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So I've been a lurker on this website for a long time, and I finally decided to at least make a name for myself.  The build I'll be making isn't going to be anything ultra extreme, but I want to try to make it one of a kind.  I want to involve the community as much as I can wit this build, since I know you guys have come up with some pretty impressive stuff before.  So how about we get the conversation started with, which pump should I get? DDC or D5?:sniper:

 

I have a pretty good idea what I want the main system to consist of, 6700k, 1080, atx or matx and... that's all that really matters for now.  I had a few ideas, but I'm not quite sure what I like the best.  I've always loved when the piping goes into a separate compartment, then comes back out, but there aren't many options unless you are going for something like a caselabs case.

 

ex:

 

The problem is, unless you want to actually buy a caselabs case, or the parvum L1.0, or maybe a Corsair 900D, that isn't going to happen.

 

So I'm going to go with plan b, a nice, hard tubing system.  I kinda like the InWin 303.  I think if you go with a matx board, and a rad in the bottom would work pretty well because 1, overkill cooling never hurt anyone and 2, I think it would look better than having the mobo extend all the way to the bottom, with nothing in the lower right corner. Or I could go simple and easy and go with the Fractal Define S, which seems to be another go-to for watercooling.  I could possibly get a Parvum S2.5, then get the 360 rad extension if I want to go "extreme".

 

Some additional thoughts.  For sure, everything will be custom cabled and sleeved.  I really like the look of sli, but I don't really want to add ~$300 to the graphics horsepower if I'm never going to be able to utilize it unless I go 4k or get 2 more 1440p displays.  Uhhh, I'll add anything else I can think of later.

 

So what are some of your guys's cool Ideas that you would like to see in a build.  I will mod, but note I am stuck in a single room with what will probably end up being, a drill, dremel, and maybe 1 or 2 more tools I get along the way:yessir:.   I also want this thread to be a bit of a discussion thread, when you can talk about parts or ideas you like, or have had bad experiences with in the past.  For example, your favorite pump:D.

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DDC vs D5

Pro
- more torque power, good for complex loops,

Con
- burning hot, needs heat sink
- noisier than D5
- average flow (not fast flow like D5)


While D5 might sound like a better choice, it's not as powerful when it comes to push and torque power, it's a high flow pump, in a regular build, it shouldn't be an issue, but if you are planning for a massive build, you will need 2 or more D5 pumps to get enough power to push all that water.


Personally I'm going with two D5, I might need to add a 3rd one, depending if I expand to an extra case or not.




Re: In-Win 303 good case for small projects, make sure to get the Tempered Glass panels instead of the defaul metal panels wink.gif

I've seen them on demos in stores and it's a beauty, but... too small for me, I went for a CaseLab giant box, and it still feels short in space, I'm considering an extra case to make a double decker.

Not a fan of the Fractal Design S.... not interesting at all IMO, but if you like simplicity, then by all means Design S is good for plain looks if that's the goal.


Re:

That is a nice built, but I don't like how they lost the SLI, or i mean they went wide built on the video card , blocking the SLI adapters location, and used a flex cable.

You'll not be able to do that with the GTX 1080 in SLI

if you are not going SLI, then by all means go wide biggrin.gif
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What are your favorite rads? I want a low density rad, so I can run my system near silent when idle and low load.  Alphacool rads are pretty good for that, right?  As long as you clean them out extremely well.

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What are your favorite rads? I want a low density rad, so I can run my system near silent when idle and low load.  Alphacool rads are pretty good for that, right?  As long as you clean them out extremely well.

hmm... I'm more into Performance, so I stick with EK, they have the best reviews overall according to the many benchmarks charts floating around.

Fans running at 1800 rpm are quiet enough for me, so I'm not too sure if you'll consider that as "loud" some people says 1800 fans are loud, so I dunno.

For me fans at 2000+ rpm, now those are loud, those sounds like a jet engine, specially those that runs at 3000+ rpm

To me 1800 is a nice balance between performance and relative quietness.

On the radiator side of things, I've been researching as many sources as possible, and all seem to point to the same thing the Mid sized thickness rads (30 to 40mm) perform the best, anything bigger than that, you are not really gaining much, slim rads 25mm are rated poorly, but still a decent choice if your system is compact, and don't care about keeping temp are low as possible.

Which is why I'm staying with the EK PE series, not to sound like an EK fan boy, but their products usually are safer, has better Quality than the other brands.

For example I like a lot of the Monsoon stuff, but their build quality and paint jobs are not so great, they do have a lot of choices, and lots of really cool designs, but the quality makes me hesitant.

I like the Black Ice SR2 you have listed, overall good comments on that one, I specially like the multi-ports, it'll give you so many options to run your tubes.


At the moment I'm keeping mostly EK everything, with the exception of Koolance's QDC fittings,
I like to be able to quickly pop in and pop out the tubes quickly without having to drain / re-fill the system every time I want to test a different component, or do a cleanup and maintenance inside the case.
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Imo go with a D5 if space and budget allow.

If you like tubes going in and out you might think about the Corsair Air 540. Pump and res can go on other side and the tubes go through the grommets. Check out the owners club for some good examples.

When you boil down radiator reviews they are all within a few degrees of each other and unless your planning on minimal rad space then get what fits your budget and you like the looks best, and of course make sure it fits in the case. I like EK and HWL for premium rads but Magicool rads offer the best performance for price ratio.

Monsoon is excellent quality. I have no idea where the idea came from that they are anything less. I absolutely love thier new MMRS and wouldn't use any other res right now. I have two of them right now and would sleep with them if my wife allowed it! They are premium top of the line products and have blazed thier own path with unique and creative designs. Their newest fittings can have an image of your choice lasered into them, friggin cooler than anything out there!

Check out this for more info and pictures.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1567067/new-products-from-monsoon-cooling
 
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Corsair Strafe RGB Apevia Iceburg 680 watts Apevia X-Sniper 2 EVGA Torq X3 Laser 
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AMD Phenom 9750 ASUS M3A78-CM PNY XLR8 GTX 460 Corsair XMS2 (4 x 1GB) 
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Hitachi 5K500 Silenx 92mm EFFIZIO Corsair SP 120 Red LED Antec 500watt 
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Intel Core i5-6400 Skylake ASRock A170A-X1/3.1 Gigabye G1 Gaming GTX 970 Windforce CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DD... 
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Bykski CPU-XPR-A High Performance Acrylic Nicke... EKWB Acrylic Nickel GPU Block Monsoon MMRS Reservoir Bykski BY-PUMP-XPH-PA Water Cooling Pump 
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Koolance 240 30 FPI Radiator Magicool 280 14 FPI Radiator Bitfenix Spectre PWM 120mm Fan ML140 140mm PWM Premium Magnetic Levitation Fan 
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Windows 10 Pro Corsair RM Series 850 Thermaltake Suppressor F31 
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