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    I just purchased the GTX 470 (haven't received yet), and I've heard they run loud and hot. I'm contemplating using liquid cooling on them, however I have no prior experience with a DIY liquid cooling kit so I'm looking on some parts advice.

    Currently, I'm not looking to liquid cool my CPU since it is being liquid cooled by the Corsair H50, and has been OC'ed to 4Ghz. Temps are very low but it won't OC further due to (what seems is common) a glitch/disagreement with 64-bit OS'es.

    So, basically, what parts do I need. Is it just the following, or am I missing something?
    Pump
    Reservoir
    pipes
    waterblock for the 470
    coolant/liquid
    radiator

    Also, could you recommend me which products to buy? I'm guessing I don't need a very powerful pump or a huge radiator since I'm only cooling a single GPU.

    Below is my current config:

    Antec 1200
    Corsair 850W PSU
    MSI 790FX GD-70
    AMD Phenom II x4 9565BE 4.0Ghz
    2 x HD 4890 Crossfire (now replacing with GTX 470)
    2 x Samsung Spinpoint 500GB in RAID 0
    2x2Gb G.Skill Ripjaws CL7 RAM 1600Mhz
     
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    sneekypeet Unpaid Babysitter Staff Member

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    Pump: Swiftech 655 or 355 variant pump
    Res: whatever works for your res. needs
    Tubing: 1/2" or 3/8" ID tubing..i prefer the color to be the tube, not the additive.
    Block: I would say either the EK or the Danger Den, both work well for me
    Liquid: Distilled water, very little if any additives
    Radiator: a double 120 rad with low FPI should work.

    Also you are going to need barbs, and possibly 45 or 90 degree fittings.
     
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    I agree with sneekypeete, though I would recommend a MCP355 pump with a XSPC resevoir top as it just makes things easier and you cut out a step of tubing that you'll need to route.
     
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    agreed. Pumps with tops are a bit more up front to buy it, but as erocker says, it removes a couple of leak points and will make setup and "bleeding" of the loop easier.
     
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    Thank you for the replies. I am looking up the parts right now.

    Btw, later, if I want to extend the liquid cooling to my CPU (and get rid of the H50), will the abovementioned parts handle it?

    EDIT
    How's this radiator?
    Swiftech MCR220-QP Liquid Cooler Radiator
     
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    The pumps and such will definitely hold up. you may want to get strong fans for the rad to cope with the extra heat load in the dual rad, but i think you would be ok.
     
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    gotcha
     
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    I have the 320 kit and its cooling my i5 and a 470. The kit is really good for an all in one set up. Temperatures are right with my custom loop.

    Please dont spread BS when you haven't even tried the kit in question;)
     
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    @sneekypeet: I was eyeing the 320. If I buy that kit, it includes the rad/res/pump. All else I need is waterblock, pipes and barbs? Or is there anything else I'm missing?
     
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    thanks a ton for that link. Answers a lot of questions. didn't realize it came with a CPU waterblock too.

    EDIT
    btw, does it come with the coolant too (distilled water or something else) or do i get that separately?
     
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    Comes with additive that made the water green, you still need to grab a gallon of distilled water for a dollar at your local grocery store.
     

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