Jumping on the first-timer wagon

Hi all,

First time I've been looking at water-cooling for a gaming system and think I have a good idea of what to look for (reading the sticky a few times, googling, etc.) but just wanted to ask people with more experience for some directions. Looking at a cpu only loop and currently have arrived at:

CPU: Core i5-3570K
Motherboard: ASUS Maximus V Formula
GPU: Gigabyte Windforce GTX680
Power Supply: Corsair HX750
SSD (boot disk): Samsung 128 GB
HDD (data disk): WD Caviar Black 2TB
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (10 timings)
Monitor: Viewsonic VP2365

Cooling build:

Pump: Swiftech MCP35X or MCP655
CPU Block: XSPC Raystorm Acetal
Reservoir: EK dual bay spin or Alphacool Dual 5.25
Radiator: XSPC RX240
Tubing: Primochill Primoflex
Thermal Compound: Indigo xtreme
Compression fittings: Bitspower Ultimate
Reusable clamps: FrozenCPU stainless steel shielded
QDC: Koolance VL3N-M13S

Mainly looking for advice on pumps, reservoirs, fans, and a case to fit this in. Any additional advice is welcome and appreciated
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  1. I notice that you listed compression fittings , but also reusable clamps , what are the clamps for. The compression fittings do not need clamps. The Primoflex is probably ok but Tygon tubing is most likely the best.
    Indigo Extreme is hard to use ( I've tried it) and you can use Artic Silver 5 and it will be fine. I would go with the copper version of the Raystorm and the Alphcool resivoir. The Swiftech pump is ok and so is the XSPC radiator.
    The case will need to be a full tower if your looking to fit all of the water cooling parts inside. The Cooler Master HAF-X will fit everything.


    The main thing you need to find a spot for is the radiator.


    These fans will do for the radiator.
  2. I've used Primochill LRT, Tygon and Feser tubing...all are about the same quality. Primochill LRT is generally available in more color options and cheaper per linear foot. I currently am using LRT 1/2"ID 5/8"OD tubing and will probably use it again.
  3. I used to use Feser but then switched to Tygon since I didn't care about colors I wanted clear anyways , but Feser tubing is expensive but so is tygon and the primochill is less expensive than those two.
  4. I agree on the whole indigo xtreme after looking about some more on it and am leaning towards AC mx-4 right now.

    The clamps are for the 3/8 barbs that are on the motherboard mosfet block.

    From what I read, the mcp 655 should be plenty powerful for just a cpu block but I just wanted some confirmation on this.

    Also, I'd looked at the haf x before and was wondering if there were any other cases people would recommend so that I could have options at the end of the build.
  5. Get MX-4 paste not indigo.

    As for the case - I would go with a full tower like the 800d from corsair or the silverstone TJ07. HAF X is fine as well.
  6. Most full tower cases will have the room to put a small radiator and the bay resivoir will not take much space , you just have to find a convienent place for the pump. With going with a single loop for just the cpu and chipset you could look at the bay resivoir/pump combo and that would be really convienent and not take up a lot of space.



    Some more towers to look at.




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