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I am upgrading into a Case Labs M8 and part of the process will be to overhaul my WC setup. Right now I have a CPU only loop. Thank you to everyone that warned me not to go full boat on WC right away as I went through alot of different cheap second hand parts to finally START to figure out what I want.


This is my my CPU loop in Frankenmonster:
  • XSPC X20 750 Dual Bay Res/Pump
  • 1/2" ID Fittings
  • 1/2" ID tubing
  • Danger Den GTS 240 Rad
  • Swiftech Apogee XT Waterblock
  • Scythe S-FLEX 120mm x2 in Push @1200rpm


My new loop will involve the following (all parts except for fittings have now been ordered):
  • qty3 RX360
  • Enough AP-15's to create my own specific airflow in the M8 or go push pull with all 3 rads and have some to spare for the case...(qty15-24 atm)
  • Sunbeam PL-RS-6 Rheosmart 6 Fan Controller
  • qty2 Aquacomputer aquagraFX for GTX 470
  • PrimoFlex Pro LRT White Tubing - 1/2in. ID X 3/4in. OD
  • Swiftech Apogee XT (from current loop -plus I love the mounting system )
  • Plan to run the pumps in series for redundancy in case of failure while I have the machine folding
    two separate tops and pumps in series like this?
    Qty.2 EK Waterblocks EK-DDC X-Top Rev 2 - Acetal
  • Qty 2 Switftech MCP350
  • an iandh SteathRes 175 Multi-Option Reservoir
  • Still trying to figure out what fittings I want at this moment - so many to choose from! but looking more like Bitspower will win this one - or are the Enzotechs just as good as I see they tend to be MUCH cheaper in most places.

Will continue to update as I finalize Thanks to everyone who has shared comments and information, always helpful to get opinions!


PS - yes I am aware it is overkill!
Edited by werds - 3/26/11 at 5:48am
    
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For that kind of setup both the D5 and DDC would be a great choice in parallel config, I would ultimately go for the D5 since I prefer it's quietness and I wouldn't even consider leaving that dual bay pump.
As for the GPU blocks I would advise you to go for the XSPC Razor but they don't have a block for 470's :/
The DangerDen's are fine as well...
    
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qty2 full cover GPU blocks - what would be good?(I use Petra's nuke in my loop).
Koolance have been getting better lately, Aquacomputer is another option
As previously stated, XSPC & DD have some ok blocks too

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New compression fittings and angled fittings for routing - any suggestions on brand?
Bitspower or Enzotech (Cos im liking the biohazard symbol on them)

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I am sticking with the 1/2" tubing still haven't decided what type I want - thinking of something in WHITE mixed with some clear in select locations.
Primochill has some damned nice coloured tubing and has pretty good bend radius' to boot. Feser/DD brand is good too. Stick with one color or a mix, coloured and clear look whack

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What pumps should I get?
D5's for silence, DDC's for pushing power your choice, I Also wouldnt give up on bay res/pump combos as Koolance have released a nice solid Delrin res/pump combo recently (The 452 fod D5's and 402 for DDC's) which allow you alot of options for loop config (redundancy/parallel)
But yeah, get rid of the XSPC crap

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PS - yes I am aware it is overkill
What is this word you speak of...Overkill?
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Koolance have been getting better lately, Aquacomputer is another option
As previously stated, XSPC & DD have some ok blocks too
Bang - checked skinnee and I think I may go with the aqua computer blocks


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Bitspower or Enzotech (Cos im liking the biohazard symbol on them)
thanks will take a look - have never worked with compression fittings so need to get caught up on what to look for and what is actually good.

[/quote]Primochill has some damned nice coloured tubing and has pretty good bend radius' to boot. Feser/DD brand is good too. Stick with one color or a mix, coloured and clear look whack[/quote]

Saw some pics of the Primochill - definitely getting this!

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D5's for silence, DDC's for pushing power your choice, I Also wouldnt give up on bay res/pump combos as Koolance have released a nice solid Delrin res/pump combo recently (The 452 fod D5's and 402 for DDC's) which allow you alot of options for loop config (redundancy/parallel)
But yeah, get rid of the XSPC crap
Yea, I am aiming for redundancy - want to put the rig back to some regular folding and losing a day and risking damage to components because of a single pump failure is evil!!!

Only thing I hate is filling bay reservoirs =/

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What is this word you speak of...Overkill?
Thanks for the post was helpful.

Now if I was to not get a bay reservoir and go traditional internal reservoir - is there an easy way to put mcp 350's in serial without taking up too much space? Looking it seems like my choices are pretty much a dual pump top and a separate res.... or to go the bay res route with dual pumps...
    
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Updated original post - bump for further comments!
    
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*Edit* thank you search function! found most of my answers using OCN search

OK so down to the last pieces I need to make up my mind on...

Pumps - since I am putting aftermarket EK acetal tops on the pumps would there be any benefit purchasing an MCP350 vs an MCP355???

Also Fan Controller - is there any fan controller that allows you to program it to reduce and increase voltage through the 4pin motherboard header but does not require 4 pin fans to be connected?

If not - what fan controllers would be good purchases for a string of 15 to 24 Gentle Typhoon AP-15's??? I know I am not looking for a simple switch system since I do want to control the speeds and sound output but don't know much past that!

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