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Hey guys im finally going to go water cooling, Since im planning to mod my case i have decided that the raD should be inside my case. heres a diagram of how it will look like tell me if the hosing is wrong. IN coming water is represented by "YELLOW LINES" OUT going water is represented by "GRAY LINES" Please let me know if this set up is good or not. i have my doubts on the line going to the reservoir. and going in to the rad to cpu. Thanks
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Your setup looks just fine. But you said you have decided the "RAM" should be inside the case. I think you meant the "RAD"
If you can set the "RAD" on top of the case it would help you achieve lower temps as the air flowing through the RAD will be cooler.

Basically you want the following loop order (which I see you already have):
Reservoir -> Pump -> Radiator -> CPU Block -> GPU Block

You might also want to consider adding a Y-Splitter to split the water coming out of the Radiator equally to the CPU and the GPU.
Then when the water comes out of both the CPU and GPU you can also use a Y-Splitter (inverted this time) to channel the water to the Reservoir.
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Hmmm thats right!! why didnt i think of that.. so im going to need 2 y splitters...
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all looks well for your setup.. i cant wait to get some extra $$$ to build a WC setup!
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If u are planning to go water i highly suggest start with the cheapest part, the RADIATOR, buy it from kragen online then pick it up from the store its $38.00 online and the store sells it for $48.00. from there u can work ur way in buying the cpu block. then pump.
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ahhh, thanks for suggesting, but im months away from having money for it, and i have it all planned out already from reading so many damn posts on WC setups lol...
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Quote:
Originally Posted by z_one
You might also want to consider adding a Y-Splitter to split the water coming out of the Radiator equally to the CPU and the GPU.
The advantage of splitting is less load on the pump, and greater flow overall. The disadvantage is that if one waterblock is more restrictive than the other, flow will be unbalanced and cooling could be uneven.

The challenge would be figuring out which one is restrictive, and balancing flow if needed--perhaps by seeing which one is hotter, and constricting the flow to the cooler one.

Just something to think about...

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Originally Posted by DrDeville
The advantage of splitting is less load on the pump, and greater flow overall. The disadvantage is that if one waterblock is more restrictive than the other, flow will be unbalanced and cooling could be uneven.

The challenge would be figuring out which one is restrictive, and balancing flow if needed--perhaps by seeing which one is hotter, and constricting the flow to the cooler one.

Just something to think about...

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I get what ur saying i actually thought of that too, its basically same as a paintball gun. AIR will take the first available hose so i was assuming water would do the samething, the only thing i can think so the cpu would have enough water was use a small barb and hose fitting going to the vga. so the flow bottle necks where the "Y" slipts. well not really bottle neck but slows down since a smaller diameter hose/barb is going to the VGA. however on my first diagram cpu in and out to the vga how hot is that water going to the vga. would it be alot to affect cooling my vga?
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sorry mates. i think i would have to differ on this. when u have a single loop for the gpu and the cpu, there is no such thing as different load on the pump. the load in terms of flow remains the same. what changes is the pressure drop. the pressure drop over two blocks namely the gpu and the cpu would most definitely be higher than the pressure drop across just the cpu. the pressure drop over the setup of cpu to gpu then to reservoir would be a lot more than either of the above. but then since u have a reservoir the pressure drop doesnt matter at all because the reservoir acts as a buffer zone providing the necessary head for the suction of the pump. therefore the pump will still start at the same point. of course if u were not to have a reservoir things would be different.

as for greater flow from splitting the flow there exists no such thing. the flow of the pump is determined by the design of the pump and not the flow patterns. no matter how u direct the tubes, the flow will remain constant for any particular power consumption. what changes is the pressure drop.
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Hey Shortfuse,

I agree with CyrixMII300 about the pump flow for your setup. The only thing I would add is an air bleed at the highest gravity point in your system. That would be a tee fitting and bleed valve on the highest point of your radiator. You don`t want an air pocket anywhere in the rad, and it must be bled out. I haven`t bought any of this stuff, so I don`t know the feasibility of adding such a bleed valve. But being in the business I`m in, I know for sure that the air will have to be bled from any high points or areas where it can be trapped and stop/reduce pump flow.
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