I have never built my own water cooling setup by myself (did it once a couple years ago with a friend but forgot a lot of the details since then). So I have some little technical questions I would like help with from seasoned liquid cooler pros.
I am going to build it into the corsair 800d case because it's the best for liquid cooling. These are the components I'm currently thinking of:
First: What I would like to know is this: I am planning on using 1/2 inch tubing and are these components all compatible? If not, what does one do to make it that way? I am going to use compression fittings so I want to know how they would connect to these components.
Second: I will be putting the radiator inside the case at the top. Should I install the fans beneath it, or in between the top of the radiator and the top of the case? Should they push air out or in?
Any other tips or suggestions are GREATLY appreciated (Please don't tell me I have no business water cooling because everyone has to start somewhere-- and yes I do intend on overclocking).
1. Yes, as long as you get the correct fittings,etc.
2. I think for your case, the air should be pulled in from the top, however realize doing so this way will increase your case temps. Doing it the other way will decrease the cooling of the CPU due to the fact that case temps are usually higher than outside temps.
What size is the rad? What do you plan to cool (the Q9550?)?
*I assume you are also getting PT Nuke/Kill Coils, fans,etc?