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  1. Durvelle27

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    I'm thinking of going with a custom watercooling loop for my main rig but have no clue on where to start. I was just think of getting a Corsair H100 but changed my mind on that as i want to eventually watercool my GPU's. Can you guys please give me some advice or recommendations. Thx in advance for any help :toast:
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    You could buy one of these, and add a gpu block, and maybe res later.

    http://www.swiftech.com/H220.aspx
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    Custom is way better than the crap all in ones....... I would post your budget as there is a lot of choices.....



    Blocks:

    Apogee HD is one of better ones, EK makes some good ones, XSPC Raza

    Rad:

    I use Themochill but hard to find now a day

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    MCP655
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    Well I think so, that swiftech is a good aio, plus it has the ability to run extra blocks. He can use that on his cpu now, and just add a GPU block later.
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    This would be cutting it close on cooling your CPU + GPU's and I though you wanted custom?
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    LOL theres another new to watercooling thread with noobs n all!

    i totally agree, on a custom loop. i thought about a h100 or similar. but next to the ssd this xspc kit is the best thing ive bought performance wise.

    its addictive, i was sat (many times) pricing blocks/rads etc etc up.

    and for the price of this xspc i can run my 8350 up to 1.6v and stay within recommended temps even with stupid ambients
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    I wanted custom because AIO didn't have the option to add a GPU to the loop
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    I'm still open to options and won't decide just yet. Budget is $300 and it must be able to support CPU+GPU+GPU
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    custom..... maybe find used parts and build something better than a kit


    and if you got the fans already, youre pretty much sorted
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    Yes have a lot of 120mm & 140mm fans sitting around. I could do that but don't know were to start and what I will need :banghead:
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    Decent cpu+gu blocks are not cheap, a descent pump ain't cheap either and not forgetting a good rad plus rez and all the fittings. $300 will be cutting it fine imo.
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    Is it possible to add a extra pump and reservoir to it
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    That's not a very viable solution since the pump is built into the cpu block. For your situation I would get one of the H20 kits, better pump and greater expandability. They have the 35X pump which is the bomb daddy. It also fits nicely into your budget.

    360 Version:
    http://www.performance-pcs.com/cata...oduct_info&cPath=59_202_604&products_id=32746

    240 Version:
    http://www.performance-pcs.com/cata...oduct_info&cPath=59_202_604&products_id=32744
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    $300 won't do it with 2 x GPU's. I suggest doing the CPu with custom and getting waterblocks for GPU as time goes on. Just get a decent 120 x 3 rad and a MCP655 and you can add on..


    Do it the right way as mentioned above in my previous statement.. You won't be sorry.
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    OK I think I can do that
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    Hello there,

    While I no longer have my watercooling in place. I have built and maintained my own system for a few years. I would recommend reading up the on the following, they provide a wealth of information. I read alot of this before attempting my own.

    http://martinsliquidlab.org/

    http://forums.extremeoverclocking.com/t355358.html

    I had a good amount of help when I assembled my liquid cooling.

    I cannot stress enough from my own experience, do please plan it out properly and get quality stuff. Going cheap will be alot more expensive later on.

    If you wish to gradually add stuff into your loop and to assist in the swapping of components if you are the type to swap components every 1-2 years do PLEASE LOOK INTO QUICK DISCONNECTS!!. They can be kinda pricey but they will save alot of time and headache later on. Koolance has a very very good selection on these. If you read the info provided you will get well educated on them and other components.

    Martin's has alot of test data on fans, pumps, and radiators. MusicMan over at Extremeoverclocking was a great mentor for me when I started my project. Read his post. You may have to read alot of this 2-3 times to comprehend and get it all. A quick answer will not be available.
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    So I will start out with the CPU first and later down the line add in my GPUs. So I'd it possible to do this under $200
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    You will be over $200 if you want to do it right. This setup would be simple to add 2 x GPU's. The rad will easily handle the dissipation.


    http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/xsex3xcrra.html $65
    http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/swaphdcpuwab.html $59
    http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/swmc12vdcpuw.html $74
    http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/swmcmire2re.html $23
    http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/ty1id5odlatu.html 15 feet(have extra) $30
    http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/xsg1to1idhob.html x 2 $4
    http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/brmihocl7int.html x 6 $2.40

    Total: $260

    The guys at sidewinder are great. I would highly recommend buying from them and they are based out of Indianapolis which is not far from you...... This price does not include shipping. This would be a kickass base loop. the Apogee HD is a great block. One of the tops....
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    I can also attest to Gary being a great guy at Sidewinder.

    That is a nice list of parts, but those hose clamps are ugly as sin.
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    Yup, Gary is a standup guy.... He could switch clamps
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    I used hose clamps like those for my loop at first. Cost 11 cents each, when bought in a 20 pack, at the local hardware store.
    Crunching for Team TPU

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