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My proposed water cooling rig

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February 19, 2009 11:33:53 AM

so far im happy with the spec of my pc , but i plan to watercool it as its something i fancy doing , but i dont want some naff prebuilt so heres what im proposing to buy soon and build.

Swiftech Laing D5 Vario MCP655 12V DC Pump
D-Tek Fuzion V2 Universal CPU Block
XSPC Single Bay Reservoir
EHX-1020BK 3-Fan Radiator and Fans/Shroud
VID-487X2 (Radeon HD 4870 X2)

plus all the piping and ancillerys , im going 1/2 ID piping as i think that pumps more than capable ,

i plan to cut the coolance radiator kit into the top of my akasa case , this might need a few tweaks but ive printed off the template and it looks promising
ill have a full UV effect with side window. this setup should provide ample cooling imo. my order will be Pump>Rad>Cpu>Res>Gpu>Pump , hopefully running
the system through the reservior after cpu will cool it sufficently before entering the gpu.

when its underway ill take pictures , just waiting for some money im due to come through so i can get this going. gonna need to mutilate the top of my case
thankfully the akasa eclipse has a removable lid so i can put it on my workbench and cut there.

ive done alot of reading up and im happy with choices , any opinions always welcome or experience with these components.
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February 19, 2009 8:15:52 PM

Pump and res are good. Imo, get a GTZ block. Also get a Black Ice or similer/better rad. The rad that you have picked out is Aluminum and the block (V2) is Copper. The V2 is pretty old and not that good performance for the price imo. DO NOT MIX COPPER AND ALUMINUM IN A LOOP!

As for piping, get Tygon.

If you haven't already read these:

Conumdrum said:


My standard noob cut n paste:

I'll steer you to some more technical links, please spend a few days (DAYS) reading posts, searching, learning. Don't forget to look for your case with WC. Google your case and the word watercool or some combination of that. WC stuff is larger than you think, I know from experience. WC setups done right are awesome and almost silent.

Great place, not wayyy over the top with uber WC guys.
http://www.ocforums.com/index.php
Uber place, owned by one of the worlds winning OC guys in the world. Not a place to post or ask questions by noobs, but an awesome place to learn.
http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/
Another good place to learn
http://www.overclock.net/water-cooling/
The GURU of independent testing, worshipped by many.
http://www.martinsliquidlab.com/
Great places to buy WC stuff
http://www.dangerden.com/index.php [...] e&Itemid=1
http://www.petrastechshop.com/
http://www.jab-tech.com/

Hope it helps, see ya in a few days, get edumacated!


@OP: Mind listing the system specs?


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