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April 29, 2011 2:31:05 AM

Okay I'm thinking of starting with this and upgrading down the road. Do I need anything else...besides water of course?



April 29, 2011 2:46:24 AM

Whoops! Sorry about that.

Swiftech MCR320-QP Quiet Power 3X120mm

x2 Bitspower 1/2 x 5/8 Compression fittings

Swiftech MCP655 / D5 Vario 12v DC Pump - with Speed Controller

Swiftech MCRES Micro Revision 2 reservoir

Tygon R3603 1/2in. ID 3/4in. OD Laboratory Tubing

Swiftech Apogee XT (R2) revision 2



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April 29, 2011 8:22:02 AM

My sugestion is quite simple: Search forums and read as much information as possible. I bought my watercooling and i got "lucky" by not going wrong with my choice, but it could have been a disaster.

Dont blindly listen to what people say, pcs are like cars: there are so many models becouse not everyone wants/can afford the same.

My sugestion is that you factor the costs and benefits, then decide whenever its worth it or not. Good luck!

Overall those are good watercooling parts. (even too good maybe? :D ). You might want to get a diffrent (better) radiator since you have such good parts. I cant tell you whats the best one, but there are a lot of reviews out there that might get you a decent idea.
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April 29, 2011 12:32:24 PM

Awesome! Thanks for your reply. I'll keep looking at rads and see what I can find out. I just started researching watercooling this week so I'm sure I will change some things. I think that the bulk of my confusion comes from the fittings. What will fit on what? Anywho thanks again for your reply.
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a b K Overclocking
April 29, 2011 12:44:58 PM

Shanester said:
Whoops! Sorry about that.

Swiftech MCR320-QP Quiet Power 3X120mm

x2 Bitspower 1/2 x 5/8 Compression fittings
Swiftech MCP655 / D5 Vario 12v DC Pump - with Speed Controller

Swiftech MCRES Micro Revision 2 reservoir

Tygon R3603 1/2in. ID 3/4in. OD Laboratory Tubing
Swiftech Apogee XT (R2) revision 2

I just started researching watercooling this week said:
I just started researching watercooling this week

Take some more time, we'll be here.
Tubing ID/OD needs to match comps. ID/OD
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April 29, 2011 1:06:00 PM

Good eye Dell swapped out tubing for 1/2 x 5/8. Thanks for the heads up.
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May 1, 2011 2:00:20 AM

I've got the Corsair 800D case but I'm looking for more looks and quiet than noise and performance. Any ideas on a rad/fans that would fit that style?
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a b K Overclocking
May 1, 2011 2:49:36 AM

you have to post your specs. bro
what you want to cool..cpu/gpu,OC or not ?
budget
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May 1, 2011 7:23:42 AM

I'm just cooling my CPU right now, but I'd like to do both of my 5970's down the road. I would like to overclock a little but not where it started to make my system noisy. So I'd say Mild-to-mid range over clock of my i7 2600k for now but capable of doing multiple video cards later, however it must run silent. Cost is of no concern.
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a b K Overclocking
May 1, 2011 3:49:38 PM

800D is good looking case all tho it have small problem ..Air flow,there for it requires some moding ,specially when you want to include two good size RAD's in your set up,for "quite set up" ~single CPU/GPU i would recommend 360 RAD on top 8~10 FPI (fins per inch)+1150~1400 RPM fans
RAD;
XSPC RX360
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/xsrx3xrare2.html
Hardware Labs SR1-360
http://www.koolertek.com/computer-parts/pc/Hardware-Lab...
or ThermoChill PA120.3 if you can find it;
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...
for CPU/2x5970's you would have to get one more duall rad and install it on the bottom of the case,all the above is based on highly overclocked CPU/gpu's (good temps and quite)
fans;
http://www.aquatuning.us/product_info.php/info/p6623_Sc...
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May 1, 2011 4:58:56 PM

Your awesome! Thanks for the tip ortoklaz. I'll go with the XSPC and the Scynth Gentle Typhoons. I've also been looking at the XSPC Acrylic Dual 5.25in Reservoir but I'm not sure. Any pros or cons to between one res or another?
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a c 330 K Overclocking
May 2, 2011 1:44:12 PM

Whew...disaster averted. Good thing people actually take some time to stop and do some research before dropping cash on something that could potentially ruin their entire rig.
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May 3, 2011 5:00:51 AM

Those are amazing! Hopefully the "premiums" we be in stock soon. I'll be getting one.
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May 3, 2011 2:52:10 PM

Okay so here is where I'm at.

Swiftech MCP655 / D5 Vario 12v DC Pump - with Speed Controller

XSPC RX360 - 3x120mm Radiator Rev. 2

Monsoon - Black with Black Trim - Premium - D5 Dual Bay Reservoir

Now for the CPU block. I was set on the Swiftech Apogee XT (R2) revision 2

but I saw that the XSPC Rasa was right there with the Apogee. What do you guys think? Remember I'm looking for mild-mid range overclock but running as quiet as possible.
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a c 330 K Overclocking
May 3, 2011 3:00:00 PM

Are you set on the 655? You could also run the 355 just fine, or if you wanted the top of the line Laing pump...the 35x is better than both and the size of the 355.

I run the 655 and its a great pump...it's big, but had it running for 6+ years or so.

XSPC RX rad...nice choice.

Monsoon res...pricey, but they look cool.

