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I'm planning on blowing my tax refund on some new toys, so I want to venture into water cooling on my system. Its a Core 2 Quad Q9550 E0, on a Gigabyte EP45UD3LR. Its currently clocked at 3.4ghz on air, and I want to go faster. I'm already planning on upgrading the memory, since thats the primary limiting factor right now, and a new PSU, I'll probably be going with a Silverstone 1000w unit. I'm also planning a new GPU, either a GTX 560 or 570.

So far, I've been reading and playing around on frozencpu, and decided that I want to start with just a cpu loop, and later add a full coverage block to the graphics card, and maybe a northbridge block too. Because of this, I want a system with a fair amount of potential, but I'm also trying to keep the cost from being too exorbitant.

This is the list I've come up with so far, so any advice/suggestions/horror stories would be much appreciated.


Oh, and I know that none of this is going to fit inside my Antec 902, so I'm planning on mounting the pump, reservoir, and radiator/fans on custom brackets off the back. I'm an experienced metal and fiberglass fabricator, so I'm not worried about anything on that end. Oh, and with 5 1tb hdds and 1 2tb hdd in the front cages, I'm less than worried about making the case top-heavy or unbalanced by hanging a bunch of heavy stuff off the back.
    
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FX8150 @ 4.8ghz ASRock Fatal1ty 990fx 2x EVGA GTX 550ti 2x4GB Mushkin 2000 
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Samsung 830 128gb ssd LG supermulti, Sony bluray Swiftech 650, XSPC block and radiator Win7 
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Samsung 830 128gb ssd LG supermulti, Sony bluray Swiftech 650, XSPC block and radiator Win7 
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Three Acer 23" lcds Logitech G510 Cooler Master 700w NZXT Phantom 
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post #2 of 6
The only thing I can make mention of (I'm doing my own research to make my own loop too ) is that unless the anti kink stuff comes in a bundle or something, you seem to only have one foot of it. Then again, I really am not sure how useful they are to begin with, seems to be mixed feelings with what I've read.
post #3 of 6
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According to the website, it comes in a 40" length. I'm not planning on wrapping the whole system in it, only the tight bends. I figured it would be one of those things that would be nice to have handy, even if I don't end up needing it.
    
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FX8150 @ 4.8ghz ASRock Fatal1ty 990fx 2x EVGA GTX 550ti 2x4GB Mushkin 2000 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 830 128gb ssd LG supermulti, Sony bluray Swiftech 650, XSPC block and radiator Win7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Three Acer 23" lcds Logitech G510 Cooler Master 700w NZXT Phantom 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 830 128gb ssd LG supermulti, Sony bluray Swiftech 650, XSPC block and radiator Win7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Three Acer 23" lcds Logitech G510 Cooler Master 700w NZXT Phantom 
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post #4 of 6
Switch the CPU block to the XSPC Rasa, the one you currently have is outdated and is literally 5C+ worse than the XSPC Rasa.

The XSPC Rasa is also $60 on FrozenCPU.

Also, have you considered the XSPC Rasa kit?
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2600k @ 5.0 GHz/1.42v ASUS P8P67 Pro MSI GTX 670 OC 20 GB/1600/7-7-7-24 
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120GB Vertex SSD Western Digital 1TB None! Ubuntu 12.04/Win8/OSX 10.8.2 
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120GB Vertex SSD Western Digital 1TB None! Ubuntu 12.04/Win8/OSX 10.8.2 
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post #5 of 6
yeah I would recommend the XSPC kit, comes with everything you need
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post #6 of 6
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I looked at the XSPC kit, but I can't use a bay mounted reservoir, I don't have the space for it in the case. And, it just really doesn't catch my eye, I'd rather have something more bold and custom.

I will take your advice and go for the Rasa block, though.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX8150 @ 4.8ghz ASRock Fatal1ty 990fx 2x EVGA GTX 550ti 2x4GB Mushkin 2000 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 830 128gb ssd LG supermulti, Sony bluray Swiftech 650, XSPC block and radiator Win7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Three Acer 23" lcds Logitech G510 Cooler Master 700w NZXT Phantom 
MouseMouse Pad
Cyber Snipa Silencer Steelseries. Plain and black. like my soul.  
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FX8150 @ 4.8ghz ASRock Fatal1ty 990fx 2x EVGA GTX 550ti 2x4GB Mushkin 2000 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 830 128gb ssd LG supermulti, Sony bluray Swiftech 650, XSPC block and radiator Win7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Three Acer 23" lcds Logitech G510 Cooler Master 700w NZXT Phantom 
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Cyber Snipa Silencer Steelseries. Plain and black. like my soul.  
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