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Can somebody tell me if this is a good water cooling build? (New to water cooling)

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September 2, 2013 5:43:43 PM

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Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Extreme EATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($415.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Processor: Intel Core i7-4930K ($600.00)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX780 HydroCopper 3GB ($799.99)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX780 HydroCopper 3GB ($799.99)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (8 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($319.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($146.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($146.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 900D ATX Full Tower Case ($379.98 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition 37.9 CFM 120mm Fan ($14.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition 37.9 CFM 120mm Fan ($14.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition 37.9 CFM 120mm Fan ($14.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition 37.9 CFM 120mm Fan ($14.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 37.9 CFM 120mm Fans ($27.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($16.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($16.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($16.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 1250W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($201.75 @ Newegg)
Other: Swiftech MCP655 Variable Pump ($119.95)
Other: AlphaCool NeXxXoS Black Chrome CPU Block ($85.22)
Other: Phobya Touch 6 Fan Controllwer ($49.99)
Other: AlphaCool XT45 360 Radiator ($79.99)
Other: AlphaCool XT45 360 Radiator ($79.99)
Other: AlphaCool XT45 Quad 120mm Radiator ($104.99)
Other: Bitspower 250ml Inline Reservoir ($42.99)

Total: $4606.70
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-02 20:42 EDT-0400)
September 2, 2013 6:13:44 PM

will that water cool equipment work?
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September 2, 2013 6:38:10 PM

The GSkill memory seems outta place compared to the other components and 4 x *GB is a better choice than 8 x 4GB (less laod on memory contoller means higher stable OCs)

Id step up to DDR2133 CAS 9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Seagate 3TB 7200.14's (193) are like 33% faster than the Blacks ($145) with 50% more room and cheaper
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/desktop-hdd.15-st40...

The 900D is H U G E ..... if ya want something a bit more attractive and flexible consider the new Enthoo
http://phanteks.com/#&panel1-1&panel2-1
http://themodzoo.com/forum/index.php?/page/articles.htm...

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The is great case for the first time water cooler, with all of the built-in features one needs. The Phanteks designers thought about every radiator and reservoir mounting scenario feasible.


As to the WC components, I'm planning a build in the Phanteks Enthoo case.....here's my parts list which is continually in a state of flux....changes a bit every day :)  ....

Swiftech Dual Extreme Duty Small Form Factor 12 VDC Industrial PWM Pump - Black (MCP35X2-BK)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14961/ex-pmp-173/Swif...

Swiftech MCP35x2 Dual Pump Heatsink (MCP35X2-HS)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16233/ex-pmp-195/Swif...
Noiseblocker NB-BlackSilentPro PC-P 80mm x 15mm Ultra Silent PWM Fan - 2500 RPM http://www.frozencpu.com/products/image/16392/fan-1017_...

AquaComputer Aqualis XT Scratch Resistance Reservoir w/ Fill Level Sensor and LED Holder, G1/4 - Nano Coated (34042)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16775/ex-res-396/Aqua...

AquaComputer Holder for Aqualis Series Reservoirs (34043)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16778/ex-res-397/Aqua...

Aquacomputer Pressure Equalization Membrane G1/4 Thread - Tall Version (53138) http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16784/ex-tub-1363/Aqu...

2 x Aquacomputer Temperature Sensor - Inner/Outer Thread G1/4 (Model: AQ-53067) http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

Aquacomputer G1/4 Flow Meter Sensor Block USB Version - (Aquaero Series / Poweradjust / Fan-O-Matic Pro / Alphacool Heatmaster) (53129)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16789/bus-316/Aquacom...

Alphacool NexXxoS UT60 Full Copper Double 140mm Radiator 324 x 144 x 60mm (CPU Watts = 145 / Radiator Watts at 10C, 1200 rpm = 164)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16825/ex-rad-426/Alph...

Alphacool NexXxoS UT60 Full Copper Triple 140mm Radiator 468 x144 x 60mm (GPU Watts = 315 / Radiator Watts at 10C, 1200 rpm = 246)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16826/ex-rad-427/Alph...

2 x XSPC 2 x 140mm Radiator Gasket - 3mm
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/20857/ex-rad-629/XSPC...

2 x XSPC 3 x 140mm Radiator Gasket - 3mm
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/20856/ex-rad-630/XSPC...

3 x Phanteks PH-F140SP (140 x 140 x 25mm) 1200 ± 250 rpm, 82.1 CFM, 19 dB (A), Static Pressure - 1.33mm H2O FrozenCPU

XSPC RayStorm High Performance Acetal CPU Liquid Cooling Block - Black Edition (Intel) (Sockets LGA 115x / 1366 / 2011)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16546/ex-blc-1168/XSP...

XSPC Aluminum Red Edition Mounting Face Plate - Intel Raystorm CPU Block
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/20746/ex-blc-1485/XSP...

2 x EK-FC770 GTX DCII - Nickel [3831109868386]
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/21016/ex-blc-1515/EK_...

2 x EK-FC680 GTX DCII Backplate - Black [3831109856574]
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16564/ex-blc-1169/EK_...

EK FC Bridge Dual Parallel 3-Slot CSQ - SLI Connection - Acrylic (EK-FC Bridge DUAL Parallel 3-Slot CSQ Plexi)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/17486/ex-blc-1352/EK_...

PrimoChilll 1/2" OD Rigid Acrylic Tube - 4 x 24" Pack - Clear - 4 x 24"
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/20517/ex-tub-1870/Pri...

