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Hey guys, I currently am looking into watercooling the PC in my sigrig. I've read quite a bit on the subject from our FAQ's etc here, but I am appealing to the experts on component choice.

Priority List is as follows:

Very Quiet > Moderate OC'ing cooling potential > Price

I'm OCing my 3 6950's to 6970's at 950ish MHz each and my CPU to 4.2Ghz which is a pretty tame OC for the i7 950. Please give advise as what components I should purchase for the job and if I need to purchase a different case (Would really prefer not to).

So I'm thinking of these so far:
GPU Full Coverage EK Acetal + Nickel Blocks - $110 Per (x3) **Update Purchased**

CEK Supreme HF Full Copper Nickel Plated Block - $95 **Update Purchased**

GT AP-15 Fans - $16 Per (x20, replacing case fans as well) **Update Purchased**

Petra's Kill Coil - $10 **Update Purchased**

655 Pump -$85 **Update Purchased**

Mo-Ra 3 Pro 120mm - $230 **Update Purchased**

Orange UV Masterkleer Tubing 1/2 ID", 3/4 OD" 3 meters - $16 **Update Purchased**

EK Dual Bay Resevoir - $75 **Update Purchased**

So far price is up to $1157.00

Thanks again!
Edited by dave2z - 4/11/11 at 1:14pm
    
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post #2 of 14
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Originally Posted by dave2z View Post
Hey guys, I currently am looking into watercooling the PC in my sigrig. I've read quite a bit on the subject from our FAQ's etc here, but I am appealing to the experts on component choice.

Priority List is as follows:

Very Quiet > Moderate OC'ing cooling potential > Price

I'm OCing my 3 6950's to 6970's at 950ish MHz each and my CPU to 4.2Ghz which is a pretty tame OC for the i7 950. Please give advise as what components I should purchase for the job and if I need to purchase a different case (Would really prefer not to).

Thanks in advance.
Parts wise:
You are looking at 3 x $100 for your gpu blocks on average (may cost more).
CPU block $50-80
Rads you will want 2 480s RX480s 2 x $115
GT AP-15 Fans 8 x $16
Pump Either a 655 or 355 there are many different variations/tops $70-110
Tubing (personal choice) 2$ish a foot
Reservoir (personal choice) can go with a cheap T-line or any res $25-100
Fittings you will need sli connectors or barab and a short bit of hose sli connectors are usually better. $20-100
PT Nuke or Kill coil $8

All together you are probably looking at around 800 on the low end. Welcome to WC!
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post #3 of 14
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Decided to edit top post to keep it all in one spot.
Edited by dave2z - 4/6/11 at 6:43pm
    
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post #4 of 14
You will also need some sort of connectors for the tubing. Compression fittings are really nice, but expensive (can be $17 for each fitting). They also are the least prone to leaking. Barbs are cheaper and can leak if not installed correctly and if you get barbs, you will most likely need some clamps as well.

You have to make sure your tubing size matches your fitting size but I know a lot of people will put a 7/16" hose on a 1/2" barb for a nice tight seal.
post #5 of 14
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I think I will probably go Compression Fittings because I am more than willing to spend the extra money on the little things to assure that I have no leaking on the rest of my main parts. On the compression fittings, should I purchase them according to Hose size? Or is it based on the size of the blocks that I purchased?

(Sorry still pretty green here)
Also, what size tubing and what radiator would be the best for silent performance / decent cooling as far as restriction goes etc.
    
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i7 950 d0 Stepping OC'd to 4.2Ghz 100% Stable EVGA E758-A1 LGA 1366 3x 6950's Unlocked to 6970's and OC'd to 950 Mhz CORSAIR DOMINATOR 12GB (6 x 2GB) DDR3 @ 1600Mhz 
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post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by dave2z View Post
I think I will probably go Compression Fittings because I am more than willing to spend the extra money on the little things to assure that I have no leaking on the rest of my main parts. On the compression fittings, should I purchase them according to Hose size? Or is it based on the size of the blocks that I purchased?

(Sorry still pretty green here)
Also, what size tubing and what radiator would be the best for silent performance / decent cooling as far as restriction goes etc.
From what Ive read, size is up to your preference. I went with 1/2" ID x 3/4" OD pretty much for looks. So lets say you want to get 1/2" ID x 3/4" OD tubing, then you must get the same size compression fittings.

As for the blocks, most have the G 1/4 thread so you can attach any barb/compression fitting so that wont be a problem but one thing you have to think about is some blocks have their inlet and outlet holes close together. So if you want to use large tubing, then you might not be able to use compression fittings because they are too large. The block that I have (EK Supreme HF) has the inlet/outlet holes farther apart so I didnt have a problem with my large fittings.
post #7 of 14
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If I go with 1/2" ID x 3/4" OD will that be less prone to kinking? Or would smaller tubing be better for less kinking?
    
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X25 SSD 80GB - OS, 2x 2TB Hitachis Data Windows 7 x64 Samsung SyncMaster 2233rz 120 Hz! Gear Head Wireless 
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post #8 of 14
Yeah the 1/2" x 3/4" is thick and is less prone to kinking.
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
As far as Rads go which would be quieter?

Black Ice GT Stealth 360 Radiator Heat Exchanger Gen. 2

Or

XSPC RX 360?

Also would I need two of the above rads with my system components or would 1 do the trick? (For silent cooling)
    
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i7 950 d0 Stepping OC'd to 4.2Ghz 100% Stable EVGA E758-A1 LGA 1366 3x 6950's Unlocked to 6970's and OC'd to 950 Mhz CORSAIR DOMINATOR 12GB (6 x 2GB) DDR3 @ 1600Mhz 
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X25 SSD 80GB - OS, 2x 2TB Hitachis Data Windows 7 x64 Samsung SyncMaster 2233rz 120 Hz! Gear Head Wireless 
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post #10 of 14
I have the RX360 and like it so far. The thicker the better. 1 thick radiator should do the trick but im not sure how quiet it will be. I guess it all depends on your fans. I have 3000rpm Gentle Typhoons and love them but they are sort of loud at high speed. Although I have them hooked up to a fan controller and they are pretty quiet when I turn them down to 1000rpms.
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