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I'm switching my PC case over to a Corsair N400 which has room for two 240mm radiators. I already have a self-contained setup for my CPU, I think it's a Corsair H60 or something. It's ancient anyway.

I don't know anything about liquid cooling and was wondering what I'd need to get set up with a basic but "real" watercooling loop. My CPU is an i5 2500k (4.4-ish GHz I think) and my GPU is a GeForce GTX 960. I'm not looking for any record-breaking overclocks or anything, just a cool, quiet setup, and to appease my own curiosity. Ideally it would survive CPU/GPU upgrades with little or no extra cost in watercooling parts. It seems RAM can also be watercooled? Is there any practical benefit to that?

Just a WC newb wondering what it's all about. Thanks.
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Oops, missed the sticky in this subforum. Reading now...
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You could start out with some manufacturers kit. For example in Europe Alphacool is reasonably popular and I'm sure people based in the US are better qualified to tell you what is good bang for buck at that side of the pond.
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post #4 of 25
Don't cheap out.

EK have a 240mm rad kit with a DDC pump if you can afford it, I'm sure it will be stocked acorss the pond or there will be a similar alternative.

Almost useless watercooling RAM, and I personally wouldn't both cooling a 960, but you could use an EK thermosphere if you wanted to, which would survive GPU upgrades but dosent cool vrm or vram just the core.
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Yeah, I see why watercooling a 960 would seem a bit silly. But if the parts will work if/when I upgrade my GPU, that prepares me for a few years from now when I move on from a 960.
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Originally Posted by mott555 View Post

Yeah, I see why watercooling a 960 would seem a bit silly. But if the parts will work if/when I upgrade my GPU, that prepares me for a few years from now when I move on from a 960.

I see where you're coming from, but the fact is whist you CAN watercool almost any GPU with a die only block it is not the best option, as you will have to cool the rest of the GPU with heatsinks and probably a fan if you get a more powerful GPU down the line, which for me negates one of the main benefits of watercooling - asthetics.

If it were me I would do a nice CPU only loop, which you can upgrade down the line should you want to watercool a future GPU.
post #7 of 25
There is no Corsair N400. You mean the 400C.
That supports only 1 rad either top or front.

A good start to watercool is the Swiftech H220-X2, H240X-2 or H320-X2
    
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post #8 of 25
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Originally Posted by Sp33d Junki3 View Post

There is no Corsair N400. You mean the 400C.
That supports only 1 rad either top or front.

A good start to watercool is the Swiftech H220-X2, H240X-2 or H320-X2

Oops, not a Corsair, it was a Cooler Master. I got my Brands Starting with C confused.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119277
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Originally Posted by KaffieneKing View Post

I see where you're coming from, but the fact is whist you CAN watercool almost any GPU with a die only block it is not the best option, as you will have to cool the rest of the GPU with heatsinks and probably a fan if you get a more powerful GPU down the line, which for me negates one of the main benefits of watercooling - asthetics.

If it were me I would do a nice CPU only loop, which you can upgrade down the line should you want to watercool a future GPU.

From my perspective the main point of building the loop is actually cooling the GPU's where the temperature differences are far more dramatic than between the high end air coolers and water cooling.

While a full cover for 960 might be a bit overkill there are also some hybrid solutions, like, for example alphacool GPX lineup which uses a core block with water and relatively massive aluminum heat-sink for everything else.
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I used an EK Thermosphere in my build for my card since there isn't a full cover waterblock for it. I think my vrm cooling doesn't look too bad.
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