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February 26, 2013 12:04:51 AM

I was thinking of using a NZXT Kraken X60, but I think it would be preferred to build a custom loop. I am looking to cool a 3930K overclocked to as high as possible in a 800D case. Any suggestions?
P.S. In the future I may cool a single 680 as well.

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February 26, 2013 1:53:28 AM

Depends on your budget. If you can afford it, you may as well do all the work once and go for the CPU & GPU right now.

The 800D has been proven to easily hold a 360 + 240 with minimal modifications, so you won't be limited by rad space.
February 26, 2013 2:18:55 AM

My budget would be $500 or less. I don't want to go all out because I am just experimenting right now.
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February 26, 2013 2:28:38 AM

bogo663 said:
My budget would be $500 or less. I don't want to go all out because I am just experimenting right now.

You may want to consider a kit first. Read the sticky a bit more.
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February 26, 2013 2:34:56 AM

If you find some decent deals on used parts, you could probably accomplish a full loop with that $500 budget. Once you finish the CPU-only part, you'll wish that you had just done the whole thing all at once... ;) 
February 26, 2013 2:46:50 AM

boiler1990 said:
If you find some decent deals on used parts, you could probably accomplish a full loop with that $500 budget. Once you finish the CPU-only part, you'll wish that you had just done the whole thing all at once... ;) 

Yep, that was something I just realized. It wold suck to spend all the time making the loop, only to tear it back down. A buddy of mine told me to use alphacool rads, xspc block, and bitfenix compressions and barbs. Are those good brands to choose from?
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February 26, 2013 2:49:41 AM

Those are great brands, but check your local craigslist. :) 
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February 26, 2013 3:11:28 AM

$500 might cover you for a full loop if you plan it all right and are thrifty with where you get the components from, will easily cover you for a CPU only loop.

Start with something like an XSPC Raystorm D5 kit, that will give you a good place to start fom when you decide to include the GPU's.
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February 26, 2013 3:27:34 AM

bogo663 said:
Yep, that was something I just realized. It wold suck to spend all the time making the loop, only to tear it back down. A buddy of mine told me to use alphacool rads, xspc block, and bitfenix compressions and barbs. Are those good brands to choose from?


Just make sure to do your reading, figure out which parts will give you the proper heat dissipation, etc. etc.

I'm personally going with some XSPC rad on my next project, but the last rad I used was a no name 360 that worked pretty well. Again it comes down to how well you plan.

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February 26, 2013 3:28:15 AM

Oh, and HardForum and Anandtech are good places to look for used WCing equipment. Active forums full of hardware enthusiasts and are closely moderated for scammers, etc.
February 26, 2013 10:35:01 PM

I looked up the XSPC kits, but wanted something a little more custom. I am going for a black and blue build so here is what I came up with:

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/15078/ex-rad-356/XSPC...

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16701/ex-blc-1190/XSP...

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14186/ex-blc-971/XSPC...

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16259/ex-pmp-197/XSPC...

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/18767/ex-tub-1756/XSP...

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10035/ex-tub-604/Bits...

Since I am using UV blue tubing, I was going to use distilled water. Does this seem like a good loop. Also, do you think I should add a radiator for the GPU?
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February 26, 2013 10:52:49 PM

Well I Would but that is me, you may want to consider some soft 90’s or 45’s fittings to make the piping of the loop easier depending on your particular hardware configuration. Try looking at the gallery for ideas on that.

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February 26, 2013 11:29:10 PM
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bogo663 said:
I looked up the XSPC kits, but wanted something a little more custom. I am going for a black and blue build so here is what I came up with:

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/15078/ex-rad-356/XSPC...

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16701/ex-blc-1190/XSP...

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14186/ex-blc-971/XSPC...

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16259/ex-pmp-197/XSPC...

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/18767/ex-tub-1756/XSP...

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10035/ex-tub-604/Bits...

Since I am using UV blue tubing, I was going to use distilled water. Does this seem like a good loop. Also, do you think I should add a radiator for the GPU?


Overall looks good. As long as you have space for the 3x140mm, you should be fine with that for both the CPU and GPU (the 420 has more rad area than a 4x120mm.

Some 45s or 90s may help depending on where you mount all of the equipment and the layout of your case.
February 26, 2013 11:55:02 PM

All right. Thank you guys for the input! Now, which one to select for best answer...
February 26, 2013 11:55:37 PM

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February 27, 2013 12:18:32 AM

Be sure to post a log or at least some photos. Always nice to see new builds :) 
February 27, 2013 12:32:17 AM

boiler1990 said:
Be sure to post a log or at least some photos. Always nice to see new builds :) 

Alright. Might take a few weeks. Still need to save a couple of pay stubs then order the parts.
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