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If you have a small res .... you just can't wait longer than that since you will need to refill. Like a 300ml around I am talking about.

If you don't use a bay res, that means you need to open up your case, since you are going to do that anyway, just do a quick check on leaks and tubing. I am not saying tear it apart and open up blocks. I only do that once a year to be honest.
Edited by GhostHitWall - 9/30/14 at 4:30pm
post #12 of 15
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Another newbie question. A lot of the reservoirs and pumps I have been browsing, particularly the FrozenQ LF Reaction Dual Bay Reservoir - Acetal - UV Blue Helix reservoir, mentions it has four g1/4" ports. This is the size of the ports on the reservoir (or pump or whatever other product I'm looking) correct? So my fittings if I want a perfect match should have a 1/4" inner diameter and then whatever outer diameter I chose (like 3/8" for example). This would be the most efficient way to chose the size of your fittings then correct?

Example:

Reservoir has a 1/4" Port. I use a 1/4" x 3/8" compression fitting for that port. I then use a 3/8" diameter tube and run that to my pump which also has a 1/4" port. A second 1/4" x 3/8" compression fitting would connect the tube to that pump. It seems simple, I just want to make sure I'm planning this correctly.

Thanks again for the help.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by theoblivinator View Post

Another newbie question. A lot of the reservoirs and pumps I have been browsing, particularly the FrozenQ LF Reaction Dual Bay Reservoir - Acetal - UV Blue Helix reservoir, mentions it has four g1/4" ports. This is the size of the ports on the reservoir (or pump or whatever other product I'm looking) correct? So my fittings if I want a perfect match should have a 1/4" inner diameter and then whatever outer diameter I chose (like 3/8" for example). This would be the most efficient way to chose the size of your fittings then correct?

Example:

Reservoir has a 1/4" Port. I use a 1/4" x 3/8" compression fitting for that port. I then use a 3/8" diameter tube and run that to my pump which also has a 1/4" port. A second 1/4" x 3/8" compression fitting would connect the tube to that pump. It seems simple, I just want to make sure I'm planning this correctly.

Thanks again for the help.

the g1/4" is pretty standard and refers to the threads that connect the fitting to the block/rad/res and does not affect your tubing size. I don't think i've even found anything but g1/4" on ppcs or frozen. I have seen different sizes on stuff from china via ebay.
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Well I bit the bullet today and bought all the hardware. Went with everything I listed but I was convinced and swayed that the new GTX 980 would be a better value than an R9 290x, so I went ahead and bought two of those for dual SLI configuration. I also decided to go with the EVGA SuperNOVA 1300w PSU instead of the Corsair 1000w I initially had planned after some more research. I also did indeed nab myself a 256GB SSD by Samsung to go with my other two 1TB HDDs I already have. Oh and I bunch my RAM up to 16 GBs instead of 8 because why not?

Once I get everything assembled and put together I think I'll be able to visually see how I want my water cooled system to layout inside the case. That will be a big help. In the meantime, I will continue to research what water cooling parts I want for my new rig, I already have a great start with all the advice I have received.

Thanks again for everyone's help! You guys ROCK!
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Alright so I have my build all finished except for the water cooling aspect. I'm getting read to order my water cooling parts and want to run it by you guys, just to see if any red flags show up again, as well as answering a few questions. Remember this is all in my Enthoo Primo case (which is a beast by the way biggrin.gif

Radiators:
Alphacool NexXxoS UT60 Full Copper 360mm Radiator
Alphacool NexXxoS UT60 Full Copper 480mm Radiator

360 for the top in pull. 480 in the bottom in push/pull. Only thing is I can't find UT60 480's anywhere in stock, but there are UT45's of the same brand in stock. Would a 45mm thick rad have a drastic performance decrease compared to the 60mm version. I guess I can still always go with the 480mm Monsta rad in the bottom... I dunno

Fans:
Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition High Static Pressure 120mm PWM Fan x11
Lamptron CW611 Fan Controller

Standard fans. Not sure if this fan is 3 pin or 4 pin. The fan controller I have picked out has 3 pin on it's channels, but to my knowledge you can plug a 4 pin fan into a 3 pin connector, and you just lose some of the functionality of that fan, which shouldn't matter in this case since they are going to be run off of the fan controller correct? In that case I need 5-6 3 pin splitter cables so I can run all my 11 fans off of the fan controller. I haven't found any of those yet.

CPU Block:
Alphacool NexXxos XP³ Light CPU Liquid Cooling Block - Black Chrome Edition

GPU Block:
EK Geforce GTX 980 VGA Liquid Cooling Block - Acetal x2
EK GeForce 980 GTX VGA Liquid Cooling RAM Backplate - Black x2 (maybe??)

Is the RAM Backplate really worth it? I think it is just there for looks, which I'm all for I guess, but if you won't be able to see them that much then why should I bother? Any suggestions for the backplates?

Pump:
Swiftech MCP655 Variable Speed 12v Water Pump w/ G1/4 Thread Ports

Heard this was a dope pump. If any one has other suggestions I'm still all ears at this point.

Reservoir:
FrozenQ LF Reaction 160mm Cylinder Reservoir - Black Cap - Blue Helix

I like the look of this res. But if anyone has had bad experiences with this brand, or can recommend better ones, again I'm all ears.

Tubing and Fittings:
PrimoChill PrimoFlex Advanced LRT Tubing 3/8"ID x 1/2" OD - 10ft
3/8 x 1/2 Compression Fittings x14
45 Deg 3/8 x 1/2 Compression Fittings x4
90 Deg 3/8 x 1/2 Compression Fittings x4

I heard PrimoChill was the go to brand for quality tubing. Decided to go with 3/8 x 1/2 since size doesn't matter, I guess it is just for aesthetics. Threw in a few 45 and 90 degree angle fittings since I'm sure they will come in handy with looks.

That's it in a nutshell. Again I'm open to all advice and responses from you guys. Any help in picking out better parts (especially if they look better) is welcome. Thanks again everyone.
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