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Hey guys, I am new to water cooling and looking to contruct my first loop in the next few months. I am not a hardcore overclocker, but I do plan on getting my i7-950 to 4GHz. This will be mounted in my Corsair 800D. I have read a lot of reviews, watched many video reviews/set up guides, and looked through a lot of product websites, but I have always found that enthusiast forums tend to be the most helpful.

I just want to make sure that my planned loop isn't stupid.

The set up I have come up with is:
Black Ice GT Stealth 360, Triple 120 Rad mounted inside the top of the case w/ 3x Aerocool 2000 120mm Blue LED fans

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/42...?tl=g30c95s161

and

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/24...tl=g36c331s518

Flowing into this reservoir mounted above the PSU compartment:

FrozenQ Liquid Fusion V Series 2nd Gen


http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10...html?tl=g30c97

Down into the PSU chamber where I have a Swiftech MCP655 waiting:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/21...tl=g30c107s153

Which pumps up to my GPU block (on a GTX580):
Danger Den DD-GTX580 Full Card Block


http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12..._Hot_Item.html

Then to my CPU Block:
EK Supreme HF Universal Block


http://www.frozencpu.com/products/73...tl=g30c325s839

And looping back to the Radiator again.

I will use 3/8" ID 1/2" OD tubing and compression fittings throughout.


Tubing:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/71...?tl=g30c99s171

Fittings (I think I need 6 total?):
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11...l=g30c409s1032

Fluid:

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/69...tl=g30c103s184
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I am going to set the 3 fans to intake from the top and the case fans to flow out with an extra 120mm mounted to the final fan spot flowing in for a slight positive pressure (keep the dust out!)

Things I plan on doing in the future:
SLI, cooling both
Full chipset water block
QDCs

I don't know if this is ridiculous, but I was thinking about adding a 5.25 bay res between the radiator and the main reservoir for easy refilling.

Any input would be appreciated! Thanks!
post #2 of 12
Everything makes sense except for the fluid. Ditch that crap, and buy a gallon of distilled water at the grocery store for 50 cents, and some PT Nuke from here.

If you want color, used colored tubing. Those fluids will gunk up your loop within no time, and the dye wears off.

EDIT: And about the rest, you won't be able to properly cool your CPU and SLI with that rad. Single CPU and single GPU, you'll be fine on a 360. If you add another GPU to the loop, I highly recommend you get a 120, or even better, a 240.
I have a cylindrical res like yours, and if the fill hole is at the top, just get a funnel and it'll work fine.
Leak test for 12 hours.

Good luck and have fun!
Edited by crazyap7 - 12/21/10 at 8:30pm
post #3 of 12
Why are you using a thin radiator when the 800D easily has room for a thick one? You're losing out on performance by doing that. Also, those fans are not the best available in terms of CFM/dBa.

Check out the Gentle Typhoon 1850 RPM if you want some awesome fans.
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i'd never use those fans on that rad, they don't move enough air. if you want color, get colored tubing, not premixes. adding a second res is pointless, you're putting this much effort into it, don't be lazy when refilling.
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Cool, and cool.
Yeah, I think I will use regular distilled. I hadn't really given the fluid much thought, but obviously the feser fluid is a rip off, though I have heard that it isn't as bad for the parts as other fluids. Is there a meaningful difference between using silver and using PTNuke?

As for the radiator, I considered the same thing, I didn't want a huge radiator looking like tumor in the case, but I looked up some of the pics on my second choice: the XSPC RX360:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/85...?tl=g30c95s161

I would do that if it is really dumb to put a small rad in there.

And one thing I haven't seen much of is what kind of CFM I should be looking for for my radiator, I figured the 37 or so from those would be fine, but how much should I look for?
Edited by AlexOnFyre - 12/21/10 at 8:36pm
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Silver coil and PT Nuke will do de same thing, no really meaningful difference between them
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Brief question about coolant v.s. distilled:

Is clear coolant okay (i.e. no dye)? I'm sure distilled + silver + anti-corrosive is cheaper, just wondering if everyone's issue with coolant are dyes.
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I've seen Pt Nuke cause issues in some blocks though. Seems the Silver Coil is a better option for everyone. The Pt nuke depends on what block you are running though.
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I've seen Pt Nuke cause issues in some blocks though. Seems the Silver Coil is a better option for everyone. The Pt nuke depends on what block you are running though.
Yeah, I noticed EK is looking into that:

http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/index.p...t01returnid=17
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Originally Posted by AlexOnFyre View Post
And one thing I haven't seen much of is what kind of CFM I should be looking for for my radiator, I figured the 37 or so from those would be fine, but how much should I look for?
The first radiator you listed was fairly dense ( 30 fpi if i remember right ) the fans you had don't produce enough pressure to push through that and cool the water adequately. the xspc one you linked is a lower fpi (8) rad and will do fine with lower pressure fans.
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