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Hey OC!

I recently bought two titan Xp cards to update my system with. The stock coolers suck. I'm thinking about buying the EVGA hybrid kit or doing a custom water loop.

The problem though is I know nothing about custom water loops. I know I could assemble it myself after reading a few guides but I want to avoid ordering any of the wrong fittings or tubing.

What I'm looking for:

1. I'm only looking to water cool my two titans. Mobo and CPU cooling will be added when I upgrade those parts down the road.
2. my system is in my sig and it's up to date.
3. I'm hoping to keep things simple and only use EK parts.

I like the setup that this person did:

http://i.imgur.com/WaipxAA.jpg

The key differences are that I would skip the cpu block and upper radiator. I also have a AX1200i, which is a bit longer than what the above person has.

I'm largely looking to bring the noise of my system down. I have to run my titan xp coolers at 80%-100%, which is LOUD. I'm not looking for extreme cooling or anything pricey.

With the above details, would someone be able to go on EK's website and select everything I would need from the GPU block, fittings, tubing, liquid, radiator, etc and take a screenshot of the cart?

Let me know if any further info would be required.

Thank you to whomever might reply!
post #2 of 14
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Originally Posted by bee144 View Post

Hey OC!

I recently bought two titan Xp cards to update my system with. The stock coolers suck. I'm thinking about buying the EVGA hybrid kit or doing a custom water loop.

The problem though is I know nothing about custom water loops. I know I could assemble it myself after reading a few guides but I want to avoid ordering any of the wrong fittings or tubing.

What I'm looking for:

1. I'm only looking to water cool my two titans. Mobo and CPU cooling will be added when I upgrade those parts down the road.
2. my system is in my sig and it's up to date.
3. I'm hoping to keep things simple and only use EK parts.

I like the setup that this person did:

http://i.imgur.com/WaipxAA.jpg

The key differences are that I would skip the cpu block and upper radiator. I also have a AX1200i, which is a bit longer than what the above person has.

I'm largely looking to bring the noise of my system down. I have to run my titan xp coolers at 80%-100%, which is LOUD. I'm not looking for extreme cooling or anything pricey.

With the above details, would someone be able to go on EK's website and select everything I would need from the GPU block, fittings, tubing, liquid, radiator, etc and take a screenshot of the cart?

Let me know if any further info would be required.

Thank you to whomever might reply!


No screenshots but link:

Pump + res + top:
https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-xres-140-revo-d5-pwm-incl-pump

Radiator a big one that can cool 2 pascal titan x
https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-coolstream-ce-560-quad

Radiator fans x 8 (push/pull)
https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-vardar-f3-140er-2000rpm

If you don't like the 140mm rad version then look at the 120mm version:
https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-coolstream-xe-480-quad

Pascal Titan X waterblocks x 2 (these are for the reference pcb titan x make sure you have the correct one)
https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-fc-titan-x-pascal-nickel

Fittings for soft tubing 13-19mm
https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-acf-fitting-13-19mm-black-2

Tubing 13-19mm (retail version)
https://www.ekwb.com/shop/tube-primochill-primoflextm-advanced-lrttm-19-1-12-7-mm-onyx-black-retail-3m

Coolant x 3
https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-ekoolant-evo-clear-premix-1l

Now for the fittings you may need 90 degree or 45 degree fittings depending on your build have a look at these:

https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-af-angled-45-g1-4-black

https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-af-angled-90-g1-4-black

Also highly recommended is a drain port which you need these atleast:

https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-af-ball-valve-10mm-g1-4-black
https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-af-t-splitter-3f-g1-4-black

My estimate for how many fittings you need the straight ones is 11. (NOT counting the angled ones or extenders)
4 fittings for the two gpu's
2 fittings for the pump+res+top combo
2 fittings for the radiator
3 fittings for the drain setup

You may also need a bridge between the 2 gpu blocks but can't decide which one hopefully some one will chime in to fill the gap since i always use one gpu.

