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Need tips for my new wc build PLEASE.

Hey, I'm building a new computer and was just looking to see if anyone had any tips or pointers for me! Thanks.

Here is my system:
Corsair obsidian 800D Case
EVGA GEforce gtx 570 HD
G.Skill Ripjaw X 8GB DDR3 2133 CAS 9
4 x 12" white cold cathode
11 x Xigmantec 120mm case fan
2 x Corsair force GT 60GB SSD in RAID 0
Asus p8z68 deluxe lga 1155 atx mobo
Intel i7-2600k CPU
Hitachi 1.5TB HDD
2x sunbeam 6 channel 30w/chan. Fan controller
Arctic silver 5
Cooler Master SPG 1000W modular PSU

WC components:

Switch apogee xt CPU block
Xspc rx480 rad
10ft white 1/2 ; 3/4 tubing
10ft black tubing
18 x mini hose clamps
12 x bits power g 1/4" fittings 1/2"
Silver coil
2 x enzotech 45° fitting 1/2"
Heatkiller GPU-x^3 gtx 570-580 GPU block
Xspc rx360
Swiftech mcp655-b pump
Bits power 5.25" black acetal bay res


Configuration:
Pump>RES>480>CPU>360>GPU>pump

Total cost: 2,676.00
Budget 2,700


Thank you! :hello:
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  1. Make sure all your fittings match the Internal Diameter of the tubing (if tubing is 1/2" ID, then the fittings need to be 1/2" OD). I'd also go with a larger Rad than a single 120mm, look for at least a triple 120mm instead. Also pick up 2 "Y" splitters.

    RAD>RES>Pump>Splitter>CPU&GPU>Splitter>RAD
  2. All fittings are 1/2" and I have a 360 rad AND 120 rad! Thanks for the feedback!
  3. Best answer
    Why BIX rads? If you have a specific reason, that's fine, but just curious since people usually don't get those unless they are for a specific reason.

    You are right on for the amount of rads you'll need...might consider more if you plan to overclock moderately or aggressively.

    Quote:
    I'd also go with a larger Rad than a single 120mm, look for at least a triple 120mm instead

    He has a 360 and a 120 on the list...?

    Quote:
    Also pick up 2 "Y" splitters.

    No, absolutely not. Only run in serial...no parallel splits.
  4. rubix_1011 said:
    Why BIX rads? If you have a specific reason, that's fine, but just curious since people usually don't get those unless they are for a specific reason.

    You are right on for the amount of rads you'll need...might consider more if you plan to overclock moderately or aggressively.

    Quote:
    I'd also go with a larger Rad than a single 120mm, look for at least a triple 120mm instead

    He has a 360 and a 120 on the list...?

    Quote:
    Also pick up 2 "Y" splitters.

    No, absolutely not. Only run in serial...no parallel splits.


    I chose bix because of there high fpi density as I am using 5200rpm / 240cfm fans. Black ice are said to be the best performing under these circumstances, unless I am wrong?

    Also I think he mention to go parallel if I were running solely on a 120 as that would be the only option I could see, although it really wouldn't work anyways.
  5. Do you really think I actully need more rads?
  6. BIX rads are high FPI, you are correct, so running high CFM fans would be the best...but you realize, that is going to be incredibly loud...where are you finding fans that run that speed? I've seen some that run ~3000RPM...where do you find 5400RPM fans?

    You could also just run a thicker rad with slower fans and get similar performance. I can't imagine those fans are cheap you are looking at...for what you are going to spend on fans and rads, you could run a much quieter setup that would perform the same or better.
  7. Could you please expand! That sounds delightful! My fans:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835213001
  8. Sure, can you link to the BIX rads you are looking at? Just wanted for comparison.

    $30 a fan? Ouch.
  9. Ya I know it's killer, but I really want this to be an optimal rig, and considering noctuas poor out at 35$ for 70 cfm at 17db and these at 1/2 speed are 100cfm at 21db I chose these but it is absolutly not set in stone so PLEASE recommend!
  10. http://www.jab-tech.com/XSPC-RX360-Triple-120mm-high-performance-radiator-pr-4384.html

    XSPC RX series 360 rad...little thicker, less dense, $20 cheaper than your BIX360, would be a great alternative with medium speed fans...even better in push/pull with slower, cheaper fans. I wouldn't really recommend anything less than this one rad and at least 3 decent 1500-2000RPM fans for your 3x GPU loop. Should be enough for that, if you wanted to keep it simple, yet moderately effective. Look at bumping to a little bigger if you want better cooling...
  11. So what about the 120, should I keep that for the GPU? Also I will be trying for 4.8-5ghz on the CPU, will that rad with slower fans work alright? If I decided to go for a 480 rad what do I use to hang it off the back of an 800D?
  12. Hang on...single CPU and single GPU, correct? For some reason, I was thinking of another thread for a guy an 3x GPUs....my mistake.

    You would be fine with a single XSPC RX360 for your CPU and GPU. Sorry for the confusion. However, with those clocks, you may consider at least an additional 120...if not 220 of those same rads. i5 2500k's get mighty hot above 4.5ghz...take this into consideration.

    You could also go the route of getting the XSPC Rasa RX360 kit and adding to it unless you wanted the power of the D5/MCP655 pump...
  13. Ya I don't really trust the kits quality, what about running a 480 off the back for the CPU and a 360 for the GPU (just in case I do expand to sli or even tri.) thanks for spending so much time with me this really is helpful. Could you recommend some fans aswell?
  14. It's a very decent beginner kit, but the pump could be stronger.

