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Do I have everything I need for watercooling?

post #1 of 21
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I am doing a custom loop for the first time. It is just a CPU loop and I am wondering if i have everything i need. I will put screenshots to my shopping carts of all my materials.

Ebay shopping cart:


Performance pcs cart( i know i need distilled water for the ekoolant):


Amazon cart:


The reservoir is g1/4 threading and i believe everything is compatible. What do you guys htink. I know this a kinda jerry rigged loop with all those cheaper part of ebay but it will work right?
post #2 of 21
It should work providing you get enough fittings. I only see 4 fittings on your ebay snapshot and you will need 6 at a minimum. as you are getting a separate pump and res you will likely need 8 fittings. figure 2 fittings per device/block.
Radiator: 2 fittings
cpu block: 2 fittings
pump: 2 fittings
res: 2 fittings

then up the count of clamps as well to match fitting count.
keep a close eye on the pump, $20 pump is a recipe for imminent failure in my opinion.

on a third note, where are the radiator fans? do you have them laying around?
post #3 of 21
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i have enough fittings, 4 orders of a 2 pack, and enough clamps, 2 orders of a 4 pack. I also have the fans. I know the pump may not be great but i looked it up and saw videos and read about people saying it worked. Thanks.
post #4 of 21
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Originally Posted by ethanh100 View Post

i have enough fittings, 4 orders of a 2 pack, and enough clamps, 2 orders of a 4 pack. I also have the fans. I know the pump may not be great but i looked it up and saw videos and read about people saying it worked. Thanks.

didn't see that the item was a 2 pack. my mistake.
With that said you should have everything you need. I will give you a fair warning though that without any drain system it could be more challenging to drain the loop out. Adding a drain on the loop is as easy as adding a T fitting+barbs and a plug for the T if you wanted to. Is it needed? nope. but is it nice to have? oh yeah.
post #5 of 21
Thread Starter 
and if the pump fails i guess ill just return it and try another cheap option that i see on amazon with very good reviews.
post #6 of 21
Thread Starter 
and if i need to ever drain it or when i have to replace the coolant, i think i will just uninstall the whole loop from my case and then jus take it apart from there, I dont see myself doing this often so i that's why i never wanted to do a drain system.
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by ethanh100 View Post

and if i need to ever drain it or when i have to replace the coolant, i think i will just uninstall the whole loop from my case and then jus take it apart from there, I dont see myself doing this often so i that's why i never wanted to do a drain system.

Coolant only lasts so long 6 months to a year depending on coolant. This is one of a few deciding factors that scares some people away from water cooling as it is more maintenance.
post #8 of 21
Your pump is like a CPU of your WC loop. Find another one, a quick check of build logs on OCN will get you pointed to the right vendors.
post #9 of 21
Thread Starter 
I know this pump is bad and i should be spending $60+ but i cant spend that much, its either a $20 pump,or no pump.
post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by ethanh100 View Post

I know this pump is bad and i should be spending $60+ but i cant spend that much, its either a $20 pump,or no pump.

Do you trust a $20 pump to feed your cpu and possibly fry the cpu or motherboard or both if it fails?
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