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Now I don't know what site you'd buy from in Australia, but why not a Swiftech H240X?
http://www.amazon.com/Swiftech-H240-X-CPU-Cooler/dp/B00P2SJQR8/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1431967485&sr=1-1&keywords=swiftech+h240

You'd just have to get the blocks, adpaters, some tubing, probably another radiator and you'd be set.

Swiftech H240x pump is not nearly powerful enough to cool two GPUs and at least 1 more radiator well. Also it's really much better as a CLC and not an expandable loop as it's extremely easy to turn your H240x into a door stop by stripping one of the screws on the reservoir and it's a massive pain to bleed the loop properly.
 
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Primarily use either this site http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=207_160 or https://www.ple.com.au/ViewCategory.aspx?CategoryId=677 all in AUS prices. WHat do you guys think of the watercooling kits? any of them good?
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Primarily use either this site http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=207_160 or https://www.ple.com.au/ViewCategory.aspx?CategoryId=677 all in AUS prices. WHat do you guys think of the watercooling kits? any of them good?

The kits are just collections of parts put bundled together usually with a small discount. The problem with most kits for me is they come with dual bay res/pump combos and I do not enjoy working with bay res's. The alphacool ones are good but you will probably want to use your own tubing and fittings anyways so that really defeats the savings you would gain from going with a kit.
 
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Primarily use either this site http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=207_160 or https://www.ple.com.au/ViewCategory.aspx?CategoryId=677 all in AUS prices. WHat do you guys think of the watercooling kits? any of them good?

Kits can be good and bad. They can be a great place to start out from, but everyone that I know that did, ended up spending more in the long run upgrading and/or replacing a lot of the parts ... especially the lower cost XSPC and Alphacool kits.
The new EK kits are different than most in that all the parts are very high quality. They are more expensive of course though.
The X360 kit is stocked at pccasegear and it is a particularly high end kit. I would be very happy to use any of the parts of this kit.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_160_45&products_id=28992

For a bit less the new L kits have been much improved over the last version. Everything is slightly lower cost than the X kits but they now use a proper DDC pump and res instead of the old Jingways and the new Supremacy MX is a great block.
http://www.ekwb.com/shop/kits-cases/kits/ek-kit-l360-r2-0.html

EK recently worked out some better deals with their shipping agents so buying direct from EK is now a more competitive option considering you can buy everything in the one place and potentially avoid multiple shipping costs. You could just add a couple of GPU blocks and maybe an extra radiator to any of these kits and end up with a great system without feeling like any part was cheaped out on. Most other kits have some good parts to them but seem to always have some parts that are cheap and nasty to use (Alphacool bay res are a prime example, crappy fans, etc)

Or you can just use the kits as a guide for what parts you need and mix and match parts for a DIY "kit" of your own design. EG

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post #15 of 44
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OK this is what i've chosen so far:

2 x EK Full Cover VGA Block EK-FC R9-290X Nickel Rev 2.0
2 x EK CoolStream PE 360 Triple Radiator
EK XRES 140 D5 PWM Pump/Reservoir Combo
EK Supremacy EVO Acetal Nickel CPU Waterblock

All from the same store http://www.pccasegear.com

Apparently if you were to choose the largest radiator at 420mm for top both it and the fan must be less than 55mm thick according to the fractal website. Can anyone help me pick the tube, fittings, fans and all that from the same site (note everything is in aussie dollar)?
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OK this is what i've chosen so far:

2 x EK Full Cover VGA Block EK-FC R9-290X Nickel Rev 2.0
2 x EK CoolStream PE 360 Triple Radiator
EK XRES 140 D5 PWM Pump/Reservoir Combo
EK Supremacy EVO Acetal Nickel CPU Waterblock

All from the same store http://www.pccasegear.com

Apparently if you were to choose the largest radiator at 420mm for top both it and the fan must be less than 55mm thick according to the fractal website. Can anyone help me pick the tube, fittings, fans and all that from the same site (note everything is in aussie dollar)?

For fittings it's really dependent on how you build the loop. You are gonna want to go with compression fittings and probably grab some 90 degree and 45 degree fittings or rotaries. As to exactly which brand of compression fitting, that's up to you. Get the one you think looks the best without blowing your budget. XSPC chrome fittings make the tubing basically unusable without cutting off the end after applying the compression part, but they give the best seal IMO. Bitspower are the enthusiast go to. You're also going to want a drain of some sort, you can just buy a valve or use a t-fitting and put them on the lowest part of your loop to make emptying the loop much easier.

For tubing I would go with XSPC FLX clear tubing. Many people swear by Primochill but in my time using it it was a gigantic pain. Sure it makes enough of a seal that you could theoretically use it without any sort of clamp or compression on it, but removing it is beyond a pain. Just make sure you get the same size tubing as fittings. There's not much of a difference between the different sizes except a very small amount of flow rate that is basically negligible.

For fans they don't have AP-15s on that site, but they do sell a decent alternative in the EK Vardar's http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_510&products_id=30318 Or you could just grab some of these http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_510&products_id=30318 for much cheaper. You wouldn't lose a ton of performance (though you would lose a bit) but they are much cheaper and the XSPC fans are considered maybe the best radiator fans at that price point.
 
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post #17 of 44
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thanks for your input.

I would really appreciate someone who is knowledgeable about watercooling to pick ALL the parts that i need as I know very little. Please use this site https://www.ple.com.au/ViewCategory.aspx?CategoryId=677 they seem to have a good range. Also i looked at the fractal site and noticed that under Pumps it said "Pre-drilled holes on the bottom panel, supports many DDC and D5 variants" is the reservior/pump i chose a d5 variant? What does d5 refer to?
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If i just get this kit, and the two gpu blocks will that be all that i need ?? http://www.scorptec.com.au/product/Custom_Water_Cooling/Kits/59228-3831109863299
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If i just get this kit, and the two gpu blocks will that be all that i need ?? http://www.scorptec.com.au/product/Custom_Water_Cooling/Kits/59228-3831109863299

Yes, that is a fantastic kit with all great parts. Just don't forget to add a couple of compression fittings for each water block you add
http://www.scorptec.com.au/product/Custom_Water_Cooling/Fittings/59237-3831109846452

or you can get a dual bridge to link the card blocks so that would only need two extra fittings.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_160_300_1328&products_id=25194
Be sure that your case can fit two 360 rads. That kit is pretty much exactly what I recommended above, except with some better parts that aren't available at pccasegear.

If that kit had been around when I was building it would have saved me a lot of money. Just the main parts of block, pump/res, rads, fans and compression fittings cost more than that kit. All the extra parts like tubing, pump mount, fluid, adaptor fittings and fan cables you are basically getting for free.
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how many extra fittings do i need for the dual gpu blocks and buying the EK Dual 3 slot https://www.ple.com.au/ViewItem.aspx?InventoryItemId=616013? And is the 2m of tubing enough? Finally will all the watercooling setup increase my wattage alot?
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