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Hey guys, first post on here... sweet forums! Tons of info on here, almost too much to sift through!

I'm getting ready to drop a good chunk of change on a new high end gaming rig / 3D Workstation. I've spec'd out some good parts and am now considering water cooling instead of traditional cooling. It's something I've always wanted to do but never had the cash to do it until now. And since the Core i7 2600k overclocks like a dream with right mobo, why not! Below are some relevant parts for you to see:

Intel Core i7-2600k 3.4GHz (Socket 1155)

MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Cooler Master HAF 912

You'll notice there's no mobo yet... the recall on the 1155 chipsets is ending and the new boards should be out mid March / early April. Until then, I have no idea what I'll be getting.

Okay, so my questions

Whaaa... what do I get? I hear that largely depends on what I want to cool... Definitely the CPU (duh), but aside from that? I guess the Northbridge because of all the extra heat coming from there while overclocking? I'm not too incredibly worried about my video card. The MSI card already has a pretty decent cooling solution it seems. Hard drives / RAM seem's odd, so no thanks. Southbridge doesn't seem all that important either. What the heck is MOSFET?

So that means my loop would look like:

Pump -> CPU Block -> (Northbridge?) -> Radiator -> Res

As far as tubing goes, I hear 1/2 inch is the best. Anything smaller could cut off circulation and anything larger doesn't really add to much performance. For something like that, I'm guessing getting 4 feet of tubing is okay?

I like the idea one of those pump + res systems with the LCD screen. Like the RP-980BK found here. Is this a good idea? Are they way overpriced? How about the brand? Anyone got anything better?

And then I'll need a CPU block. I know there's a ton, so basically match up the socket type, make sure it's of good quality and I'll be okay?

Still unsure about the necessity of a north bridge cooler or not... And still trying to figure out if MOSFET really needs to be cooled, or any of the voltage regulators? (I'm pretty noob about this part).

And then I need a radiator, which would fit on top of my case.

Thoughts? Thanks for all the help in advance.
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The i7-2600k runs pretty cool as is. Water cooling the mobo is usually just for the look factor, but water cooling the GPU can really provide some great benefits.

If you're going to water cool anything I would personally go GPU > CPU > Mobo. I really wouldn't bother with the mobo, but you can.

As far as tubing goes, size doesn't really seem to mater as long as its not really tiny (less than 3/8) from what I've heard. I would get six feet just to be safe.

CPU block, I personally would go with the EK Supreme HF. But there are some notes to be made there. Check this out for more of an idea. http://skinneelabs.com/cpu-blocks/

As long as you got decent air flow in the case, I would just leave the mobo as is.

Though I would get a bigger case. Going to make having an internal water system a real pain in a case of that size.
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Mobo wise I would wait for the evga 4 way classified which will of course be quite epic.

If you plan to make a quality watercooling setup the case is the most important part. Usually the bigger the better since the more rads you use the better off the loop is. That case is awful for watercooling. Check out Mountain Mods, Danger Den, Little Devil, and Corsair.

Loop order honestly doesn't matter. I've done tons of setups and run setups from a single 360 rad to my current with a total rad area of 15 x 120. Loop order only matters when you have abysmal flowrate (anything under .9 gpm) as well as when you have a ton of heat in the loop (sli 580s or higher tdp).

My is to only buy high end parts otherwise they will end up being replaced.

EK supreme hf as mentioned above is an awesome cpu block, especially when flowrates are a concern. Motherboards generally do not need cooling unless you are trying to achieve a massive overclock. Mobo and mosfet blocks are generally for bling purposes.

GPU blocks I would go with either EK models or Koolance models. They are always top notch.

Tubing size doesn't really matter. It's all preference. I swear by 3/8id 1/2 od since my loops are always complex and need a tight bending radius.
 
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