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.
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.
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.
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.