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Hello everyone, I am thinking of watercooling my pc sometime over the summer once I get enough money saved up. I plan on a CPU + GPU loop, and I'd like to keep everything internal if at all possible. Might be a bit tight in my CM 690II, but I don't have much room in the table my computer sits in to have an external radiator. I have some room above the case, but I cannot make it any longer front to back, or I couldn't get the case in and out of it's stand

I don't really know what CPU/GPU blocks I'm going to go for, but I know that pump strength can be a concern. Exactly what kind of ratings should I be looking for to decide on what I would need. If possible, is there a 5.25" pump/res combo that would work, or are the pumps in those not powerful enough?

Next question: how large of a radiator would I need for this kind of setup? If I need more than a 240 one I'll have to do a dual radiator setup. My basic plan right now is to have a bay mounted res/pump -> 240 rad mounted to the bottom of the case -> GPU block -> CPU block -> back to res. If I need more than just a single radiator, I *might* be able to fit a slim-ish radiator on the top of the case. The owners manual says there's room... but the 140mm fans I have there now are right up next to the motherboard, and I'd suspect some interference with the heatsinks next to the cpu socket if anything stuck down lower than those. If I had to I could mod the case to fit one up there.

I'm already running fairly high overclocks with air cooling, and I'd like to see how far I can push my system. Noise isn't a huge concern, but I'd like to avoid having the computer sound like a jet engine. Also, I don't have an exact budget, as I'll be saving up first then buying. Anyways, thanks in advance for any advice/help.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k @4.7GHz ASUS P8P67 Pro EVGA GTX 580 (890/2075) 2x4GB G.Skill RipjawsX DDR3 1333MHz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
500GB Caviar Black + Spinpoint F3 1TB Windows 7 Professional x64 ASUS VH236H 23" Logitech G110 
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post #2 of 5
A 240 and a 120 come to mind with this build.

What country do you live in? I(we) can put a cart together for you.

Any modern bay res pump can handle a loop like your looking to buy, the 655 or 355 are both really powerful.
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Samsung 850 Pro 128GB + WD 1TB XSPC Rasa,RX360,D5 w/EK top,Ek150 res,AP-15's 7 Pro Asus VW266H 
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G11 AX850 Corsair 800D 
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Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 850 Pro 128GB + WD 1TB XSPC Rasa,RX360,D5 w/EK top,Ek150 res,AP-15's 7 Pro Asus VW266H 
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Thread Starter 
I'm in the US
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k @4.7GHz ASUS P8P67 Pro EVGA GTX 580 (890/2075) 2x4GB G.Skill RipjawsX DDR3 1333MHz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
500GB Caviar Black + Spinpoint F3 1TB Windows 7 Professional x64 ASUS VH236H 23" Logitech G110 
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Corsair 850HX Fractal Design Define XL Logitech MX518 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k @4.7GHz ASUS P8P67 Pro EVGA GTX 580 (890/2075) 2x4GB G.Skill RipjawsX DDR3 1333MHz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
500GB Caviar Black + Spinpoint F3 1TB Windows 7 Professional x64 ASUS VH236H 23" Logitech G110 
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Corsair 850HX Fractal Design Define XL Logitech MX518 
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post #4 of 5
XSPC block
or
EK HF if you want the very best.

Bay reservoir
with
The pump

580 block

RX240 Rad

RS 120 Rad

If the pump and res posted above is too expensive this pump will do

This is what I would buy if it were my loop.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2500k @5ghz Asus P8P67 Evo 6970 @ 1000/1450 8GB Ripjaws DDR31600 Cas8 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 850 Pro 128GB + WD 1TB XSPC Rasa,RX360,D5 w/EK top,Ek150 res,AP-15's 7 Pro Asus VW266H 
KeyboardPowerCase
G11 AX850 Corsair 800D 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2500k @5ghz Asus P8P67 Evo 6970 @ 1000/1450 8GB Ripjaws DDR31600 Cas8 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 850 Pro 128GB + WD 1TB XSPC Rasa,RX360,D5 w/EK top,Ek150 res,AP-15's 7 Pro Asus VW266H 
KeyboardPowerCase
G11 AX850 Corsair 800D 
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post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thanks, that should give me an idea of what to look for when it comes time to buy. Time to start asking the boss for more hours
My first build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k @4.7GHz ASUS P8P67 Pro EVGA GTX 580 (890/2075) 2x4GB G.Skill RipjawsX DDR3 1333MHz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
500GB Caviar Black + Spinpoint F3 1TB Windows 7 Professional x64 ASUS VH236H 23" Logitech G110 
PowerCaseMouse
Corsair 850HX Fractal Design Define XL Logitech MX518 
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My first build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k @4.7GHz ASUS P8P67 Pro EVGA GTX 580 (890/2075) 2x4GB G.Skill RipjawsX DDR3 1333MHz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
500GB Caviar Black + Spinpoint F3 1TB Windows 7 Professional x64 ASUS VH236H 23" Logitech G110 
PowerCaseMouse
Corsair 850HX Fractal Design Define XL Logitech MX518 
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