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Hello everyone! I've been an amateur overclocker for a while now, but have never ventured into full on water. I'm currently running a closed loop corsair cooler and like it, but it's time to undertake something completely custom. So here are the components I will be using; i5 4690k on an Asus Hero VII, 16GB G.Skill, GTX 980, Samsung Pro SSD, 850w-1000w PSU. I didn't list a case because I won't be using one. I plan to wall mount this rig. My goals for an overclock are 4.4GHz-4.8GHz on the i5 4690k and 1500MHz clock or higher on the GTX 980. For the cooling I'm not quite sure on exactly what I need. My biggest question is dual loop or single loop? From what I've been reading it seems as if I'll need a dual but I'd love to hear opinions. Radiator size isn't an issue here because it's not going in a case. Would a quad rad be enough? If I have to go dual then I was thinking 120.3's (RX360's). I like the way Swiftech's Komodo NV GTX9 cooler looks and it got good reviews. I also like their Apogee XL CPU block for looks and good reviews as well. For tubing, PrimoFlex LRT looks to be good stuff. For a pump and reservoir, I'm not sure on that. Something combined seems easier but I'm not opposed for going with separate units such as long as it works wall mounted and looks good wink.gif So what do you guys think???? Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!! Single or dual loop, which rad(s) to go with, pump(s)/reservoir(s) to go with.
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post #2 of 31
Will you go with a tube or bay mount style reservoir?
Examples below



http://www.xs-pc.com/reservoirs/photon-270-tube-reservoir
http://www.xs-pc.com/reservoirs/twin-d5-dual-bay-reservoir
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Tube. I won't have any bays. None of it will be in a case.
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post #4 of 31
When building a loop the first step is budget since this can get relatively expensive.

Is noise a big concern?

The EK block for the GPU may be worth a look since it directly cools the VRM section
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Don't really have a budget in mind...maybe less than $500. I'd prefer less noise. I was thinking maybe two RX360v3's with 800-1400rpm fans to try and stay quiet.
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I have 5960x and 2 gtx 980 on one loop, you don't have to have separate loops.
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post #7 of 31
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Dmitriy View Post

I have 5960x and 2 gtx 980 on one loop, you don't have to have separate loops.

Are you overclocked at all? How are your temps and fan speeds? What size radiator?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by stocksux View Post

Are you overclocked at all? How are your temps and fan speeds? What size radiator?

980s are at 1500mhz, 5960x is around 4.3 will eventialy push to 4.5 stable,

3 alphacool radiators, 140, 360 and 240 monsta gpus stay at 45 while gaming, cpu can go to 50 under stress.

Fans are 900 rpm
Edited by Dmitriy - 1/12/15 at 5:29pm
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post #9 of 31
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That's a boat load of radiators! I'm looking to keep it simple and clean since I'll be wall mounting everything. So if I can't keep an overclocked 4690k and a single overclocked GTX 980 on one massive quad radiator then I'll probably go dual loop for symmetry and aesthetics.
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post #10 of 31
If you have 2 loops don't you need 2 radiators? Or do you mean parallel flow?
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