Also a good fan controller is advised like a Lamptron fan controller so you can hook up your radiator fans to it to adjust the speed and sound:
http://www.lamptron.com/product/controllers/fc5-v2/

With this in mind why not go full ie add a cpu block? If you decide on adding a cpu block then also add a cpu block 4 additional fittings two for the cpu block and 2 for the secondary radiator perhaps a 240 EK radiator. Because i dont think the radiator i posted in the links is sufficient enough to cool 2 gpu's and a cpu...

Lastly why only EK brand?

You could check Watercool or Koolance they to have high quality components as for radiators i would recommend XSPC or HardwareLabs radiators but its up to you.

Oh this whole setup is NOT cheap expect a price range of approximate 800 us dollar or more.

Hopefully more people can chime in to help you.
Edited by Cobra26 - 8/26/16 at 7:08pm
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by Cobra26 View Post

No screenshots but link:

Pump + res + top:
https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-xres-140-revo-d5-pwm-incl-pump

Radiator a big one that can cool 2 pascal titan x
https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-coolstream-ce-560-quad

Radiator fans x 8 (push/pull)
https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-vardar-f3-140er-2000rpm

If you don't like the 140mm rad version then look at the 120mm version:
https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-coolstream-xe-480-quad

Pascal Titan X waterblocks x 2
https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-fc-titan-x-pascal-nickel

Fittings for soft tubing 13-19mm
https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-acf-fitting-13-19mm-black-2

Tubing 13-19mm (retail version)
https://www.ekwb.com/shop/tube-primochill-primoflextm-advanced-lrttm-19-1-12-7-mm-onyx-black-retail-3m

Coolant x 3
https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-ekoolant-evo-clear-premix-1l

Now for the fittings you may need 90 degree or 45 degree fittings depending on your build have a look at these:

https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-af-angled-45-g1-4-black

https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-af-angled-90-g1-4-black

Also highly recommended is a drain port which you need these atleast:

https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-af-ball-valve-10mm-g1-4-black
https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-af-t-splitter-3f-g1-4-black

My estimate for how many fittings you need the straight ones is 11. (NOT counting the angled ones or extenders)
4 fittings for the two gpu's
2 fittings for the pump+res+top combo
2 fittings for the radiator
3 fittings for the drain setup

You may also need a bridge between the 2 gpu blocks but can't decide which one hopefully some one will chime in to fill the gap since i always use one gpu.

Also a good fan controller is advised like a Lamptron fan controller so you can hook up your radiator fans to it to adjust the speed and sound:
http://www.lamptron.com/product/controllers/fc5-v2/

With this in mind why not go full ie add a cpu block? If you decide on adding a cpu block then also add a cpu block 4 additional fittings two for the cpu block and 2 for the secondary radiator perhaps a 240 EK radiator. Because i dont think the radiator i posted in the links is sufficient enough to cool 2 gpu's and a cpu...

Lastly why only EK brand?

You could check Watercool or Koolance they to have high quality components as for radiators i would recommend XSPC or HardwareLabs radiators but its up to you.

Hopefully more people can chime in to help you.

Wow, this is daunting. Maybe I'm in over my head. below is what I had come up with but you're listing a 540 rad and I forgot about an SLI water bridge, angled connectors, and drain. Not to mention a fan controller.

I had read that you should have 120 for each part. If I'm only trying to cool two GPUs, how could a 240 extra thick rad not be enough?

I'm at like $670 in the images I have. I was hoping to keep it between $500-$750.

Sigh, I'm starting to feel defeated.


post #4 of 14
A 240 rad for two pascal Titan X?

Answer is NO! From what i understand its 120 + 120 for one component i don't know the specifics but generally most recommend for a setup with 2 high end gpu's a quad or maybe maybe a 360 rad of excellent cooling capacity.

It might be duable with a 240 rad but...then you need extreme high pressure fans who run at like 3000rpm lol. Nice having a jet engine next to you....XD

A quad rad is what you need for silence and good heat dissipation i think most will agree with a quad rad for 2 pascal titan x gpu's or maybe maybe a 360 rad....

In your chart i dont see fans for your rad i would recommend a push pull config so 8 fans in total.

As for the angled fittings like 40 degree or 90 degree you have to design your loop and predict if you may need them.

