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May 31, 2013 12:32:57 PM

Hello! :-)

I want to water cool my CPU and GPU. This is my first time, so I got some questions.
So.. My question is : Do any of you guys know of a good water cooling kit, or components that would fit in my Fractal Design R4 and on my Intel i5 3570k and Gigabyte 7950 GPU?

I have been searching the entire day, but there are just so many options, and for a complete beginner to water cooling it is very hard to know what will fit, and so on.

This is what I have found so far : http://www.frozencpu.com/products/17359/ex-wat-226/Alph...

But as you can see this is only for CPU cooling. So I really dont know what to do to make this work together with a GPU water cooler, and what extra components I would need...

I would really appreciate it if someone would be kind enough to try and asnwer to my questions!

Also, sorry for my English..

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May 31, 2013 7:09:47 PM

Your English is fine, didn't even know its a 2nd language until you mentioned it :) .

First place for an intrepid water-cooler is the water-cooling sticky, it contains a lot of the information you need to know to get a general idea of what your doing.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/277130-29-read-first-...

So with the theory out of the way its best to look up an example of a loop that's actually being made, this NCIX guide is pretty good in this aspect as its essentially a running commentary as he builds the loop.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krgK2dcxJ5g

Any questions you still have, dont hesitate to ask.

From there I suggest looking around and pulling together a loop that you think will work, then posting it here for feedback. On these forums when it comes to water-cooling we don't just give out a parts list like we would for a system build, its best you understand the reasons behind the components being purchased.
A good way to find idea's on what you can potentially do is to just look up "Fractal Design R4 Water-cooling" into Google Images and see what comes up. Water-cooling component reviews can be found Martins Liquid Labs and Skinee's Labs.
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May 31, 2013 7:20:09 PM

Water cooling kits typically come with CPU loop only. It's fairly easy to get the GPU block seperately and add it to the loop, but you need to take several things into account such as graphics card water block compatibility. You also need to consider what size/thickness radiators can your case accommodate or how powerful should your pump need to be.

It's usually a good idea to start out with a CPU water cooling kit if you're unsure and expand on that once you've got the hang of it.
Good tutorial also here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGtZiPQ8z8w

His way may seem a bit complicated and intimidating but this guy is a professional and doesn't really know how to do it any other way. All in all his guide really goes into detail and covers all the important areas.
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