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Hallo all,
I bought a Thermaltake Bigwater kit off ebay, well, 1 and a half kits in a way, a couple of weeks ago. Included was:

2 pumps,
loads of 3/8 ID hose,
loads of Bigwater water,
various fittings,
2 res's,
2 cpu blocks, (one totally shagged, doesn't matter, I only have 1 cpu )
H fittings etc.

I've also bought off ebay, a BIX(?) 360, complete with 1/2 barbs. I've also ordered 3 Xilence Red Wing 120's and fan grills off watercoolingshop.com.

Just wondered what you think, it'll be cooling my sig rig ofc.

I'd like to add the 3850 and NB into the loop when I've got better pump etc, that's why I've bought a 360mm rad for just the cpu.
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Be careful with T-Take gear, the pumps are well known for early death and the blocks crack out....I'd leave the pumps out of your case...The old BIX is a good rad, I'd use fans at least this size on it...86cfm Pana...You might want to get a Fuzion CPU block to go with it..Fuzion CPU Block..Run th e2 pumps in series so if one dies the other will keep pumping, it will double your head and give a little better flow like that to....That should work OK for a CPU and single GPU loop....

A shroud will help to.How To: Make any Sized shroud in 2 minutes...Be sure to clean it all up, I'll leave you my cleaning and set-up PDF ....

...Part 1- Temp's with and with-out shrouds

...Poll: Push or pull configuration for Radiators

...How To: Build A Performance Shroud
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Ok I kind of rushed the OP.
Yeah I was thinking of running the pumps in series or perhaps one before the cpu block and one after that to pick up the pace into the rad. Although having read the pdf you posted (which is great by the way), I realise it could cause cavitation...

I wasn't entirely sure what order to run the loop in: thermaltake advise running the pump straight into the cpu block, probably for maximum pressure, but the pump is inherently going to heat the water in itself and I wasn't sure if it would heat it enough to make a difference.

As for the fans (3 120mm Xilence Red Wings), they've arrived and I spun them all up just to see how much flow and noise they make. I've got to say, they blew me away (see what I did there?). They are the quietest fans I've (n)ever heard, which is good as they are going to be sitting outside the case bolted onto a shroud which I've yet to think about, although my Hiper 120mm destroys them for flow, and isn't too loud either. I'll be daisy chaining them straight off the psu's 12v which should give a little more rpm.

I'll be lapping the block for certain and I may refinish the CPUs IHS, or I may just pull it off and be careful when mounting. I would get a better block but at this point, I'll have everything I need when the rad arrives and I've spent enough so far, so I want to get started.

Thanks for all the links and advice! +rep
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Originally Posted by Karashi
I've got to say, they blew me away
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I just got the BIX!

Now before I start bolting it together in a bad order, what do the experts advise?

Res/pump -> cpu block -> radiator -> start (Which is what T-Take would have me do)
or the more logical;
Res/pump -> radiator -> cpu block -> start

Quickly please I wanna get started!
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Also, I'm wondering whether to refinish my current cpu lap, or just to tear off the IHS... Hmm, I don't think I dare.
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Pump,Rad,CPU,GPU,Res,Pump.

Never Ever listen to TT. I like thier cases But thy should stay away from Water all together
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Yeah, I know the gear is really terrible compared to pretty much any other make, but it was a kit so it's nice and simple for a newbie.

As for the order to run it in, it's too late now, I've got it pumping into the cpu but ofc I can change it anytime. It's working now anyway, and I thought my old air cooler was good.

I managed to get it up over 50* on core temp, by doing a suicide run at 3.1 GHz 1.5v, Super Pi 8M. On my normal 2.9 GHz oc it won't go over 45*C, so that's basically a 16 to 17*C improvement.

I've got a few things planned,
1. Change CPU block (EK)
2. Change pump (D5)
3. Add GPU block (EK)
4. Change res for T-line

Not sure whether to add Northbridge block or just put a better heatsink on it. Oh yeah, I have to make a shroud for the rad too.

I'm just wondering about my coolant, at the moment it's literally just tap water with about 30 to 40 ml of Thermaltakes BigWater coolant. Is there anything wrong with tap water, such as having calcium buildup or any corrosion?

If so I'll distill some in the kettle.
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post #9 of 15
For coolant use distilled water (stay away from all the impurities of tap water). As for the NB just buy a good heatsink for it, there is really no point in adding it to your loop (restricts flow, added NB heat dump which will affect your GPU & CPU temps).

Good Luck
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post #10 of 15
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Ah yes, good point about the NorthBridge. My mobo is the silent-otes NB cooler so I think I might just put a couple of quiet 40mm's on the end of the heatpipe.

To be honest, the only reason I'm using tap-water is as I'm still in the process of changing stuff around and seeing what works best, so I don't really want to waste 'good' coolant.
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