    A 480 and a 360 in that loop? That would give you a lot of cooling power and would give you some headway into at least another GPU...maybe squeezing in all 3.

    I know there are some decent Xigmatek fans people are using lately...I'd have to look them up. A lot of die hards use Yate Loons or Gentle Typhoons, but they can be hard to find. Anything with decent CFM, RPM and noise level in conjunction with decent price should be your goal. There are a lot of good fans in the $10-$13 range...honestly, far too many to even begin listing.
  15. I found these they seem to be very good price:noise:cfm I hear talking about static pressure all the time, do I have to look at that or is the cfm really the only thing that affects it? if I ran 8 on the 480 and 3 on the 360 would that provide good cooling?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233084
  16. Those are actually a good choice. That is a lot of fans...$110 on fans alone? I'm not trying to discourage you, but it will make that thick rad pretty fat, so make sure you have room. Otherwise, that would be excellent performance and airflow for that loop....enviable, actually.
  17. Just wondering, and assuming you have 1, what's your loop consist of?

    Also, how do I attach the 480 to the back of the case? Is there some sort of bracket?
  18. Quote:
    Also, how do I attach the 480 to the back of the case? Is there some sort of bracket?


    Radbox is one option:http://www.frozencpu.com/products/2156/ex-rad-35/Swiftech_MCB-120_Revision_2_Radbox_RadiatorFan_Housing_-_Black.html

    Xigmatek moves move air, but the Silverstone is quieter.

    Copy/paste from my member config:

    Q6600 @3.4ghz 1.2250 VID
    BFG 1200w
    eVGA 790i FTW
    4gb Patriot DDR3
    SLI GTX260 Core216
    2x Raptor 74/1TB WD Black
    Gigabyte Aurora Case
    D-Tek v.2 CPU, 2x MCR320, 2x Swiftech MCW-60 VGA, MCP655
    28" Hanns-G
    MS Sidewinder & G15


  19. That's sick!
  20. It's older hardware and older WC gear, but still runs great. SLI GTX 260's and a Q6600 @3.4ghz...runs great on 4gb RAM.
  21. Will 1/4" cable sleeving with all 8 fans cables in it or do I need 2 separate sleeves.? I was thinking running 8 xigmantec on the outside and 3 siverstone on the inside as they are more thin.
  22. Are you sleeving them individually, or making a sleeve to run all of them through? I personally may not know the best answer, just trying to get a feel of what you are wanting to do. Maybe Orangejuice will see your post...he just got done with a really clean build...may ask his advice...?
  23. Should I get a fan controller for the fans? Even if they shouldn't be too loud believe it could be helpful for the external fans?
  24. And where do I get screws? Like for grill>fan>rad>fan>bracket>case?
  25. I use my local hardware guy for screws/bolts etc, buying them from pc sites is prohibitively expensive, one m8 screw, couple of pence, one m8 computer screw £1
    fan controllers always useful for tweaking so I'd say go ahead, if you choose to quiet them down you can, or fullblast for cooling during gaming sesh's
    one pre-requisite fror watercooling in my opinion is a degree of modding nous, you see that you need a bracket, then look at things in your house/shed/workplace, oh look, thats my new bracket for xxx :P
    Moto
  26. I can get 100 black m8's for 4£ is that Good? Also the fan controllers are 40£ is that worth it?
  27. Yeah, black M8's are nice on a modded build, I'll take a link for those if you dont mind? :P
    my fan controller was £26 I think,
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220739142835&ssPageName=ADME:L:OC:GB:1123
    But then I modded it into a build
    it depends on how many channels you want (how many fan running off it) and if you want a name, other things like lcd screens make nice touches too but cost
    its down to what you want from the controller tbh, function or shinies :P
    Moto
  28. Well it's just plain black 6 channel 30w but I'm getting 2 that's why it's expensive... Also what are your thoughts on opaque tubing. Will bleeding be impossible?

    Link to fc :
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004LKZESI/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&m=A23NVCSO4PYH3S

    Link to screws:
    http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/100blacfansc.html
  29. F/C looks fine, maybe google 'xxname reviews' before you buy though
    opaque tubing is a better option than using dyes,
    bleeding will be impossible to visually identify, but if you persevere you should get most bubbles out in a day or two, watch for knocking noises/pump sounding like hell and your water level, top up as required,
    sleep now (nightworker) I'll look in later though man, have a good day :)
    Moto
  30. You too, thanks!
  31. Also, what is the best coolant, should I use a feser, distiller pt nuke, distilled silver, ect? I'm leaning towards distilled silver.
  32. Distilled water, silver killcoil and maybe some PTnuke. If you want color, go for colored tubing or some good dye...stay away from premixes/coolants...they won't benefit you at all and some break down in your loop.
  33. There are 2 nukes 1 clear 1 blue-ish which one do I get?
  34. Either is OK, the clear is what most people use (PHN).
  35. Sorry, just caught this thread today.

    @OP- 8 fan cables sleeved together? how are you getting them together like this?

    I would recommend individual sleeving, it is more work but worth it if you ever need to move a fan and they can be hidden a bit better.

    I bought some really cheap sleeving when i did mine, i would recommend getting something that is better quality.. MDPC-X is great from what i have read.

    You can buy some sleeving tools that will work to get the pins out of the fan connectors, but a tiny flat-head screwdriver works just as well.
  36. Thank you very much for the advice
  37. Haha! I knew he'd show up sooner or later... :)

    Norton50- check out his build...OJ...can you link him? (NM...found it!)
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/267589-29-build-project-colorblind

    The dude did some outstanding work on his Colorblind build.
  38. Best answer selected by Norton50.
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