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So, I'm considering going water cooling for the first time... Don't get me wrong, my Mugen 2 is performing quite sexily, but I feel the need. I'm sure you all understand what that need is.

Now, when I do something for the first time, I like to do it right. So, the parts I'm getting are probably overkill, but just bear with me. Here's a list, and I'd love any constructive criticism.

CPU Block: Koolance CPU-370 or EK Supreme HF, whichever ends up cheaper when I buy. CPU-370 if price is the same, just cause I think it looks awesome.

Pump: Swiftech MCP355 (with a top so I can go 1/2" ID)

Rad: XSPC RX360 (I know I can probably do just fine with a smaller one, but I want to make sure I have the capability to add my GPU if I feel like it)

Not sure if I want to get a reservoir or just go bleed line. Recommendations appreciated.

Tubing currently slated to be 1/2" ID, 3/4" OD. If someone could explain the advantages/disadvantages of using 1/2" ID over the MCP355's native 3/8" ID, I'd be quite thankful.

Now, I have 0 knowledge of water cooling, so please be nice. I picked most of the parts by flipping coins.
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Good choice on the CPU block, either will perform great. If you want there is the XSPC Rasa, Apogee GTZ, Heatkiller 3.0, and Aquacomputer Kryos XT just to name a few.

Good choice on the pump, definitely get a top for G1/4 threading.

What speed fans will you use with the radiator? It'll be plenty for a CPU and GPU.

As for the reservoir/bleed line I can't really say, up to you on how badly you need a res or if a bleed line will suffice. Most people tend to get a reservoir for ease of filling/draining.

For tubing size pick what you want, if you have some tight bends get smaller sized tubing for ease of turns. It really doesn't matter what you choose, so long as you pick the right size OD and ID to match the fittings.
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Thanks, guys. Gonna do some more reading and ponder my choices.
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Here is my 2 cents.

CPU blocks are great and good to go the 370 has been getting a lot of praise go with which ever is cheaper really they both perform great.

Your loop isn't restrictive enough were I would recommend a 355. Both 655 versions (variable and non-variable) are good and a bit cheaper and quieter.

A RX 360 is great for fan speeds 1100-1850 rpm. Its the current one I use for my 930 and 5970. The only rad that will blow this out of the water is a Black Ice Rad with 2000+ rpm fans. If you want quiet go Rasa if you don't care about noise go Black Ice.

Res vs Line is a personal choice really go with which ever fits your case nicely. There are a lot of 5.25" bay res that can be fitted with the d5 or 355 to save on space. I think more people prefer res but I could be wrong.

As for tubing there is usually a higher variety of barbs/compressions/adapters for 1/2" over 3/8". I used 7/16" ID tubing on 1/2" barbs for a nice tight seal untill I was able to buy some compression fittings. Really there isn't a whole world of difference between the 2 aside from size.

Juggalo has some good video guides and the sticky has tons of info.
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Originally Posted by Arksniper View Post

Your loop isn't restrictive enough were I would recommend a 355. Both 655 versions (variable and non-variable) are good and a bit cheaper and quieter.

A RX 360 is great for fan speeds 1100-1850 rpm. Its the current one I use for my 930 and 5970. The only rad that will blow this out of the water is a Black Ice Rad with 2000+ rpm fans. If you want quiet go Rasa if you don't care about noise go Black Ice.
Hmmm... I'll take it all under consideration. My plan is to get 1500rpm NoiseBlockers for the rad, so seems it'll work out.
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