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Hey guys, this will be my final thread made before I purchase my loop, and I just wanted to post it and see if you guys catch anything that I missed, other than the distilled water of course, which I will buy at my local grocery store.

EK Supreme HF Cpu block
EK FC GTX 580 block
Petra's PT Nuke -PHN
Kwikcut tube cutter
Tygon 1/2in. ID 3/4in. OD 6 feet
Metal Worm clamps 3/4in. OD x 10
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XSPC dual bay reservoir for swiftech mcp 350/355
Scythe gentle typhoon ap-14 x 4
swiftech mcp350 pump
XSPC 1/2" barbs x 10

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Ah the first water cooling loop, brings back memories...

I would get at least 8ft of tubing, I believe with my first setup I had 10ft and ended up having a couple feet left over with no mistakes. 6ft wouldn't have been enough though. Other than that I think I would go ahead and pick up a MCP355 rather than the 350. The 355 should keep you covered in case you want to upgrade, plus the increase in head pressure is worth it, especially since you're going with two rads and two blocks.
Other than that everything looks great!
    
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post #3 of 19
Why not save some money and get the XSPC Pump/Res 750 Combo unit? It's about as powerful as the MCP 350 + Top anyways.
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Ah the first water cooling loop, brings back memories...

I would get at least 8ft of tubing, I believe with my first setup I had 10ft and ended up having a couple feet left over with no mistakes. 6ft wouldn't have been enough though. Other than that I think I would go ahead and pick up a MCP355 rather than the 350. The 355 should keep you covered in case you want to upgrade, plus the increase in head pressure is worth it, especially since you're going with two rads and two blocks.
Other than that everything looks great!
Okay, i'll definitely go with more tubing then, thanks! And the reason for the pump choice is that I want the pump to be silent or at the same level of noise as the rest of the fans in the case, which is about 25dba. The mcp355 I understand is a bit louder than the mcp350, which is why I didn't go with it.

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Why not save some money and get the XSPC Pump/Res 750 Combo unit? It's about as powerful as the MCP 350 + Top anyways.
Is it really? How is the noise level compared to it? I'm going for a quiet system here. Also, I've heard weird things about that unit, which is why I wanted to stay away from it.
Edited by Behemoth777 - 1/1/11 at 2:26pm
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post #5 of 19

Here is a video of the pump noise (when it's properly vibration isolated):


As as performance goes, at 1 GPM the 350 + Top puts out around 3.7-3.8 PSI of drop (depending on the top). The XSPC Dual bay res pump puts out 3.69 PSI of pressure drop.

3.7 PSI drop is more than enough for two blocks and two radiators, you could even add a second 580 and more radiators and still be fine.
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If i was you i would get the MPC355 and get a triple rad instead of the dual as i see you are going to be cooling a cpu and GTX580
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Here is a video of the pump noise (when it's properly vibration isolated):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW4qHp-w17k

As as performance goes, at 1 GPM the 350 + Top puts out around 3.7-3.8 PSI of drop (depending on the top). The XSPC Dual bay res pump puts out 3.69 PSI of pressure drop.

3.7 PSI drop is more than enough for two blocks and two radiators, you could even add a second 580 and more radiators and still be fine.
"properly vibration isolated"? How do I accomplish this? And nice info, but I can't really tell from the video how loud/quiet it is.

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If i was you i would get the MPC355 and get a triple rad instead of the dual as i see you are going to be cooling a cpu and GTX580
I'm actually getting dual 240's, not just one.
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post #8 of 19
One reason not to get a submerged pump is that it dumps all of its heat into the water where as the non submerged ones only dump some of their heat. The difference though in actuality is only a few watts so unless you're really OCD I wouldn't worry about it.
    
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i wanted the EK supreme HF but i had to fix my car so I got the rasa kit
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If i was you i would get the MPC355 and get a triple rad instead of the dual as i see you are going to be cooling a cpu and GTX580
He's getting 2 x 240mm radiators which will work great. Also, the 350 will give enough flow to get 1.0 GPM, which is all you need.
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