grand flex fans are not good rad fans. If I get uneasy I will find the review/test results.
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Rad:Do the thickest radiator you can while having push pull. UT30 is a good rad. Slap AP-14s on it you're ready to go.
You wouldn't even see great results by going push pull on it. The UT60 definitely would though.
Fans: Scythe Gentletyphoons or grand flex are good choices. Akasa also makes nice cheap ones. Noctuas if you're colourblind. wink.gif
Reservoir: Glass puts acrylic to shame. Any reservoir will do. Size has no performance impact, unless you use a silo filled with chilly water.
Pump: A D5 would do you well if you want extreme quiet. DDC pumps however are still the king of performance.

So if I can fit the alphacool monsta with push/pull with no problem then I should do it correct? I was thinking of getting the xspc photon 170 d5 for the res/pump combo and if I do get it would I need special coolant if I have copper/nickle blocks in my loop?
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So if I can fit the alphacool monsta with push/pull with no problem then I should do it correct? I was thinking of getting the xspc photon 170 d5 for the res/pump combo and if I do get it would I need special coolant if I have copper/nickle blocks in my loop?

Yes, a Monsta in p/p is a great rad. The thickest rad you can fit in p/p. If you can't fit p/p, go down one size rad until you can.

I don't like res/pump combos. The pump vibrates a bit and can transmit noise to the rest of the case. So I prefer the pump by itself, well decoupled for sound on a Shoggy Sandwich.

And for fans, Gentle Typhoon all the way if you can afford them. Yate Loons on a budget, but they don't like being installed horizontally.
I prefer faster fans. Around 1800-2000 rpm or more. My Lamptron controller can slow them down to 4-500 rpm for sound, and I have the capacity for speed and performance if I want to bench or push my rig a bit.
If you are not that bent on silenxe, you can easily get 3000 rpm fans and still be able to slow them down below 1000 rpm. But 3000 rpm starts to get loud, so you won't want that too often unless you play games with headphones.
Edited by PepeLapiu - 3/3/14 at 9:03pm
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For blocks, this is just my personal preference.
I prefer bare copper blocks. You will barely see the face of your VGA block anyway, so that nickel is sorta wasted on a visual sense. And some guys experience galvanic corrosion, and nickel plating flaking off. Not all, but some do, so I prefer not taking a chance anyway. And bare copper blocks are cheaper anyway.
On my next blocks, I will get clear acrylic covers. Not for looks since most of that is not seen anyway, unles you go below your case and look up at the VGA blocks. The nickel and all that bling looks good in pics, but you won't see any of that 99% of the time. I want see-tru covers so I can do a quick visual inspection of my blocks, and detect any signs of corrosion fast.
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post #10 of 13
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For blocks, this is just my personal preference.
I prefer bare copper blocks. You will barely see the face of your VGA block anyway, so that nickel is sorta wasted on a visual sense. And some guys experience galvanic corrosion, and nickel plating flaking off. Not all, but some do, so I prefer not taking a chance anyway. And bare copper blocks are cheaper anyway.
On my next blocks, I will get clear acrylic covers. Not for looks since most of that is not seen anyway, unles you go below your case and look up at the VGA blocks. The nickel and all that bling looks good in pics, but you won't see any of that 99% of the time. I want see-tru covers so I can do a quick visual inspection of my blocks, and detect any signs of corrosion fast.

Since my blocks are going to be nickle and rads are going to be copper, any special coolant you would recommend?
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