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Planning my first build, help needed please!

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Hy guys!

I'm planning my first loop, could you please help me with some input on this? Good, bad?

Bitspower Water Tank Z-Multi 150mm - Red Ice
XSPC 1/2 ID 3/4 OD High Flex 2m (Retail Coil) - CLEAR
XSPC RayStorm CPU WaterBlock - Intel 115x, 1366 and 2011
Aqua Computer kryographics Hawaii for Radeon R9 290X and 290 acrylic glass edition
Aqua Computer Backplate for kryographics Hawaii R9 290X / 290, active XCS
Alphacool NexXxoS UT60 Full Copper 360mm
1/4" BSPP - 1/2" Hose Tail XSPC - Chrome X 10
XSPC / Laing D5 Vario 1/2 Barbs Front Cover and RPM Wire
Noctua NF-A14 FLX
Noctua NF-A14 FLX
Noctua NF-A14 FLX
PrimoChill UV Red PVC Hose Clip 3/4" OD X 10
10ml Pulse Modding PM Nuke Concentrated Biocide

And it will cool this: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/gabriellehr/saved/bvfkcf

Thanks! thumb.gif
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I have the bitspower multi, 250mm tube its nice, but I had to put 2 tiny screws into the brackets to hold them shut as they do get weakened over time, with a lot of taking them on and off.

You should choose your tubing size wisely as it can be costly to change everything over to a new size.
I personally recommend 1/2-3/4 (Tried 1/2-5/8 once, and the thickness was so thin that it would kink too easily, I couldn't stand it)
Also Primochill advanced comes in the size 1/2-3/4, its probably better than the xspc stuff you mentioned.

I also have the raystorm cpu block, its fine, but nothing else to compare it to.

Not sure about those other water blocks, but aquacomputer do some nice stuff, so thats probably fine too.

Radiator looks good too, I have a 120mm (x45mm) in my case as well, its good as its all copper and has multiple ways of tubing it up.

Not sure what fittings you are talking about, but if you go with compression you should be fine.
I got my hands on 3 dual-rotary-45-degree feser fittings, and they brilliant for those few awkward places where you need an angle. Note the dual-rotary ability, this is good to have.

I see you have OCZ vertex in the list, you know you can get a samsung evo 840 500g for £150-£160 off amazon now.
But maybe you already bought this stuff.
You need to decide what fans you want for the radiator, and consider a fan controller too.

I would go for some low rpm static pressure fans, probably noctua or corsair.
I made the mistake of getting 4 noctua nf s-12b redux 1200rpm airflow fans for my 480 rad, since I heard airflow fans work fine on low fpi rads.
However, the air was just bouncing off the rad back through the gap between the fan blades and the big circular edge, and the noise was like wind on a very windy day.
I have turned them around so they are all in pull, and they run quietly (no more windy noise) at 800rpm, keeping gpu load temp under 45, cpu (i5 2500K @ 4.5GHz) load temp under 62. So can't complain too much.

I see you are considering Noctua NF-A14 FLX, but these are 140mm fans, what are you using on the radiator?

Since you have a higher fpi rad, static pressure fans are a must, its upto you if you use push or pull.
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