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This summer I am planning on doing some upgrades to my sigrig.

I am completely noob when it comes to WC and such so i figured i would pass this by you guys, i did make another thread about my plans on a WC set up but that just taught me i need to do more research before i go into this.

This was my plans; a WC loop for my CPU and Both GPUs



EDIT: forgot to list my order, pump/res -> CPU -> 120mm Rad -> GPU1 -> GPU2 -> 4x120mm Rad -> Pump/Res

and i was also planing on upgradeing my CPU and PSU (the PSU i have is CRAP)

this was the Newegg combo i found, never heard of the PSU brand but it seems ok.

Thanks For Looking!
Edited by h0thead132 - 3/18/11 at 9:49am
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Personally, I wouldn't go with a PSU that isn't very popular/has mixed reviews (or lack thereof).

That CPU is a good choice, but I would recommend this PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-009-_-Product

It is extremely reliable and nobody will disagree about that. You really want your PSU to be from a high quality company. With the current rebates on the CPU and PSU, it will be cheaper than that combo anyway.

A couple things about your WC setup..15ft of tubing is a bit much. You will need 10ft max (unless you are worried about messing up really bad ). I would suggest going with a different brand for the CPU water block also. Enzotech, Swiftech, and XSPC all make similarly priced blocks that will yield better performance. Check out www.skinneelabs.com for some excellent water block reviews. Also, a single 480 rad will be sufficient for cooling a CPU and two GPU, even a good 360 will do the job so you can maybe drop that 120 and upgrade other components of the loop (such as a higher quality 360 or 480 rad since Phobya isn't really a top contender).

Just my two cents
Edited by razorguy - 3/18/11 at 8:56am
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Originally Posted by razorguy View Post
Personally, I wouldn't go with a PSU that isn't very popular/has mixed reviews (or lack thereof).

That CPU is a good choice, but I would recommend this PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-009-_-Product

It is extremely reliable and nobody will disagree about that. You really want your PSU to be from a high quality company. With the current rebates on the CPU and PSU, it will be cheaper than that combo anyway.

A couple things about your WC setup..15ft of tubing is a bit much. You will need 10ft max (unless you are worried about messing up really bad ). I would suggest going with a different brand for the CPU water block also. Enzotech, Swiftech, and XSPC all make similarly priced blocks that will yield better performance. Check out www.skinneelabs.com for some excellent water block reviews. Also, a single 480 rad will be sufficient for cooling a CPU and two GPU, even a good 360 will do the job so you can maybe drop that 120 and upgrade other components of the loop (such as a higher quality 360 or 480 rad since Phobya isn't really a top contender).

Just my two cents
my only thing is that the PSU you offered is not Modular, i really want it to be modular because i have NO cable management in my crappy case, and my reasoning behind the single 120mm rad was just for some thing to get rid of some heat of the CPU before it got to the GPUs, and if the 4x 120mm is waaaaay overkill then i might just get a 2x120 to go along with the single 120mm

EDIT: oh i almost forgot, the extra tubing is because (1) this is my first WC loop and (2) the larger rad will be mounted on my side panel so i will need a little extra slack on that one to allow me to remove the side to open the case
Edited by h0thead132 - 3/18/11 at 9:46am
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