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I was planning on setting up a loop for my first build which will be Bulldozer based. Unfortunately, because Bulldozer hasn't been released, I can only choose radiators, tubing, pumps, etc. For tubing, I've decided to go with Tygon but I just need advice on which type of tubing to get. For radiators, I heard Hardware Labs and XSPC radiators were good. I don't know about ThermoChill radiators. I haven't heard much about those. I'll be using Bitpower or Enzotech fittings. Also, what should I use, compressions or fittings? I don't know which is more secure. For the pump, I heard the MCP350/355 are good. I like the flat ones. I'm trying to decide between an EK top (Acetal) or a XSPC top (acrylic). Thanks!
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post #2 of 61
the 355 pump with the xspc dual bay pump/res combo unit is a nice deal and a little neater inside also, here is the link
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/xsacdu5refor.html


barb vs. compression: I have both and have used both, barb is cheaper and actually easier in the long haul

compression loocks good but there are times that putting them on and getting them tight in the system is a pain and then if you have to take it aparts its even a bigger pain. once they are tightened and left to be a for a little while if you need to take them off i've found most times the whole fittings turns not just the top half, then your fighting with it to get it loose because the hose and all is turning and if its in a hard to reach place it hard to get something in there to hold the bottom half so you can turn the top half
(just from my personal experience)
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post #3 of 61
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So it looks like barbs and clamps. I've seen the XSPC kits. They're nice but I kind of like the pump out. It's not really big but I'll consider it. I've already thought of a loop without it though.
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*bump*
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post #5 of 61
so do a D5 pump with a top on it so it "looks" good and run a tube res.

I don't like compression fittings, bulky look to them, cost a ton and are no real big reason to run them over a barb.
Barbs and a nice clean clamp looks better imo, not the ugly plastic clamps.
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*bump*

I'm trying to choose between the EK plexi v2 and the XSPC acrylic top.
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Tubing types @ FrozenCPU...

http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l2/g30/...g_-_Tygon.html

Barb Fittings

http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l2/g30/...ngs-Barbs.html

Fitting Accessories

http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l2/g30/...cessories.html

Radiator Screws

http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l2/g30/...or_Screws.html

Shrouds (the Feser ones look nice)

http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l3/g30/...uds-Page1.html

Radiators (I'm choosing between the HardwareLabs SR-1, HardwareLabs GTX, and XSPC RX)

http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l2/g30/...Radiators.html

For blocks, I'm going to choose EK nickel once they come out for bulldozer and the Radeon HD 7000 series or GTX600 series GPUs.
Edited by HybridCore - 3/2/11 at 1:30pm
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Personally would go with Primochill over Tygon, after working with both I prefer Primochill.
I am sure most here will agree with me.

I don't care for compression fittings, cost to much for little to no gain and I think they are ugly and bulky

I recommend the SR-1 if you are going to run low RPM fans I love my 2 SR1 rads, amazing built rad... the HWL GTX and XSPC RX are also top of the line though.

The rest is just links to sub-category parts so I really don't know what you are looking at?
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Which one removes the most heat? If they remove about the same, I'll probably get the XSPC RX rads because they're less expensive, then upgrade to the SR-1 later. I'll probably get fast fans but then use a fan controller and slow it down. Also, I think I'll stick with Tygon because it's more solid. I wont be doing 2" u turns or anything. I'm sure that's why you like PrimoChill better.
Edited by HybridCore - 3/2/11 at 3:13pm
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Which one removes the most heat? If they remove about the same, I'll probably get the XSPC RX rads because they're less expensive, then upgrade to the SR-1 later. I'll probably get fast fans but then use a fan controller and slow it down. Also, I think I'll stick with Tygon because it's more solid. I wont be doing 2" u turns or anything. I'm sure that's why you like PrimoChill better.
The Sr1 rad performs slightly better than rx. Get gentle typhoons 1450 rpm fans and you are golden. This is what I am using in my fiances build. Tygon is over priced in my opinion. I am using primochill tubing with 7/16 compression fittings and tubing. the other 1/2 barbs with 7/16 tubing on,no problems with the tubing. Is it worth to upgrade to the sr1 if you got the rx not really.
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