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I'm going i7 after xmass and am decided to go Watercooling this time.

However, It didn't take long befor i was so confused i was ready to go back to air solutions...nah...

So i need a little help here.

so i need:
-lga1366 CPU block
-2x GTX280 blocks

and the NB block is included with the gigabyte extreme x58 board

I'm lost in all this g1/4 - 1/4 - 1/2 -3/8 etc.. I'm guessing it's better to have all the same size in your loop? wich one?

-How many 12v pumps should i need for this loop?

-where to put it/them in the loop?

-do i need a radiator after each heat absorbtion spots? aka 1 radiator per block?

-is it worth it going for the mofsets/sb blocks?



*I know this is too many questions for just one to answer, but if you can copy/paste and answer 1 or 2 it'd be greatly appreciated
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G1/4 is the thread size. That's pretty standard, although some manufacturers, like Thermochill, use different sizes. 3/8 and 1/2 are tubing sizes. 1/2 is better, although some people use 1/2 barbs (the nozzles that your tubing fits onto) with 7/16 tubing, which is just a hair smaller than 1/2, and fits tighter. It's not really necessary, and it can be hard to find.

The Swiftech MCP655 pump has tons of power, and would easily handle your loop. There are other pumps, but it's a great pump that's nice and quiet (I can't hear mine even over my quietest fan).

You don't really need multiple radiators, just a big one. At least 360 mm (which is just a three-fan radiator, in case you didn't know), but the 480GTX would be pretty good.

Go Pump - CPU - GPU - GPU - Northbridge - Radiator - Reservoir - Pump. I wouldn't worry about the southbridge or anything, unless you've somehow overclocked your hard drives. Just keep airflow in your case.

Hope that helps (and that I don't get a swift rebuttal!)
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I'm lost in all this g1/4 - 1/4 - 1/2 -3/8 etc.. I'm guessing it's better to have all the same size in your loop? wich one?

G1/4 is the thread size for the barbs. 3/8 and 1/2 is the inner diameter of the barb holes

-How many 12v pumps should i need for this loop?

If it is a good pump like a DDC3.2 or D5, you only need one

-where to put it/them in the loop?

Most people put them between the t-line/reservoir and radiator

-do i need a radiator after each heat absorbtion spots? aka 1 radiator per block?

If you have room, just get a triple or quadruple radiator

-is it worth it going for the mofsets/sb blocks?

Absolutely not
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post #4 of 6
Hello Tatsuo. You'd serve yourself well by first reading the "Water Cooling Essentials" threads:

http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...l-threads.html

Even the advice being given requires some understanding of the terminology and various components.
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post #5 of 6
Like MrDeoderant said, stick with the 1/2 barbs and 7/16 ID (inner dimension) tubing to ensure a pretty tight fit. To get the tubing over the barb, boil some water and stick the end of it in there for a little until it gets soft. Masterkleer has some quality tubing and its only 59 cents a foot.

as for the mofset/sb block, I would stay away from wc'ing them unless you want to have two loops. They generally don't generate enough heat to actually need the watercooling, so it would only cause restrition in the loop.

Heres a few sites to check out for the watercooling supplies:
http://www.j-t.com
http://www.petrastechshop.com
http://www.xoxide.com
http://www.dangerden.com
    
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Or, buy hose clamps for $1 each and use 1/2 inch tubing. Sometimes the tubing you want isn't available in 7/16. These keep things nice and tight. I have 1/2 inch tubing over some 3/8 barbs with these (the new barbs are in, and I have the wrench I need to replace them as of this morning). Not a drop leaked over three weeks.
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