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Another first timer looking for the final advise

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August 2, 2012 10:30:34 PM

Hello all,

Since 2 weeks I built a new setup consisting of the Intel i5 3570K, MSI z77 GD65 MoBo, Saphire Radeon 6790 GPU. All are running there stock air coolers. Now my problem is that my computer is placed in a former bookcase and airflow is little to non. My LianLi case has 2 x 120 fans in and 1 out. Now when playing games and sunny days of 25+ degrees trouble arises. Artifacts in games even when GPU is not overclocked, unless I set the fan to 100% ( deafening ) temps easely go up over 60+c.

After looking at the options I started looking at the cloosed coolers from Corsair the H80 and later the H100, then a complete kit by EK Water Blocks EK-KIT H3O 240 HFX costing around €250. But I want to incorporate the GPU with it.

After looking and reading I came up with the following items I might want to buy. Budget alows for around €300-350. Case has room for 2 x 120 radiator. The thing I would like to achive is decent cooling even with moderate OC. i5 should be able to run around 4.5Ghz, and the GPU also something higher without getting to extreme. I don't have to push it al to the max.

So, the things I sorted out so far would be:

CPU block: EK Water Blocks EK-Supremacy (Acetal) €60
GPU block: EK Water Blocks EK-VGA Supreme HF (Acetal) €45 ( no full cover block avalible fot this model )
Radiator: EK Water Blocks EK-CoolStream RAD XTX 240 ( 64mm thick and 11 FPI ) €70
Pump: Swiftech MCP655 €90
reservoir: Either: Alphacool Cape Corp Coolplex Pro 25 LT ( 250ml ) or an Alphacool Repack-Cooling Slot-In water reservoir ( 120ml ) €25
Tube: Feser Tube UV - 3/8" ID / 1/2" OD (10x1,5) - 2,5 meter (UV-sensitive blue) €9
Coolant: Plain old Demi-water no additives
Thermal compound: Arctic Silver 5 €7

And last the most tricky parts:
Fans: difficult I'm looking at either. Of course I need good fans to cool, some noise is ok, but needing earplugs is not ;) 
Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition 35dbA Static Pressure: 3.1 mm/H20
Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition 23dbA Static Pressure: 1.29 mm/H20
Noctua NF-F12 PWM 18,6 ~ 22,4 dBA - 74,3 ~ 93,4 m³/h

Then the couplings:
What would be the best/wise for good durable leakfree connections?:


or these:

with these:



Ok, this is what I came up with. the biggest question, is this setup good enough for my wish of acceptable temps under non extreme overclocking? Should i change things, better, other or is it ok. Did I forget stuff, or have things I don't need?
What about the fans and couplings what would be a wise thing to do? I don't mind spending money ( within budget ) as long as it's money well spent on "good" items.


Ok, any advise would be more than welcome as wel as tips and tricks.

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August 3, 2012 3:16:06 PM

Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition 35dbA Static Pressure: 3.1 mm/H20

i like these fans I also like compression fittings but barbs will work fine
I use water wetter for corrosion control and a biocide for growth
Lots of people use distilled water with no issues but I am not that brave, so if you have a issue with corrosion keep this in mind.
August 6, 2012 2:39:50 AM

Maybe a suggestion for fluid, distilled water with a killcoil and UV LEDs. if you wanted colour get UV reactive tubing and a UV cathode in your case for extra control.
August 6, 2012 8:04:23 AM

Thanks for the reactions.

I was thinking about getting a killcoil, but forgot to order one. But that is coming, and some UV CCFL as well.

The final order I placed was this:
Alphacool VPP655-T12
EK Water Blocks EK-Supremacy (Acetal)
EK Water Blocks EK-VGA Supreme HF (Acetal)
Arctic Cooling MX-4 - 4 gram
Enzotech rechte inschroefverbinding 1/4" - 10 mm 8x
Slangklem - 12 / 20 mm.
EK Water Blocks EK-CoolStream RAD XTX 240
EK Water Blocks EK-Multioption RES X2 - 250
Feser Tube UV - 3/8" ID / 1/2" OD (10x1,5) - 2,5 meter (UV-sensitive blue)
Noctua NF-F12 PWM - 120 x 120 x 25 mm 2x
Zalman ZM-RHS1 ( passive RAM cooler VGA )

This should work for now I think. And from there we can "adjust" were necessary.
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