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Seeking tips regarding first custom loop

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Good morning,

Getting away from AIO coolers and making some upgrades.

Here's what I have coming so far:

EK-XTOP Revo Dual D5 PWM
EK-Supremacy EVO Elite Edition CPU Waterblock - Intel 115X
EK-CoolStream XE 480 (Quad)
EK-CoolStream XE 360 (Triple)
EK-RES X3 250 Reservoir
EK-Vardar F4-120ER (2200rpm) High Performance Liquid Cooling Fan - All Black x14
EK-HDC Fitting 16mm G1/4 (x12

I plan on doing PETG tubing.

I don't have a GPU block yet as I will be doing the new Titan X.

My case is the Phanteks Enthoo Primo.

My current plan is to put the 480 at the top of the case, the 360 at the bottom, the pump at the bottom front where bottom hdd cage can be removed, and the reservoir on the back mount under top exhaust fan as I I don't anticipate having room for it in the middle of the case due to GPU length.

I know it'll be a bit of a long loop from res -> pump being on opposite sides of the case (unless i decide to top mount res but then it would be hidden in case) but at least all of the tubing would fill the case up lol.

I'm really running into a mental roadblock as far as how to do a drain spot from the bottom rad. I've figured out everything thus far from just reading posts and guides here, but I am currently stumped. Some form of hand holding would be great here, LOL. Thanks!


Looks like I will do a drain port on the 360 at the bottom from the port on the back of the radiator and will also be hidden in the case that way. What's a recommended way of going about doing the drain port? Soft tubing with a t valve that can reach out of the case? Or just hook a t-valve up to the rear of the radiator and then secure tubing when I need to drain, acting as a sort of quick disconnect feature?
Edited by Snaporz - 7/24/16 at 5:18am
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Having done several Primo builds, I will offer some suggestions.

First, Switch to a 280mm rad in the bottom unless you are planning on winding up with three GPUs. You have way more rad than you need for those components, and more will not necessarily equal better, it will likely just make component placement more of a chore. With a 280 you can utilize the front pump mount which will make your life easier, it will also line up with the drive sidecover which will look cleaner.

Second, you should have plenty of room to use the front res mount with a Titan X unless you go to a large circumference res like an XSPC Photon, if that is your preference. Also....I hate to say it, but that EK res is ok, but if you put it next to a Photon or Monsoon MMRS is looks pretty cheap.
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Appreciate the input!

I knew it was pretty overkill laughingsmiley.gif although I made a big oopsie then as I thought the pump mount would still fit with a 360 down there!

I will also check out those reservoirs. I had read about some issues with the front res mount even with 980 Ti cards and not having enough clearance. Figured it would be a no-go if the Titan X is indeed 12".
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Intel Core i7-6700K MSI Z170A GAMING M7 NVIDIA Titan X Pascal CORSAIR Vengeance LED 32GB DDR4 3400 (PC4 27200) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
SAMSUNG 950 PRO M.2 256GB SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5" 1TB SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5" 1TB Samsung 24x SATA DVD+RW DVD-Writer Internal Opt... 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
EK-CoolStream XE 480 (Quad) EK-CoolStream XE 360 (Triple) Windows 10 64 Acer XB270H 
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SAMSUNG 950 PRO M.2 256GB SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5" 1TB SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5" 1TB Samsung 24x SATA DVD+RW DVD-Writer Internal Opt... 
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EK-CoolStream XE 480 (Quad) EK-CoolStream XE 360 (Triple) Windows 10 64 Acer XB270H 
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