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July 10, 2012 7:04:30 AM

Ok so here it goes. I pulled the trigger and decided to build a new rig:

Asus Sabertooth z77

i5 3570k

16 gb LP corsair 1600 ram

128 gb M4 SSD

1TB WD Black

NZXT Switch 810 White

GTX 670 FTW

Corsair ax 1200 PSU

Using a blu ray player from old build for that.

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So basically I am trying to build myself and loop that will cool both the 3570k and the 670 in a single loop and want to know some good parts. Here is kinda of what I am looking at so far.

CPU Block: http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

GPU Block: http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p... ( Maybe. Not sure. I have read on FTW 670s u can used 680 blocks and have seen some decent reviews on this block)

Pump : http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

Rad: http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

Res: http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

Tubing: Primochill? DangerDen? not sure. Maybe depends on fittings.

Fittings: this is my problem too. What suggestions do you guys have for size. I rather like the look of the thicker tubing so maybe 1/2 x 3/4? I believe all my parts are 1/4 thread. Would I need compression fittings on that Res that I linked? It Looks more like a barb connection.

Another concern would be the metals. I hear you do not want to mix any metals. ( copper only etc) So unless I am mistaken I THINK this is all copper but maybe I missed something.

I will be using distilled water with kill coils in the res and maybe some PTnuke as well.

Thanks for all the help.

P.S. If I am messing up with any grammer im sorry. its 2 am and cant sleep until I can come up with some ideas for this build lol.


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a b K Overclocking
July 10, 2012 9:25:25 AM

Instead of purchasing components sepearately, just buy a complete kit XSPC Raystorm RX360 and an Aquacomputer GTX 680 waterblock (which fits EVGA GTX 670 FTW since that card uses the exact same PCB as the GTX 680) from Performance PC, you save quite a bit of money and not worrying about missing some parts. When you add the GPU block, remember to buy 2 additional compression fittings for the GPU inlet and outlet.

The XSPC Raystorm RX360 kit already has 6 compression fittings and resevoir plus XSPC RX360 radiator, best pump (D5) with variable speed control and tubing, fans and thermal paste. The include CPU block XSPC Raystorm CPU Block is also neck to neck with the best CPU block available on the market (Koolance CPU Block). Buy 2 additional 120 mm fans if you want to run push/pull.

XSPC RX360 Watercooling kit
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

Choose the color of the compresstion fittings that come with the kit and color of the tubeing as well as size

Aquacomputer Aquagrafx GTX 680 waterblock
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

Additional 2 compression fittings for the GPU waterblock
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p... ---- buy 2 of these

Buy 2 additional 120 mm fans if wish to do push/pull from newegg or amazon

July 10, 2012 12:59:07 PM

Great suggestion Jacknhut. I will really consider this. My only problem with the kits are that they have the res and pump in an all in one config in a drive bay. Would draining this loop be much tougher then say, having a res like the one a posted or something similar with a drain on the bottom? If there is an easy way to drain the all in one unit then this may just be the best way to go.

thanks for all the input ^_~
a c 328 K Overclocking
July 10, 2012 1:28:02 PM

amuffin said:
I would go for a bigger reservoir.


Why? This would serve no purpose other than just holding more water.
July 11, 2012 12:52:18 AM

^ was gonna say that. also, upsides to having a bay res is its always in view also most of them you can put pretty lights in ^_^but i think it would only be a matter of tipping your precious computer forward to drain her, which is a pretty easy job when you get your noodle working. with my setup i got a Koolance dual bay res (rev 2.0) so you have the option of adding one or two pumps when needed, this is handy to have for the fact that your taking up less room. plus if your mounting your rad at the top less tubing is required in most cases.

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It's also the prettiest bay res i've seen in my eyes, including DD's flavour haha its minimalistic and modern/industrial looking.
a b K Overclocking
July 11, 2012 1:48:36 PM

kcsmacker said:
Great suggestion Jacknhut. I will really consider this. My only problem with the kits are that they have the res and pump in an all in one config in a drive bay. Would draining this loop be much tougher then say, having a res like the one a posted or something similar with a drain on the bottom? If there is an easy way to drain the all in one unit then this may just be the best way to go.


I've used the XSPC X2O 750 (the pump/res that comes in the kits) and it's really only so-so. I would invest the money in a better pump, simply because that one doesn't have a great track record. FrozenCPU has kits with a D5 (Swiftech MCP655) and a dual bay res, but with the rest of the parts (block/rad) as the normal kit.

I've only used drive bay reservoirs, and they work pretty well. XSPC's are pretty well designed; I currently use a Primochill Monsoon and it's terrible - wish I hadn't bought it. Flow pattern makes no sense, and it's difficult to keep completely full so there's always a gurgling sound in my PC. Mounting is also a pain since they came up with a stupid solution to putting it in a drive bay.

EDIT: Also, you can always add a T-fitting or Y-fitting and attach a stop/plug fitting so you can just unscrew that to drain. Slightly easier than draining from the bayres.
a b K Overclocking
July 11, 2012 9:15:25 PM

boiler1990 said:
I've used the XSPC X2O 750 (the pump/res that comes in the kits) and it's really only so-so. I would invest the money in a better pump, simply because that one doesn't have a great track record. FrozenCPU has kits with a D5 (Swiftech MCP655) and a dual bay res, but with the rest of the parts (block/rad) as the normal kit.

I've only used drive bay reservoirs, and they work pretty well. XSPC's are pretty well designed; I currently use a Primochill Monsoon and it's terrible - wish I hadn't bought it. Flow pattern makes no sense, and it's difficult to keep completely full so there's always a gurgling sound in my PC. Mounting is also a pain since they came up with a stupid solution to putting it in a drive bay.

EDIT: Also, you can always add a T-fitting or Y-fitting and attach a stop/plug fitting so you can just unscrew that to drain. Slightly easier than draining from the bayres.


The kit I recommended to him was xspc raystorm, which comes with the d5 bump, not x2o 750.
July 11, 2012 10:20:15 PM

rubix_1011 said:
Why? This would serve no purpose other than just holding more water.



Bigger reservoirs also make filling the loop much easier.
July 11, 2012 10:40:47 PM

JohnJones said:
Bigger reservoirs also make filling the loop much easier.


Not really. I dislike large reservoirs as they waste space and unless its divided in half to supply of dual loop it's pointless to me. I use a 250mm reservoir and haven't upgraded since last year.
July 11, 2012 11:36:08 PM

cyansnow said:
Not really. I dislike large reservoirs as they waste space and unless its divided in half to supply of dual loop it's pointless to me. I use a 250mm reservoir and haven't upgraded since last year.


I agree with them wasting space, so in my HAF X (which is full of empty drive bays) I am using a drive bay reservoir. I could easily fit one in, just stick it on the back, but I like clean looks.
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