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Alright, So im looking to do my first WC setup ever. Other than the Corsair H50 I have at the moment.
I will be moving to a CM 690 II by the time I have the whole WC setup bought and shipped.
I will be water cooling 2 GTX 260's, and the CPU.
I would like to do a 240 rad w/ Xigamatek Fans 120'swith a pull[RAD]push setup.
I don't have any knowledge on pumps or how to bleed the system. I will be taking a look at the essential W/C thread when I get back from work today.
Budget - 200-300$.
Rad's I was looking at Black Ice GTX 240, MCR220, Thermochill PA 120.3.
I will be using a AM3 setup.
Thank you for the input!
P.S: Sorry about for the lack of knowledge on watercooling, but I thought I would ask on here as I've seen the craziest stuff on here.
 

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You need a bigger budget but a cpu loop for that price is fine.

Enzotech CPU block
MCP655 pump
swiftech triple rad res
1/2 tubing and barbs and worm clamps

50 for block, 65 for pump, 55 for the rad, tubing clamps barbs be about 25. Shipping and tax should net around 250

Fan wise if you got the cash, get some Scythe typhoons or get the second best, yate loons.
 

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You need more rads. A 120.2 is not going to handle the heat dump from 2x 260 and a CPU. A D5 is a good pump or pick up a DDC with a top.
 

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I already have the 260 block's. and I have worm clips laying around the house. I will only be running one 260 for the time being as I will buy another 260 around summer or going back into school in late aug. Also when I'll be buying my new motherboard/ram/cpu.
 

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Well, you're certainly going to need more radiator area. A 2x120mm rad will not be enough to keep 2 GPUs and a CPU cool. You might be able to pull this off with 2 of them, but even then, that's a pretty hefty heat load.

Do you intend to mount the radiators inside your PC or outside? If they're outside and able to get fresh air, and you run good fans, 2 2x120mm rads might do the trick, but I wouldn't recommend anything less for what you want to do.
 

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Well, you're certainly going to need more radiator area. A 2x120mm rad will not be enough to keep 2 GPUs and a CPU cool. You might be able to pull this off with 2 of them, but even then, that's a pretty hefty heat load.

Do you intend to mount the radiators inside your PC or outside? If they're outside and able to get fresh air, and you run good fans, 2 2x120mm rads might do the trick, but I wouldn't recommend anything less for what you want to do.

I would be running the rad on the inside with all 4 fans on the radiator. What if I were to do just a CPU and one GPU setup for at the moment?
 

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I would be running the rad on the inside with all 4 fans on the radiator. What if I were to do just a CPU and one GPU setup for at the moment?

Odd to only cool one of the two, but I suppose there's really nothing wrong with that.

It won't give you the best temps ever, but they'll be good. I run my CPU and GPU on a 2x120mm rad with some pretty quiet fans at stock and my temps never peak over 60c on my CPU. As long as I don't overclock significantly everything's fine.

Yeah, you'll be able to do that. The push/pull fan setup will certainly help.
 

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Info that may help you out


rad comparison


Waterblock


Example
standard set up
1/2 inch barbs for everything

mcp655 pump or mcp355(will need a top to use 1/2 barbs)
http://www.jab-tech.com/Swiftech-MCP...r-pr-3803.html
65.00
or
the MCP355 is great
http://www.jab-tech.com/Swiftech-MCP...p-pr-3510.html

get a top. The top will maximize the efficiency of the pump
(alot of options
)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/57..._LED_Port.html
or
http://www.tilatech.com/products/XSP...Laing-DDC.html
or bay res
http://www.tilatech.com/products/XSP...Laing-DDC.html

tubing
http://www.petrastechshop.com/7id5odmagepu.html
.59 a ft

RX360
74.99
http://www.tilatech.com/products/XSP...-Radiator.html
or RS360 39.99
http://www.tilatech.com/products/XSP...-Radiator.html

fans
http://www.jab-tech.com/YATE-LOON-12...d-pr-3771.html
3.70
or
panaflos better choice
120x120x38mm

fan controller
http://www.xpcgear.com/rheobusext.html
28.99
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811998808
15.00

reservoirs or tline
http://www.crazypc.com/products/wate...eservoirs.html
20-xxx

cpu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-019-_-Product

Thermal paste : OCZ Freeze or IC Diamond

Coolant: distilled water and 2 drops of pt nuke

one is for just distilled other is used with U/v dye
http://search.store.yahoo.net/cgi-bi...uery=pt%20nuke

Loop should go
res-pump-360rad-cpu-gpu-gpu-res
if with 2 rads
res-pump-360-cpu-rad-gpu-gpu-res


Click on so you want to water cool in my sig
 

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I watercool 2xGTX275 and one i7 920(@4.2 GHz)... If you are a casual gamer and use them at stock clocks I think one 3x120mm radiator will do the job for you. But if you want decent overclocks and may be running fah, even one 3x120mm radiator might not be enough. I'm using two 3x120mm swiftech radiators, at these clocks temps are fine (cpu cores~ 65-74C and gpus ~ 38-48C at max load
-gfx cards also overclocked-). But I'm sad that I feel like this won't be enough this summer xD

 

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Any recommendation's for 2x120 rad's? I will probably just do the CPU for now. Since the 260's are running fine on air. I just want to do a custom W/C Build, Not some kit. So I think I'm going to do a MCR 220 with Xiggy fans for a push/pull, with a MCP655, with a XSPC Res, with 1/2 inch barbs? Any suggestions for a CPU waterblock? It will need to work on am2+/am3. Also If I missed anything please let me know. You guys have been a great help. I'm glad I came here and asked questions.
Thank you!
 
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