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Watercooling is essentially something new for me, that I am trying to learn and I am looking for some recommendations.

Currently I have in mind only general idea of what I want:

1) Which is 480 rad mounted on top, one single rad will be easy to service and it's enough to cool down a monster. (sli and cpu at 4ghz). Do you think its safe to mount rad on top of all hardware? what if its starts leaking?

2) sli 580 ... from EK parts

3) inverted motherboard or 90 degrees turn. I like the idea of inverted motherboard, it looks better and more cool air for cpu.
90 degrees turn, not sure if I like idea of all cables coming from the top.

4) There is no specific case in mind right now, maybe something custom later or, maybe not, but I am definitely interested in separated chambers. It's all depends, maybe someone can share some sketches?

Whats the best parts that I can get? (pump, blocks, reservoirs, rads etc)
Whats the worst parts?
What would be your dream build?

How hard and how often do you have to service it?
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I have an internal 480 in a DD 26 case and love it.

http://www.dangerden.com/store/dd-tower-26.html
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Watercooling is essentially something new for me, that I am trying to learn and I am looking for some recommendations.

Currently I have in mind only general idea of what I want:

1) Which is 480 rad mounted on top, one single rad will be easy to service and it's enough to cool down a monster. (sli and cpu at 4ghz). Do you think its safe to mount rad on top of all hardware? what if its starts leaking?

2) sli 580 ... from EK parts

3) inverted motherboard or 90 degrees turn. I like the idea of inverted motherboard, it looks better and more cool air for cpu.
90 degrees turn, not sure if I like idea of all cables coming from the top.

4) There is no specific case in mind right now, maybe something custom later or, maybe not, but I am definitely interested in separated chambers. It's all depends, maybe someone can share some sketches?

Whats the best parts that I can get? (pump, blocks, reservoirs, rads etc)
Whats the worst parts?
What would be your dream build?

How hard and how often do you have to service it?
you should read up on the watercooling threads not just on this forum but others as well before you take the plunge so to speak. there seems to be alot you don't know. Swiftech, EK, XSPC, Dangerden, etc all make good parts. You should figure out how you want to setup your case and then make a thread on suggestions. Noone will waste time building your thread for you, but they will be more than happy to help you succeed in having a very effecient and safe loop.

cheap parts are a killer on setups. spend a little more for quality and never worry.

Change out the water every 6 months or so. More often if you are hell bent on using dye but I don't recommend dye as it stains everything and gums up your blocks.

good luck with the build and be ready to enjoy it.
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How hard and how often do you have to service it?
That's what she said. Continuing...

You really don't need to service a loop all too often, unless you make mistakes. I doubt you'll complete your first loop without making a mistake here and there. I've rebuilt my loop 5 times since November. Most of the time it's not because of faulty liquid cooling or anything, but me trying to make my loop better and better.

I have three 470 GTX cards and a 950 on a single 360 with push/pull noctuas and my temps are around 40c idle and 55c or so load. Not perfect but I'm not anywhere near damaging any of my hardware with those temps and my system is nice and quiet. With SLI 580's and CPU on the same loop, with a larger rad, you'll see better temps.

The MCP355 is a nice pump if you grab a top for it.

I use an 800d, which naturally supports a 360 radiator and supports a 480 internally with a little modding. It's not dangerous to have the rad over your hardware unless you end up getting screws that are too long or overtightening them and puncturing the radiator. I've had a puddle on top of my 470 PCB while the system was going and luckily didn't do any damage.

Just browse build logs, dig through random posts, and eventually you'll learn enough to be confident in building your loop.
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^ What they said. Also, check out martinsliquidlab.org and skinneelabs.com for some great info and reviews.
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Just want to hear general idea...
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If you want the 90 degree rotated setup, the Silverstone Raven and Fortress series have that. Very cool, but only makes sense if you're doing air cooling. You can of course run on watercooling in that setup (as a few people around here have), however then you're not really taking advantage as much of the benefit of the rotation (heat rising). You still benefit from cooler air on accessory components and support components, but I don't know many people making an effort to cool their USB controllers and whatnot. Things that need to be kept cool are covered with a heatsink
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If you want the 90 degree rotated setup, the Silverstone Raven and Fortress series have that. Very cool, but only makes sense if you're doing air cooling. You can of course run on watercooling in that setup (as a few people around here have), however then you're not really taking advantage as much of the benefit of the rotation (heat rising). You still benefit from cooler air on accessory components and support components, but I don't know many people making an effort to cool their USB controllers and whatnot. Things that need to be kept cool are covered with a heatsink
I am still didnt decide... which case to get.
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