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post #1 of 10
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The case mod I'm working on right now has inspired me to come back to watercooling! I have been out of the WC game for about 2 years (last setup was dual MCR220s, 655 vario, MC-TDX and MCW60R) so I'm not up on the best gear anymore.

I will be doing a CPU-only loop for now. I am still on 775 so I need a block that will work with this socket and hopefully 1366 as well. I am thinking of the following setup:

Quote:
CPU block: Enzotech Stealth or EK Supreme LT
Rad: XSPC RX240 (or equiv)
Pump: EK-DCP 4.0 or MCP355
Reservoir: pump-top res (dependent on pump choice)
Tubing: 3/8"ID 1/2"OD white?
Fittings: Bitspower compression
Coolant: distilled with silver
Are there any issues with those parts, individually or as a whole?
Edited by MCBrown.CA - 3/21/11 at 3:22pm
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post #2 of 10
looks pretty good. Just make sure to get some high performance fans if you are only going to do a 240. Maybe some gentle typhoons. And a push/pull setup would help temps if you have the room.
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Even a just a push is more than enough for a cpu only on a 240 rad. Should have a nice cpu loop with that set up. You will probably want 1500+ rpm fans other than that you are good to go.
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post #4 of 10
I would switch the Cpu block to a XSPC Rasa, it is a little more expensive but a lot less restrictive than the LT, and will perform better thermally.

For the tubing you might want to consider finding some 3/8" x 5/8", the thicker wall makes the tubing more kink resistant, a big bonus in a tight case. Not essential, but it can help.

Other than that it looks good. You don't have to go for compression fittings if you want to save a bit of money, barbs and clamps are just as secure but don't look as good.
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post #5 of 10
i would agree with switching to the xspc rasa cpu block... and i would go for 1-2 barbs with 7-16 tubbing. This way you really won't need clamps.

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I'll be buying from Dazmode.com (Canadian site) to avoid customs charges and they currently don't have the Rasa in stock. They do have the Enzotech Stealth on sale for $55, only $5 more than the Supreme LT.

How does the Stealth compare to the Rasa?
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post #7 of 10
It is probably on par with the rasa block. The only issues people tend to have with Enzotech is their mounting system. Also it is kinda hard to find reviews on the block itself that are accurate so its hard to give a definite answer to if it is better or worse.
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post #8 of 10
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Given that the Rasa is not in stock at Dazmode, I will be choosing between the Enzotech Stealth or the Supreme LT. At this point, it sounds like the Stealth is the better choice of the two.

I am also undecided on the pump. I would like to use either an EK DCP or a DDC/355. I'm fairly certain that the DCP 2.0 would push a single radiator and block without any problems but I would probably be limited as to what else I could add to the loop down the road.

Between the DCP 2.0, DCP 4.0 and DDC/355, what would be the best choice? There are pump-top reservoir options for both models which is a bonus. I will be using a pump-top reservoir to reduce tubing needs and save space.
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DCP 2.0 is the cheapest, DCP 4.0 is probably going to be quieter, 355 is going to be the most powerful.
    
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Originally Posted by MCBrown.CA View Post
Between the DCP 2.0, DCP 4.0 and DDC/355, what would be the best choice? There are pump-top reservoir options for both models which is a bonus. I will be using a pump-top reservoir to reduce tubing needs and save space.
The 2.0 will handle a CPU, GPU and two rad loop without too much difficulty, depending on the restriction of the blocks (rads are not very restrictive). I have an EK Supreme HF, an EK full cover GPU block, a RX120 and a MCR120 in my loop and the 2.0 manages, but I will want to upgrade the pump if I put more in there.

The 4.0 is obviously more powerful, and will probably give piece of mind about flow rates, especially with a higher restriction block or if you are cooling multiple GPUs.

The 355 is a beast, it will have enough power to push through all but the most restrictive loops (think multi CPU, tri-sli / x-fire, chipset and multiple rads), the only downside is that it is a bit noisier, and you are not supposed to mount it on any gel / foam pads as the base will heat up and potentially shorten the pump's life.

Personally I would go for the 4.0, as I value silence over performance to some extent, and I like my 2.0 as it is pretty much silent when mounted on some Petra Tech Gel stuff.

Other than that it depends on which pump / res combo you like, which will fit best, and your price range.
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