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Ok, so I'm looking to build a WC system for my new build, the build will likely be Nehalem or Skulltrail, so I will either have to forget about CPU blocks for now or consider 2 of them. Will a Skulltrail system require me to have 2 loops?

I am also looking for GPU cooling. My GPU setup will likely be a 4870X2, 9800GX2 Quad SLi, or a GTX280X2 (if such a monster is unveiled ).

I am a complete noob and have read TnG=GiR's guide, however I would really like the OCN community's input. +rep for all of the help I get.

Thankyou in advance to everyone!

EDIT: Here is the list of components I am currently looking at, all reccomendations are well sought

RAD: Black Ice GTX 360 (1/2" Perfect Seal Barbs)
PUMP: Swiftech MCP655-B™ 12 VDC Pump
TUBING: Tygon R-3603 1/2" ID 3/4" OD Chemical Tubing
CPU BLOCK: 2x D-Tek Fuzion V1, OR waiting for Nehalem block.
RES: Swiftech MCRES-Micro
COOLANT: Distilled Water + Dtek Liquid F/X UV Dye: Visible Blue

If i'm missing anything let me know
Edited by p0isonapple - 6/25/08 at 6:23am
    
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post #2 of 13
I wouldn't bother watercooling the RAM or HDDs; it just adds additional heat to the loop without any performance gains.running a dual-socket system would not necessarily require 2 separate loops; but since you're also considering a pair of top-end cards, you might want to do one loop for the CPU and a second for the GPUs. You're going to need a pretty good radiator to handle the thermal load, so I'd suggest a 360mm rad for each loop.
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Added a list of components i'm currently looking at.
    
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I would definetly recomend adding another Rad if you going to be cooling that much. Also i like using Petras Biocide in the liquid mix. And you dont have to have a res, you could use a t-line... but if you want to be really cool give CyberDruid a PM and pick up one of his waterfall res. Then youll have a sweet looking one.
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I would get the vario pump, the "B" model has 30% less flow as tested by Martin and CrazyJoe...Thats a lot of flow to give up for $10 bux....
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I love my Thermochill Rads, but I've also heard decent things about the Black Ice.

Also, Skulltrail? Is it for the bling, or do you really need a dual CPU platform?

Also +1 on the above pump comment. Forget about the "B".

The other choices look solid.
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If you run a Skulltrail with two high end, high watt CPU's I would seriously consider a GTX480. That will throw off a ton of heat and with two pumps in series you might be able to use only one loop for the CPU's and GPU's. Just a thought.
    
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Originally Posted by Tufelhunden View Post
If you run a Skulltrail with two high end, high watt CPU's I would seriously consider a GTX480. That will throw off a ton of heat and with two pumps in series you might be able to use only one loop for the CPU's and GPU's. Just a thought.
Thats a good idea, I'd use a couple of the 18W DDC w/tops for it..18W DDC... EK-DDC X-TOP...My 480 with 8-100+ cfm fans in a push-pull on shrouds gets a 3C rad out to ambient delta with a 600W load, it can handle a lot of heat, just put the CPU right after the rad and before the GPU's.....

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Skulltrail would be for the bling, so it is probably more likely I will go Nehalem depending on pricing or perhaps a QX9650 if Nehalem provides an efficient price drop in the current Core 2 Extreme's
    
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Skulltrail would be for the bling, so it is probably more likely I will go Nehalem depending on pricing or perhaps a QX9650 if Nehalem provides an efficient price drop in the current Core 2 Extreme's
Nothing wrong with bling! I pulled the system in my sig together after the 45nm parts came out and got a decent deal overall. Nothing wrong with being a generation or two behind IMO, saves money and the performance difference isn't worth the price difference IMHO.
    
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