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April 30, 2010 6:05:34 PM

Building a new system top of the line for friend. He wants it water cooled and doesnt want to spend a fortune on the water cooling system. He knows it'll cost a pretty penny but none of these crazy nitro setup suggestions please just somthing that'll work well :) 

I need advice as to what kind of liquid cooling parts I'll need to liquid cool the cpu, mobo, memory and video cards. I also have a case thats well designed for it I think seeing as it even has a hole on top for refilling liquid resevour.

Ok here's what were planning on building parts wise:

Coolermaster HAF 932 Full Tower
EVGA E760 CLASSIFIED 3-way sli
Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition
2x EVGA Geforce GTX 480's
6x Mushkin Enhanced Redline 2GB DDR3
2x SSD's in raid

Basically I've never done liquid cooling set ups and need advice on what parts I'll need to get the whole thing done, blocks pumps, resevoirs tubing and all. Also somthing that would fit the case well would be great. Any suggestions to a liquid cooling noob would be great. This system will be overclocked and pushed to the limit so it does need to be quality but again no insane prices on parts please :) 

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April 30, 2010 6:25:29 PM

Fill out form in sticky. Link in my sig.

Stuff like budget and use would be nice to know.
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April 30, 2010 6:42:49 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: today

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Movies, Folding

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: all the pc stuff just want water cooling parts

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:newegg and tiger direct

PARTS PREFERENCES: dunno anyhting

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI : Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 3x1920x1200 projectors with 3d capability in lower res

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Budget for liquid cooling would preferably be under 500 or close to it. All parts in my above post are set in stone.
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April 30, 2010 9:07:06 PM

Hmm, well to really do liquid cooling right with 2 gpu's it's gonna take more than $500.

CPU block is $50-100
GPU blocks are $100-150 each
Reservoir/pump is $100-250
Radiator is another $50-100
Throw is fittings, liquid, smartcoils and tubing for another $80
Chipset cooling is another $50-100

Comes out to $500 minimum, more like $700-800 ish if you want quality stuff. You're also gonna need to do some case modding to get stuff to work, especially if you use a large radiator.

Sample of a good custom build

CPU block $85
http://www.koolance.com/water-cooling/product_info.php?...

GPU blocks $120 each
http://www.koolance.com/water-cooling/product_info.php?...

Tubing
3/8" tubing and smart coils
http://www.swiftnets.com/products/smartcoils.asp

Radiator
You'll want 1 with at least 2 120mm fittings like Swiftechs MCR220 QP
http://www.swiftnets.com/

Chipset
Swiftech's MCW30 for North/southbridge

Pump/reservior $210
http://www.koolance.com/water-cooling/product_info.php?...

Your choice of non-conductive liquid. Prices vary depending on whether you want colors, glow in the dark, etc.
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May 2, 2010 12:06:45 AM

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May 2, 2010 1:08:27 AM

Please don't double post:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/258866-29-advice-need...

As far as CPU blocks goes, I recommend the Swiftech XT and the EK Supreme HF or HK 3.0 if on a budget. Also, DO NOT use that Koolance Pump + Res; the Koolance is over priced and under performing. Use a Swiftech MCP 655 with a micro res.

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PS: Also, look at the Water cooling guide: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/256607-29-watercoolin...
You are missing some very basic concepts OP.
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