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I am currently debating going to a custom loop even though I just finished putting this all together last night. I had a Fractal Design R4 but the h100 and h80 would not work airflow wise and keep everything as cool and quiet as I wanted it. Went and bought a 760T and 3 Noctua fans yesterday along with a Grid + controller. The H80i I have is currently around two years old and I am wondering what the longevity on those is like. I purchased the H100 a couple of weeks ago and while doing okay the lure of a custom loop is there now. The H80 hoses are also quite stiff so I have to exhaust that one out of the bottom of the case as it puts stress on the GPU (I used a Corsair NG10 980 bracket with a slight mod to fit it) and that is also the reason the Noctua is in pull instead of push there.

I have read quite a few of the guide threads, put my rig in the configurator on the EK website, and priced out what it recommended. As for how accurate that is or good I don't know, it does say you can use a colored coolant but from what I've read that's a no-no. Any recommendations are welcome, also any recommendations on alternatives to EK would be nice as I would like to see the different blocks and fittings. I don't see a need in upgrading the CPU atm though I've thought about it as well. I guess my budget would be between 500-700 dollars, would prefer to use Noctua's again so no fans are needed. These things are freaking awesome coming from the hell of the stock Corsair fans.

My current system specs are up to date in my rig profile.
4790k, GTX 1080 will be cooled.

Thanks!
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Just pick the components you like; there is no point really to get everything from one brand. In fact it's the best part of building a custom loop, being able to mix and match parts of your choice.
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The easiest thing to do would be start with a kit and add the GPU block and extra radiator. Thats a great way to do your first loop because everything will be compatible with instructions and little worry for failure. Imo EK makes the best kits so you could start there.

Now the new EK loop configuator is a nice new tool also but I have found it leaves out a few components that can help and it can be hard to understand all the components if your not familiar with them.

You can also go to performance-pcs.com and browse through everything and put a shopping list together and then post that for us to see. Doing a custom loop like that from scratch will probably be the most expensive way, but you should have the budget to do it.

Don't hesitate to ask questions, but it sounds like you have done the research and have enough info to at least start putting things on a list.
 
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Just pick the components you like; there is no point really to get everything from one brand. In fact it's the best part of building a custom loop, being able to mix and match parts of your choice.

Thanks!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Radnad View Post

The easiest thing to do would be start with a kit and add the GPU block and extra radiator. Thats a great way to do your first loop because everything will be compatible with instructions and little worry for failure. Imo EK makes the best kits so you could start there.

Now the new EK loop configuator is a nice new tool also but I have found it leaves out a few components that can help and it can be hard to understand all the components if your not familiar with them.

You can also go to performance-pcs.com and browse through everything and put a shopping list together and then post that for us to see. Doing a custom loop like that from scratch will probably be the most expensive way, but you should have the budget to do it.

Don't hesitate to ask questions, but it sounds like you have done the research and have enough info to at least start putting things on a list.

Will start to get on that.

I see a few places say to start with flexible tubing but I really like the way hard tubing looks. I would also not want to bend it I don't think but to use elbows though I do have a heat gun already.
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Originally Posted by Wormburner View Post

Thanks!
Will start to get on that.

I see a few places say to start with flexible tubing but I really like the way hard tubing looks. I would also not want to bend it I don't think but to use elbows though I do have a heat gun already.

Doing hardline on your first build can be a very frustrating experience. You will already have a learning curve on the generalities of liquid cooling. Adding in the learning curve of doing hardline can lead to a far more difficult experience. I am not saying this always happens, but it happens quite a bit. Doing your loop should be fun (just avoid ever totaling the expense..... tongue.gif ). Easy is more fun than frustrating. Starting with soft tubing, getting a real idea of the layout you are looking for when you can actually see the components in the case and moving on to hardline is a good progression for a lot of people just getting into liquid cooling.
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I ordered EKWB performance 280 kit 2 weeks ago and this is my first time I ever done custom water loop. Kit have everything that I needed to get start for first time, also, it come with plenty of instruction books for each job. Now, I understand how it work and I'm ready to order gpu waterblock and extra radiator. So, I thought I'll share my experience with you. It is easy than I thought it would be.

Good luck!
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Originally Posted by ciarlatano View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by Wormburner View Post

Thanks!
Will start to get on that.

I see a few places say to start with flexible tubing but I really like the way hard tubing looks. I would also not want to bend it I don't think but to use elbows though I do have a heat gun already.

Doing hardline on your first build can be a very frustrating experience. You will already have a learning curve on the generalities of liquid cooling. Adding in the learning curve of doing hardline can lead to a far more difficult experience. I am not saying this always happens, but it happens quite a bit. Doing your loop should be fun (just avoid ever totaling the expense..... tongue.gif ). Easy is more fun than frustrating. Starting with soft tubing, getting a real idea of the layout you are looking for when you can actually see the components in the case and moving on to hardline is a good progression for a lot of people just getting into liquid cooling.

I second this, but if your determined to go hard tubing and want to use the EK configurator just remember it doesn't account for any bends in the tube, so you will need to figure out how many turns you will have and add the necessary elbows and extra fittings for that yourself. Remember, fittings can be the single most expensive thing in a hard line loop and it never seems you have enough, and once you do have enough and the loop is complete you will have a box full that you didn't use but had to buy just to be sure. It's a vicious cycle, lol, but the addiction is real!
 
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This is what EK's Custom Loop Configurator came up with. I removed the fans from it as I plan on using Noctua NF F12's. Sorry for the continuing questions, I can read all I want but I'm liable to forget something along the way.

Would it be okay to run EK's red coolant with clear tubes, stick with this, or is distilled water still the best option?

Is it better or worse to have a pump / reservoir combo as a complete noob?

This thing is also in beta so is anything missing?

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