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Building first water cooling system 3930k gtx690 Sli

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February 4, 2013 5:19:37 PM

Hey Guys,
I'm building my first water cooling set-up from a system I build about 6 months ago. I just got a second gtx690 and decided to switch from air cool, mainly because I cant fit the second card with my current heatsink. I have been looking in to the forums and have read alot in to what people have been saying, but I still feel like I dont know what components to pick and where to by them. I was hoping you all could help me pick out the components for an ideal water cooling systems. I'm also thinking that the case I have is not ideal for the system. Thanks in advance.


Specs
i7 3930k
asus rampage 4
2x gtx690
bitfenix colossus case


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February 4, 2013 7:02:43 PM

here are the parts I was thinking I'm really unsure about radiator size and fit with my existing case

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XSPC RayStorm High Performance CPU Liquid Cooling Block - Special Edition Chrome (Intel)
(Sockets LGA 1155 / 1156 / 1366 / 2011)

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(2X) XSPC RX240 Dual 120mm Radiator
$78.97 $157.94

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Koolance RP-452X2 Dual 5.25" Reservoir Rev 2.0 (Serial or Parallel) for 1 or 2 Pumps (RP-450 / Laing D5 / MCP655-B / MCP655)

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XSPC Razor nVidia GTX 690 Full Coverage VGA Block - Reference Design
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Swiftech MCP655™ 12v Water Pump w/ Speed Control and 3/8" Conversion Kit (317 GPH)
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February 4, 2013 7:15:39 PM

I would have thought you'd want more rad space than that.
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February 5, 2013 2:28:28 AM

skullznspadz said:
here are the parts I was thinking I'm really unsure about radiator size and fit with my existing case

ex-blc-1215
XSPC RayStorm High Performance CPU Liquid Cooling Block - Special Edition Chrome (Intel)
(Sockets LGA 1155 / 1156 / 1366 / 2011)

ex-rad-145
(2X) XSPC RX240 Dual 120mm Radiator
$78.97 $157.94

ex-res-254
Koolance RP-452X2 Dual 5.25" Reservoir Rev 2.0 (Serial or Parallel) for 1 or 2 Pumps (RP-450 / Laing D5 / MCP655-B / MCP655)

ex-blc-1141
XSPC Razor nVidia GTX 690 Full Coverage VGA Block - Reference Design
ex-pmp-54
Swiftech MCP655™ 12v Water Pump w/ Speed Control and 3/8" Conversion Kit (317 GPH)

2x 240mm is not nearly enough for that setup. You should be looking at 3x 360mm or 2x 480mm.
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a c 337 K Overclocking
February 5, 2013 1:36:21 PM

Definitely need at least a 240+360 or 2x 360's....more depending on overclocks, but those 2x RX240's would 'work' as long as you never overclock...

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February 5, 2013 1:53:00 PM

I have a 420 & 140 and it works awesome on my rig. Also depends how hard you will overclock. My cpu doesn't go above 80c and gpus don't go about 40c. My cpu is also hotter.

Not sure why my sig didn't come up but I have a 3770k @ 4.9 and 2x 7970s @ 1200/1600
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a c 190 K Overclocking
February 5, 2013 2:29:06 PM

Three Rx240's or two 360's is my vote but Rubix is right, a 240/360 is enough there
Looking at Bit's website you can fit a 360 up top (losing the top drivebay), and I reckon a 240 can go down at the front but you don't have to have the rads inside the case you know
Moto
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February 5, 2013 3:26:21 PM

Motopsychojdn said:
Three Rx240's or two 360's is my vote but Rubix is right, a 240/360 is enough there
Looking at Bit's website you can fit a 360 up top (losing the top drivebay), and I reckon a 240 can go down at the front but you don't have to have the rads inside the case you know
Moto

Is There a Clean way to mount rads on the outside I would be willing to go 480 or so if I could mount it cleanly
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February 5, 2013 3:29:36 PM

I want to definitely overclock in the future. It seems like from what you all are saying is I will need to go with much bigger rads then. I would be will to go with with 480. My main concern is mounting them externally making it look clean. does anyone know if there is a case that allows 2x480 internally mounted. Thanks for all your help
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a c 190 K Overclocking
February 5, 2013 3:38:28 PM

you can mount on top or at the rear of the mobo tray side panel, theres a few examples of each in the W/c gallery but heres mine,

Old pic but you get the idea, I used the mounting legs from Xspc to lift it off the roof
if you want internally mounted 480's you are looking at mountain mods or maybe the Azza fusion 4k, or a custom build which I like the idea of,
or you can mount the rads in a radbox
Moto
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February 5, 2013 4:02:19 PM

Motopsychojdn said:
you can mount on top or at the rear of the mobo tray side panel, theres a few examples of each in the W/c gallery but heres mine,
http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q172/Motopsychojdn/Psycho%20Rider/IMAG0341.jpg
Old pic but you get the idea, I used the mounting legs from Xspc to lift it off the roof
if you want internally mounted 480's you are looking at mountain mods or maybe the Azza fusion 4k, or a custom build which I like the idea of,
or you can mount the rads in a radbox
Moto

Thanks for the response I looked into the cases you mentioned and found this AZZA Genesis 9000 It seems to fit a 480 and a 240 internally. which I really like. I want to eventually get to a custom case and mount but I dont feel like I'm ready to take on that task yet
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February 5, 2013 4:05:19 PM

So after looking in to what everyone has been saying I think I'm gonna upgrade my case to a AZZA Genesis 9000 and go with a 480 and 240 rad I feel like this would get me started on water cooling. From what everyone is saying it seems like a slight overclock with this setup would be okay. I plan on adding another external rad when I overclock more in the future what do you guys think?
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February 5, 2013 4:07:37 PM

Motopsychojdn said:
you can mount on top or at the rear of the mobo tray side panel, theres a few examples of each in the W/c gallery but heres mine,
http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q172/Motopsychojdn/Psycho%20Rider/IMAG0341.jpg
Old pic but you get the idea, I used the mounting legs from Xspc to lift it off the roof
if you want internally mounted 480's you are looking at mountain mods or maybe the Azza fusion 4k, or a custom build which I like the idea of,
or you can mount the rads in a radbox
Moto

I'm a noob and interested in what you mean by custom build? do you mean altering an existing case?
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a b K Overclocking
February 5, 2013 4:31:01 PM

my current build
i5 2600k and two 580's
xspc H2 Tower+ Case
1 rx480 rad
2 rx360 rad's




One of the first builds i did for a i7 950 and two gtx 580's

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