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i will be doing watercooling.

i know good brands like koolance, xspc, swiftech and danger den, but is it possible to mix parts for example have a cpu block from xspc and a gpu block from swiftech?

id like some tips for filling and leak testing the system.

and are compression fittings good or should i just use barbs?

and what is the best size tubing?
    
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I would definetly suggest you take a look at this thread, it helped me with my 3rd watercooling build.

http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...-beginner.html
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Everyone will have a differant opinion on what's the best tubing size, fittings etc.
You just have to do the research and see what's best for your needs and case size.
Good luck.
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If I may recommend a beginner water cooling kit, it was recommended to me on these forums and I loved it. Great beginner kit, takes the guess-work out of things and everything is ready to go for you.

I got the kit with the 360 rad, but other than that, its exactly the same and the kit is virtually universal. It's super-easy to install and does a really good job.

My discovery on leak testing consisted of hooking up the system and then shorting out the motherboard power plug to turn the system on with just the fans for the rad running, plus the pump. I put a few paper towels below each inlet/outlet and just ran the system through to see if it would leak. I didn't have a single leak, myself.

As far as bleeding the system goes, I did it as I leak-tested. Basically, open the res pour hole and then tip the computer in different directions to get the air bubbles out of things. Make sure you slowly and repeatedly fill the res up until the system is full of water, you don't want to run a pump without fluid going through it. I tapped hoses, tapped the rad, and basically turned my computer from being in the standard postion, to 90 degrees towards the power supply end of the case. Basically slowly rotated it back and forth like that.

Hope this helps you some!
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Are there any gtx460 blocks I can get in Melbourne in austraila?
    
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Originally Posted by ninox999 View Post
Are there any gtx460 blocks I can get in Melbourne in austraila?
i know Ek has some resellers in your land, so give it a shot

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Originally Posted by ninox999 View Post
i will be doing watercooling.

i know good brands like koolance, xspc, swiftech and danger den, but is it possible to mix parts for example have a cpu block from xspc and a gpu block from swiftech?

id like some tips for filling and leak testing the system.

and are compression fittings good or should i just use barbs?

and what is the best size tubing?
I dont see a reason, why you couldnt have more manufacturers in one build.
The only problem might occur when you go in SLI with different GPU blocks.

leak testing? hmmmm... i leave it running with PC power off for some time and pad hardware with lots of napkins.

compression fittings are better then barbs by my experience. they look better and they grip better.But they are more expensive.
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Originally Posted by ninox999 View Post
Are there any gtx460 blocks I can get in Melbourne in austraila?
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=15142

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=15141

http://www.thekoolroom.com/index.php...product_id=473

Go nuts.
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For more information on fittings, watch this video:


Also, when you are leak testing/bleeding your loop there is no need to leave the reservoir cap off, it doesn't actually change anything. Air will simply escape into the reservoir and replace the water in the reservoir. Leaving the cap off just makes it more prone to leaks and spills while you are trying to bleed the loop (shaking your case with the reservoir cap off = bad idea).
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thankyou. you people are very helpful
    
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