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So I'm pretty aware of the 50,000 other posts like this but I just don't have the time to go through all of them so I was hoping for some help.

My chassis is an RV02-EW and I'm shooting for a setup pretty much identical to the one in the picture.

I've already got a 360 stealth black Ice GT rad to go on the bottom there and an EK Acetal Supreme HF CPU block and an evga hydro copper 2 on their way.

I would like to go with that EK Multioption 150mm res but I'm curious to know if maybe there is a res similar but better to it that I can go with in the same orientation and placement.

And as for the pump, hosing and compression fittings I'm a bit lost. I would like some suggestions on these.

Lastly, I'm aware that distilled water + silver coil is probably my best bet for liquid. Although I was wondering if using feser uv liquid would hurt?

Thanks guys!

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with that case, a bay res may be your best option. This is an affordable solution that is successfully used by many.

Danger den builds a really cool Bay res for the D5 if that's the pump you like. XSPC also builds a pretty cool dual bay res for 2 DDC's if you would like to have the redundancy of two pumps. This (the bay res option) would solve a lot of mounting problems you might encounter in that case.


I like distilled and silver. Other stuff may cause problems. DI and Silver= cheap and safe. Use a colored tubing if you want the effect.

Barbs are fine and may even be more secure. Compression fittings are more for looks than better function IMHO. For the cost, XSPC Barbs are cheap and perfectly functional. On the other hand, you can spend a fortune on fittings if you want to!

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Distilled water + kill coil is the best option, Feser Liquid is one of the best but liquid with dye will stain and clog your blocks ( I know better). I agree with the Phobya res its much better than EK. Use clear hose if you to see the water but the hose gets clouded after a 1 mouth use. 3/8 hose is small and easier to work than 1/2 but its a matter of taste and does not affect performance. Barbs are cheap and more secure than compression fittings.
If you choose comp fittings be sure that the inner and outer diameter of the hose is compatible, Ex: 13/19mm Hose= 1/2 inner diameter 3/4 outer diameter compression .fittings

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I would stay away from the uv coolant and get coloerd tubing instead. They are available in uv colors and will not gunk up your blocks.

Kill coil and distilled is the best in my opinion, but consider Bitspower true silver fittings. They work the same as a kill coil if you use enough of them.

Also when making your loop, consider adding a drain line near the lowest part of your loop (use a Y adapter or similar, and a drain-plug on the end of a length of tubing long enough to reach outside your case). This will make water changes much easier. You should change your distilled water every 6- months or so.

Make sure to flush our your new rad/s with distilled water before using the. Sometimes flux and other contaminates are left behind from the manufacturing process. just dump some distilled water into the rad and plug the holes with your fingers and shack vigorously, drain and repeat.

for the pump I prefer the land d5 type like this one-

There are lots of aftermarket parts you can use to pretty them up if you choose and even res-tops that can be used in conjunction with the 'dress up' kits.

For tubing, I like primo-flex. It's cost is relatively cheap and it has a great bend radius (flex without kinking) and lots of colors to choose from.
(also available from other retailers)

I haven't used any compression fittings yet, but if you choose to use them, make sure you choose the right size diameter tubing for them.. Bitspower makes the best fittings IMO (compression or normal). If you want to use the true-silver 1/2 high flow barbs, get 7/16" tubing (regular barbs only- not whebn using compression fittings)

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