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Getting ready to purchase everything for my first loop. What am I missing?

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So I was debating building a new z170 rig and deiced I have no performance issues with my current build that really calls for a "need" to go and build a new rig so I figured it's time to literally get my feet wet with a custom water cooling loop. I really have no experience with water cooling so I have been doing as much research as I can handle. I put together a list on what I have in my cart (everything minus the tubing and fans) the tubing I will be getting somewhere else due to stock. Also I included a very very professional drawing of how I plan to set the loop up. So, what could I be missing? Thanks for any tips or any info for that matter! (list updated)

Subtotal $ 431.86
EK-CoolStream SE 240 (Slim Dual)
3831109860304
Ordered: 1
EK-XRES 140 Revo D5 PWM (incl. pump)
3831109843079
Ordered: 1
EK-Ekoolant Pastel WHITE (concentrate 250mL)
3830046999740
Ordered: 1
EK-ACF Fitting 10/13mm - Elox Black
3831109846384
Ordered: 6
EK-Supremacy EVO
3831109800041
Ordered: 1
EK-AF Y-Splitter Rotary 2F-1M G1/4 - Black
3831109846995
Ordered: 1
EK-10mm (3/8") SHORT G1/4 High-Flow Fitting
3830046996046
Ordered: 1
EK-CSQ Plug G1/4 - Black
3830046999252
Ordered: 2
EK-AF Angled 90° G1/4 Black
3831109845288
Ordered: 2
EK-Vardar F2-120 (1450rpm)
3831109867525
Ordered: 2
TUBE PrimoChill PrimoFlex™ Advanced LRT™ 12,7 / 9,5mm - Crystal Clear RETAIL 3m
3831109850510





All complete!





Edited by fbmowner - 8/6/16 at 10:38pm
post #2 of 25
Ive been slowly researching water cooling as well and am planning it a bit down the road. Take what i say with a grain of salt but i think i read somewhere its smart to get a rad that is atleast 35mm thick... Maybe you should check into that and get the PE 240 instead of the SE 240... That way down the road if you decide to expand you have a bit better cooling. Like i said though i could be wrong. Im almost positive the SE is fine for what your planning right now but its always nice to have a little bit of future proof... If water cooling is like anything else with computers then you will most likely want to upgrade down the road. Obviously the SE is thinner and easier to fit in a case vs the PE though so consider that as well... Just my thoughts
post #3 of 25
Thread Starter 
Excellent point and I was absolutely thinking the same thing but watching some videos on water cooling installs on my case (NZXT H440) If I go with a 40mm thickness I might run into clearance issues (when) I plan to add another dual or triple 120 up top of the case, I could be dead wrong though so if I continue to get hints about that rad being to thin I will certainly make a change. I appreciate every and any info, thanks for replying!
post #4 of 25
Is your high flow fitting the right size?
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post #5 of 25
A slim rad will be fine and since your only water cooling the CPU I would highly recommend a kit to make it easier and cheaper with quality components. I like the EK kits the best.
 
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post #6 of 25
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Those fittings are the wrong size indeed. They are just for the drain line but thanks for noticing. That's what making a list at 2am will do for ya. As far as EK Kit's, they are all sold out which is why I have my own list going but as you can see everything is EK anyway. Expensive in my opinion for a simple loop but I refuse to cheap out on this. Thanks!
post #7 of 25
This is what I would get and it's in stock here:

http://www.performance-pcs.com/ek-kit-s240-premium-watercooling-kit.html
 
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post #8 of 25
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Originally Posted by Radnad View Post

This is what I would get and it's in stock here:

http://www.performance-pcs.com/ek-kit-s240-premium-watercooling-kit.html
Wow thank's for looking into that for me. I was looking on EK's site and they have non avail. I didn't realize other vendors had them. The price difference in amazing compared to the almost $500 I am getting ready to spend, but I am also getting a step up on everything in the kit. The reason I selected what I did on my own besides not seeing the available kits was mainly 2 things, 1 - The pump - I wanted a D5 series because from what I have read D5 will rarely let someone down and for the price that should be the reputation it has and it does. 2 - Aesthetics. everything I picked I picked based on looks ( and quality ) and the color I wanted. So if your suggesting the Kit just to save me some $$, your the man because I am teetering on that idea, the one thing that bothers me about it though is that reservoir, it just looks so yuk.
post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by fbmowner View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by Radnad View Post

This is what I would get and it's in stock here:

http://www.performance-pcs.com/ek-kit-s240-premium-watercooling-kit.html
Wow thank's for looking into that for me. I was looking on EK's site and they have non avail. I didn't realize other vendors had them. The price difference in amazing compared to the almost $500 I am getting ready to spend, but I am also getting a step up on everything in the kit. The reason I selected what I did on my own besides not seeing the available kits was mainly 2 things, 1 - The pump - I wanted a D5 series because from what I have read D5 will rarely let someone down and for the price that should be the reputation it has and it does. 2 - Aesthetics. everything I picked I picked based on looks ( and quality ) and the color I wanted. So if your suggesting the Kit just to save me some $$, your the man because I am teetering on that idea, the one thing that bothers me about it though is that reservoir, it just looks so yuk.

Browse through all the EK kits on that site. They make a kit with a D5 and taller res. You can usually upgrade the res to a taller tube also.
 
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post #10 of 25
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https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-kit-p280 Is very close to what I picked on my own minus the fittings (color mainly) and the RAD. A 45mm rad scared me because when I was checking into compatibility with my case it was apparent that anything over 30mm with the res and pump "attached" to it might cause clearance issues with my GPU. Also I dont see a draining solution on these kits? How do they expect you to empty the loop if needed? Radnad I really want to thank you for helping me out here.
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