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my current computer is about a year old and I want to upgrade it to water cooling.

my current setup:
i7 920
EVGA GTX 285
750W PSU

will my PSU be strong enough to support water cooling? What if I would like to OC my CPU/GPU in the future?

my current plan: I'm trying to fit everything into my case. and spend less money if possible.

Swiftech Apogee XT - 55

Black Ice GTX 360 Radiator - 110

Black Ice GTX 240 Radiator - 87
- or 120?

Swiftech MCP350 12 VDC Pump - 55

Swiftech MCRES Micro Revision 2 reservoir - 23

Silver Coil - 5

Tubing/Colored Tubing (?)
- well, unsurprisingly, I would like my rig to look awesome glowing with blue... I've heard that UV additive is not good so I guess I'll go for UV blue tubing? How much should I buy? 1/2 or 3/8?

Fans, x6? Scythe Gentle Typhoon, Ultra Kaze, Yate Loon
- I definitely want good airflow, don't mind much about noise, and of course the cheaper the better.

HAF 922 or 932 - 90, 180
- the 932 looks better but twice as expensive...

Danger Den DD-GTX285 Version 1 X2 - 200
- yeah I'm getting two water blocks for my two GPUs, they should fit right? I believe I have version 1 of the card.


all this adds up to around 700,
any suggestions or recommendations are highly appreciated, I'm pretty sure I'm missing something here and there...
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Yes your PSU should be enough for a water cooling setup I think. I am running a XSPC Rasa 750 RX360 Kit atm with a I7 930 (stock atm but will be OC again soon) and 2 460GTX's.

As far as tubing goes you are correct. Do not use dyes because they will gunk up your blocks and hurt your performance and add to upkeep. As far as tube sizing it will be determined by what fittings you buy. This would have to be touched up on by someone with more WC experience than me. I currently use 1/2 fittings with 7/16 tubing.

The difference in your case prices is due to the fact that the 922 is a mid tower and the 932 is a full tower unless I'm mistaken.

As far as fans go. Gentle Typhoons seem to be the best if your going for performance to noise ratio but are extremely hard to obtain due to demand/supply. Yate loons are the best bang for the buck. If I'm not mistaken the rad's you have listed you want to run high RPM fans on for the best performance.

But as far as the nit-picking of your custom components seems fine to me. Maybe check into the MCP355 pump since I hear lots of good things about them.

Haha if anyone else has more go ahead. Did the best I could as noobie WC'er
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If you're just getting started into water cooling, you can look at the XSPC Rasa 750 RS360 kit. It has everything you need for a CPU loop. 149.99 and free silver coil too! Add the two water blocks in with some more tubing and fittings and you should be good to go.

Regarding your questions, yes your PSU will be fine even if you overclock. Adding a watercooling loop won't put much more strain on your PSU.

I didn't realize you had two 285's. I think that's cutting it kinda close, putting a i7-920 and two 285's, PLUS OC. Bump your PSU up to at least a 850w?

As for fans, I highly recommend the GT1850's, if you can find them in stock. They work wonders, quiet with a decent amount of air pushed. For cheap fans, High speed yates are actually not bad at all for their price. Find some good yates and you should be set in push/pull.

Yes, go for UV blue tubing if you want some glowing blue action. Also, you can either go with 1/2" tubing for 1/2" barbs or 7/16" for a tighter, snugger fit. I personally use 1/2" tubing, and it worked out just fine with clamps on the barbs.
Edited by bfeng91 - 4/8/11 at 12:27am
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Hi,

I'll offer done advice, from my personal experience.

Tubing - go with 1/2 ID, 3/4 OD
Blue uv tubing, try and steer clear of dyes as they tend to separate and clog up your loop (they might not, but why chance it?) Use distilled water.

How much? 12ft should be enough to compensate for mistakes/alterations.

Gentle typhoon fans are awesome and would recommend them.

Are you set on the apogee swiftech waterblock? If so, be very careful when you mount it, the threads strip very very easy.





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thanks for all the great replies!

- yeah the HAF 922 is indeed a mid tower, so either 932 or 942 I guess. One of my big concerns is if both rads will fit inside the tower nicely. The 360 rad should be able to fit on the top, but what about the second one? I would like a 240 rad but it doesn't seem to fit anywhere, but if I get a 120 rad it should fit on the rear exhaust fan right? Not sure if a 360+120 is enough.

- As for the PSU, it's on the borderline... If I OC both the CPU and GPU I don't think it's strong enough. Maybe I should get 850W modular PSU, it will free up some space inside the case as well.

- fans, the Ultra Kaze fans look great with really high air flow for a low price. The noise level looks high, maybe having 5 of them running is too loud? I dunno, the case will be under a desk anyway. Those Yate Loon UV fans look great, I think I will get a couple of them to replace the case fans. No reason to have them cooling the rads I think. The gentle typhoon fans look great but they dont have as much airflow and are pretty expensive. and yes, I think the rads I picked require high airflow fans.

- tubing, ok blue uv tubing it is, I think I will go 1/2 tubing with 1/2 barb and clamps/cable ties. distiled water and silver coil.

o and, does anyone have any inputs on my GPU blocks? I dont think I have many options anyway.
Edited by Phoenix777 - 4/8/11 at 9:42am
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You can get a refurbished black-edition HAF 932 here if that is acceptable.

Don't bother with two radiators. Just get one decent 360, like this XSPC. You'll be able to use slow-ish fans and still have awesome temperatures.

Oh, and assuming it's a decent unit, a 750W PSU is more than enough.

One more thing: there are $8 285 blocks available for local pickup at a couple Microcenter stores. You might get lucky and be able to arrange for someone to buy and ship one to you if you want to bother with that.
Edited by t-ramp - 4/8/11 at 10:52am
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You can get a refurbished black-edition HAF 932 here if that is acceptable.

Don't bother with two radiators. Just get one decent 360, like this XSPC. You'll be able to use slow-ish fans and still have awesome temperatures.

Oh, and assuming it's a decent unit, a 750W PSU is more than enough.

One more thing: there are $8 285 blocks available for local pickup at a couple Microcenter stores. You might get lucky and be able to arrange for someone to buy and ship one to you if you want to bother with that.
holy crap that's awesome, 8 dollars? what a steal, and I live in Boston too.

thanks!
you sure about the 1 radiator? I guess I can go with 1 for now then add another if the temps r high.

edit: since I'm trying to save some money, are there anything else I should buy used/refurb? lol I would guess probably not because most parts wear out
Edited by Phoenix777 - 4/8/11 at 2:02pm
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