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Ok so I've decided to build a custom CPU only loop. Always been interested in watercooling but just haven't done it.
My main goals with this build are to keep temps at a minimum as I run my q9550 at 4Ghz right now and have reached the limit of my zalman 9600. I also selected the rad with an eye towards the future as I plan on adding a gpu block in the future although not until I need a new card since as far as I know there isn't a block for the Asus matrix plat 5870 I'm using now.
I'm planning to get this all from jabtech to save on shipping from multiple sources. Does anyone know of any coupon codes for them?

Ok on to the parts list:
Swiftech apogee xt block
Swiftech mcres micro rev 2
Swiftech mcp35x pump
Xspc rx360 rad
Tygon r3603 7/16 id 5/8 od 12 ft (wanted some extra in case I cut wrong or add a gpu block)
Bitspower comp fittings (4)
Silver strip
Yate loon d12sh-12 (6 for push pull)

Thanks for any advice you can give
Ian
Edited by ian2000gsxr - 3/11/11 at 1:34pm
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get a rasa or a ek Supreme HF cpu block

for a rad the swiftech mcr320qp will be way more than enough and alot cheaper
(skinneelabs rates it as best for the buck)

the money you save on the rad you can put to a EK supreme HF cpu block (you wont be sorry)

compression fittings are nice looking but can be a pain, you'll learn soon enough
some times a barb fitting is better

I did away with all but 4 of my compression fittings

add a silver kill koil and maybe some pk nuke for extra messure

also you'll need some good TIM (Artic silver 5) or better
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Originally Posted by ian2000gsxr View Post
Ok so I've decided to build a custom CPU only loop. Always been interested in watercooling but just haven't done it.
My main goals with this build are to keep temps at a minimum as I run my q9550 at 4Ghz right now and have reached the limit of my zalman 9600. I also selected the rad with an eye towards the future as I plan on adding a gpu block in the future although not until I need a new card since as far as I know there isn't a block for the Asus matrix plat 5870 I'm using now.
I'm planning to get this all from jabtech to save on shipping from multiple sources. Does anyone know of any coupon codes for them?

Ok on to the parts list:
Swiftech apogee xt block
Swiftech mcres micro rev 2
Swiftech mcp35x pump
Xspc rx360 rad
Tygon r3603 7/16 id 5/8 od 12 ft (wanted some extra in case I cut wrong or add a gpu block)
Bitspower comp fittings (4)
Silver strip
Yate loon d12sh-12 (6 for push pull)

Thanks for any advice you can give
Ian

Looks good, but maybe you would want to look at the Ek-Supreme HF.
You can use the coupon code FACEBOOK to give 5% off.
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I would look at the EK Supreme HF or the Rasa as mentioned, but looking at the price that Jab Tech are offering for the XT I would debate if it is worth the extra $20 for less than a degree over the EK block (although the XT is more restrictive).

You mentioned that you are getting 4 fittings, presumably for the rad and the block as the res and pump come with them. If this is the case then I would strongly suggest that you get a couple more to use on the res. The Swiftech Micro res come with plastic barbs, which are a pain to work with and are prone to leaks.

You can also go for 1/2" barb fittings instead of compression if you want, heat the tubing up and force it over the barb, no clamp needed and it will be as secure and safe as a compression fitting.

Just to be sure, are you looking at running a high fan speed, noisy rig? If so then look at getting a Black Ice GTX rad instead, they do very well with high speed fans. The RX rads are better for lower speed fans.

Other than that it looks good. The 360 rad will give you amazing cooling performance now, and enough head room to add your GPU later. 12' of tubing should be plenty for adding your GPU later too.
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thanks for the feedback guys.

is the ek supreme that much better? I was debating between the ek and the apogee but if it's really that good I'll spend the extra ~$30 for it. which one would you recommend? acetal? copper? nickle plated?

Yeah I guess I'll drop the comp fittings to save a few bucks. I can just get some small zipties or clamps then use 1/2 barbs with the 7/16 id tubing.

luckily I have some AS5 from when I got the q9550 so I'll use that for sure.

also thanks for the discount code.

interested in hearing more feedback and I'll be sure to post a build log once I get everything.
Ian
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thanks for the feedback guys.

is the ek supreme that much better? I was debating between the ek and the apogee but if it's really that good I'll spend the extra ~$30 for it. which one would you recommend? acetal? copper? nickle plated?

Yeah I guess I'll drop the comp fittings to save a few bucks. I can just get some small zipties or clamps then use 1/2 barbs with the 7/16 id tubing.

luckily I have some AS5 from when I got the q9550 so I'll use that for sure.

also thanks for the discount code.

interested in hearing more feedback and I'll be sure to post a build log once I get everything.
Ian
Most of the high-end blocks perform similarly, so you might as well save $30, like GingerJohn said. All blocks have copper bases, just some have nickel-plating for looks and resistance to corrosion/discoloring. The top material really doesn't matter, but I like nickel for the looks and durability.

I like using zip-ties because they're cheap and easy to use. You probably don't even need any clamps for 7/16" tubing on 1/2" barbs, though. Heck, I have 3/8" on 3/8" without any clamps right now.
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Looks good, but maybe you would want to look at the Ek-Supreme HF.
You can use the coupon code FACEBOOK to give 5% off.
where is this code good at?
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Thanks for the heads up on the plastic barbs. I somehow thought they were sending metal ones.

I think the yate loons I picked are 2200rpm 40db and 88cfm but I was thinking of adding a fan controller in the future. I'd like some gentle typhoons but everywhere seems out of stock of the ap-14 or ap-15

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I would look at the EK Supreme HF or the Rasa as mentioned, but looking at the price that Jab Tech are offering for the XT I would debate if it is worth the extra $20 for less than a degree over the EK block (although the XT is more restrictive).

You mentioned that you are getting 4 fittings, presumably for the rad and the block as the res and pump come with them. If this is the case then I would strongly suggest that you get a couple more to use on the res. The Swiftech Micro res come with plastic barbs, which are a pain to work with and are prone to leaks.

You can also go for 1/2" barb fittings instead of compression if you want, heat the tubing up and force it over the barb, no clamp needed and it will be as secure and safe as a compression fitting.

Just to be sure, are you looking at running a high fan speed, noisy rig? If so then look at getting a Black Ice GTX rad instead, they do very well with high speed fans. The RX rads are better for lower speed fans.

Other than that it looks good. The 360 rad will give you amazing cooling performance now, and enough head room to add your GPU later. 12' of tubing should be plenty for adding your GPU later too.
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where is this code good at?
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