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Watercooling Kit for triple sli gtx 480

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December 2, 2010 10:39:20 PM


Hey everyone!
I'm looking for a liquid cooling kit for my triple 480 GTX setup so far i only got the waterblocks (EK-FC480 GTX acetal+Nickel). But since I don't know much about water cooling and therefore need help I chose to ask you guys.

what Radiator, Pump, Reservoir, fans or tubing etc do you guys recommend.

a b K Overclocking
December 2, 2010 10:50:18 PM

radiator or radiators...if you going to overvolt/oc you may need two big boys ,you looking at around 700W heat dissipation ,thats total system power consumption
I got to look this up :o 
are you going with Antec 900 Case ?
360 + 240 would be just right ,2x240 is push in it
this are for single loop

fittings,tubing;3/8 or 1/2
fans;it depends from the type of rads
December 2, 2010 11:44:17 PM

Thanks ortoklaz, That helpled me a lot. I still dont know if i should go for a single loop or a dual loop. or a single loop for each gpu?

Im using an Antec Lanboy case

These are my specs
I7 980X/ Corsair h70 @ 4.4ghz
8x 60gb OCZ Vertex2 + LSI Megaraid 9260-i8
1200W Thermaltake psu
triple gtx 480 sc
12gb dominator gt @2000mhz 7-8-8-24
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a b K Overclocking
December 2, 2010 11:50:45 PM

i made a mistake you looking around 900W heat dissipation total under full load but the rad conf. it still stands

Antec Lanboy case ..thats a very cool looking case..go with 2X360 rad's,you would have to measure if they fit in front side by side,if not may have to go whit (not cheep) Thermochill TA120.3..they are smaller then PA series but worth every penny

"or a single loop for each gpu? " there is no such a thing ...are you familiar or have you read about liquid cooling?
a c 330 K Overclocking
December 3, 2010 12:25:35 PM

A single loop with the correct rads will run cooler than a dual loop using the same rads.

My question is, is this a GPU only loop, or is the CPU also being watercooled? Typical rule-of-thumb is a 2x120mm worth of radiator per CPU or GPU. Depending on which radiators paired with which fans with which CFM ratings, will determine your results.

This page is VERY interesting considering it breaks down each radiator tested, with each fan on each RPM setting. Be aware that each fan at a specific RPM doesn't move the same amount of air as every other fan at the same RPM. However, he only uses 3 different fans in these tests, but for fan choice, we can help choose the best for the radiators being used.

ortoklaz provided some great links, don't forget the sticky at the top of this forum as well:
December 3, 2010 1:55:13 PM

Thanks rubix_1011. I appreciate your advice. im going to run a Gpu only loop (no CPU) . So far im going to get this

GPU BLOCKS: 3x EK-FC480 GTX acetal+Nickel (already own them)
Radiator: 2xThermochill TA120.3
Pump: Swiftech MCP35X 12 VDC Pump
Reservoir:The optional Reservoir for swiftech MCP35X
Tubing:i'm going for 1/2 tubing not sure what to get exactly and what about the nozzles? do they come with the tubes or i purchase them seperatly. and howmany pieces will need?
Fans: 6x Yate Loon D12SL-12 ??

my main purpose for going liquid is ocing. Im pretty a noob when it comes to liuquid cooling. Thanks for all the help guys

a c 330 K Overclocking
December 3, 2010 2:09:08 PM

For tubing, 1/2"ID tubing is very standard. Most blocks come with barbs (nozzles) but just make sure before you order. Barbs aren't very expensive...$1-$2 for normal ones, but can get expensive for Bitspower fittings if you decide to go the 'more bling' route. For 3x SLI like you are doing, check into the SLI watercooling connectors...I'll see what I can drum up.

For tubing, you can use anything from your local hardware store cheap vinyl tubing (which most of us don't recommend since it's thin walled and easily kinks when making bends).

Tygon and Feser make good tubing (I've used both) but there are other brands as well. It all depends on what you are looking for. Some are solid colors, some is UV and some is just basic clear. Typically, I buy tubing as 5-10 feet, depending on what I am planning on doing. Most good WC tubing is sold by the foot, but some can be found in pre-packaged coils.

I'd also advise against coolant or additives that are commercially sold; these don't cool any better than distilled water (still the best) and some have even been shown to break down and gunk up inside of a loop at high, sustained temps.

Simple distilled water, some PTNuke and a KillCoil are really all you need:

The dyes on that page are typically OK since they are only dyes. However, they will likely stain tubing, if that even really matters to anyone. They should not stain any other component, including acrylic reservoirs. Dyes are fine; full-on additives or prepackaged coolants are the ones to really avoid.
a b K Overclocking
December 3, 2010 7:57:48 PM

To be honest i don't know why don't you want to include CPU in your loop,the amount of RAD'd you going with is a little overkill for GPU's alone,if you throw CPU block in to the mix you would end up with a very quite system .Careful with Yate Loon fans..there are some fakes out there,on the other hand you can't beat 7$ Loon's
(just for GPU's you would be fine with2XMCR320)
Here is a pic of two triple RAD's side by side;

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December 4, 2010 4:44:48 PM

Thanks Rubix, ortoklaz. I appreciate all your effort. Im going to order the kit tomorrow
a c 330 K Overclocking
December 4, 2010 5:30:53 PM

NP, let us know how it comes out...if you need anything, you know where we are.
December 7, 2010 4:46:08 AM

Below is what I will order for a Single water-cooling setup.
1 x EK Coolstream 480 Radiator with three Gentle Typhoon 1850 RPM fans
1 x Swiftech MCB-120 external radiator mounting kit
1 x XSPC Acrylic Dual 5.25” Reservoir for one Laing D5 / MCP655
1 x Swiftech MCP-655 w/speed controller
1 x EK Supreme HF Acetal/Nickel CPU water-block
10 x Tygon ACC00038 1/2x3/4 tubing
2 x Bitspower Crystal Link Tubes for 2 slot spacing ( for SLI setup between video card water blocks )
4 x Bitspower wtp-c47 fittings for the Crystal Link Tubes
4 x Enzotech 1/2x3/4 Shiny Silver Compression Fittings. ( for the Radiator and Reservoir )
2 x Bitspower 45R2CPF-CC5 Compression fittings (for the Top video card inlet and the bottom video outlet ports)
1 x PTNUKE Biocide.
a b K Overclocking
December 7, 2010 4:56:59 AM

hmm...480 for triple SLI GTX480+I7 980X@4.4
2x360 would be better :(  you looking at around 1000W with that chip @4.4
a c 330 K Overclocking
December 7, 2010 12:52:31 PM

^ Yeah.

@OP, you are going to need more radiator than that, unless you are mounting some crazy fans in push/pull to run on high all the time. You are going to be dumping at least 800-900 watts of heat into the loop with 3x SLI and that CPU @4.4.

Please read:

December 7, 2010 4:27:04 PM

True, I was going to order 1x480 + 1x240 . But now since I'm sure that Two 360s will fit I'll go for it then.
a b K Overclocking
December 7, 2010 5:41:53 PM

If you expose the RAD's (mount them from the back) you will have room for MCP35X in between ,good choice of fans..GT's are the bomb (if you not going to use fan controller-1450RPM may be better option),good luck

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