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I'm looking at building a WC loop for the first time. For now I will just be cooling the CPU, but I would want it to be powerful enough to add a GPU block in the future if I chose to do so. I also want it to be as universal as possible so I can use it with future rigs as well. My budget is around $300.

How noisy would a WC setup be? Right now my rig is very silent, and I would rather keep it that way. I'm guessing that the pump and the fans on the radiator are what make the noise, so I suppose it will depend on those.

Are all the fittings throughout the loop usually 1/2"? If not, what do you do? I know that's the usual size for the tubing.

Thanks and +rep for any help you guys can give.



Parts so far:

CPU Block: D-Tek FuZion $61

Block Accessory: D-Tek FuZion Accelerator Nozzle Kit $4

Pump: Swiftech MCP655 $72

Radiator: ThermoChill PA120.3 $116 shipped - Ordered!

Barbs: 2 x ThermoChill 1/2" Barb for G3/8 Threads $6

Fans: 3 x 120mm Zalman ZM-F3 $23

Tubing: 20' of Masterkleer PVC Tubing 7/16" ID, 5/8" OD $10

T: 1/2" Barb T-Line $2

etc: ???

Total so far: ~$325 (with tax & shipping)


Comments?

Still wondering about coolant and anything else I forgot.
    
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Ah for cpu block with lots of mounting configs I would suggest the EK Supreme, the Switftech Apogee GT, and or the D-Tek Fuzion. If your wanting to cool a cpu and gpu a triple 120mm rad is almost a given and at least a swiftech mcp350/355 or a mcp655 pump. Good Luck Bro
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The gt stealth (gts) is a good radiator. It was the first radiator I've ever used, and I had no complaints. I would get a gtx of a pa120.3, if it were my build though. In terms of adding components for a future gpu loop. It's better to do a separate loop as you will see your cpu temps go up if you use the same radiator for both cpu and gpu.
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Sounds like a good idea.

So a loop with just the CPU needs 360? Fun.
    
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For your quad definitely. A dual could get by with a 240.
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What radiator do you guys think would work best with those 70.5 CFM Yate Loons? (in the OP)

PA 120.3, GTX 360, or GTX 480?

Or could I get away with the low speed Yate Loons? I want it to be quiet like my Antec 900 case fans are on low, but I also want good cooling... so low or medium?
    
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the pa120.3
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Now I need a reservoir, some tubing, some coolant, and anything else I may have forgotten.

Edit: Such as a fan controller!



So what ID and OD should I get for my tubing? I heard that Tygon is the best material, so I might as well get that. I mean... how many feet could I need, right?

But seriously, how many feet would I need?
    
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you dont need a res a t line will do the same thing
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