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About to make these purchases for my first water cooling setup. Some components I've already purchased (they're marked). Feedback for what's left would be much appreciated; i.e. CPU block/fittings/reservoir/pumps/tubing. I don't want any incompatibilities. biggrin.gif

My motherboard is the Gigabyte P67 UD7. Case is the Corsair 800D.

Loop

RES -> PUMP -> RX360 -> CPU -> RX120 -> GPU #1 -> GPU #2

Tubing

PrimoFlex Pro LRT White Tubing - 1/2" ID 3/4" OD

CPU Block

EK Supreme HF (Rev 2) - Acetal + Nickel

I'm using 1155 socket, but I assume most 1156 blocks are compatible. I will contact the manufacturer before purchase to make sure if I can't find out elsewhere.

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GPU Blocks

2 x EVGA GTX 580 Hydro Copper 2 (Swiftech) [Purchased]

Comes with fittings but I'd rather use Bitspower compression fittings to keep everything standard.

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Radiators

XSPC RX120 [Purchased]
XSPC RX360 [Purchased]

360 internally @ top, 120 internally @ rear.

Radiator Fans

5 x Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1850 RPM (AP-15) [Purchased]

Using fans in push (no shroud).

Already bought the Scythe KAZE MASTER ACE 5.25" fan controller.

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Reservoir / Pump(s)

Here's where I'm at crossroads. I like the look and simplicity of the XSPC X20 750 Dual 5.25" Bay Reservoir Pump, but would prefer two pumps for redundancy, and I'm not certain the 750 is enough for my 3 blocks + RX360 + RX120 with 1/2" 3/4" tubing. Question about the 750: where is the inlet? (assuming that is the outlet)

If OCN thinks the 750 is overkill I may go with that, otherwise I'm looking at 2 x Swiftech MCP 355 installed in the EK-DDC Dual Top V2, inlet to the XSPC Single 5.25" Bay Reservoir.

I've already spent a lot of money on my water cooling project, I don't want to cheap out anywhere. If I'll get better cooling with the dual pump configuration, I'll go with that. ;-) Ultimately I may choose dual pumps for redundancy; peace-of-mind knowing there's always a backup pump if one fails, so I can still use my computer.

Fittings

Bitspower G1/4" 1/2" 3/4" compression fittings. Should be able to get by with normal and 45° fittings. Fourteen or so fittings.. will know an exact amount once I decide on my reservoir/pump.

Filling / Draining

Filling by funnel over the bay reservoir fill port.

Draining by Koolance QDC VL3N male and female at the lowest point (tubing between the last GPU and reservoir), and buying another male end for a drainage tube that I'll store away.

Additives

Antimicrobial Silver Strip


Don't think I'm missing anything, but if I have let me know! What do you think of my choices and compatibility?
post #2 of 20
Everything looks spot on. I would definitely recommend going with a 355 or 655 pump over the xspc pump. That pump is my personal water cooling nemesis.

The EK dual top is really nice, plus it mounts in a 5 1/4 bay. You can mount it on some rubber or foam and really isolate the pump noise and vibration.

You're definitely getting some nice stuff, looking forward to the build log (you are making a log, aren't you? tongue.gif )
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good luck fitting a rx120 in the rear, i wanted to do the same but it's way too thick

well, it'll probably fit but it's going to be REAL close to your cpu block

you can always mount it externally, but if you're going to do that might as well get a 240 external at least

and you dont need 2 pumps.. a single 355/655 is plenty, just get an XSPC/EK top for it
Edited by koven - 1/15/11 at 11:32pm
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good luck fitting a rx120 in the rear, i wanted to do the same but it's way too thick

well, it'll probably fit but it's going to be REAL close to your cpu block

I tried this and the in/out tubes on the cpu block touched the rad, so I ended up putting the RX120 at the bottom of the case as an exhaust. It's actually better that way, because then you can configure the rear fan as intake for the 360 rad. Bottom rad is exhaust, and top rad is exhaust.
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Originally Posted by koven;12028051 
good luck fitting a rx120 in the rear, i wanted to do the same but it's way too thick

well, it'll probably fit but it's going to be REAL close to your cpu block

you can always mount it externally, but if you're going to do that might as well get a 240 external at least

and you dont need 2 pumps.. a single 355/655 is plenty, just get an XSPC/EK top for it

Hm.. I have the RX120 on me, I think I'll try to fit it. I eyed it and thought it would fit, but now I'm not sure. ;-)
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I tried this and the in/out tubes on the cpu block touched the rad, so I ended up putting the RX120 at the bottom of the case as an exhaust. It's actually better that way, because then you can configure the rear fan as intake for the 360 rad. Bottom rad is exhaust, and top rad is exhaust.

Do you have a photo of this you could share? By bottom you mean very bottom (next to PSU)?
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Looking good, good luck, and enjoy!
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Originally Posted by velocd;12028132 
Hm.. I have the RX120 on me, I think I'll try to fit it. I eyed it and thought it would fit, but now I'm not sure. ;-)



Do you have a photo of this you could share? By bottom you mean very bottom (next to PSU)?

No I sure don't, I don't even own that computer. It was just a build I did.

It will fit at the rear, but you'll have to route tubing around the rad, and it does stick out pretty far. There's no way you could push/pull it either, you would have to use only one fan. The 120 fits at the bottom nicely though (just past the PSU), you don't have to mod the case or anything, and there are holes for the tubing right there.
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Originally Posted by mhaneline;12028209 
No I sure don't, I don't even own that computer. It was just a build I did.

It will fit at the rear, but you'll have to route tubing around the rad, and it does stick out pretty far. There's no way you could push/pull it either, you would have to use only one fan. The 120 fits at the bottom nicely though (just past the PSU), you don't have to mod the case or anything, and there are holes for the tubing right there.

Just tried mounting it in the rear (inside), and it fits with 1 fan. Not sure how it will obstruct with tubing or CPU block though. If it doesn't work I'll take your advice and mount it at the bottom. Like you said, I could then use the rear fan as intake (which I'm currently using as intake with air cooling since the 800D doesn't have much).
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Originally Posted by velocd;12028455 
Just tried mounting it in the rear (inside), and it fits with 1 fan. Not sure how it will obstruct with tubing or CPU block though. If it doesn't work I'll take your advice and mount it at the bottom. Like you said, I could then use the rear fan as intake (which I'm currently using as intake with air cooling since the 800D doesn't have much).

Yep. That's the best approach in my opinion, setting both rads as exhaust with the rear fan as intake. That would also give you a negative pressure in the case, helping to keep out the dusties smile.gif
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I tried doing that with my haf x doing 2 200mm fans as intake the exhaust as intake and the others were already intake and there was still dust inside the case same as if it was positive... unless my PSU since the fan is down maybe caused it to get dust in there?
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