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post #1 of 17
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Hey everyone, I have been working on my Velocity Project and my next step is to purchase some water cooling parts. I will not be worrying about a CPU or GPU block. I will be using a Nehalem CPU and a 4870X2 GPU.

For the rest of the parts, here is what I have come up with:

Reservoir

Radiator X2

Radiator X3

Pump

Tubing

Fittings

Coolant

Fans
post #2 of 17
I'm sure your aware, but make sure you get the speed control pump. The nonspeed control pump is the equivalent of 4 on the speed control pump. You may also want to consider two pumps in series if you are cooling the 4870x2 as well as anything else.

Nice parts list BTW.
    
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I actual plan on getting the one with the speed control, but isn't that pump strong enough to pump through a GPU and a CPU?

Edit: But it would be cool to have two loops with two different color coolants.
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I actual plan on getting the one with the speed control, but isn't that pump strong enough to pump through a GPU and a CPU?

Edit: But it would be cool to have two loops with two different color coolants.
Perhaps, I did not run it through Martins calculator which is a good guide. Martins_Guide Depends a lot on the GPU block you end up using.

BTW two loops with two different colors of coolant would look very nice.

Forgot to add: Use the GTX480. Martin thinks it may be a little more restrictive than a 360 or 240 but not by much.
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Doesn't look bad at all, go for the vario pump...I'd use some 120x38mm fans, they have a higher pressure and scavenge air through a rad better then the 120x25mm do..86cfm Pana.

I like keeping my CPU loop separate from any other components, with the 2 hot GPU cards you will be dumping a lot of heat in your loop...One 480 would save you a little $$ if you have the room for it, but I would honestly think about doing 2 loops with it..Your already buying 2 rads, you would just need another pump..Put one loop on a res and the other on a t-line to save some room..Or t-line them both, a t-line just takes a little longer to bleed then a res, no big deal unless you tear your loop down a lot..

Shrouds will help on a GTX if you have enough room for them...

.. Poll: Push or pull configuration for Radiators

..Part-1-480 GTX-Temps W & W/O Shrouds

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

..How To: Build A Performance Shroud

I'll leave you some reading links and my cleaning and set-up PDF, be sure to read all the stickies here also, there is a lot of good info in them...

..Assembling your Custom Watercooling Setup

..D-Tek Fuzion install tip! (Or why you should clean any new blocks)

..How To: Prep and Fit a GPU Block

..PC Water Coolant Chemistry - Part I

..Cooling - An In-Depth Look

..HWlabs 480GTX thermals-Martin

These are all good stores for WC'ing gear, I've ordered a lot of stuff from them all..

..Sidewinders

..Petra's

..Jab-tech

..Danger Den

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post #6 of 17
Why not just grab a GTX480 and be done with it? It should be plenty to cool the 4870X2 and a Nehalem....
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Why not just grab a GTX480 and be done with it? It should be plenty to cool the 4870X2 and a Nehalem....
Think he wanted to fit it internally, for a cleaner look.
    
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post #8 of 17
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If you check my Velocity Build, I already installed a 3x120mm and a 2x120mm grill in the case.
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If you check my Velocity Build, I already installed a 3x120mm and a 2x120mm grill in the case.
Then I would grab another pump and run two loops for the best cooling. A single one with 2 would work alright I guess.
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post #10 of 17
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Sorry everyone, but I still don't understand the whole shroud thing. Anyone have some pics of their shrouds? In the 2 minutes easy shroud building, is it just a fan on top of a fan casing on top of the rad? Please make it easier to understand.
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