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I'm building my boyfriend a PC for his 21st birthday and I wanna watercool it. I have the NZXT Blackline case, and 3x 8800 GTX with a Q9300 processor on a nForce 790i Ultra mobo. I really need help because I have not done this before and I've been reading online guides and stuff but I thought asking people with experience would be better. I'd really like any insight regarding what kinda watercooling set-up would be best and also what parts would be suitable for it.

Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 13
Welcome to the forums. Wise choice by showing up here for advice will get plenty of it.

Im sure Ira-K will be here eventually and should have a build for you or show you some great options.

One thing I would list up your price range that you have available for the build. ALso scan around some of the other threads and see what people have done.
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Greetings.

Here are some quick referals:

CPU Block ~ D-Tek Fuzion
GPU Block(s) ~ Danger Den blocks, or D-Tek block(s) with Uni-sinks (some peeps have had issues with fitment)
Radiators ~ ThermoChill PA series or HW Labs are both decent perfomers.

Petra's Tech Shop has always provided A+ service, as has Jab-Tech and Sidewinder.

...oh!... and ira-k should be along shortly
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Fuzion for the CPU and a swiftech MCW60 for the GPU is how I would go for waterblocks too

As for a rad, it depends how much you want to spend

Pump - D5 vario or a DDC and a top.

How much do you have to spend?
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I would say I have quite a bit to spend. Maybe about ₤300-500? I've got every other bit and bob, just have this left. Really hope that this doesn't end up failing, I chose to build a PC for him over going to the Champions League final. That would really annoy me.
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2xhttp://www.watercoolingshop.com/cata...roducts_id=252

2xhttp://www.watercoolingshop.com/cata...roducts_id=683

2xhttp://www.watercoolingshop.com/cata...roducts_id=543

http://www.watercoolingshop.com/cata...roducts_id=742

3x http://www.watercoolingshop.com/cata...roducts_id=649

And with the radiator, don't forget to add in the 1/2" barb in the selection box

I would also suggest 2 loops since he has a quad and 3 8800 GTXs, which run quite hot.
post #7 of 13
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Top man. Cheers!

Seeing as how I have no experience whatsoever with watercooling, I have to ask - what exactly is 2 loops?
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a loop is a path of the water that cools things. the more loops, the cooler the water is and everything else
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what exactly is 2 loops?
2 loops just means that u may have to run 2 sets of tubing to seperate what ur w/c. 1 loop cpu and 1 gpu , 2 loop gpus etc..
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Top man. Cheers!

Seeing as how I have no experience whatsoever with watercooling, I have to ask - what exactly is 2 loops?
a "loop" contains everything you'll be cooling in it. For example, a cpu loop contains a cpu water block, a reservoir, a radiator, and a pump. You can only put so many components into one loop before you start to overload the radiator. Which is why I suggest putting the Q9300 in one loop and the GTXs in another loop, or possibly the q9300+1 GTX and the other 2 GTXs in the 2nd loop.
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