Bitspower G1/4" Female / Female Pass-Through Fitting - (Fillport) - Matte Black (BP-MBWP-C04)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10364/ex-tub-608/Bits...

Bitspower G1/4" Low Profile Matte Black Stop Plug w/ O-Ring (BP-MBWP-C09)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10362/ex-tub-610/Bits...

Bitspower Matte Black Ultimate G 1/4 Thread 3/8" ID x 1/2" OD Rotary Compression Fitting (BP-MBRCPF-CC2)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11107/ex-tub-700/Bits...

Bitspower G1/4 Thread 90-Degree Rotary 3/8" ID x 1/2" OD Compression Fitting - Matte Black (BP-MB90R2LCPF-CC2)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10751/ex-tub-675/Bits...

Bitspower G1/4" Matte Black Dual Rotary 45-Degree Compression Fitting CC2 For ID 3/8" OD 1/2" Tube (BP-MB45R2CPF-CC2)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11887/ex-tub-737/Bits...

Bitspower G1/4" Matte Black T Adapter (BP-MBTMB)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10382/ex-tub-622/Bits...

Bitspower Matte Black Quick-Disconnected Male w/ Inner G1/4 (BP-MBQDMIG14)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/17966/ex-tub-1636/Bit...

Bitspower Matte Black Quick-Disconnected Female w/ G1/4 Thread (BP-MBQDFG14)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/17965/ex-tub-1635/Bit...

Bitspower Dual G1/4" Male / Male Fitting - Matte Black (BP-MBWP-C08)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10363/ex-tub-609/Bits...

Mayhems - Pastel Red Coolant Concentrate (yeah I know distilled water has best performance, but want aesthetic improvement and inhibitors
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/17708/ex-liq-285/Mayh...

Tygon 2475 Ultra Chemical Resistant Plasticizer Free Tubing - 3/8" ID (1/2" OD) - Clear (ACG00027)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10691/ex-tub-663/Tygo...

Have several discussions going in a series of 12 threads where each major component is being discussed individually. Starter thread here
http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1785226/water-co...
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September 2, 2013 6:45:45 PM

900D is a great case. It may be big but better airflow and it still looks very clean and nice in the outside
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September 2, 2013 7:01:31 PM

yes it is....got nothing bad to say about the 900D .... it's dimensions and price tag are a bit big for many desks and wallets :) 

I think we'll see a price drop when the Enthoo is available which will make it more attractive.
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September 2, 2013 7:56:52 PM

Incase you didn't get my PM JackNaylorPE

1st Question: If I have a CPU and GPU in SLI 2 way (which is what I'm going for), what would I need to do to upgrade both parts?

2nd Question: (kinda following question 1) How do I drain the loop to clean it?

3rd Question: How do I know when I would need to clean the loop, are there any signs to look for?

4th Question: Even if I don't spot out any signs telling me that I should clean the loop, what would be a recommended time frame, that I should know of to continuously empty my loop and put fresh coolant? .... Every 3 months? Every 6 Months? Every Year? Every 2 Years? and/ or whenever I install a new part?

5th Question: How do I fill up the loop? (for when I first put it together)

6th Question: Is there a certain time frame I should know of that you would recommend me to tighten up my fittings? ...Every 3 Months? Every 6 Months? Every Year? Every 2 Years? or whenever I install a new part?

7th Question: Whats the best and most reliable/most trusted website with quality products to buy from?

Thanks for the help, and sorry for all the questions
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September 2, 2013 9:03:06 PM

Some of these are addressed on the series of threads starting here:

http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1785226/water-co...

1. Not sure what ya mean by "upgrade" ? ... if it means ya wanna replace the CPU and GPU with newer versions.... CPU block will likely be OK unless ya chnaging MoBos and then all is out the window....GPU block is more iffy.... some 680 blocks fit 780..... not likely to hold for 880 or whatever they call it.

2. Lets see if I can do a Pic...reservoir will have at least 3 ports .... one for Pump feed, one for return .... last one, pipe as follows with a tee in the line:

Fill Port
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Male Quik Disconnect

You then take a female quik disconnect (both parts in list above) w/ 3 feet of tubing.... snap 2gether and drain

4. There's a lot of anecdotal wisdom around on the topic and of course it depends on what ya put in it. Distilled water will last longest (years ?) .... Id drain and check something like Mayems pastel coolant after 6 months. their Aurora coolant is supposed to just be for shows and you'll see loads of experts telling people they are idiots for using it cause its gonna gunk up everything. And yet, others have had in systems for months (8-9 in link below) and even left system off for 5 weeks while on vacation with no ill effects

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7eboct_ckQ

5. See pic above or watch any of the How To videos given by peeps doing it for the 1st time on youtube :) 

Daz has good vids

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=777JcqPVgLU

6. Id look daily and test quarterly

7. That should be obvious by my parts list :) 
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September 2, 2013 9:39:39 PM

Just to ask, I was told not to use quick disconnects, Ive been told they can leak within the case, even when not trying to be opened manually...but they will leak randomly?


and by question #1 I do mean upgrade
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September 2, 2013 11:27:12 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuSZJGiopiU

Skip to 9:20 mark on this one
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVS5RLsVEdU

If ya still worried, ya can:

a) put ya disconnect on the end of say a 6" length of tubing, swing it outta the box when ya conenct / disconnect

b) do it like this .... case interior is off page to left

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connect up, ya have flow...disconnect it stays full.... leaks ...it drips outside case

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