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So I decided I'm going to go all out and buy a new PC. The new PC is in my sig. As I plan on doing some heavy overclocking, I want to cool this PC using a water cooling setup. So far these are the parts I have selected:

D-TEK FuZion v2 Universal CPU Waterblock - 1/2"

Fluid XP+ Extreme Clear NON-CONDUCTIVE Water Replacement

Feser One X-480 TFC Xchanger Quadruple 120MM Water Cooling Radiator G1/4

Danger Den DD-4870-X2 Full Cover X-FIRE Ready Video Card Water Block for Radeon 4870 X2 1/2IN Barbs

Swiftech MCP655 12V Industrial Water Cooling Pump 1/2IN Barbs

Danger Den Aqua Drive 2 Hard Drive Water Block for 1 or 2 Hard Drives 1/2IN *Uses 2 5.25IN Bays*

Swiftech MCW30 Chipset Waterblock for Most AMD & Intel Motherboards 1/2IN &3/8IN Barbs

Swiftech Adjustable Black Hose Clamps for 3/8IN Inner Diameter 1/2IN Outer Diameter Tubing (2 Pack)


As this is my first water cooling setup I am a complete and total noob and I want to make sure I get it right, as I have spent quite a bit on my PC.

I have a few questions:
1. I am going to be cooling the HDD,CPU,Video card, and Chipset. This is a lot too cool which is why I chose a quad fan radiator. Is using one large/high performance radiator a good idea.
3. I am completely and utterly confused by this whole thing, I have no idea how to secure the hoses, what sizes of everything I need and etc. a good explanation would be helpful.
3. In what order should it all be connected, I was thinking: Pump-->Blocks-->Radiator-->Pump

I know this is quite a bit to ask but if anyone could help I would greatly appreciate it.
Edited by 4real*leb - 12/20/08 at 8:26pm
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post #2 of 16
Koolance block = fail. Stick with this.
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post #3 of 16
make sure you have no aluminum mixed with copper

stick with an all copper system, go with 1/2 ID tubing and go with danger den fatboy barbs

go with distilled water and pt nuke from petra... and toss in some petra dye for looks
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post #4 of 16
make sure youhave enough barbs for the rad and block, just make sure each piece comes with what you need, if not order extra.

I think using 7/16 tubing is popular as it provides a tighter fit over the 1/2" barbs. (will still fit, just tighter for less leaks)
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Liability View Post
Koolance block = fail. Stick with this.
Thanks! That one seems a lot better, changed my post for that one instead.
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make sure you have no aluminum mixed with copper

stick with an all copper system, go with 1/2 ID tubing and go with danger den fatboy barbs

go with distilled water and pt nuke from petra... and toss in some petra dye for looks
Checked all the parts, none seem to have copper, but I decided this to get this HDD cooler instead: http://www.crazypc.com/products/9430.html. It says it has aluminum houseing, still a problem?

Would this be good for connecting everything?http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...re=Feser%20One
I'll remember the fatboy barbs.

The water shouldn't be much of a problem, what about the Fluid XP+ and distilled water?
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Originally Posted by j_syk View Post
make sure youhave enough barbs for the rad and block, just make sure each piece comes with what you need, if not order extra.

I think using 7/16 tubing is popular as it provides a tighter fit over the 1/2" barbs. (will still fit, just tighter for less leaks)
I'll order some extra fatboy barbs like jdub suggested.

What is the difference?
And how about this:
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...cture=Swiftech

Huge Thanks for the quick replies guys!!!
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post #6 of 16
you dont need a hdd cooler... its so pointless

use http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/

http://www.petrastechshop.com/

http://www.jab-tech.com/

ncix is a joke... prices are mad crazy

crazy pc has bad selection

and frozen cpu is just 2 generic

I have at least 200 dollars from each shop...I really like all 3 lol its a candy store to me
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Quote:
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Checked all the parts, none seem to have copper
Umm, the D-tek fuzion, Swiftech mcw30, and your gfx card blocks are copper. Copper isnt the problem. Aluminum alone isnt a problem. But having water go through a loop which touches both aluminum and copper is bad.

Not sure about the (unessesary) HDD cooler, but the rest of the loop should be fine in terms of metals.
    
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Huge thanks for the replies so far guys they've been great.
I recompiled a new list based on your input:

D-tek Fuzion V2
Swiftech MCP655â„¢ 12 VDC Pump
Wye Fitting - 1/2" - Clear
Swiftech MCRES-Micro Rev 2
Tygon® Silver Antimicrobial Tubing 1/2in. ID 3/4in. OD #AS600038
Black Ice GTX 480 Radiator
Dangerden - 4870-X2 Water Block
Dangerden FB (Fat Boy) G 1/4 Fittings - 1/2" Barb
1/2" T Line for 1/2" ID Tubing - Black
120mm Quad LED fan - BLUE
Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound
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post #9 of 16
dangerden X2 block? its ugly as sin, and quality isnt what its used to be. the EK and XSPC ones are better. DD is also more expensive iirc.
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go for the XSPC 4870x2 block, the EK one has had major shorting issues.
    
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