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So I've decided to take a dive into watercooling. I've slowly grown from an i7-930 on a stock sink to an i7-970 [Thanks intel retailedge] (Runs stock for gaming have hit 4.6 on the h50 for Vantage) and an n520 a CM V6 gt and now an H50 in push pull.. And looking at some of my friends rigs with water have really made me want to do a custom loop inside my HAF X.

And with all the pro's and wisdom in these forums I wanted to make sure I'm making the right choice in my equipment I want something that's going to be quiet and capable of handling the load. I'm 90% sure I can hit 5Ghz on this chip.

So here is a list of the parts I plan on buying:

Pump: MCP-35X
I like the small size since I wanna have the pump at the bottom by the psu while keeping the cable cover on. Will this be enough power for a 240 rad and +/- 4ft of hosing?

Reservoir: Frozenq PC mods 160mL
I watched the thread as he developed it and it's sick and I plain want it.

Radiator & fans:
Here's where I've hit a bump, I want something I can use with quieter fans.. Right now on the h50 I have two Thermaltake fans I got from compusa for 10 bucks they're 69cfm, but stupidly loud. From what I gather the HW Labs SR1 is the way to go for low cfm/dbA set up goes.

But I wanted input on:
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...oducts_id=3892
and
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=20983

As far as fans would 3000RPM typhoons work set at 1000rpm or so? Or what fans would you guys recommend? (I would love to have two red led fans pushing air up from the case and two black pulling out if possible)

Waterblock: EK Supreme HF Full gold.
Best reviews was going to get the black acetal one, but I figured for a few bucks more this looks pretty neat.

Fittings: Ek 1/2 inch Compression fittings
Playing it safe, plus they look clean.

Hosing: 4 or 5ft? of Feser 1/2" ID red UV tubing
It goes with my classified and 570 red and black theme.

Coolant: Primochill PC ICE

Overall it's around 450 bucks which I don't consider too bad for high quality parts. I appreciate all the input in advance thanks guys!

Hopefully this thread will turn into my first work log, I was going to do it with my build, but I was antsy and just put it together at 2am after I got back from a wedding xD

My two ideas so far for the loop were:
One: This pic is a bit outdated but I'm not home to fix it, currently the dvd drive is at the bottom 5.25" bay with the hotswap plate gone, the mobo cable was also moved, there's two 12 inch red cathodes up top, and my h50 is sitting up top but that's not relevant.

After looking at this idea, it seems that I'm putting in a lot of unnecessary hosing but I'm looking for opinions anyways.

Two:

In this idea I'm thinking of attaching the pump to the hotswap bay which is sitting there just to keep my front face closed. My concerns here are the vibration noise from the pump on the hotswap bay and the flexibility of the 1/2" ID tubing. Other than that this would be a champ.

AND I just noticed my drawing is unaccurate in that the in/out port on the SR1 rad are on the same side so they'd probably both be closer to the front of the case. I dunno what I was thinking.

Thanks,
Kr3w561
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Why dont you TEC?
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CPU only; XSPC Rasa kit.
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Why dont you TEC?
I don't think I'm quite ready to go that far yet
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CPU only; XSPC Rasa kit.
I knowthose kits are great however I'm trying to stay away from "kits" I find it much more fulfilling to come up with my own original design.
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First of all, you should always get the fan that closest resembles the speed you want to run it at. If you want to run gentle typhoon's at 1000 RPM, get the 1150 RPM Model (AP-13).

Secondly, I would switch the radiator to the XSPC RX240. It's cheaper than the SR-1 and actually outperforms it as well. Block, pump, reservoir and fittings look good. I would switch to Primoflex tubing, it is cheaper and there is virtually no difference. It comes in the same 1/2" ID 3/4" OD Red as the Feser stuff does. I would recommend 8 feet of tubing so that you have room to make mistakes.

Thirdly, I would connect the pump to the reservoir directly using a male to male rotary fitting. This black bitspower fitting would work perfectly.
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With the Black Ice GTX series you want high output fans due to the high FPI (fins per inch) count. I have Ultra Kaze 20000RPM on mine. The Ultra Kazes and San Aces work pretty well on these rads.
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First of all, you should always get the fan that closest resembles the speed you want to run it at. If you want to run gentle typhoon's at 1000 RPM, get the 1150 RPM Model (AP-13).
I am currious why you recommend this? Especially for the GT series of fans. The 1850 version can easily be regulated to any speed down to 400-500 RPM with a controller, hence making it possible to run it as any lower speed version while providing instant speed upgrade if wanted down the road.


/Nordar
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First of all, you should always get the fan that closest resembles the speed you want to run it at. If you want to run gentle typhoon's at 1000 RPM, get the 1150 RPM Model (AP-13).

Secondly, I would switch the radiator to the XSPC RX240. It's cheaper than the SR-1 and actually outperforms it as well. Block, pump, reservoir and fittings look good. I would switch to Primoflex tubing, it is cheaper and there is virtually no difference. It comes in the same 1/2" ID 3/4" OD Red as the Feser stuff does. I would recommend 8 feet of tubing so that you have room to make mistakes.

Thirdly, I would connect the pump to the reservoir directly using a male to male rotary fitting. This black bitspower fitting would work perfectly.
Thank you, I actually really like the idea of mounting the res on the pump. but my question is how would I use the inlet which is on the bottom right beside the outlet?
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I am currious why you recommend this? Especially for the GT series of fans. The 1850 version can easily be regulated to any speed down to 400-500 RPM with a controller, hence making it possible to run it as any lower speed version while providing instant speed upgrade if wanted down the road.


/Nordar
While this is true, a GT-1850 RPM fan undervolted to 1150 RPM will be louder than a GT-1150 RPM fan at 100%. While the difference isn't huge, it is something to consider. By the description of the OP it sounded like he was just going to run the 3000 RPM GentleTyphoons at 1000 RPM all the time, and never use their upper RPM range. Add in the fact that the 3k RPM GTs don't come with a 3-pin and that they cost more it'd be better to simply get the 1150 RPM GTs.

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Thank you, I actually really like the idea of mounting the res on the pump. but my question is how would I use the inlet which is on the bottom right beside the outlet?
There is an inlet on the top of the reservoir as well.
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