Originally Posted by d00bzilla
I don't understand why people are still trying to mine. The $$$ investment + electricity bill will outweigh any $$$ made from mining. Especially with how unstable the market is for things like bit coin. It can be worth $1000/coin today and $500/coin tomorrow and $100/coin next week. That's a terrible market to try and be in. You will make more guaranteed $$$ investing extra cash into company stock like coke or mcdonalds which pay annual dividends.
He could always switch to folding and help out a good cause. Plus I'm sure there is more to it than just mining.
Fittings: barbs or compression. In my opinion, if you want the job done right the first time go compression fittings. If you do, make sure your tubing matches with ID and OD
Tubing: Clear flexible Primochill ADVANCED LRT (nothing else), else it will leach plasticizer. Hard tubing, acrylic you can find it cheap on McMaster.
Pump: If you need a solid pump I would go D5. Any brand will do as they are all made by liang and just rebranded. You could go DDC but I personally think the D5 is the way to go.
Res: Tube/inline, or bay. Tube looks better IMO and fills your case nicely if you have extra room. Easier to fill and move around too. Bay is used if you are tight on space and have the room for it in your ODD
bays (which you don't even have!). I would go pump separate from res, as it gives you more options.
Radiators: most brands are good. Alphacool has some QC issues but generally gets the job done. High end would be pretty much anything hardware labs. If you want performance and don't care about noise get radiators with a FPI(Fins per inch) of >20. Else <20 and get some quiet fans around 1000 rpm. If you get 30 FPI you pretty much need 2000 RPM fans unless they are in push pull. You need 120x1 area of radiator for each component +1 for OC +1 for Headroom. So budget accordingly to what you are doing. Mobo and ram don't need their own 120.
Fans: For radiators you want high static pressure fans. If you can find them generally for the best noise to fan speed ratio Gentle typhoons are the way to go. The favorite here is the AP-15s but they are extremely hard to find at the moment. I've also heard good things about bgears and ELoops and Cougars. Make sure if you are mounting them horizontally the bearings are designed for that. (IE Yate loons work great as cheap radiator fans but can only be mounted vertically).