Either the Apogee or Rasa block will perform well. It really is a matter of choice for most people and you wouldn't really know a 1-2C difference if there was one depending on your loop. The CPU block won't impact your noise levels and both will be a good performer...so pick the one that fits your budget and style. I don't think you'd be disappointed either way.
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May 4, 2011 4:21:05 AM

Which pump do you thing would be more quiet? I mostly wanted the 655 because it fits with the Monsoon res so nice. But I guess I could go either way. I like the res that you can set on top of the 35x too. Hmm...I'm just trying to weigh the pro's and con's.
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May 4, 2011 6:47:34 AM

Awesome man! I think I'll stick with the 655 so I can mess with the speed. I did have a question about the "fitting size" here on dangerdens site. Do I have to use the compression fittings that he suggests or can I just buy them all from somewhere else?

http://www.dangerden.com/store/monsoon-basic-black-with...
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May 4, 2011 6:51:23 AM

no.. you buy any fittings you desire,if you haven't purchase the monsoon yet ..might want to wait ,after analyzing the mounting system i'm a bit worry about vibration once installed in to the case ,i let you know how bad it is (probably get it installed this weekend)
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a c 330 K Overclocking
May 4, 2011 1:47:16 PM

The monsoon is nice and it would help any of the noise the 655 generates by isolating the vibrations within the acrylic of the res, but it's hard to say...I've never messed with one, so I can't really say. The MCP35x is PWM capable and will speed up/slow down based on your temps as monitored from your motherboard...similar to your CPU fan. It's a nice feature that isn't offered on most other pumps.

There are other res/tops for the 655 and the 350/355/35x, so it's a matter of choice. Almost all the tops for the DDC pumps help in the flow and head pressure. The 35x is kind of a different beast as that top was designed specifically for the pump to perform how it does. It might not help/hurt by adding a top/res either, but I don't know if you'd see the same improvements a top has made for the 350/355's in the past.

Tops for the 655 help by allowing compression fittings, different port angles, and flow rate improvements along with head pressure increases.
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May 4, 2011 2:28:16 PM

ortoklaz said:
no.. you buy any fittings you desire,if you haven't purchase the monsoon yet ..might want to wait ,after analyzing the mounting system i'm a bit worry about vibration once installed in to the case ,i let you know how bad it is (probably get it installed this weekend)


Okay, thanks for being the guinea pig. :D 

Let me know how it goes.
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a b K Overclocking
May 4, 2011 2:36:46 PM

I figured i let you know as i'm a bit anal about the noise as you,just like maention in Martin's test ..it's all about how you mount the res in you case
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a c 330 K Overclocking
May 4, 2011 2:49:34 PM

Does the monsoon come with grommets or sound dampening washers or anything? The acrylic should help, but even that can amplify if it doesn't have the ability to absorb the vibrations from the pump.
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a b K Overclocking
May 4, 2011 3:47:31 PM

rubix_1011 said:
Does the monsoon come with grommets or sound dampening washers or anything? The acrylic should help, but even that can amplify if it doesn't have the ability to absorb the vibrations from the pump.



you have 1MM and 2 MM rubber mount pads with adhesive backing that goes between the res and opposite rails,covered with machined dual 3mm iso-mounts and that's it
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a c 330 K Overclocking
May 4, 2011 3:55:57 PM

That might be enough...it looks pretty solid, so very curious to see how well it isolates vibration and sound.
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a b K Overclocking
May 4, 2011 3:58:38 PM

I plan to add something under the res,it should be fine ,other wise you would hear about it all over forums
EDIT; they also sale optional plug for the pump ,so you can have pump/res separated
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May 7, 2011 1:58:38 PM

Okay, so I changed my CPU block to the EK-Supreme HF. And I have been looking at fittings for it and I'm all sorts of confused. Do I have to use the compression fittings recommended by sidewinder? Do you guys know of a site that has the black colored compression fittings?

Oh and how does that res look ortoklaz? :) 
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a b K Overclocking
May 8, 2011 11:38:25 PM

Ok installed the res ,clean my blocks
the res is nice and easy to bleed ,i was expecting some noise increase ;
speed @3~5% increase,4~10%,@5~20%,nothing to be concerned about, as this pump is very quite @3.5,but if you want super silent set up D5+COV-RP 450 TOP and separate RES would give you the best results ,the only think i didn't like about this res is lack of threaded bushings for the side (holding screws ),other then that it's a nice res

(got a bit pizzzed with EK GPU block)


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May 9, 2011 2:13:24 PM

Looks great man! So hard to decide one way or another. I really like the way the pump mounts to the res which saves on fittings. I think I'm going to get it ordered today. Thanks again for posting pics and your thoughts.
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a c 330 K Overclocking
May 9, 2011 2:15:45 PM

That D5 Monsoon bay res looks smexy...what are your thoughts on it so far? For most people, it would be an excellent way to run a D5/655 and not take a up a ton of room for that beast of a pump.

...considering something along those lines myself for my next build/upgrade...
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a b K Overclocking
May 9, 2011 2:38:29 PM

This thing is a great space saver ,looks good ,nice little RES,on the other hand a bit small for my liking and i wouldn't run my pump @5 with this res ,if you need to run it @5 ,i recommend getting a plug (sold separately) ,but so far i like it a lot;

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May 9, 2011 7:09:49 PM

I'm not sure what running it @ 5 means? Is that the pump power level? And why not? Is it due to noise? What is a "plug"? Mine is on it's way. :) 
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a c 330 K Overclocking
May 10, 2011 1:30:44 PM

D5 (MCP655) have a vario version that you can run at speeds from 1-5...5 being the highest. If you have a D5/655b version, they don't have this and are pre-set to run at about speed '4'.
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