So. I plan on venturing into the territory of water cooling soon, and I need a little advice. First, I want to let you know my plans to get started. I will be cooling a i7 930 (@4ghx) and a reference GTX 680 with this loop in a HAF X case. I plan (at first at least - I may add a 120 rad at a later date if needed) doing this with a single rad and pump and a push-pull set-up. I plan to purchase a "EK-KIT H3O - Supreme HFX 360 Water Cooling Kit" to do this. I think this is a good starting point for me to get into water cooling, as it is cheap and has almost everything I need to get the job done. From reviews, it also looks like a very solid kit. I will also be buying an EK 680 block, coolant, and (2) compression fittings to go with this (please see links below). Here's are my questions:
1. Am I missing anything? Is there anything else I should purchase to get the job done? More tubing possibly (in case I make mistakes)?
2. Does this look like an OK loop rout for what I want to accomplish? If not, please feel free to make suggestions. I am going for the most clean and good looking loop I can achieve.
3. Do I only need one bottle of coolant?
Thank you for any response! I really appreciate it!
Why the coolant? Your EK kit already comes with blue (which I still wouldn't use)...why not just get red tubing? Coolant is only going to provide color which can be done other ways than coolants... It won't make any difference performance-wise.
Better pump, comparable radiator, good block, less money....pump+reservoir bay combo. $60 cheaper and much better pump. Also conserves space as long as you have 2 spare 5.25 bays. Just an option....choice of fitting and tubing sizes as well.
Ok. That actually sounds like a wonderful idea. The only thing that was really holding me back from the XSPC kit was the fittings (I want compression) and the tubing. That's actually perfect. Thanks! As far as the loop goes, what do you think about the way I have it configured? Any changes. Is there a negative with going with the EK coolant other than it's more expensive?