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VGA block.......EK-FC480 GTX-Nickel.102.95
CPU Block.......HK3.0......................84.95
CPU Block......EK HF.......................73.95
Rad...............Swifttech 320...........49.95
Res...............XSPC Acrylic Dual.......34.99
Pump.............Swiftech MCP655.......79.99
Barbs.............Unknown...................--.--
Hose..............Tygon...................14.05
2600k and GTX480
Edited by MDalton10 - 1/18/11 at 2:11pm
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post #2 of 15
pump: get a mcp355 instead.. mcp655 is for more restrictive loops and yours is not very restrictive

rad: get a XSPC RX360 rad instead, put some ~1500 rpm fans on it like the GT AP-14

barbs: dont get any plastic barbs, id go with bitspower

tubing: primoflex or tygon

cpu block: the EK Supreme HF is a bit better than the HK for similar price
Edited by jp27 - 1/18/11 at 2:00pm
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The RS360 is worth the extra 38 dollars?
I found tygon hose for a decent price.
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Originally Posted by MDalton10 View Post
CPU Block.......HK3.0......................84.95
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Go for EK Supreme HF or XSPC Rasa instead
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Tygon hose tends to turn water cloudy after a few months of use. Personally I've never had a problem with Primoflex ProLRT - myself and a lot of people will recommend it.

A Swiftech MCR320 is perfectly fine - it will be good enough to cool a CPU and GPU in a single loop. If you can afford it, go for an RX360 and get some low-RPM fans such as some Gentle Typhoon AP-14's or some ~1400 RPM Yate Loon's.

The res is fine, I have the same one.

As for fittings, any will do, personally I'd go for compression fittings but it's down to personal opinion at the end of the day.
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post #6 of 15
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pump: get a mcp355 instead.. mcp655 is for more restrictive loops and yours is not very restrictive
Actually, the MCP355 is better for restrictive loops, since it has more head force (or whatever its called)

MCP655 is better for less restrictive loops.

Both are really good pumps though!
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Tygon hose tends to turn water cloudy after a few months of use. Personally I've never had a problem with Primoflex ProLRT - myself and a lot of people will recommend it.

A Swiftech MCR320 is perfectly fine - it will be good enough to cool a CPU and GPU in a single loop. If you can afford it, go for an RX360 and get some low-RPM fans such as some Gentle Typhoon AP-14's or some ~1400 RPM Yate Loon's.

The res is fine, I have the same one.

As for fittings, any will do, personally I'd go for compression fittings but it's down to personal opinion at the end of the day.
PrimoFlex it is, But damn the compression fittings cost an arm and a leg.
And if its 35 dollars better then I will get it. No need to skimp out of 35 bucks.
Edited by MDalton10 - 1/18/11 at 2:45pm
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post #8 of 15
Compression fittings aren't "better". I recommend some Bitspower 3/8" barbs and 3/8" x 1/2" tubing, which is very easy to work with. And I like my 355 pump with XSPC's reservoir top (non-bay).
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Originally Posted by pangeltveit View Post
Actually, the MCP355 is better for restrictive loops, since it has more head force (or whatever its called)

MCP655 is better for less restrictive loops.

Both are really good pumps though!
Once you consider how flow rate doesn't have an effect on temperature past 1.0 GPM and that the 655 uses a lot more power, it isn't really a great pump.

I would not get either pump, as they are both overkill for his setup.

I would get the EK DCP 4.0 or the XSPC Dual Bay Reservoir Pump.
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I would suggest this...



You can use discount code pcapx for a 5% discount.
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