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I've never tried water cooling but I will in a couple of months. Is there such thing as future proof water cooling system in where you only change water blocks/gpu blocks etc? How good should it be to be able to handle at least CPU and two GPUs and will be able to provide performance for the future upgrades.


Pump- Swiftech MCP655
Radiator- Coolgate Triple 120mm Ultimate Heat Exchanger
Reservoir- depends, cheap or classy ones?
Fitting/hosses/CPU/GPU blocks- depends

I tried window shopping a simple and cost effective system, but I just don't know what exactly I'm doing lol.
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A lot of components can be used regardless of the hardware. Radiators, pumps, hoses, reservoirs, ect...Blocks on the other hand...I know full cover GPU blocks are limited to their cards, with the exception of the EK GTX 570/580 block.

A lot of CPU blocks cover all the sockets, but if they will cover the future ones is unknown. I think the CPU blocks can hang around for a while, GPU would be very unlikely unless you got a universal one.
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You can keep most of the stuff the same. Instead of getting a full GPU cover, just get a block, but then you will will also have to get some heat sinks for it too (which you can also keep)

Radiator- Get something like a RX360, or even the Swiftech 480mm if you want the best $$/Performance (it will perform about the same if not better than the RX360).

CPU Block- You can probably keep this for a long time, providing that the manufacturer makes new mounting hardware for new motherboards in the future.

Your pump, reservoir, and fittings will last a long time, and some people like changing their tubing over time...

I hope this kinda helps you get a perspective on things...
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Well, for the setup you proposed in the OP you're going to want a better radiator. Something like an SR-1 or RX360. The pump is perfect. As for reservoir, it's down to personal preference, I prefer Bay Reservoirs such as the XSPC one made from Acrylic. It doesn't really matter about the reservoir, in fact, you don't even need one. You can go for a fill port if you want - it's simply a method of storing a bulk of the water.

For GPU block I'd go EK Supreme HF or XSPC Rasa, they're the top performing non-peltier blocks at the moment. As for fittings, since you're new, I'd recommend using barbs however compression fittings are just as easy. For tubing size, it's really down to personal preference. I prefer 1/2" ID 3/4" OD as in my opinion it looks the best. You can get 7/16" ID 3/4" OD and put it on 1/2" ID 3/4" OD barbs by heating the ends of the tubing, allowing it to expand and slotting it onto the barb. When the tubing cools, it'll form an airtight (and water tight ) seal around the barb, eliminating the need for a tie or clamp.

As for GPU blocks, it's up to you. I like EK ones because it's all I've ever used, but again, performance can very - you're better looking at individual tests for cards that fit your block.

I've tried to generalize this post to reflect my opinions to give you a bit of an insight into the things you can do. Experiment with builds and take a look at reviews for yourself - you'll learn a lot more than people here can have the time to tell you.

With water cooling, you're better off spending a little more on the capital in order to really future-proof it. Try not to skimp out on components if you can afford it.
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Thanks guys for the quick replies!

So the will the Swiftech MCP655 and a decent radiator like Swiftech MCR420 be able to pump decent cooling let's just say for 1 CPU and for instance 2 waterblocked GPUs? (planning on getting another gtx295 if the price keeps on dropping)

Radiator: Swiftech MCR420
Pump: Swiftech MCP655
CPU Block: EK Supreme HF Universal CPU Liquid Cooling Block
Others: Right hosses, barbs, distilled water, additives, etc

I can start with that without the reservoir?
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Thanks guys for the quick replies!

So the will the Swiftech MCP655 and a decent radiator like Swiftech MCR420 be able to pump decent cooling let's just say for 1 CPU and for instance 2 waterblocked GPUs? (planning on getting another gtx295 if the price keeps on dropping)

Radiator: Swiftech MCR420
Pump: Swiftech MCP655
CPU Block: EK Supreme HF Universal CPU Liquid Cooling Block
Others: Right hosses, barbs, distilled water, additives, etc

I can start with that without the reservoir?
You can, you will need a T-Line though. You could probably also get by with that MCR420 radiator with all that too. Swiftech makes really nice radiators and they perform whiten 1-2C of the highest end radiators. Slap 8 gentle typhoons in p/p on there and go to town with it

Dont forget, you will also want a drain line. It makes it ALOT easier to drain your loop.
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Instead of a drain line, may I suggest three Koolance Quick Disconnects?

Put a male & female at the bottom point of the loop (i.e. out of the bottom of the bottom GPU). When you want to drain, disconnect them and plug another male with some spare tubing attached to it in and watch the water come out
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Alrighty, thanks guys, I'll keep on looking inthi these stuff
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