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Here is a screen shot of the parts I have picked out for my upcoming water build.



I feel like I have a mix of buget and higher end parts (didnt want to skimp on some but still wanted a buget-ish build). Here is how I came up with it.

CPU block: I picked the RASA becuase i have seen it to have the best price-performance ratio. plain and simple.

GPU block: Didnt really know what I was looking for here, so this one is kinda a stab in the dark. I know EK is good....

Pump/Res: I wanted a combo due to space in my case and this was the best i could come up with: i know the 655 is pretty good and pairing it with a drive bay res seemed like a win to me. This is the only thing i have bought so far.

Tubing/Fittings: I went with 1/2 ID tubing and barbed fittings since i dont want to shell out the extra cash for compression (at this point, i could change my mind). 1/2 ID could be over kill, too.....

Rads: Since i want the loop to be totally internal, i decided to do a 240 res at the top of my case, 1 120 at the rear of the case, and (maybe) a 120 at the bottom of the case (if Temps are high). I really want to avoid any heavy modding to get a 360 rad in my case and i dont really want an external rad.

As soon as i sell my old 5850s i plan on getting the rest of the hardware to build the loop.
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Don't forget either a kill koil or ptnuke.
The pump you picked is good. But asthetically id get a diff res. like this one http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11...?tl=g30c97s165 you could run the inlet at the top upside down and run straight from the pump use 1 side port for hose out and the other for a drain plug.
If you went with 7/16th tubing over 1/2" barbs you wouldn't need clamps or compression fittings, And them rads are ok at best id get the rx series version.
Id stay away from ek blocks they have been having alooot of problems lately with the nickel on there blocks id lean more towards koolance/danger den.
Edited by solar0987 - 3/16/11 at 9:07am
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Wouldn't the Rasa kit be cheaper, since it includes your same parts? then pick up some tubing and your gpu blocks?
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Wouldn't the Rasa kit be cheaper, since it includes your same parts? then pick up some tubing and your gpu blocks?
This ^

Get the Rasa RS240 kit, add in your coloured tubing (make sure it is 7/16" ID), the GPU block, the RS120 rad and 4 more 1/2" barbs.

What you have listed is fine (except you have 2 extra fittings / clamps by my count), just costs a bit more. The Rasa kit also has 2 fans and some mounting kit which could help you out.

You will need some PT Nuke or a silver KillCoil, and use distilled water from the grocery store.
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Wouldn't the Rasa kit be cheaper, since it includes your same parts? then pick up some tubing and your gpu blocks?
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Originally Posted by GingerJohn View Post
This ^

Get the Rasa RS240 kit, add in your coloured tubing (make sure it is 7/16" ID), the GPU block, the RS120 rad and 4 more 1/2" barbs.

What you have listed is fine (except you have 2 extra fittings / clamps by my count), just costs a bit more. The Rasa kit also has 2 fans and some mounting kit which could help you out.

You will need some PT Nuke or a silver KillCoil, and use distilled water from the grocery store.

He already has the pump
And the rasa kit is nice but overall weaksauce pump.
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Very similar to my setup, only I have a gpu-only block instead of full cover. I'm not at all disappointed in the results of my loop, and I think that res looks great, there's a couple pics of it in my build log with some orange LEDs.

I have the same bitspower fittings with 1/2" ID tube and I didn't really need clamps at all. I put some black zip ties on there for clamps, but not necessary.
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Originally Posted by solar0987 View Post
He already has the pump
And the rasa kit is nice but overall weaksauce pump.
Yes, just read that, I was confused by the fact it was in the cart rather than listed separately... And the Rasa kit pump isn't the most powerful, but it would be fine for a CPU - GPU loop with two rads.

Just a bit confused on your fittings still, you have listed the CPU and GPU block as having the optional fittings included, which makes a total of 16 (two for each block and 12 separate). You only need 10 12 in total;

2 for pump / res
2 for CPU block
2 for GPU block
2 for RS240
2 for RS120
2 for second RS120

Unless you are running something else in there I don't know of.

I would get them all separate, or check what type of fitting is included with the blocks, in order to make them match (if that is important to you).

EDIT: Updated the fitting numbers. Not doing too well with the whole reading thing today. You should be fine with just the one RS120, but if you are running two of them I would get some more tubing, maybe 10'-12' in total. Tubing is cheap and it is better to have some left over than to run out mid build.
Edited by GingerJohn - 3/16/11 at 9:19am
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