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Hey there everyone, as you can tell by the title this is going to be my first time water cooling. Now I have been reading multiple threads on here and reading a lot of the videos giving reviews and statements on certain products and what to choose ect. After a long 2 weeks of reading up on water cooling I have conformed the list down below of what I hope a decent slew of products that will set me up for success in the long run. ANY and ALL opinion or facts are welcomed. Please try, if you can, to keep it on track and straight forward. If you have any additional questions feel free to ask.

Water Cooling Parts PDF


The reason for the PDF is so I could better accumulate a spreadsheet chart and setup formulas to keep track of the price of everything(like to stay organized, don't think that's a bad thing though). My plan are to have both 120MM rads on the inside of that case. Now.. I will be receiving the case here in a few days so I still have to perform measurements, but I just really want to do something special with this case.

Also, I was wondering if this is a good fan to put on the radiators or is that just overkill?
Reason I ask is cause I already have 4 cooling my rig right now.

I currently have HDD's; Fans; GPU; PSU; and Optical Drive(not going in) The parts for hardware there are just to replace the parts in my sig rig. I'm going to make this bad boy my sig rig. I will be having a big sale here soon to sell off parts from my sig rig so I'm gonna subtract the price of that which should make the total cost of doing this around $400.
Edited by XiCynx - 4/2/11 at 11:30am
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List looks good, don't forget a kill coil or PT Nuke.
 
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I don't know much about water cooling (yet) but it looks good. You can probably find compression fittings for cheaper near you. I saw some at my local hardware store (small place) that looked EXACTLY like those Bitspower ones for around $2 each, or $10 for a 6 pack. They also had tubing in all sorts of sizes for $0.89-$1.19 per foot. Look into local options for those... could save you a lot of money
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List looks good, don't forget a kill coil or PT Nuke.
Ah yes good thing you reminded me, Now does the brand really matter for that are some better than others?

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I don't know much about water cooling (yet) but it looks good. You can probably find compression fittings for cheaper near you. I saw some at my local hardware store (small place) that looked EXACTLY like those Bitspower ones for around $2 each, or $10 for a 6 pack. They also had tubing in all sorts of sizes for $0.89-$1.19 per foot. Look into local options for those... could save you a lot of money
I will definitely look into the compression fittings from my local hardware store, thanks for the heads-up. As for the tubing, I'm gonna stick with the Primochill as I need to make sure it is white and don't mind paying a bit more just to make sure I get the stuff I need. Lol
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Ah yes good thing you reminded me, Now does the brand really matter for that are some better than others?


I will definitely look into the compression fittings from my local hardware store, thanks for the heads-up. As for the tubing, I'm gonna stick with the Primochill as I need to make sure it is white and don't mind paying a bit more just to make sure I get the stuff I need. Lol
I'm going to use one of these:
http://www.petrastechshop.com/sikibyia.html

I don't know much about the additives, though. That silver coil seems to be the most commonly available, and 99.9% pure silver, so I'd assume it'll do the job. Petra also has:
http://www.petrastechshop.com/pepcobi1.html
which says PT_Nuke right on the side xD

As for the tubing, it's generally harder to tell quality at a hardware store, especially with the cheap stuff, especially since there's usually not a spec list or anything. I'm gonna give it a try for my future setup (probably next month) but I'm not exactly holding my breath...
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I'm going to use one of these:
http://www.petrastechshop.com/sikibyia.html

I don't know much about the additives, though. That silver coil seems to be the most commonly available, and 99.9% pure silver, so I'd assume it'll do the job. Petra also has:
http://www.petrastechshop.com/pepcobi1.html
which says PT_Nuke right on the side xD

As for the tubing, it's generally harder to tell quality at a hardware store, especially with the cheap stuff, especially since there's usually not a spec list or anything. I'm gonna give it a try for my future setup (probably next month) but I'm not exactly holding my breath...
Hmmm, now I guess I just need to find out if I need BOTH of them or just one. I'm assuming having both will only make things better, but it also could have a negative effect.

I wish you best of luck with your tube hunting. let me know how it goes if you can remember that far down the road.
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Pretty sure you'd only need one of them, with the silver coil's advantage of less maintenance, while PT_Nuke is cheaper, and usable for multiple concurrent systems (or loops) with a single purchase. Also, if you can't find a good place to put the silver coil in clear tubes, I'd imagine it could end up a bit of an eyesore for some. I think it just comes down to personal preference, one or the other.

I'll be sure to make a thread right here chronicling my experiences going from big metal thing to remotely located big metal thing xD
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Hahaha, well the tubing is going to be pure white so I doubt it'll be an eyesore, wonder if I would just be able to twist it into the reservoir? Probably not a good idea.. better just stick to the loop. Lol
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Description claims you can put the coil in a res, but I'll likely put it somewhere in my tubing. Probably somewhere in the section right before the res. I'm sure pretty much anywhere will work.
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I'm not 100% sure but I don't think that two 120mm rads would be enough to cool CPU and GPU for best performance, I would think that if you got a 360 rad you would get lower temps from your system.
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