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Just bought a new 5820K and 2 R9-290s and I plan on putting in a water cooling loop for them. This will be my first cooling setup, so anyone have suggestions for the proper water blocks? Where can I get them used/new at a decent price? Should I go with flexible or hard pipe, I was planning on flexible, but hard pipe seems to look nicer. And anyways, anyone have some good tutorial material on putting in a system anyways? Also I need the pump/radiator/resevoir. This will be going into a Phanteks Evolv ATX by the way.


I should mention my goals, this setup is so that I can overclock as much as possible and also so that I can make my case look as professional as possible. I don't want to do a slap job here, so money is no object (kinda, I mean don't tell me to put in a 300000 PSi pump just because it exists tongue.gif )

My mainboard is yellow, so this water cooling loop is going to be blue, to complement and match the RAM, should I buy blue tubing, or dye the water?


Case specs:

Motherboard support: ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX (and E-ATX up to 264mm wide)
Expansion slots: 7.
Included fans: 2x 140mm front intake, 1x 140mm rear exhaust.
Fan mounts: 3x 120mm front, 3x 120mm or 2x 140mm roof, 1x 120mm rear.
120mm radiator mounts: 120mm/240mm/360mm front, 120mm/240mm/360mm roof, 120mm rear.
140mm radiator mounts: 140mm/280mm front, 140mm/280mm roof, 140mm rear.
5.25″ drive bays: None.
Internal drive bays: 5x 3.5, 7×2.5″.
Dimensions: 495mm H x 510mm D x 235mm W.
Edited by Zen00 - 10/16/15 at 8:09pm
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post #2 of 28
EKWB everything. That's all you need lmao.
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man, thats going to be a tight fit. You have about 740 watts to cool (140 for cpu, 300 for each gpu). Could easily do it with 2x 360mm rads, maybe you could squeeze in a 360 on top and a 240 in front with some case mods? not sure. either way the fans are going to have to be around 1800+ rpm.

the hard part is going to be fitting the second rad in, whatever size that may be.

edit: Which 290s do you have? model/brand
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post #4 of 28
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man, thats going to be a tight fit. You have about 740 watts to cool (140 for cpu, 300 for each gpu). Could easily do it with 2x 360mm rads, maybe you could squeeze in a 360 on top and a 240 in front with some case mods? not sure. either way the fans are going to have to be around 1800+ rpm.

the hard part is going to be fitting the second rad in, whatever size that may be.

edit: Which 290s do you have? model/brand


XFX Double D. The case should be able to fit 2x rads from the reviews, the front and the top are built for holding radiators, and there are no internal drive bays (kinda, they're all detatchable).
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post #5 of 28
http://www.ekwb.com/configurator/ This should help a lot.

I looks like you can use their 290x (rev2) block with those cards. I wish they had some for my 280x DoubleD card.
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post #6 of 28
Zen00, I just recently installed a EK-Supremacy CPU Block on my 5820k and I am more than happy with it. The cpu is clocked at 4.5 with 1.28volts, the hottest average core temp is about 43c, thats after many hours of gaming.
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post #7 of 28
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http://www.ekwb.com/configurator/ This should help a lot.

I looks like you can use their 290x (rev2) block with those cards. I wish they had some for my 280x DoubleD card.

It's the same thing as the 290 Black DD, just not overclocked, so I can use those ones too.
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post #8 of 28
I have a full-cover EK waterblock on my Sapphire 290, and very happy with it.
A D5 Vario is my pump of choice, and it's worth the high price.

However, I'm using a 280 slim copper rad, and my card is still getting 64 Celcius with stock clocks.
You really need to cram every radiator you can possibly fit in there in order to have sufficient cooling.

Personally I don't think yellow and blue accents look professional, but if you're going for a coloured coolant, I can recommend Mayhems pastel series.
I'm using ice white, and it's awesome. Looks perfectly white, has biocides and anticorrosives all in it, so it's very easy to use.

EK fittings are great too, not too much logos, they look very clean and are of high quality.
Please be aware that these little thingies in total will likely cost you more than any other component in your loop.
post #9 of 28
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Originally Posted by Moret View Post

I have a full-cover EK waterblock on my Sapphire 290, and very happy with it.
A D5 Vario is my pump of choice, and it's worth the high price.

However, I'm using a 280 slim copper rad, and my card is still getting 64 Celcius with stock clocks.
You really need to cram every radiator you can possibly fit in there in order to have sufficient cooling.

Personally I don't think yellow and blue accents look professional, but if you're going for a coloured coolant, I can recommend Mayhems pastel series.
I'm using ice white, and it's awesome. Looks perfectly white, has biocides and anticorrosives all in it, so it's very easy to use.

EK fittings are great too, not too much logos, they look very clean and are of high quality.
Please be aware that these little thingies in total will likely cost you more than any other component in your loop.


Well, everyone goes with blacks and reds and sometimes whites, so I decided to go yellow and blue to stand out, also it reminds me of my Cub Scouts days.
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post #10 of 28
Might I suggest you go here and start adding components to the cart that you like and report back with a screenshot, that way we can help guide you along component selection.

www.performance-pcs.com
 
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