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Originally Posted by Radnad View Post

Others may have differing opinions but here is what I would consider a minimum cost for a custom loop for that build:

D5 Pump/res combo - $150
480 radiator - $100
Rad fans x 4 - $100
CPU block x 2 - $100
GPU block - $100 (if you can find one, I don't think that's a reference board so you may have to go with a universal solution)
Fittings and tubing - $100

Total - $650

And I mean that would be a no frills bare minimum cost with the best deals and sales you can find. Realistically custom loops in 900D's run over $1000 easy. Have you already bought that case, does it have to be that case?

I did buy the case, yes. I didn't plan on liquid-cooling the GPU though. Reading like crazy these last several hours. There's so much to figure out.
post #12 of 30
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Indeed there is no fullcover block for that particular 970, so it'll have to be a universal block. And yeah for any kind of decent loop for the hardware listed, I'd ay $700 is the minimum budget you'd need.
I can probably do that. But designing the loop is now the tricky part because I have TWO CPUs to cool. I'm not trying to cool the GPU, but that could be interesting. I'm just saying I never planned on doing that.
post #13 of 30
Ok well hey if your not putting the gpu's under water then you could probably get a 360 or 420 kit and buy the extra cpu block and fittings and stay in your budget. See, there is always a bright side. smile.gif
 
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Here's a 480mm Custom kit https://www.performance-pcs.com/checkout/cart/configure/id/742208/#Features
Uh oh. @diggiddi
I'm getting at a page that says "SHOPPING CART IS EMPTY
Quote item is not found.
You have no items in your shopping cart."

What was the kit? You got me all excited!
post #16 of 30
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Ok well hey if your not putting the gpu's under water then you could probably get a 360 or 420 kit and buy the extra cpu block and fittings and stay in your budget. See, there is always a bright side. smile.gif
I still want to get a 480, because that's the size of just one lower vent on the case. Then I can fill the other one with fans blowing in and fill the top with fans blowing in.
post #17 of 30
If I were doing that build I would watercool the GPU too, but that's just me.
The 970 runs cool sure, but watercooling will definitely bring about some higher clocks, quieter overall system etc...
So if you were to watercool the GPU I would get a different model that has a supported waterblock. Universal blocks are great and all, and they can be reused from GPU to GPU but the looks of a block designed for the GPU cannot be beat IMO.

If including the GPU I would set budget at $650-$1000.00.
No GPU $400-500.
When I went custom water I dropped about $1500.00 at least. That was in a 900D.

Personally I do not think Bay Reservoirs look good in the 900D and there is so much space for a tube style reservoir that is the way to go.

If you want to flesh out the case I think a 420 rad up top and either a 480, 360, or 240 below. That is more rad space than you probably ever need.
If just doing the CPU's one up top or one below would be fine. The 420 up top would be my choice.

Fans! These can be expensive. Pick a nice quiet fan suited for watercooling.

Pump. I personally prefer redundancy when it comes to pumps, so two pumps in series. One is fine though, up to you and your needs really.

Tubing. If you not using acrylic/PETG do yourself a favor and get tubing without plasticizer.

Fittings. Get whatever you want really. I prefer compression fittings to barbs.

Fluid. I swear by Mayhems stuff, but distilled water w/the proper additives is fine.

Kits. A kit would work fine for you as well. Just get a few more fittings, and another block.

I do a rough plan of where you want everything to go. Tube routing, rad placement, pump and res placement etc...
Do some approx measurements of tubing runs.
Fittings? Are you going to need a special rotary fitting to get a tubing run how you want?
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If I were doing that build I would watercool the GPU too, but that's just me.
The 970 runs cool sure, but watercooling will definitely bring about some higher clocks, quieter overall system etc...
So if you were to watercool the GPU I would get a different model that has a supported waterblock. Universal blocks are great and all, and they can be reused from GPU to GPU but the looks of a block designed for the GPU cannot be beat IMO.

If including the GPU I would set budget at $650-$1000.00.
No GPU $400-500.
When I went custom water I dropped about $1500.00 at least. That was in a 900D.

Personally I do not think Bay Reservoirs look good in the 900D and there is so much space for a tube style reservoir that is the way to go.

If you want to flesh out the case I think a 420 rad up top and either a 480, 360, or 240 below. That is more rad space than you probably ever need.
If just doing the CPU's one up top or one below would be fine. The 420 up top would be my choice.

Fans! These can be expensive. Pick a nice quiet fan suited for watercooling.

Pump. I personally prefer redundancy when it comes to pumps, so two pumps in series. One is fine though, up to you and your needs really.

Tubing. If you not using acrylic/PETG do yourself a favor and get tubing without plasticizer.

Fittings. Get whatever you want really. I prefer compression fittings to barbs.

Fluid. I swear by Mayhems stuff, but distilled water w/the proper additives is fine.

Kits. A kit would work fine for you as well. Just get a few more fittings, and another block.

I do a rough plan of where you want everything to go. Tube routing, rad placement, pump and res placement etc...
Do some approx measurements of tubing runs.
Fittings? Are you going to need a special rotary fitting to get a tubing run how you want?
It's crazy how much I've learned just since yesterday. 24 hours ago I would have had no idea what you were talking about. I'm going to take a little extra time to write a decent response to all your questions, so please give me a bit...
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post #20 of 30
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Thanks diggiddi smile.gif

Will it cool two CPUs? Looks like only one. One thing I don't get is why custom loops need reservoirs. Do they run out of liquid? The self contained kits like the predators don't need them (or they are maintenance-free and built-in). It has me wondering if I should just get a 240 predator for each CPU. Less risk of leaking and I wouldn't have to worry about constant monitoring of liquid levels.

Also just thinking out loud, if I build a custom loop it seems to make sense that the flow should go from res/pump to radiator to cpu block to 2nd radiator to 2nd cpu block and back around. That seems smarter than radiator to cpu to 2nd cpu to 2nd radiator to res/pump...
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