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My first loop

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I've been looking at water cooling for years, but a mix of not having the guts and the budget always steered me away from building a loop.

I haven't build a gaming rig for years, but i have the time now to enjoy some pc gaming and enjoy putting a new watercooled machine together smile.gif

I'm planning on buying these wc components for an i7 4770k or i5 4670k(depending if someone can bring me one from the US or if i have to buy it locally) and a 780GTX in a Bitfenix Prodigy.




The idea is to mantain the black/white theme, i already ordered mayhem's ice white concentrate directly from them.

My main concern at this stage are the radiators, the reviews i've been able to find using google hold the alphacool rads in high regard. Nevertheless i'm wondering if either the EK PE Series rads or the XSPC AX series rads would perform the same but at the same time look a little bit better.

All in all, do you guys think the components are good enough for some solid CPU overclock and if the XSPC or EK rads would be better options for looks while having the same performance as the alphacool rads.
post #2 of 4
I use AlphaCool rads, they are great for low noise, I've paired mine with Corsair SP120 Quiet Edition fans running at ~1000 rpm and my temps with my Sig rig are decent. I think you might fair better with higher FPI rads and faster fans.

I don't think a 120 & 240 are going to keep the temps at reasonable levels with a decent OC on CPU and GPU combo like that, assuming you are going for some level of quietness.
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250Gb Samsung Evo 840. 3x Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB.  XSPC D5 Dual Bay Reservoir/Pump Combo V2. Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 360mm & UT60 240mm. 
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
250Gb Samsung Evo 840. 3x Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB.  XSPC D5 Dual Bay Reservoir/Pump Combo V2. Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 360mm & UT60 240mm. 
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2 x BenQ 24" 1200p. 22" Eizo 1200p for photo editing. Corsair K70 Rampage. Corsair AX860. 
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Corsair Obsidian 750D. Mionix Naos 7000 Roccat Hiro. Schiit BiFrost Multibit.  
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post #3 of 4
Assuming the Gpu and CPU are in the same loop then I would try to add more Radiators if you can.

The difference between the XSPC or EK rads would not be very big. The main thing that matters is the flow speed and the size of the rads.

I wouldn't be too scared about watercooling. I was before I did it (2-3 weeks ago) but its much easyer and safer than it sounds.

Some tips would be is to be generous with tubing length and make sure the fitting are properly fit and tight since they are the only place the water can get out. Also test the system with the power to everything but the pump turned off for at least 5 hours to make sure there are no leaks. With all that done the chance of a leak is very very low.
It may sound daunting from what I have said but its much easier and safer than it sounds. thumb.gif
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Thank you both, while i wait for other parts i'll try to measure if i can get 2 240 rads inside the prodigy. Also, i'm willing to sacrifice OC most of the time for less noise.

I'll see what happens in a couple of weeks when i have all the parts tongue.gif
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