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This is going to by first water cooling build, and only want to a loop for the CPU. What items would I need (radiator, cpu block, etc.). I will be using the P180 mini which is a mATX case. I was wondering what a good CPU block was for an am3 board, couldn't find any. Thanks!
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XSPC Rasa block - one of the BEST performing block their is, and it is inexpensive compared to other top dog's like the EK HF Plexi and Koolance CPU-360
    
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If you get the Rasa you will have to get the separate AMD mounting kit, it goes for about $7.

The EK blocks come with all the kit to mount on current AMD and Intel boards.

Comparisons of various blocks are here and here.

I would have a look at the Rasa kit, it is a great deal and a decent performing kit. Just add distilled water and PT Nuke / KillCoil.

If you choose to go custom, you will also need:

Radiator - you can get away with a 120 / 140 with high speed fans (think H70), but for decent performance go for a 240, or a 360 if you can fit it in your case and have any plans to include GPUs in the future. Generally speaking, XSPC RX series for low fan speeds, HWLabs GTX for high fan speeds, Swiftech MCR series for price / performance. Radiator comparison here

Pump - No need to go crazy here for a CPU only loop. Have a look at the Jingway-1200 pumps (sold as Danger Den CPX-Pro and EK DCP 4.0). These will be good with enough performance to expand in the future.

Tubing - Personal preference, 1/2" ID * 3/4" OD, 7/16" ID * 5/8" OD, 3/8" ID * 5/8" OD, pick what you like the look of, the performance difference is minimal. You can save some money by using 7/16" tubing and 1/2" barbs, doesn't require clamps. If you want colour get some coloured tubing.

Fittings - Two per component, barbs are cheaper, compression fittings look nicer, both are secure. Match the ID of a barb to the ID of the tubing, match BOTH the ID and OD of the compression fitting to the ID and OD of the tubing. If you use the same size tubing as barbs you will need some clamps; plastic, spring steel, worm drive or zip ties, depends on looks and budget.

Res - Reservoirs make things easier, but you can use a T-line if you want. Personal preference really, but the Swiftech micro res is a great product for a low price.

Coolant - Stay away from pre-mixed coolants as they tend to brake down and gunk up your loop. Get some distilled water from a grocery store ($1-2 / gallon) and use either a silver KillCoil or some PT Nuke as biocide. That is all you need.

Fans - Again, personal preference. If you want performance / noise then look at the Scythe GT fans, for low cost the Yate Loons, for high performance and the hell with the noise you have a few options. Martin's test is a good place to start looking.
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