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So I have been doing some research on watercooling, but I still want to know more before I start to order my own parts and assemble them. I would like to spend around 200 dollars if possible. So far heres what I'm thinking...

1/2 tubing...Best place to buy?

Laing D5 12VDC Pump
-how noisey is it?
-enough power?
-would a smaller one work just as well?
-recommendations?

Swiftech Storm cpu waterblock
-I might be removing my IHS so I want to double check that its a screw on waterblock, I'm pretty sure most are.
-Good performance for the price?

DD Double Heater Core radiator
-Good for the price?
-Would a car radiator be easier to find/cheaper for the same performance?

Having a hard time finding a good Video waterblock...I don't really wanna spend 100+ dollars on a video waterblock.
Suggestions?

I also have a thermaltake tsunami...which I have not seen any water cooling setups using it. Would It be difficult to mount a watercooling system inside?

I'm not so consered about noise, I'm looking to lower my temps even more then what I have now with my air so performance is my goal.

Again I'm a total newbie, but I'm really excited to build my own watercooling setup. Any and all suggestions would be welcome!

Thanks!
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post #2 of 9
sweet, welcome to watercooling..
For tubes, I like home depot, or your local hardware store..
The pump, very common in this type of setup, highly recommended, pleanty of power
The swiftec storm blocks are common, some argue that the Apogee block is better or the DD TDX. Your choice, I would personally take the Apogee, but that's just me.
Dual Rad is the only way to go these days, though, it is popular to get a 77 pontiac bonneville's heatercore and use that. There is a lot of good guides on how to choose radiators on this site, look around
Waterblock on buget, get the Maze4 block, it's cheap and effective, a good combo.

Not shure about the case, It is best to leave the radiators outside of your case, you don't want hot air blowing all over your mobo and other components. The pump ect. are all ok inside though.
    
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Thanks for your responce!

My plan with the radiator was to mount it on top of the case with a custom shroud, but I want to get an idea of the sizes of the parts before I start to design how I want the watercooling in my case.

I forgot to add a resevoir in my original post. Any suggestions on these?

I was planning on cutting out the bottom of my hard drive tray (5 total slots, only have 2 harddrives) for the pump.

would something like http://www.crazypc.com/Merchant2/mer...ct_Code=93314C
that work ok since I don't use any floppy drives on my rig? Or should I go with a side mounting reservoir?

What are the things I'm looking for in a resevoir?
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Those are all good parts, going to go over 200 though. Go external if you are not going to move around, take a look at mine, I can spin the wingnuts off the block and my computer is totally free of the water system. not much chance for leak problems inside the case either.
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Which parts are you guys using and how do you like them?

edit-going over 200 is fine, just wanna stay under 300, so i said 200ish

What type of clamps do you prefer and weres a good place to get them?
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My rad is a 77 bonneville and pump is a Via Aqua 1300, I made everything else.
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Those are all good parts, going to go over 200 though. Go external if you are not going to move around, take a look at mine, I can spin the wingnuts off the block and my computer is totally free of the water system. not much chance for leak problems inside the case either.
Thanks for showing this picture fstfrddy! I want to build a system that has everything outside as well.

Do you have any detailed pictures of the black box to the right of the case you'd be willing to share? I'd love to see the layout of the inside of that bad boy!
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http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/tubing.html

You have chosen some excellent components why skimp on the tubing--cheap tubing will harden and possibly crack and be a pain to remove or service--Tygon is the best of the best--your components will easily out perform any $200 kit out there--good luck!
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Thanks for showing this picture fstfrddy! I want to build a system that has everything outside as well.

Do you have any detailed pictures of the black box to the right of the case you'd be willing to share? I'd love to see the layout of the inside of that bad boy!
here ya go, pretty simple really just wood and paint.


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