Please advise on my water cooling build, Thank you!!

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week

Budget Range: Around $USD 2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, computational modeling, graphics rendering

Parts Not Required: mouse, speakers, keyboards

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any in USA

Country: US

Overclocking: Little Bit

SLI or Crossfire: No

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I've been doing some serious readings lately and here is what I come up with:

Combo 1:
CPU: Intel i5-3570K Ivy-Bridge
Mobo: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.909648

Combo 2:
Case: Obsidian 800D
PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.913379

GPU: ASUS GeForce GTX 670-DC2T-2GD5 VGA
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-GeForce-GTX-670-DC2T-2GD5-GTX670-DC2T-2GD5/dp/B0081IFO3G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1338073422&sr=8-1

SSD: Crucial M4 - 256Gig or 128Gig
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148443

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148834

RAM: G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231547

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CPU Water Block: XSPC RayStorm High Performance Acetal CPU Liquid Cooling Block
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14186/ex-blc-971/XSPC_RayStorm_High_Performance_Acetal_CPU_Liquid_Cooling_Block_-_Intel_Sockets_LGA_775_1155_1156_1366_2011.html?tl=g30c85s139

GPU Water Block: Looks like I will have to wait one for Asus non-referenced PCB design full cover water block..

Pump: Swiftech MCP655 with Bitspower D5 / MCP655 Extreme Pump Mod Top V2
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/2128/ex-pmp-27/Swiftech_MCP655-B_12v_Water_Pump_w_38_Conversion_Kit_317_GPH.html?tl=g30c107
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12199/ex-pmp-122/Bitspower_D5_MCP655_Extreme_Pump_Mod_Top_V2_-_Acetal_BP-D5TOPP2EX-BK.html?tl=g30c107s156

Resevoir: EK-MultiOption RES X2 - 250 Advanced - Liquid Cooling Reservoir (8 Total Ports)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11183/ex-res-230/EK-MultiOption_RES_X2_-_250_Advanced_-_Liquid_Cooling_Reservoir_8_Total_Ports.html?tl=g30c97s165#blank

Really liked the Double Helix version of FrozenQ, but they leak!!!!

Radiator: XSPC RX360 Triple 120mm Radiator Rev 2.
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8523/ex-rad-146/XSPC_RX360_Triple_120mm_Radiator_Rev_2.html?tl=g30c95s161

Fans: 120x3 Gentle Typoon, some 1/4" compression fittings with 1/2" ID

Please advise my final build, sending out orders SOON~~ Thank you!
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  1. I would look at getting some fan shrouds between the radiator and fans better performance for a 3 fan set up and I might consider a second 120mm x 240mm or 120mm x 360mm rad for the build but that is only for the over clocking part of the question, other than that seems like a pretty solid build go for it.
  2. toolmaker_03 said:
    I would look at getting some fan shrouds between the radiator and fans better performance for a 3 fan set up and I might consider a second 120mm x 240mm or 120mm x 360mm rad for the build but that is only for the over clocking part of the question, other than that seems like a pretty solid build go for it.


    Thanks for the input, really appreciate. I wonder if I should go for a bay reservoir or a tube one, What is your opinion? Thank you!
  3. well the XSPC duel bay res is a good one and the bits power multi-Z 250 is a nice tube style I use the bits power myself but if space is a issue the bay is the way to go.
  4. if the inlet on the res is half an inch above the outlet, then pass on a bay res. i have an xsps bay res and it just sucked air right back into my loop.
  5. tjosborne said:
    if the inlet on the res is half an inch above the outlet, then pass on a bay res. i have an xsps bay res and it just sucked air right back into my loop.


    Aren't they mostly parallel? :o

    I just felt that the bay res look pretty cool and clean. But it kind of make sense to go for a cylinder res with a large case.

    Thanks for your input.
  6. regarding the pump, might want to invest in a D5 unit, alphacool 655

    tubing - should be bought in tandem with the fittings. e.g: make sure the fittings and tubing dias are right otherwise you might have tubing smaller that the compressions outer dia.

    with all that said, might want to take a look at the XSPC raystorm extreme kit on frozencpu/dazmode...they are pretty good for being an entry level/get your feet way wet kinda kit.
  7. I got a Koolance dual bayres and it allows for one or two pumps to be installed in the back so that'll save you some space, plus it's very rugged and well made. looks nice in a black case. it also allows four 3mm LED lights to be installed. as most res' do but nonetheless i think it looks great!
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