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Hey Everyone,

Let me first start off by saying this is my first time building a water cooled PC and I think I have set my bar very high. Im looking for advise on what to get and where to get whats required.

I have purchased the Thermaltake Core P5 case because as soon as i saw it I said yes that's what I want. Actually I seen the case and then decided I would build a PC.

I Have most of my components except the water cooling requirements. Has anyone here done a build with this case? Do I go with the 360 or 480 radiator?
I have also purchased the Thermaltake Riing RGB fans for the radiator so fans are not required.

As I live here in Ireland I cant just go grab the parts I require off the shelf so my budget aint that big.

First of all what exactly is required? Fan's, Radiator, Resoivoir/Pump combo, Cpu block, fittings and hard acrylic tubing? Are these also based on outer and inner diameter?

I purchased the Intel i5 6600K is this a good cpu to overclock? I see its easily overclocked to 4.7Ghz that could probably be done on an air cooled system, Is water cooling aimed at getting more?

As I said above if anyone has any help in what parts and where to get them that would be great, Please go down to the basic level lol.

Thanks
post #2 of 6
here is a detailed parts list, of a water loop that I own to give you a idea, about what are what I consider good parts for water cooling, I trust the companies listed to make the parts that I have listed them for. that does not mean that I would trust them to build something other, than what I have listed them here for.
2 MCR320-QP 360mm radiators
http://www.swiftech.com/MCRx20-QP.aspx
2 EVGA GeForce GTX 580 FTW Hydro Copper 2
https://www.evga.com/articles/00592/
1 XSPC raystorm CPU block
http://www.xs-pc.com/waterblocks-cpu/raystorm-cpu-water...
1 swiftech MPC655 pump
http://www.swiftech.com/mcp655.aspx
6 corsair SP fans
http://www.corsair.com/en-us/air-series-sp120-high-perf...
6 bits power 3 way 90's
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12084/ex-tub-744/Bits...
1 Y block
http://bitspowerwork.com/html/product/pro_show.php?prod...
1 250mm reservoir
http://bitspowerwork.com/html/product/pro_show.php?prod...
8 3/8ID 1/2OD compression fittings
http://bitspowerwork.com/html/product/pro_show.php?prod...
2 XSPC T's
http://www.xs-pc.com/hose-fittings/g14-t-fitting-black-...
5 XSPC male to male fittings of varying sizes
http://www.xs-pc.com/hose-fittings/g14-5mm-male-to-male...
4 XSPC female to female fittings of varying sizes
http://www.xs-pc.com/hose-fittings/g14-18mm-female-to-f...
2 koolance flow meters with display
http://koolance.com/ins-fm19-coolant-flow-meter
http://koolance.com/dcb-fm01-flow-meter-adapter-with-di...
1 loop filter
http://koolance.com/ins-fltr03-inline-coolant-filter
2 temp sensors
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10373/ex-tub-620/Bits...
1 alphacool bubble down
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/17333/ex-tub-1558/Alphacool_Bubble_Down_G14_Thread_Reservoir_Flow_Regulator_-_Deep_Black.html?tl=g30c97s169
1 bitspower aqua pipe
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11863/ex-tub-713/Bitspower_G_14_Silver_Shining_Aqua-Pipe_I_BP-WTP-C17.html?tl=g30c97s169
total cost of the components listed here.
$1168
from this you can get a idea of how much it would cost to build a full custom water loop for a CPU and two GPU's
Edited by toolmaker03 - 1/28/16 at 12:10pm
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Brilliant, thanks for going to all the trouble. Just don't want to be ordering a lot of parts that I first of all don't need and second get the wrong sizes ect
post #4 of 6
For the radiator, a 360 should be enough, as long as you cool only the CPU and one GPU. If you think you'll ever upgrade to an SLI setup, I would go with the bigger rad.

The parts you need are: A Block for your CPU and GPU, a pump, a reservoir, a rad, fittings ( about one or two more than you think you need, you never know), tubing, fans and some kind of biocide for your water to stay clean from algae and other unwanted guests.

As far as the tubing goes, you should buy enough, so that you have some to spare especially when you go for hard tubing. I built a cooling with copper tubing and I had to reorder some more tubing, because I failed a few bends. The measurement for the acrylic tubing is the same as for soft tubing.
I would also recommend something like this:
http://www.aquatuning.ch/water-cooling/fittings/adapters/13530/alphacool-hf-winkeladapter-doppel-450-drehbar-g1/4-ag-auf-g1/4-ig-deep-black?c=2910
To attach at to the pump, or anything else that sits at the bottom of your case, to help with draining the loop for maintenance.

The place I usually order from is: http://www.aquatuning.co.uk/
They have a lot of parts to choose from. I'm not sure though if they ship to Ireland.

The temperatures in my build went down by about 10-20 degrees. I don't know how well skylake can be overclocked though. My Ivy Bridge can't reach a higher clock with water cooling, since I can't raise the voltage any higher. The biggest advantage of this kind of cooling for me was that the GPU fans aren't there, so the whole system is much quietter.
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Again thanks again I'm in a better position now than I was this morning
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Heat Killer 3.0
MCR320 Rev 3.0 - includes a integrated pump and res.
1/2ID x 5/8OD

The rest of the fittings, you can go compression or the other style, you'll have to decide on your own because of how you chose to configure the loop.
     
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