As for pump you took is a good choice but most go with a D5 pump is more silent and more reliable and packs a punch i would go with a D5 pump since it gets its cooling from the liquid unlike a DCC pump which in some cases needs a heatsink to cool it.

You listed a pump top and a separate reservoir which in total cost more then a ready to buy combo like the one i listed there is also one for a DCC pump combo if you really want a DCC pump, like this one:

https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-xres-140-ddc-3-2-pwm-elite-incl-pump

And yes there are other things to get that you did not listed so hence i expected a price of atleast 800 usa dollar or more. And do not skimp on quality you will regret it. Buy reputable components from reputable brands: Koolance, Watercool, Aquacomputer, Bitspower, EKWB, XSPC, HardwareLabs, Swiftech.

I see only 4 fittings in your chart thats not enough you need 11 atleast as seen in my first post and why....

Lastly backplates for your gpu's i don't know if they add that much value or cooling besides you can use the stock backplates once you put your waterblocks. But i may be wrong and the backplates you listed may indeed give better temps hopefully some one will tell....

I would say plan your loop and take into account all the things you need even the minute details and then when your confident order them or prospone if you have doubts or financing your wc loop. This is a investment don't take it lightly take your time there is no rush. Before i made the plunge to watercooling i done some heavy research in all aspects of water cooling.
Edited by Cobra26 - 8/26/16 at 7:51pm
post #5 of 14
120 for each component will net you temperatures equivalent to air cooling and thus not be worth it. If you are low on money, pick up used radiators from here.
post #6 of 14
Also, on the pic - the way they plumbed the top rad to the front rad is wrong.

The bottom of the front rad (which is upside down currently) is used for drainage only.

You dont need the EVO clear coolant - a gallon of distilled water and biocide will serve you fine.

Want to save money?

Buy used components. There's deals to be had if you're running on a budget. Most of the stuff you can buy used, except the GPU block since its fairly new.
Edited by Ironsmack - 8/28/16 at 5:35pm
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I really hate when users post "hey build me a water system because I'm too lazy to do any of the research", and then say "oh wait a minute that's too expensive"...

No one has even asked if you are overclocking the Titan's, which is the #1 thing you NEED to know first before you can even decide how much radiator to get. Titan XP TDP x 2 is 500 watts, which means a LOT of radiator is needed! Also, why does it have to be EK, one of the most expensive manufacturer's? You can buy lesser brands and still get the same cooling capacity. You really should do your research first instead of saying spend my money and then complaining about the end cost.
 
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I really hate when users post "hey build me a water system because I'm too lazy to do any of the research", and then say "oh wait a minute that's too expensive"...

No one has even asked if you are overclocking the Titan's, which is the #1 thing you NEED to know first before you can even decide how much radiator to get. Titan XP TDP x 2 is 500 watts, which means a LOT of radiator is needed! Also, why does it have to be EK, one of the most expensive manufacturer's? You can buy lesser brands and still get the same cooling capacity. You really should do your research first instead of saying spend my money and then complaining about the end cost.

The one thing I've learned from creating this thread are that there are a lot of worthless and unhelpful people on this forum.

I've since read through some online articles and I've learned a lot. With that being said, the wife has given me the green light so I'm going ahead.
post #9 of 14
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The one thing I've learned from creating this thread are that there are a lot of worthless and unhelpful people on this forum.

Then stop being one.
post #10 of 14
Good luck with this, seems very exciting but you really should create a plan for this as its more than just picking parts and ordering them. A custom loop involves work, and will be different for everyone depending on what they want out of their rig. I would do the research and find exactly what works for you, shop around through different manufacturers, know exactly how your going to set it up and then buy accordingly because nothing is worse then getting a huge package of parts and not knowing where to start.

I don't agree with your comment on people here being worthless or not helping, and I also don't agree with others going semi off-topic on the matter but to keep things on topic, in the end you really need to research fully when it comes to custom loops. You are going to have to deal with a loop for as long as you have your rig, you want to make sure its put together correctly, and you want to make sure you will be able to keep up the maintenance that comes with loops. Best advice i could give you is not a shopping cart full of products to buy but rather just research and learn.
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