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NEED HELP! Need info on parts to buy for custom GPU loop

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Hello,

I've been thinking of installing a custom water loop for my GPUs but am inexperienced. I would like to know what I need to purchase such as the pump, reservoir, radiator, and the block itself that I would need for the build. Also, I would like to know the estimated price for all of the components, and if you can, some tips on installing it would be nice so I won't have to rely solely on demonstration videos.

I've been researching and watching Youtube videos such as those from JayzTwoCents, but I'd prefer to have additional input from y'all. If there's anything you think must be changed, please let me know! I would appreciate it greatly!



Things to consider:

-Tower is a Thermaltake Core X9
-I have two EVGA FTW GTX 1080 in SLI
-Only doing a custom GPU loop (CPU has AIO cooling already)
-Don't mind using soft tubes since it's my first time (less likely to mess up on bending and other troubles associated with hard tubes)
-Don't need fans for radiator since I've got 2x 120mm Fractal Venturi HP fans in stock (so...a 240mm radiator?)
-Clear tubes, blue cooling liquid, and black fittings to match build theme
-Prefer a see-through block with a back-plate (nickel?)
-Prefer having a hybrid pump and reservoir to conserve space


*Please let me know if you need more information. Thanks!*
Edited by miraclestreet23 - 9/3/16 at 2:15pm
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Are the GPU's overclocked?

Since you have a the humongous X9 case I would do at least a 360, or 2x240 radiators. The main thing to know is there is no 1080 FTW waterblocks right now. EK is working on them but it will probably be a month or two before they're released. Since EK will probably have the only waterblocks you could do all EK stuff to keep it the same. So check out EK's res/pump combos here. A D5 pump with a tube res is what I would recommend. You can also look at EK's radiators and fittings, you have plenty of space so I would go with at least a 45mm thick radiator.

You can also check out http://www.performance-pcs.com/ if you want to browse through other products to see what you like best. Mixing components from different manufacturers is usually okay, and just ask questions if your not sure about something.
 
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Originally Posted by Radnad View Post

Are the GPU's overclocked?

Since you have a the humongous X9 case I would do at least a 360, or 2x240 radiators. The main thing to know is there is no 1080 FTW waterblocks right now. EK is working on them but it will probably be a month or two before they're released. Since EK will probably have the only waterblocks you could do all EK stuff to keep it the same. So check out EK's res/pump combos here. A D5 pump with a tube res is what I would recommend. You can also look at EK's radiators and fittings, you have plenty of space so I would go with at least a 45mm thick radiator.

You can also check out http://www.performance-pcs.com/ if you want to browse through other products to see what you like best. Mixing components from different manufacturers is usually okay, and just ask questions if your not sure about something.

Yes, about 100+ Mhz and 120+ Mhz to the Core and Memory Clock respectively, and I've also put up a custom fan curve for the meantime. Hoping the loop will stabilize the clocks along with running cooler and quieter.

Searching around, I found out that the blocks for the 1080 FTW should come out around mid-September, and yeah I'm going to be using all of EK's products. As to why I'd prefer just having a 240mm radiator is because I've already got the 2 Venturi HP fans at hand, and although hypocritical, I would like to minimize as much spending as I can while making the most of what I've got.

Also, got ideas for what fittings I should get for the whole loop, both GPU blocks, pump, and radiator in all? The tube I'll most likely be using is this: https://www.ekwb.com/shop/tube-primochill-primoflextm-advanced-lrttm-12-7-9-5mm-crystal-clear-retail-3m
Edited by miraclestreet23 - 9/3/16 at 2:54pm
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