First attempt at watercooling...be gentle

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

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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

    Quote:
    I just started researching watercooling this week

    Take some more time, we'll be here.
    Tubing ID/OD needs to match comps. ID/OD
  5. Good eye Dell swapped out tubing for 1/2 x 5/8. Thanks for the heads up.
  6. 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?
  7. you have to post your specs. bro
    what you want to cool..cpu/gpu,OC or not ?
    budget
  8. 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.
  9. 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-Labs-SR1-360-Radiator-202p2308.htm
    or ThermoChill PA120.3 if you can find it;
    http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=3944
    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_Scythe-Gentle-Typhoon-Fan-1450-rpm---120x120x25mm--.html/XTCsid/v1r1tf4u89l3uf5adicr0p7o17dghp33
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. Those are amazing! Hopefully the "premiums" we be in stock soon. I'll be getting one.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. for super quite set up you may consider top for 655
    http://martinsliquidlab.org/2011/03/10/pump-noise-testing-round-1/
  17. 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-black-trim-d5-dual-bay-reservoir.html
  18. 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)
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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.

    http://img843.imageshack.us/img843/9061/monsoont.jpg

    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
  24. That might be enough...it looks pretty solid, so very curious to see how well it isolates vibration and sound.
  25. 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
  26. 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? :)
  27. Sidwinder and few others have black fittings (you can use any fitting as long is compatible~distance, inlet~outlet)
    http://skinneelabs.com/cpu-fitting-compatibility/2/
    http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/coandro.html
    P.S. it will go in today (have to finish small project around the house first )
  28. Nice! Thanks man, you can really get lost in all this crap. Whats your take on this big boy?

    http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/thpa420ra.html
  29. Shanester said:
    Nice! Thanks man, you can really get lost in all this crap. Whats your take on this big boy?

    http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/thpa420ra.html

    it's great RAD,all tho if i was getting one of this RAD's this would be the one;
    http://skinneelabs.com/ac-airplex-revo/
    http://www.aquatuning.us/product_info.php/info/p8242_Aquacomputer-airplex-Revolution-420-360-G1-4.html
  30. 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
    http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/6408/cimg0488n.jpghttp://img847.imageshack.us/img847/7037/cimg0486s.jpg
    (got a bit pizzzed with EK GPU block)
    http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/4561/cimg0493e.jpg
  31. 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.
  32. 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...
  33. 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;
    http://img39.imageshack.us/img39/812/cimg0539n.jpg
  34. 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. :)
  35. 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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