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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone,

After some months of researching on liquid cooling, I've put together a list of components I plan on purchasing to kick this project into motion. Before I start buying, I'd really appreciate it if you guys can run over my list and give me some additional advice.

Few particular questions: I plan on doing a little bit of OCing on the CPU and GPU - what kind of loop should I have?
Because I am going with the 750D, should I add in an additional radiator 2x120mm for the front?
One of the major reason I want to go with liquid cooling is because I want to reduce dust collection in my system - how should I position my radiator fans then? air going out of case or into case? How would it effect dust collection?

Thanks in advance for your help!

Here's my list:

Computer Components
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Formula $299.79
CPU: i7-4770K Haswell 3.5Ghz $339.99
GPU x2: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4gb Classified Hydro Copper $1,159.98
RAM x4: Corsairs Dominator 16GB(8gbx2) 1600 9-9-9-24 $199.99
PSU: Corsairs AX1200i Platinum certified $339.99
SSDx2: Samsung 840 EVO 250gb $306.18
Case: Corsairs Obsidian 750D $159.99
Subtotal: $2,805.91

Cooling System
CPU Block: Swifttech Apogee $66.99
Radiator: XSPC AX360 Triple 120mm $99.99
Pump: Aquastream XT USB 12V $124.95 +14.55(shipping)
Reservoir: Phobya Balancer 250 Reservoir - Black Nickel $49.95
Rad fans x3: Noiseblocker NB-Blacksilentpro PL-2 120x25mm $68.85
Silver Coil: Antimicrobial.999 $8.25
Subtotal: $433.53

Total $3,239.44
post #2 of 15
Typically if you are trying to reduce dust in your case, your looking for a positive pressure inside. it seems that you definitely want the top 360 rad to be an intake. as far as the rest of them, it depends on what you decide to do about the front rad.

your getting a 40mm rad, so I think you will be ok with just one rad in that rig. it depends on what you're aiming for here... are you trying to go for a build with very low temperatures, or are you just looking for watercooling as an air alternative? With overclocking the cpu and gpu, you wont be looking at great temps with just the one rad, but by no means is it inadequate. personally i would get the second rad, but thats just me :-p forget the dominator ram and get something slightly cheaper, and put that extra money toward the second rad.

I dont know the case too well, but if it doesnt come with dust filters, you should buy some. they are cheap.

Also, I havent heard anything on the classified hydro edition cards, so maybe try and get second opinion of that. I only say that because EVGA isnt a water cooling component company, so you might be better performance wise going with an air cooling edition of the card and throwing an EK block on there. But im interested if anyone can chime in on this because I also want a 770 4gb card and plan to watercool it with my next build (soon) I already have the card and water bock I want picked out, but if this is just as good, Im sold!

And props to you for waiting 6 months to build your watercooling rig. after I started researching watercooling (knowing I wanted one from the start) I think it was a month later I clocked order on the first batch of parts :-p
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
Rabid, thanks for your advice. I will add an additional dual 140mm rad in the front. But I'm unsure how the loop will work. Will also need a separate pump and reservoir for the second rad?

the 770 4gb doesn't have a water block in the market. That's why i had to go with those edition. I read a response somewhere stating that evga cooling block sucks and it should apply to the 770 hydro version as well. I couldn't find any data to back that up.

So you think my water system is pretty solid? Any thing you think I should change or can improve? With the extra rad in place, would that pump be able to handle 2 rad?
post #4 of 15
Sorry for my delayed response. As for the GPU block issue, I have done a fair amount of research on 4gb gtx 770 cards. I have only found 2 with water blocks. Can't remember them off the top of my head, but I'll post them here tomorrow when I get home. EKs site says even though they are a 770 block, the 680 block fits them. So if you don't want to go with the hydro edition card, you could go with the ones I'm going to post tomorrow and get an external block.

Looking back at your parts list, I have a lot of personal preference with things that I would change. For the price of the dominator ram, you can get a faster ram by gskill or something... Dominator is just for show... Don't waste your money. And. You don't need anything close to a 1200w psu. You can get away with a 750 or 800w psu. Save some money there too.

As far as the watercooling stuff, get that second pump. Throw it on a loop with the two GPU blocks in parallel and the two radiators at the end of the loop and your single loop will run great. The CPU block I would recommend is a ek supremacy. From everything I have read that has the least restriction in it.

My iPad makes it difficult to really look at every part, so ill comment more tomorrow. But Idk why you chose that pump (for all I know its a great pump) but alphacool has come cheaper pumps.
post #5 of 15
Im not sure if your stilll interested, but I totally forgot to respond with those graphics cards...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500303

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133500

According to EK, These cards can support a 680 block.
post #6 of 15
Asus DCII 4gb card is also supported. The performance difference between 2gb and 4gb is so minimal that I would just get the 2gb versions.
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post #7 of 15
if you are planning on spending $1100 on GPUs, dont get 770s, get the 780 classifieds. Much better cards and EK sells blocks for them.
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post #8 of 15
+1 for going with 780s instead of the 770s

Plus, you don't need a $330 PSU to run two cards. 1000W Gold rated, should be enough and way cheaper.
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post #9 of 15
+2 on the 780s or at least just get the 2gb ones
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G.Skill RipJaws Crucial M500  WD Blue HD Alphacool 420mm 45mm Thick Radiator 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Alphacool 240mm 60mm Thick Radiator EK Supremecy  EK 770 VGA Waterblock XSPC 270mm Photon Reservoir/D5 Pump 
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RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
G.Skill RipJaws Crucial M500  WD Blue HD Alphacool 420mm 45mm Thick Radiator 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Alphacool 240mm 60mm Thick Radiator EK Supremecy  EK 770 VGA Waterblock XSPC 270mm Photon Reservoir/D5 Pump 
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post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info and good looking out Rabid!

I don't mind the extra money and I did buy the dominator for the look. The PSU is me thinking about the future, better to have more than not have enough.

Just a few update -

I did end up getting 2 780 ti classified and using EK blocks for them.
XSPC kit for the cpu block and top radiator (tried the pump and res that came with it... was not impressed)
XSPC EX280 Radiator 140mm for front mount
Swiftech MCP35X Pump (thinking about using the res/pump combo as a 2nd pump if I notice a weak flow rate once I get all my parts in.
Phobya Balancer 250 Reservoir - Black Nickel

I've also decided to go with copper tubings. I know it's crazy difficult, but I'm willing to give it a shot. I've located local suppliers with the pipes I need.

The only thing I still don't know is how to securely and safely connect the pipes to the fittings. All the posts about copper pipings isn't clear on that process. Can you guys give me some insights on this?

Thanks in advance
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