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post #7311 of 106459
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post #7312 of 106459
Or he's drunk biggrin.gif
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post #7313 of 106459
Heyo! I'm looking into real water cooling for my first build when it comes time in May! I was just curious how difficult it is to set up for a first timer, and how I get red tubes! biggrin.gif
    
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man.. i envy you guys.. i wanted to go liquid atleast for an XSPC Rasa kit.. but budget is scarce at the moment.. still need to pay for the bills.. wicked builds!..
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post #7315 of 106459
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Originally Posted by Drexra;12121147 
Heyo! I'm looking into real water cooling for my first build when it comes time in May! I was just curious how difficult it is to set up for a first timer, and how I get red tubes! biggrin.gif

Check out the stickies in the Water cooling threads. Do lots of research and ask questions if you truly can't find your answer. Do it once and do it right, this isn't something you want to screw up, if you do it can cost you a system.

I setup my first water cooling system @ 15, I think it is easy but most mechanical things come really easy to me, I have also read horror stories about people smoking their system with water cooling because they simply didn't take their time or have the right precautions in place to make sure that horror couldn't take place. TAKE YOUR TIME.

Red tubes, about every store on the internet that sells water cooling parts has red tubing, it is very popular.
There is a TON of different ways to setup these systems, half the battle will be choosing what you really want and how much money you want or willing to spend on getting it, it isn't a cheap system. Plan it out and spend you money wisely.

Good luck and have fun with it
post #7316 of 106459
Yeah, like Nick said it's pretty straightforward if you're careful.

Each part has it's own installation manual, so installing the parts are easy. The best advice you can get is to take your time. Even us vets make mistakes when we try to rush things... I was once re-building my rig and rushing through, and I completely forgot to connect one of the tubes and water went everywhere. It was a good thing the system was off, so I just dried it up, connected the tube and everything was fine, luckily.

Honestly, I've built custom cooling loops more times than I can remember, and I still get sloppy. Take your time and double, triple and quadruple check EVERYTHING. An extra 5 minutes checking to make sure you did it right can save you hundreds in the long run if you forgot to connect something or a connection is leaky and you didn't leak test.
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post #7317 of 106459
WC is extremely straight forward, just make sure all of the components are compatible, like no aluminum radiators, and make sure everything is clamped on and tight. Never had a leak in the years I've been running it while my computer was one, just one time I had a geyser explode out of the top of my gpu block since I forgot to drain my 2nd res before undoing the loop.
 
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post #7318 of 106459
Agreed. The best thing is to go through all 732 pages and see what you like and how others "make things work". The strike out a budget and start pricing components to see if you can stay within that budget. May save some money at first using barb fittings and replace them later with the fancy compression ones.
Use caution it is VERY easy to blow a budget when you start looking at all the cool items available. But also don't get a cheap 240 rad if you plan on cooling 2 GPU's unless you have room to add another rad. Make smart decisions on components so you don't need to upgrade as you upgrade.
    
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post #7319 of 106459
Thank you all for the quick replies! What I would be cooling is a CPU and possibly a GPU, and I have plenty of time to read all those pages between now and May when I actually build!

I've been going through the stickies and it seems something I could do! Which I find hilarious, because a few years ago I wouldn't have said I could put RAM in a computer tongue.gif
    
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post #7320 of 106459
A lot of people will recommend a fat rad, distilled water only, ptnuke OR silvercoil for anti-microbial purposes, and if you want red tubes, just buy red tube, not dye. Do yourself a favor with that, lol.

Try to find an install somewhere of your case, and see if you like the layout. If theres any ONE thing not to cheap out on for w/c'ing, its the pump. My order of priority would be pump, rad/fans (considered one item), then block. Last thing, make sure pump is gravity fed from output on res for easy prime.

Sometimes it easier to build pump/res combo. MCP350 and 355s have tops and res tops.
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