I've been thinking about diving head first into water cooling for some time now. I'm finally going to pull the trigger soon and have been planning out a system. Basically I'm wanting to get the basic loop set up and allow for future upgrades to my current system as well as add a little more overclocking headroom. This is what I'll be keeping from my current system...
Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 V1.0
Phen. II X3 720 Black Ed. (this will be upgraded soon along with GPU, probably after the first of the year)
ASUS HD4870 DK TOP 512MB (runs a little warm in my P182 even with a front fan blowing directly on it)
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB
3x standard 3.5 sata HDD (probably only take one with, but depends on space.)
2x DVD/RW drives (may keep one, depending on space again.)
I am going to pick up a new case to "showcase" my cooling setup. Debating on the Corsair 800D or Xigmatek Elysium. Currently I'm leaning more towards the Elysium as it's a bit cheaper, bigger, and a bit more adaptable.
My main uncertainty is whether or not a single pump will handle what I'm considering. The loop I'm planning as of now is res/pump/3x120 rad/cpu/1x120 rad/GPU/res. I'm looking at the XSPC EX line for both rads and a Phobya DC-12 400 pump (jingway type) with the XSPC raystorm cpu block and XSPC rasa GPU block.
Basically my idea with that loop is that the 1x120 rad will provide a slight boost to the cooling of the GPU. Is there any logic in this or am I over thinking it! (I tend to do that with most things) And if my logic is sound, will the Phobya pump provide adequate flow/head pressure to efficiently handle the loop?
BTW, I'm looking at the Koolance FAN-12025HBK (2600RPM, ~100CFM, 33dBA, 5.4mm static pressure) for the rads. Most likely to a push pull on the 1x120 and push configuration on the 3x120, initially anyway. May eventually add a speed controller if the noise becomes too much.
I was considering the RX360 kit, but I've been a little leery about the pump/res combo. Read on several forum and reviews that the res and pump quality are below par. Even reports of the pump shorting out and/or making unusual bearing noises. I suppose if that does happen I'm not out much and can purchase a beefier pump then. But I'm also of the mind that if you're gonna do something, do it right the first time around!
The RX360 kit fits my budget better anyway. Maybe when I do maintenance on the system in 6 months to a year I'll break down and pick up a better pump and res. Maybe even add in an extra rad depending on what my next cpu/gpu combination will be. Thanks for the input.