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Ok, well I think I might finally take the leap to WC my system, but here's a short list of what I'm looking at.

Please let me know if I'm missing anything because I dont want to miss something and have something get messed up. Recommendations are appreciated as well

Updated
Water Blocks:
CPU - Swiftech Apogee $40
http://store.yahoo.com/svcompucycle/apogee.html

GPU - None at the moment (depends on overall price)
I have a NV Silencer on right now

Reservoir
DD Bay Reservoir - $18
http://www.dangerdenstore.com/produc...&cat=27&page=1

Radiator
Dual Heater Core w/ Shroud $50
http://www.dangerdenstore.com/produc...&cat=14&page=1

Pump
Hydor L35 - $46
http://www.marinedepot.com/aquarium_...tz.asp?CartId=

Tubing and Water I'll get elsewhere locally at a Home Depot and Water/Coolant somewhere here too, can't be much more than $20 total

UV dye - $10

2x120mm 78CFM fans - have from my PC already

So far everything is for 1/2 tubing but I have no clue which is better 1/2 or 3/8...If I go 3/8 i'll have to buy adapters or spend more for a Pump that has 3/8 connectors. I'd rather not go with adapters because it's 2 more things to get messed up and leak with

So right now it's $150 w/o shipping of that stuff and I might get a Maze4 GPU Block

I still have to make sure I have everything, but what kind of temps should I expect. Right now I'm 34/46 for my CPU and 45/60-65 (depends on the game) for my GPU. It's also Winter/Spring now and I know they'll rise up once Summer roles around
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all looks goot so far, and stick with the 1/2"... higher flow, less restiction...
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post #3 of 8
nice
same as what i ordered last night except i got the Swiftech MCP655 pump

edit: if you worried about it leaking jus get some non-conductive fluid to put in the setup
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I would get a Hydor L35 from www.marinedepot.com, it's $5 cheaper than the L30 at crazypc.com, and performs quite a bit better.
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I would get a Hydor L35 from www.marinedepot.com, it's $5 cheaper than the L30 at crazypc.com, and performs quite a bit better.
http://www.marinedepot.com/aquarium_...tz.asp?CartId=
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I would get a Hydor L35 from www.marinedepot.com, it's $5 cheaper than the L30 at crazypc.com, and performs quite a bit better.
Yeah I tried to find the pumps elsewhere other than a computer place but didn't really know where to look


Not sure on the coolant stuff as of yet and whether or not to mix my own or by coolant. I know it's cheaper but if I run Distilled Water/Coolant mix. It'l still be non-conductive right? I like cheap water, coolant and dye and rather not spend $20 for pre mix coolant since I'll have extra of everything if I mix it myself for top offs
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I'd get some good quality Tygon tubing if you want the watercooling on display. The cheaper vinyl stuff will produce a white film as the vinyl wears off that will make the coolant very cloudy. The tygon is better as this should be avoided. For the coolant, I've just gone for pre-mixed antifreeze based on Ethylene Glycol. This should help to avoid the clouding and keep the tubes nice and clear.

Only non-conductive fluid or demineralised water is non-conductive; distilled water will still conduct.
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Well I have a mesh side panel and with get a UV light so it will kind of be on display but only to those in my room

Ok, that make a huge difference then, cause the last thing I want is to not spend $20-$30 on coolant to mess up my $1300 rig

Also, which Outer Diameter 11/16-in or 5/8-in
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