Iâ€™m ready to try watercooling, although itâ€™s going to take me a while to piece everything together. Iâ€™m going to start with just the CPU, but I want my setup to be expandable, so I can add GPUs, chipsets and maybe memory down the road. I donâ€™t really have a budget, which doesnâ€™t mean I can just go buy whatever I want. It means that I have to rely on Christmas, birthday and Fatherâ€™s Day to get my parts. I wanted to get some input before Christmas so I can ask Santa for a couple of parts.
Currently, Iâ€™m air cooling with a Zerotherm Nirvana, and Iâ€™ve gotten my Q6600 (G0) stable at up to 3.2 GHz. (Iâ€™m currently running at 3.0, because I donâ€™t want to turn my fan up.) I donâ€™t want to waste money going with a cheaper, entry level setup (although Iâ€™m a beginner), because I want to get noticeable performance gains over my current overclockability. Since Iâ€™ll be piecing this together over time it wonâ€™t look like as big of a hit to the wallet.
Iâ€™ll be setting up an all-internal loop in my PC-A70F. My goals are good overclocks and a quiet-ish system. Oh, and I like bling-factor.
That will come up later.
This is what Iâ€™ve picked out:
XSPC RX360 (new matte finish)
Shroud: Tecnofront Airbox Plexi
if it fits inside the top of my case with fans on top in a pull configuration. Does anyone have any experience with this part?
Swiftech Apogee XT
Fesser or Primochill 1/2â€ ID (3/4â€ OD) UV Blue (I know blue is boring to most, since itâ€™s the stock â€œgamerâ€ case fan color, but I like it.)
Fittings: Bitspower Premium G1/4" Matte Black High Flow 1/2" Compression Fittings
â€" Please let me know your thoughts on compression fittings verses barbs.
Distilled water (Iâ€™ve read all the horror stories about colored coolant gunking up waterblocks.) with silver coil or PT Nuke.
MCP355 or MCP655 â€" I need help with this. I understand that the 355 has higher head pressure, but the 655 has a better flow rate. For future growth potential, would you guys recommend the 355 as the head pressure will stay higher when I add more blocks?
Hereâ€™s another area I need help with. If I go with the 355, Iâ€™m thinking about getting an XSPC top reservoir
, but I havenâ€™t really settled on anything.
With regards to placement of the pump and res, Iâ€™m still up in the air. PPCs has a new custom case that looks almost how Iâ€™m planning mine. Check it out here
. I plan on using a different side panel, the W-75BM
, but Iâ€™m going to replace the mesh with an A.C. Ryan smoke acrylic window
and the rivets with black socket cap screws. Sorryâ€¦off topic. Anyway the case pic can show you the layout. Since the 355 outputs horizontally, how would you guys recommend placing it?
I see how the 655 fits well in the bottom, but it outputs vertically.
This part has proven really tricky for me. I mentioned above Iâ€™m looking for bling to go with my performance gains. I would really like some LED fans for my radiator to show through the MNPCtech â€œBrain Drainâ€ radgrill
Iâ€™m planning on getting, but it doesnâ€™ t seem like anyone makes high-static pressure /high-CFM/low-DB LED fans for use with radiators. The ones Iâ€™m looking at are the Xigmatek CLF1251-4
(Donâ€™t know which number is which color.) and the Coolermaster R4-L2R-20AC-GP
. Does anyone have any ideas on that? Iâ€™ve seen some great guides for adding LEDs to non-LED fans, but I donâ€™t think I have that kind of time.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts and advice! Iâ€™ve got other ideas swirling in my head, but this is good enough for now.