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hello i am new to this site and custom water cooling

i have had sealed coolers n the past like h80i

i im starting a new build this week and need some help on the best parts to get for my spec and case

parts listed

Corsair Carbide Series Air 540

asus z87 c mb

intel 4777k over clocked to 4.3

msi r9 290_ wanting to water cool

corsair ax 860i

corsair h80i

the help im needing were to start with a custom loop

i was thinking about fitting a 240 rad in the top and 360 in the front but i dont no if they will be room

just needing come advise for you guys on the best set up for a beginner

thanks
post #2 of 13
Hello... looks like it will be a nice build.

Your fellow Carbide 540 owners here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1404897/official-corsair-carbide-air-540-owners-club-gallery Will probably be able to answer all your questions as to what fits.

Lot of good build photos too... like this one: http://www.overclock.net/t/1404897/official-corsair-carbide-air-540-owners-club-gallery#post_20291332 ... looks like there is quite a bit of room in that case. I haven't used one yet, but am thinking about it.

Here is a build using a 240 and a 360... like you mentioned: http://www.overclock.net/t/1419012/build-log-end-of-era-corsair-carbide-540-air.. might get some ideas there...

Lots of good waterblocks out there.. there should be some for that card ( I used Nividia... so not personally familiar with them)

Choice of Radiators and fans depends on what you need to cool, and how quiet / noisy you want the system to be.

I am fond of the Alphacools, and Black Ice radiators myself... we all have our favorites.

You will also need a pump and a reservoir, fittings, tubing, etc...

Ask any specific questions ... and somebody will try to answer them.

and btw, Welcome! thumb.gif
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post #3 of 13
this is the best thread with sizes and dimensions of the actual room for rads and fans
http://www.overclock.net/t/1402099/build-log-water-cooled-corsair-carbide-series-air-540
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post #4 of 13
Just decided on this myself.

For rads you want 240/360, but, if you want push/pull the fans for the 360 go on the front of the case and you need rads ~30mm thick.
I went with two 45mm, seemed to add up to better cooling even I can't fit all 10 fans.
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thanks for the fast reply's. what would you guys recommend i buy x2 30mm thick 240 and 380 rads for push pull or use 45mm and just have push. i dont want to make it to complicated because this will be my first custom loop. what is the best size tube to use. i like the uv green liquid with clear tube. or would i be better off getting uv tubing and clear coolant

thankyou
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thanks for the fast reply's. what would you guys recommend i buy x2 30mm thick 240 and 380 rads for push pull or use 45mm and just have push. i dont want to make it to complicated because this will be my first custom loop. what is the best size tube to use. i like the uv green liquid with clear tube. or would i be better off getting uv tubing and clear coolant

thankyou

it depends on what fans you want to use. crappy fans, use push/pull on a 30. GOOD fans, just use the xt45. im running both right now on 2 different xt45 rads.
going from push on a 360 to push/pull didnt change my temps too much. it was noticable but not enough to justify the $45 i spent. i can say though i can run my fans slower than i was able to before. from 1850rpm push to 1300 or so rpm with push/pull for the same temps. a little less noise but not much.
if you can stand the noise when you apply a load, go just push on an xt45. if you want quiet, go push/pull on an st30. and the noise is not game breaking.
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hi the fans i will be using are corsair sp fans. so if i use them with just a push setup with 45mm xt 45 rads it will be about the same as using push pull with 30mm rad with crappy fans
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hi the fans i will be using are corsair sp fans. so if i use them with just a push setup with 45mm xt 45 rads it will be about the same as using push pull with 30mm rad with crappy fans

The 45mm radiator in push will more likely work better than a 30mm in push pull. thats the way i could go.
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post #10 of 13
with the same fans the st30 would perform better.

this chart doesnt have the st30. if you look at the difference between the xt45 in push/pull and the ut60 in just push, you can see the difference an extra set of fans make on a thinner rad.

http://www.overclock.net/t/584302/lightbox/post/21518758/id/1827072

and i wouldnt buy corsair sp120 fans. they are loud.
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