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post #1 of 6
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I'm mostly unsure of the gpu waterblock. Below is my water cooling build with GPU included.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=wish_lists&wlcId=503114&action=wish_lists

I have another water cooling build but this one is using thicker tubes 12mm/16mm. (The above link uses 10mm/12mm)

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=wish_lists&wlcId=440211&action=wish_lists

I kind of want to use the thicker tubing but it's a bit hard harder to find fittings for the thicker tubes where as i had no issues finding fittings for 10mm/12mm. Would someone be able to look over both builds and let me know if i'm missing anything?

Thanks.
post #2 of 6
From some of the other posts i've seen, the 10/12 looks better. The 12/16 fittings & angles are (looking at lot) more bulkier.

However, if i were you i'ld order a couple of angled more.. you never know when you need them smile.gif

Also a T-valve might come handy as a drain port.

Personally i would drop the Phobya pump and go for a D5 or DDC

And.. you might need a bit more as a 360 radiator... the 980 TI SC is a hot bastard and can use a 360 on its own. The CPU can do with a 120 or 240. So, i would add a 120 or 240 (or use a 480) radiator.


Question: why would you go for an ACX, if you're gonna put a waterblock on it? You can save some money with a Reference Design SC.


i know that down in OZ you are very limited in watercooling (web)shops.. have you considered ordering from the EK shop itself? Or from Aquatuning? http://www.au.aquatuning.com/


PS: drop the Corsair fans.. they are junk too noisy for their performance.
post #3 of 6
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Originally Posted by RnRollie View Post

From some of the other posts i've seen, the 10/12 looks better. The 12/16 fittings & angles are (looking at lot) more bulkier.

However, if i were you i'ld order a couple of angled more.. you never know when you need them smile.gif

Also a T-valve might come handy as a drain port.

Personally i would drop the Phobya pump and go for a D5 or DDC

And.. you might need a bit more as a 360 radiator... the 980 TI SC is a hot bastard and can use a 360 on its own. The CPU can do with a 120 or 240. So, i would add a 120 or 240 (or use a 480) radiator.


Question: why would you go for an ACX, if you're gonna put a waterblock on it? You can save some money with a Reference Design SC.


i know that down in OZ you are very limited in watercooling (web)shops.. have you considered ordering from the EK shop itself? Or from Aquatuning? http://www.au.aquatuning.com/


PS: drop the Corsair fans.. they are junk too noisy for their performance.

This is my first water cooling build, i originally had the idea of adding a 240 rad on the bottom which would have made my routing easier but decided against it, i'll think about it some more though. The corsair fans i went with because i liked the blue lol

I wanted to go purple coolant but couldn't find those corsair fans in purple so went with blue and blue coolant. I guess the colour of the fans don't matter too much

Can i use this for 10/12mm? http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_160_1695&products_id=32439 and i assume i'll need this to help bend the tubing? http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_160_1695&products_id=32442

I thought there was no issue getting a water block on the gpu i chose, should i go with the msi one? I'm struggling to understand what water blocks fit with the 980ti. Some look like they'll fit 980 water blocks but i'm not sure.
post #4 of 6
The EVGA is fine, its just that the ACX+ with its fancy dual fans is more expensive as the "regular" Reference Design SC.. you could save a few $$$ , but its up to you. smile.gif

Getting the right block for a GPU is not easy. EK has made life easy with their coolingconfigurator... http://www.ekwb.com/configurator/ but most others (XSPC, Aquacomputer, Watercool, etc) also have some FAQ/Compatibilty guide hidden away on their website. Its just not as easy as EK smile.gif


For loop routing.. there are x-flow rads with an in/out at both ends -HWLabs has a few nice ones- which might make life easier when adding a 2nd rad to the case.

As for hardline pipe bending.. Both Monsoon & Alphacool offer a complete pipe bending kit with mandrils and such, including a heat gun if you want to. Different colours for different tube sizes. Highly recommended.
Although, it *might* be possible to get away with no bending at all, using only straight tubes and 45° & 90° angled fittings... But you might need a LOT of them angled fittings then smile.gif

However, you must be incredibly brave & sure of yourself if going hardline for a first WC build.
With hardline you just cannot "wing it". Cutting 5mm too short, or cutting at an angle iso straight will cause leaks. Bending too forcefully at the wrong temp will snap the tube. Not saying you cant do it; but its a bit of a steep learning curve, with potential high price to pay if you screw it up. You need to order a few feet more tubing to practice on smile.gif

For "first timers" i'ld normally recommend to go for one of the soft hose "starters kits" from EK, Alphacool, etc (at a push even from Phobya) and build from there. I wouldn't go hardline before your 3rd WC setup smile.gif But it all depends on how sure you are of yourself smile.gif

There is a whole section on hardline acryl petg pipe bending .. i'ld check and readup there if i were you smile.gif
post #5 of 6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RnRollie View Post

The EVGA is fine, its just that the ACX+ with its fancy dual fans is more expensive as the "regular" Reference Design SC.. you could save a few $$$ , but its up to you. smile.gif

Getting the right block for a GPU is not easy. EK has made life easy with their coolingconfigurator... http://www.ekwb.com/configurator/ but most others (XSPC, Aquacomputer, Watercool, etc) also have some FAQ/Compatibilty guide hidden away on their website. Its just not as easy as EK smile.gif


For loop routing.. there are x-flow rads with an in/out at both ends -HWLabs has a few nice ones- which might make life easier when adding a 2nd rad to the case.

As for hardline pipe bending.. Both Monsoon & Alphacool offer a complete pipe bending kit with mandrils and such, including a heat gun if you want to. Different colours for different tube sizes. Highly recommended.
Although, it *might* be possible to get away with no bending at all, using only straight tubes and 45° & 90° angled fittings... But you might need a LOT of them angled fittings then smile.gif

However, you must be incredibly brave & sure of yourself if going hardline for a first WC build.
With hardline you just cannot "wing it". Cutting 5mm too short, or cutting at an angle iso straight will cause leaks. Bending too forcefully at the wrong temp will snap the tube. Not saying you cant do it; but its a bit of a steep learning curve, with potential high price to pay if you screw it up. You need to order a few feet more tubing to practice on smile.gif

For "first timers" i'ld normally recommend to go for one of the soft hose "starters kits" from EK, Alphacool, etc (at a push even from Phobya) and build from there. I wouldn't go hardline before your 3rd WC setup smile.gif But it all depends on how sure you are of yourself smile.gif

There is a whole section on hardline acryl petg pipe bending .. i'ld check and readup there if i were you smile.gif

Haha thanks for that. I'm definitely up to the challenge i'm pretty confident i'll be ok. I was worried about compatibility but i'll look into a different water block. Are those 2 items i linked for i what i think they are? To shave off the ends and to help bend tubes?
post #6 of 6
yup, those two items are exactly that
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