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Summer is just around the corner and my computer looks like it's not taking the heat kindly. It's maybe 70F in my room now and I'm idling at 47C+ with nothing but Firefox open! Since I live in the attic, air conditioning isn't very affective so the vents up here are duct taped so that all the cool air will be downstairs. My mom turns off the AC when it's sunny out and turns it on when the sun goes down (yeah, AC off when the sun is beating down on the roof). Don't ask me why she does this but it just forced me to close the vents forever and rely on nothing but my windows upstairs. Can't move in the basement either since there's no phone jacks down there.

Anyways, I just followed the guide to best WC parts and have selected a lot of the budget parts. So far:

Swiftech MCW60-R GPU Waterblock

Swiftech Apogee GT

Swiftech MCR-320 "Quiet Power" Series Radiator

D-Tek dB-1 12V DC Inline/Submersible Pump

Swiftech MCRES-MICRO Hi-Flo Reservoir

1/2" ID (3/4" OD) Tygon R-3603 Laboratory-Grade Tubing

Distilled water from somewhere cheap

Ramsinks from my Accelero S1 will still be on the card

Everything from Petra's Tech Shop and total comes out to just over $200. Just want someone to check these parts before I save them to bookmarks and tell me what I'm missing.
And now for some questions:
I want to know if I get the radiator with the built-in reservoir, do I even need an actual reservoir anymore?
I also want to know if I need to mix anti-freeze with the water and if it will have any big affects to it. Do I use a car's anti-freeze?
How much tubing do I need? My case will be a CM RC-690 and I was hoping on mounting the radiator to the back of the case.
How should I loop this? Rad/pump/cpu/gpu/rad?
Edited by Piro Fyre - 5/30/08 at 9:29pm
post #2 of 7
You're probably going to want more than an MCR220 on your loop, considering you've got an OC'ed quad and an 8800GT. Maybe an MCR320 would be a good choice, if you have the space for it.

No you don't need a reservoir, but they help when bleeding or filling your line. They also look cool.

I've mixed 5% antifreeze to 95% water, and it's worked just fine for me. Car antifreeze is fine.

10 feet should be plentu of tubing.

Pump>Rad>CPU>GPU>Pump.

Since your pump will introduce a little heat into your loop, it is a good practice to pump into the rad first,as opposed to the CPU.
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First off. ur running a GPU and CPU loop so the 220 isnt really ideal for temps. Switch it to a triple fan radiator is much more beneficial.
Secondly, u really dont need a reservoir at all. just makes fill and bleed easier. i havent messed with the built-in reservoir so i cannot say anything on it.
If u are askin about the Swiftech Hydrx coolant mix with distilled water then its 1 bottle of hydrx mixed with 1L of distilled water. Running pure distilled water or Pure Hydrx isnt really that good. Tubing all depends on how you want to loop things. Take a ruler or something and measure out the distances how u want the components placed then add an extra foot to be safe...
Lastly, ur loop should go. (Reservoir if using one)>Pump > Rad>CPU>GPU> (reservoir if u had one or back to pump)
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I'm glad my guide helped you

But yes, I would suggest a 3x120mm radiator for a quad and video card. This will do good.

As far as reservoirs go, I've always used one and they make bleeding easier, but they aren't necessary. You can use a swiftech micro reservoir or just a simple t line with some tubing attached to fill up the loop. It's up to you and your financial restraints.

And as far as hydrx goes, I do not recommend it. It leaves slimy crap in the loop. I suggest using pentosin G11 and a few drops of pt nuke for coolant.

If you don't like blue, you can just put 1/4" of the pentosin in the gallon of distilled, along with the pt nuke and use a dye. I recommend feser dye on this page. I use the red feser and it looks great.
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Thanks for the advice guys. +1 rep for all of you. I switched the radiator to the 320 and added a res to the list, as it'll make things easier on me.

And as for the color of the liquid, I wouldn't care about it right now. The CM RC-690 case will be left stock as possible so there would be no window on it to see the colors.

Lastly, before I go to sleep, the Pentosin G11. Roughly how many bottles will I need? I thought distilled water and anti-freeze mix was the best and is cheap. Anti-freeze can be found in my garage and distilled water should be cheap at Wal-Mart. Should I really buy these bottles or just do the mix myself?
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If fan noise isn't a problem I'd go with a BIX, they are a good double row rad, they cool pretty well .BIX 360..Your going to want all the rad you can get with the heat you'll be putting out....I'd fans at least this size on any rad...86cfm Pana..These would be better.115 Pana-S/W..A shroud will help on a BIX also...

..How To: Make any Sized shroud in 2 minutes

..How To: Build A Performance Shroud

Yeah I guess you could use the Swifty rads res instead of another res...If you are wanting to do it cheap just use a T-Line, they are just a little slower to bleed then a res, a lot of guys prefer them since they take up less room...

I'll leave you my cleaning and set-up PDF, it has a lot of basic stuff in it, its just the way I clean and set-up my loops...

EDIT: I like Pentosin better myself but any anti-freeze at 5-15% of the mix works just as well really...
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For your pentosin question, you only need 1 bottle. And 1 bottle of pt nuke. Pour the entire bottle of pentosin, bu only about 5 drops of pt nuke.
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