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so i have watched several videos, read forums, but im still not sure what i need for water cooling. example which pump, will i need 2 pumps. will 1 rad be enough (a 480) or do i need more than that, if i run more than 1 rad how should the loop go, would gpu to gpu to cpu to rad to rad be a bad loop?
my rig is going to be a custom built case with duo xfx 390's with XSPC R9 290X blocks (easiest to mod in order to get it to fit) maybe a slight overclock. intel i5 6500 (so no cpu overclock).
main reason for water cool is to run the 2 gpus cooler and have a quiet system so i dont need top of the line equipment.
i plan on making a custom wooden case, pretty similar to http://www.ibuilditaudio.com/Projects/computer/computer-case-1.php but it will make it a little bigger, use different wood, ect, but i love the idea of it of using a air filter as the whole bottom. where his 140mm fan is im going to mount the rad/rads with push/pull set up for most air flow, also i will have a piece of glass in the front so i can show off the inside.
post #2 of 6
A good start for a beginner is to go with a kit as a base to start with to make picking parts much easier. You will, of course, need fittings and blocks for gpu's still.. but a kit will give a great base to start with. Yes a 480 rad will do fine to cool cpu+ 2 gpu's, and one pump will do fine, best bet for a pump will be either a D5 or DDC.

Here a couple suggestions for kits:
XSPC RX480 Single D5 pump in a bay res.

XSPC RX480 D5 Photon D5 Photon pump/res combo (I think the Photon reservoir is the best looking res on the market)

XSPC RX480 Dual D5 Dual D5 pumps in a clear acrylic bay res

XSPC AX480 Dual D5 same as above kit, just with a different rad.

Fittings: Chrome 7/16 X 5/8 or Black Chrome 7/16 X 5/8 you'll need two per gpu block, links to both colors by XSPC to match whichever you choose with the kit.

You can of course buy everything separately, but a kit is by far the easiest route to start with.
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post #3 of 6
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thank you for all the info, cant tell ya how much of a help this is. i think im gonna buy part by part, much easier on a budget to get part by part. if you have any more tips for a noob id be more than happy to hear them.
thanks again!
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thank you for all the info, cant tell ya how much of a help this is. i think im gonna buy part by part, much easier on a budget to get part by part. if you have any more tips for a noob id be more than happy to hear them.
thanks again!

You might want to take another look at that. Price out the components included in the kits individually, and compare the pricing to buying the kit. You will be very surprised at how much you save going the kit route. While the initial expense is larger, you will spend a lot less money overall.
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If budget is an issue then go a 360 kit or don't put the CPU under water now just the GPUs. You can always add the CPU later, or never since it won't be OC'd. If the budget only allows for a part at a time over the long haul, I do this way too sometimes so I know how it is, then get a lit of the parts in the kit you like and use that as a basis for your shopping list. Also, I prefer EK kits, but XSPC are not bad.

Keep asking the questions as you need to, all the water cooling stuff available now can be confusing, but don't hesitate to ask.
 
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If budget is an issue then go a 360 kit or don't put the CPU under water now just the GPUs. You can always add the CPU later, or never since it won't be OC'd. If the budget only allows for a part at a time over the long haul, I do this way too sometimes so I know how it is, then get a lit of the parts in the kit you like and use that as a basis for your shopping list. Also, I prefer EK kits, but XSPC are not bad.

Keep asking the questions as you need to, all the water cooling stuff available now can be confusing, but don't hesitate to ask.

i think this is a great idea, now i think about it, i currently have a h75 AIO cooler on my cpu, ill just mount that and after i save up a few bucks ill get a cpu block and a 2nd 360mm rad so that way after i add the 2nd rad i can overclock my gpus a little more!
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