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I just got a Thermaltake Armor, seen here, and I feel like I need to get a real cooling loop for my GPU. I don't think I want to cool my CPU with water because that would require more money and I don't like the look of the tubes My Tidewater is being a bit stressed now, and I'm doing about 60C idle on my GPU when I used to do 40C. I want a loop that can keep it under 55-60C at full, overclocked load.

I'm not a complete noob on water cooling, but I don't know any tips, tricks or parts to get. I'd like to keep the budget under $100 and the whole system interal. I don't mind buying used parts, and it doesn't have to happen right now, so I can wait a bit for a good deal. Any help is welcome
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Nice and good idea.Wait for ira-k,and others water experts.I maybe move to water too.
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I idle at 35C and load at 39C with a good overclock, but that's not making the $100 mark.

You could water cool just the GPU, but most people will do both because by the time you buy the pump you could run a single loop for both.

If it was a GPU only loop you could probably do ok with a smaller pump like the db-1 $45
http://www.petrastechshop.com/ddb12inpu.html

MCW-60 $45
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/swmcvgacowim.html
ramsinks $15
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/swmcbgamera.html

Use a T-line instead of a reservoir$2
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/1blnybaeqtee1.html

and you'd probably do fine with a double rad like this:
MCR220 $41
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/swmcqupo2x.html
with these fittings
http://www.petrastechshop.com/3np1odthhoba.html

So this would do, but you won't make it for a $100 for custom parts like the above, maybe $150ish.
    
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And if you need fans, this deal is hard to pass on:
http://www.svc.com/fba12g12m.html
    
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I have a couple fans, and more ramsinks then I can count. I would need the GPU block, tubing, clamps, liquid/dye, pump, rad and maybe sound dampening.

I've seen that GPU block, the MCW-60, recommended before. How good is it?
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I have a couple fans, and more ramsinks then I can count. I would need the GPU block, tubing, clamps, liquid/dye, pump, rad and maybe sound dampening.

I've seen that GPU block, the MCW-60, recommended before. How good is it?
I heard that swify block is really good, but i myself like the full coverage ones more! Like the DD and EK, just ordered the EK one myself.
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I heard that swify block is really good, but i myself like the full coverage ones more! Like the DD and EK, just ordered the EK one myself.
Nice!
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I have a couple fans, and more ramsinks then I can count. I would need the GPU block, tubing, clamps, liquid/dye, pump, rad and maybe sound dampening.

I've seen that GPU block, the MCW-60, recommended before. How good is it?

I haven't seen anything perform better than the MCW-60. It doesn't look as nice as a full coverage blocks and you do have to mess around with the ramsinks, but performance is as good as it gets. It's also a low pressure drop block, so flow rate is also very good.

I would have preferred if the top of the block was copper or something more solid, but I've had no problems with mine and havn't heard anyone make note of problems. The biggest issue has alwasy been getting the memory sinks attached to the memory well enough, artic adhesive worked for me but they're staying there.

For tubing I would recommend 7/16" ID 5/8" OD and 1/2" fittings. Tygon 3603 is really great stuff but a bit pricey, maskaclear is the cheaper alternative.
    
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I haven't seen anything perform better than the MCW-60. It doesn't look as nice as a full coverage blocks and you do have to mess around with the ramsinks, but performance is as good as it gets. It's also a low pressure drop block, so flow rate is also very good.

I would have preferred if the top of the block was copper or something more solid, but I've had no problems with mine and havn't heard anyone make note of problems. The biggest issue has alwasy been getting the memory sinks attached to the memory well enough, artic adhesive worked for me but they're staying there.

For tubing I would recommend 7/16" ID 5/8" OD and 1/2" fittings. Tygon 3603 is really great stuff but a bit pricey, maskaclear is the cheaper alternative.
7/16" ID 5/8" OD tubing is just called 1/2" right?
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Yeah look for a Swifty 60 or a Maze 4 or 5 they are all good...If you can find a used 240 BIP that would be plenty with some low cfm fans....1/2" tubing or 3/8" either one will be fine for just that....I saw someone here that had a single 120mm BIP but I just don't know if thats enough..One of those little pumps they listed you is fine and a T-line...

...http://www.dangerden.com/store/produ...&cat=84&page=1
BIP 240

Here is a little component cleaning PDF...
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