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All I am going to cool for now is just GPU and CPU. I got i7 930 @ 3.7 and I'm going to buy somewhere along 580gtx or I'll see what happens in 6 weeks when I get back from fort leonardwood.

I already have
655 DC
Apogee XT
MCRES Micro Rev2
MCR220
Lots of barbs and clamps...

Pending:
XSPC 360RX
GPU Block

AND I have no idea what I am doing
So here are my questions

I heard coolant dyes clogs up the blocks, my friend said he got some primochill non conductive dyes, I just want a tint of blue in it. I heard it doesn't clog up as bad as other ones; anyone have experience with that?

And Also would the D5 be able to handle the loop?

Also apart from the barbs I already have, thinking of getting some 1/2ID black barbs, anyone recommend any?
    
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Use destilled water, the RX360 radiator is perfect for you... all you need is some nice fans! If you want to get the best block out there, get EK Supreme HF Full Nickel

655 is really nice.. I am using it myself, with EK top. As for the GPU block, get this one

What do you mean by "I already have" you have them in your house or planing to buy them If you have everything, just get the RX360 rad and the GPU block Also if you want to be very secure, use 7/16 tubing with 1/2 compression fittings (or normal fittings) up to you (compression are more secure and they give you a nice look for your system). If you want you can always go with 1/2 tubing and 1/2 fittings (the tubing is kinda "fat" and looks better) that's up to you tho, 7/16 looks really nice too.

Make sure to get: Killcoil & PT Nuke
Edited by Lune - 2/21/11 at 5:03pm
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for coolant i heard the same my suggestion is just to buy blue tubing, unless you want to clean out your loop every six months to make sure there are no blocks
if you are really looking at the gtx 580 i might suggest this one to save you trouble time and space

you only need one rad, res, and pump people rarely have two of any of those; if you want you probably can get splitters if you want two pipes coming out of the rad to the cpu and gpu both get cool water rather than set it up in a chain manner
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Dyes at all are bad. I used to run dyes in my setup, then my tubes got all cloudy and nasty looking, so I looked inside the waterblocks, and found tons of stuff on the inside. It's a pain to clean them too, and very time consuming. Save yourself some time and money, and just run distilled water in colored tubing. Primochill makes some great tubing that's UV reflective, and very kink resistant.
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Don't use the pre-mix coolant dyes uv cool super duper colored stuff. They reduce your ability to dissipate heat because of so many additives. They are also a pain in the ass to clean out of the blocks, tubings, and may clog and possibly even damage the pump.

The D5 should be able to handle the loop fine. I'm running 655B with two radiators no problem.

Barbs don't really matter much, just get some that you will like. Generally there are your standard brass barbs chrome plated, high flow barbs, and silver barbs (anti-microbes). One time I found pure copper barbs but they all sold out. If you want black barbs it looks like Enzotech is the only one that has it:
http://www.jab-tech.com/Metal-Barb-F...1-2-c-330.html


But if you really want to get into the chemistry of water and additives:
http://www.overclockers.com/pc-water...mistry-part-i/
http://www.overclockers.com/pc-water...istry-part-ii/

Preferably I like the idea of:
Distilled Water + Biocide = Simple and works
Distilled Water + Biocide + Waterwetter = Now has a cooling agent
Distilled Water + Biocide + Waterwetter + Silver tubing/coils = now has more anti-microbial properties
Distilled Water + Biocide + Waterwetter + Silver tubing/coils + Anti-freeze = too much stuff in the loop

The more stuff you put in the loop the less effective at cooling your loop gets. You also run the risk of your pump clogging and anti-freeze is toxic to living things. You also don't know if the anti-freeze formula ever changes but it supposedly uses proplyene glycol or ethlyene glycol. By adding additives to the loop you also change the viscosity of the fluid making it thicker and possibly a little bit more difficult to pump through your loop.
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Distilled Water + Biocide = Simple and works
Distilled Water + Biocide + Waterwetter = Now has a cooling agent
Distilled Water + Biocide + Waterwetter + Silver tubing/coils = now has more anti-microbial properties
Distilled Water + Biocide + Waterwetter + Silver tubing/coils + Anti-freeze = too much stuff in the loop
From your point, distilled + Pt nuke + coil good should be my choice then.

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What do you mean by "I already have" you have them in your house or planing to buy them
Yeah I already literally have those

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Primochill makes some great tubing that's UV reflective, and very kink resistant.
Alright thanks I'll look into those.

And does the reservoir size matter? I'm looking to get a better one since I'm on a huge budget...
    
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well it doesnt really matter that much but if you want a dual bay resivoir (most people have that) try this one
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Res size will make no difference on this kind of scale.

I can give you another vote for the PT-nuke & kill coil

And unless you plan on running well over 100oC or sub-zero, I wouldn't worry about antifreeze or waterwetter.
    
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