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hi all,

am starting to think water cooling will have to be my next system. so i was wondering if anyone could recommend a good cooling system for both processor and gpu.

and if anyone likes the extra challenge, please try to find the parts here at my local store...
www.memoryexpress.com
or
www.tigerdirect.ca

thanks in advance.
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Canadian ehhh!!!

hmmm a challenge you say!!! alright...you asked for it!!!

get your parts here: www.NCIX.com
but if you prefer other places, they are the same parts anyway.

Cheaper and only 6% tax

well, a Xeon and a GTX will run you well hot, so i suggest this one:
Swiftech H20-220 Apex ULTRA+ at $368.12 CAD

It will get both your CPU and GPU cool

Or if you you want to piece together the whole system and get seperate parts i could help you with that.
The radiator is alright on this kit, but personally i would get a 240GTX radiator
They a bit pricey at 103 CAN, but will do a better job of cooling with some high CMF fans on there.

Or you can just go overkill like my rig LoL. with some big bada** rads haha.

You can get that kit above, since its your first time.
But what i recommened are the following custom kit:

Pump:
Swiftech MCP655-B 12V Industrial Water Cooling Pump *Without Speed Adjustment* 1/2" Barbs

Radiator:
(These following rads are best used with some high CMF fans because they are thick):
HW Labs Black Ice GT Xtreme 240 Dual 120MM Water Cooling Radiator Black 1/2IN Barb
OR if your on a tight budget, this rad:
HW Labs Black Ice Xtreme II Dual 120MM Fan Water Cooling Radiator 1/2IN Barbs

(These following rads are best used with some lower CMF fans because they are thinner and have a less dense cooling fin structure):
Thermochill Pa 120.2 Dual 120MM Fan Water Cooling Radiator 1/2IN Barbs
(the thermochill is thick, but it seems to perform well with both high and low CMF fans, but of course better with high CMF fans)
Swiftech MCR220 Quiet Power Dual 120MM Water Cooling Radiator Black G1/4 Threaded

NOTE: These are the 2x120mm size radiator, they also come in 1x120mm, 2x120mm, 3x120mm and the Hw Labs make 4x120mm radiator sizes.

Fans:
High CMF fans will always get you better temps with thick rads.
So if you dont mind noise go with these:
NMB-MAT (Panaflo) 120MM Hydro Wave Bearing Fan 1700RPM 68.9CFM 30DBA
If you like your PC silent, go with these:
Yate Loon D12SL-12 120MM Quiet Cooling Fan 1350RPM 47CFM 28DB

CPU block:
D-TEK Customs Fuzion CPU Water Block

GPU:
For you GPU, there are 2 options, a full coverage block that covers everything including the RAM, or one that just covers the GPU core and cools the other parts with passive cooling:
(personally i prefer full coverage but results show that just the core one gives you better temps)
Full coverage:
Ek Water Blocks Full Coverage NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX
OR
Danger Den Full Coverage NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX Water Block
Just GPU core coverage for the GTX:
Swiftech MCW60 GPU Water Block for Most NVIDIA & ATI Video Cards

Tubing:
Tygon R-3603 1/2IN ID 3/4IN OD
Masterkleer Pvc Tubing 7/16IN ID 5/9IN OD
(Comes only in 7/16IN ID at NCIX)
As tygon is more flexable, but also much more expensive than Masterkleer, i suggest you use Tygon for the tight curves you will need in you system, and the cheaper Masterkleer for the straight parts.
Save you some cost that way.

A radbox:
Swiftech MCB-120 "RADBOX" Revision 2 Black
You will need one of these to mount your radiator at the back of your case.

Now you can use what they call a "T" line or a reservoir in your watercooling loop.
Swiftech MCRES-MICRO Clear HI-FLOW Water Cooling Reservoir
OR
For a "T" line you will need 2 parts:
Polypropylene 'T' 1/2IN Barb
and
Danger Den Delrin Fillport W/ Wrench They come in different colors.Blue,black,brass,etc.

Coolant:
For coolant there are many choices you can go with, look up some idea's on the forums.
Personally i like these:
UV Reactive Pentosin G11 Coolant Additive (Blue)
You will also need a biocide to kill some evil algae growth in your system.I use this:
Petra'sTech "PT_Nuke" Concentrated Biocide (10mL)

I really like www.petrastechshop.com
They are in the U.S though, i order from them all the time, they have great stuff and some excellent customer service.If you like anything from there pm me, i can help you out with shipping

And i think thats about it...phewww LoL, Ira-K a local expert on the forums will come along soon and bless you with some good to read links about watercooling before you get started with it.
So read them, and if you have any questions post a uestion here on the forums or drop me a PM anytime.

For examples on "T" lines and all that take a look at My Rig in my sig bellow.
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