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Hi there gents, very happy to join such an enthusiast community

I've [finally] decided to give in and create my 1st loop. I'll be rebuilding "Computer 1" (see signature).

I already bought the tubing: 1/2in. ID (3/4in. OD) Tygon A-60-G Norprene
Fluid will be distilled water (90%) with PT_Nuke (5%) and long life antifreeze (5%) (from Petra's Tech Shop)

I plan on using a motherboard block on my Rampage III Extreme but I am undecided between the EK Waterblocks and the Koolance, any advice on this? AFAIK the Koolance is nickel plated copper, the EK is full nickel.

I'm also unsure about the fittings. Can you propose some for my tubing? What about Bitspower compression fittings? Koolance quick disconnects any good?

Considering I'll have a CPU block, Mobo block, eventually GPU block also (single card), I was planning on using a triple 360 + a double 240 rad (both EK 120mm). Should be enough I think.

Also looking at the EK-Multioption RES X2 - 250 Advanced reservoir

How would you configure the loop?

Thank you in advance
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I personally am using bitspower compression fittings for the same size of tubing you have already purchased and have mixed feelings. They do look better in my opinion, but on really tight bends, I've had one pop out of the compression collar. I've read that this is less common to occur with a 7/16" ID tube and 1/2" barb, but after spending a couple hundred bucks on fittings, I'm just going to leave it be for now. I suppose the main difference between the two is aesthetics and cost. Barbs cost far less, and most will say they perform the same/better.

If you go barbs, your thumbs will thank you for sure! After a night of tightening 13-16 compression fittings, your hands definitely hurt!
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You're right, they do look much better, that's why I was asking I've seen numerous builds with compression fittings so my guess is they must not be that bad...

Thanks for the heads up
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Both the Koolance and EK full board waterblocks are nickel plated copper, which is actually better than a block made entirely of nickel because copper is a better heat conductor. The nickel plating is only there to prevent oxidization. I suggest you check out this review in case you haven't already, it's very in-depth and it shows the relative performance of all of the blocks.

If you add a motherboard block to your loop you'll have to get the MCP35X pump (or MCP355 + Top), as motherboard blocks are extremely restrictive.

As far as radiator power goes, you could get away with a single 360 radiator. The motherboard isn't going to dump very much heat into the loop. Modding the top for a 480 radiator is easier than modding the bottom and a single 480 radiator is much cheaper than a 360 and a 240.
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what tower will you be using?
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I own a Corsair 800D.

Thanks for the info charliehorse. I did read the article on skinneelabs, just wanted extra input from you guys. So you think 1x360 rad would be enough? Even if I add a GPU block eventually? I'll be happy if I don't have to mod my case much
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1x360 rad should be fine. What rad are you going to use..?? I would recommend a HWLabs SR-1 series or XSPC RX series radiators for low speed fans. And HWlabs GTXtreme series radiators for high speed fans.

Good luck!!
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I was going for the EK-CoolStream RAD XTC (360) - Triple 120mm Radiator...
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I would consider a SR-1 or RX360 rad.
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