Water Cooling Parts Selected. Please Help.

Ok, So it's almost Christmas and what better excuse is there to spend money? In my present location my CPU temps are too high when overclocked. I plan to solve the issue with this water cooling system.

Here are the parts so far.

The Fans:

Scythe SY1225SL12M 120mm "Slipstream" Case Fan - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185058 $8.99 X 3

I have looked at the Yate Loon fans at DangerDen.com and the Scythe are a little quiter and push a little more air while only costing a few dollars more. I am open to suggestions on that

The Pump:

Swiftech MCP655 12 VDC Pump Liquid Cooling System - Retail $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835108082

I've noticed DangerDen has the Lang D5 fixed speed pump for 20% off so I may get it from there, as well.

The Rad:

Swiftech MCR320-QP Quiet Power radiator - Retail $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835108098

The radiator has some decent reviews. I've noticed Conundrum has recommended Skinnee Labs as a great source to look.

CPU Block:

Swiftech Apogee GTZ Extreme Performance CPU water block - Retail $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835108110

I've read the reviews on Newegg which say the retention bracket was stripped out. Has anyone confronted this issue? I have come to distrust Newegg reviews.

I also need a reservoir and some tubing

I've considered this:

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8336/ex-res-144/Swiftech_MCRES_Micro_Rev_2_Small_Form_Factor_High-Flow_Reservoir_12_ID_and_38_ID.html?tl=g30c97s165

As far as tubing goes, I'm going 1/2" throughout the loop. Can vinyl tubing be purchased at stores like Home Depot/Lowe's?

For the coolant, I'll use distilled water and some additive, again, I'm not sure what additive to use. Please suggest a great brand/type.

That's all I have found so far and would like to order everything soon.

Here is what I'd like to do with my P182

Edit: for some reason the link won't paste and work...weird

If interested to see what I'd like to do, Google "antec p180 680i water cooling" and it should be the first link at Hard Ware Canucks...
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  1. Looks good so far! Looks like you'v done your home work :D. Not many hear read the stickies,etc.

    As far as tubing goes, I recommend Tygon or Primoflex LRT. The micro res is a good res for most people.

    As for the Newegg reviews, they are BS.
  2. Shadow703793 said:
    Looks good so far! Looks like you'v done your home work :D. Not many hear read the stickies,etc.

    As far as tubing goes, I recommend Tygon or Primoflex LRT. The micro res is a good res for most people.

    As for the Newegg reviews, they are BS.


    Thanks, I've actually read many stickies on several different forums so I wouldn't seem like a water cooling noob. They have helped a lot. As far as a coolant additive to prevent algae buildup, what would you suggest?

    How many feet of tubing should I get? I'm cutting a hole in the top of my case for the rad so the loop will me. RAD>CPU>RES>PUMP>and back to>RAD

    Do you know of any good T-joints to add in a loop?

    I have an Antec P182 case. If you did a Google search with "antec p180 680i water cooling", you would see what I would like to closely model my own build after.

    Idling at 50C is starting to annoy me, especially with my College Major in CAD programs with emphasis on 3D modeling. I'll need the extra rendering power without the high load temps.

    Thanks again.
  3. Quote:
    As far as a coolant additive to prevent algae buildup, what would you suggest?

    PT Nuke or Kill Coils(I use Kill Coils now) with pure distilled water. DO NOT use pre mixed coolant.
    You DON'T want this to happen: http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=226632

    Quote:
    How many feet of tubing should I get?

    I usually buy ~10-20ft at a time so I don't have to buy tubing all the time when I need to replace them in about a year or year and a half.

    Quote:
    Do you know of any good T-joints to add in a loop?

    Bad idea to split up the flow. Try to make direct connections.

    Is this the way you plan to run the tubing? http://bit.ly/5ul1mE


    Also, the rig you are cooling is this, correct?
    Quote:
    Antec P182, i7 920 3.7Ghz @ 1.3V, Xigmatek 1283, Asus P6T X58, 3 x 2048MB OCZ Plat DDR3 1600 RAM, 2 EVGA GTX260 Core 216 in SLI, WD 160gb,320GB 1TB WD Black. Corsair 750TX. Acer 24" Monitor. Vista x64 Home Premium.


    One more thing: Check out these stores also

    http://www.petrastechshop.com/
    http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/
    http://www.jab-tech.com/
    http://www.performance-pcs.com
  4. Shadow703793 said:
    Quote:
    As far as a coolant additive to prevent algae buildup, what would you suggest?

    PT Nuke or Kill Coils(I use Kill Coils now) with pure distilled water. DO NOT use pre mixed coolant.
    You DON'T want this to happen: http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=226632

    Quote:
    How many feet of tubing should I get?

    I usually buy ~10-20ft at a time so I don't have to buy tubing all the time when I need to replace them in about a year or year and a half.

    Quote:
    Do you know of any good T-joints to add in a loop?

    Bad idea to split up the flow. Try to make direct connections.

    Is this the way you plan to run the tubing? http://bit.ly/5ul1mE


    Also, the rig you are cooling is this, correct?
    Quote:
    Antec P182, i7 920 3.7Ghz @ 1.3V, Xigmatek 1283, Asus P6T X58, 3 x 2048MB OCZ Plat DDR3 1600 RAM, 2 EVGA GTX260 Core 216 in SLI, WD 160gb,320GB 1TB WD Black. Corsair 750TX. Acer 24" Monitor. Vista x64 Home Premium.


    One more thing: Check out these stores also

    http://www.petrastechshop.com/
    http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/
    http://www.jab-tech.com/
    http://www.performance-pcs.com


    I'll check into PT Nuke. I keep reading good things about it.

    I'll order 10 feet because I'm not going to have to run the loop too far.

    I plan to route the tubing similar to that. I have SLI GTX 260s which take up lots of space. I'll put the res on top and move the pump to the bottom of the case.

    I want to add a T-joint to make it easier to fill/drain the loop.

    I only am going to cool the CPU in this loop. I don't think a single 360 Rad would do too well with all of those components.
  5. Quote:
    I want to add a T-joint to make it easier to fill/drain the loop.

    Ahh... you mean a T line. If you are getting a Micro res, you won't need a T line.

    Quote:
    I don't think a single 360 Rad would do too well with all of those components.

    Correct. A 320 rad is just for the CPU.
  6. nice some one who has read before posting :D yea i split up my tubing with y connectors and all the flow went to the gpu giving me high cpu temps :P
  7. Thanks for all of your help. I'll keep reading and try to get everything ordered by Christmas.
  8. Wrong sub forum one-shot. Right selection of parts, good to see someone do thier homework.

    Petras PT PHN Nuke is for distilled water loops. Priimoflex LRT is a great hose. The stuff at Lowes etc isn't flexible enough, so go with watercoolers hose.


    Some of the better stores (Shadow gave you the links) have fittings free with the rad. Petras does. Try to support the smaller places. If they go then we'll be screwed.
    You want a T-line for draining, yes, nice to have.
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