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Anonymous
November 17, 2011 2:34:48 AM

Right now I'm building an i5 2500k 2x 6970's in CF on a Gigabyte UD3H-B3 board, 1000watt psu all in a haf x 942 case.
(I plan on doing max overclocking, or what an amateur overclock'er would consider max, with a WC'ing setup)

These are my items I plan including in my future (about a month or two after my build) WC'ing loop, and would like some ideas on how to hook this up and if I should include another radiator.

~Black Ice GTX Xtreme 360 Rad with some 120mm CM Sickleflows (good value and fast) (i thought this rad would be enough, since it has such great reviews)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/5326/ex-rad-109/Black...

~Phobya Balancer 250 Res
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/13128/ex-res-275/Phob...

~Swiftech MCP655 Pump with that sweet EK Top Mod
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/swmc12vdcpuw.html

~HeatKiller GPU Block (x2) w/ Koolance Dual VID Connector
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/hegp69hoed.html

~ HeatKiller CPU Block
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/wahecpure11l.html

~Using distilled water, some decent 1/4'' thread compression fittings, and some uv red tubing if that matters at all.

-And I'm estimating around a $500 WC'ing loop, or $550 or an extra 240 rad.

My main question is, in what order should I hook up my loop?

From the hanging res, to the 360 rad at the top, then to the CPU, then GPU's, and to the pump that goes back to the res?

If I were to need an extra 240 rad, or if it'd just make a nice temp difference, where should I throw it in on my loop? (I'm pretty sure I can throw it in at the bottom of the front right behind the nice 230mm red LED fan)

Thanks to all in advance, and I'm very excited to soon get a nice water cooling log on this site =)

P.S.- A little off topic but if you wanted to help, I want to take my Windows 7 H.P. 64-bit OS and all of my contents currently on my 600GB HDD off my factory ordered Dell Inspiron 546 and move it to my new PC build and save the "16-year-old-hard-earned-minimum-wage" $100. This can't be done because it's OEM correct? If not, is there any way past that "block"?
November 17, 2011 2:56:40 AM

Anonymous said:
Right now I'm building an i5 2500k 2x 6970's in CF on a Gigabyte UD3H-B3 board, 1000watt psu all in a haf x 942 case.
(I plan on doing max overclocking, or what an amateur overclock'er would consider max, with a WC'ing setup)

These are my items I plan including in my future (about a month or two after my build) WC'ing loop, and would like some ideas on how to hook this up and if I should include another radiator.

~Black Ice GTX Xtreme 360 Rad with some 120mm CM Sickleflows (good value and fast) (i thought this rad would be enough, since it has such great reviews)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/5326/ex-rad-109/Black...

~Phobya Balancer 250 Res
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/13128/ex-res-275/Phob...

~Swiftech MCP655 Pump with that sweet EK Top Mod
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/swmc12vdcpuw.html

~HeatKiller GPU Block (x2) w/ Koolance Dual VID Connector
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/hegp69hoed.html

~ HeatKiller CPU Block
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/wahecpure11l.html

~Using distilled water, some decent 1/4'' thread compression fittings, and some uv red tubing if that matters at all.

-And I'm estimating around a $500 WC'ing loop, or $550 or an extra 240 rad.

My main question is, in what order should I hook up my loop?

From the hanging res, to the 360 rad at the top, then to the CPU, then GPU's, and to the pump that goes back to the res?

If I were to need an extra 240 rad, or if it'd just make a nice temp difference, where should I throw it in on my loop? (I'm pretty sure I can throw it in at the bottom of the front right behind the nice 230mm red LED fan)

Thanks to all in advance, and I'm very excited to soon get a nice water cooling log on this site =)

P.S.- A little off topic but if you wanted to help, I want to take my Windows 7 H.P. 64-bit OS and all of my contents currently on my 600GB HDD off my factory ordered Dell Inspiron 546 and move it to my new PC build and save the "16-year-old-hard-earned-minimum-wage" $100. This can't be done because it's OEM correct? If not, is there any way past that "block"?


Loop order doesn't matter, whatever makes for the neatest and shortest installation. but put the pump in front of the res. You'll need the extra rad, a 240 will be barely enough.
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a b K Overclocking
November 17, 2011 5:07:08 AM

For max overclocking, you're going to need more radiators. I'd think at least 2 360s to get decent temps with a decent overclock. You should go online and figure out approx how much heat your loop is going to generate (between 2 gpus and the cpu) and from there figure out how many radiators you'd need. I'm imagining the cards together generate around 500 watts of heat, and the overclocked cpu maybe another 150-180 (this is an estimate) so you need to dissipate approx 700 watts. For that at least 2 360s with fans at around 1200 to 1500 rpms (thats a guesstimate). I'd head over to skineelabs and see their review of radiators to figure out which ones will work best for you.

Like Homeboy2 said, pump should be before the res and thats about it for order.
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a c 328 K Overclocking
November 17, 2011 12:47:00 PM

You really want res > pump so the pump doesn't end up sucking air. Other than that, loop order does not matter. Scopey86 is about right on with potential load watts at around 700 mainly depending on how much OC'ing you are going to do on either CPU or GPUs. If you run everything stock...600ish, but you'd do yourself well to get at least another 240 rad...even a 1x140mm rad would benefit you.
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Anonymous
November 17, 2011 9:18:19 PM

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I forgot the fans on the back radiator but you get the point.

With this loop I'm hoping to achieve the best temps, though sacrificing a bit of tubing.

And I'm trying to keep that radiator in the back a 240 if the 360 is only a small % boost in performance.

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November 17, 2011 10:47:12 PM

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I forgot the fans on the back radiator but you get the point.

With this loop I'm hoping to achieve the best temps, though sacrificing a bit of tubing.

And I'm trying to keep that radiator in the back a 240 if the 360 is only a small % boost in performance.


If you're hoping to achieve best temps you'd get a 3x140 or 4x120 for the back, get a 360 at least.
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Anonymous
November 18, 2011 12:34:44 AM

Any thoughts on what to mount it with? The select few I've really actually seen look quite flimsy, but I honestly have no clue. I think it looks awkward but I know having it outside of my case will help with temps and also I don't even think I can fit it in there (easily that is).
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