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Liquid Cooling setup for this build

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March 4, 2012 3:01:30 AM

Alright i have a few questions about liquid cooling as to what parts i should use. I'll list the main components first that you will need to know about.

Case - Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow White
PSU - Corsair AX-1200
MBD - ASUS Rampage IV Formula/BF3
CPU - Core i7 3930k
RAM - Corsair Dominator GT 16GB 2133mhz
Video Card #1 - HIS HD7970 3GB
Video Card #2 - HIS HD7970 3GB

Okay, now i am looking to liquid cool the CPU & Video cards (Perhaps south bridge as well)

The GPU Cooler i would be using http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... (If the GPU isn't reference design ill just change it to one that is - but i would be suprised if the HIS one isn't)

Other than that, i'm not 100% sure on what i would need. I think that i may need a 2x120mm Radiator for the top the case due to cooling two video cards cause of the extra heat, but im not sure on the pumps and such.. I want quality stuff that will work & not break (i've seen ones that have like colours on the cpu flashing around it are weaker & can break?) If you could use links off pccasegear (more convenient for me) it would be helpful otherwise i can just hunt around i guess.

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a b U Graphics card
March 4, 2012 3:36:42 AM

First off the Level 10 will not support the Rampage IV. I'm not the biggest fan of Thermaltake around here - and most of the regulars know it.

The Rampage IV is an XL-ATX board and it will require an XL-ATX case, something like the Rosewill Thor or Cooler Master Cosmos II.

- Cosmos II: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Rosewill Thor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm not the biggest fan of liquid cooling around here - to me it's too much risk for not a lot of payoff, but I'm not gonna stop you from using it. If you want a liquid cooled video card try this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 4, 2012 4:14:13 AM

level 10 gt isn't a great case for liquid cooling IMO.Obsidian 800D is best watercooling case for your price range.PSU is super overkill.go with ax850 intead(it's more than enough).Rampage iv is an E-ATX board.rampage iv formula is a better choice.(only advantage of extreme over formula is 4-way SLI which a waste).1600mhz ram is best but 1866mhz is more than enough.anything above is a wastage.contact rubix for more info in detail.i suck:( 
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March 4, 2012 4:36:16 AM

I would rather stick with new video cards, 2x7970 will easily blow the 580 away, i'm not worried about money at all.

There isn't so much risk to liquid cooling when you get non-conductive fluid as to say "Why risk over heating damage?"

Also the motherboard will fit perfectly, i don't know what you're on about. Motherboard size is 12" x 9.6" - The case supports 9.6" x 9.6", 12" x 9.6" & 12" x 13".

The PC will be getting water cooling one way or another, and i'm after experienced users in this area, not people who "aren't a fan of it"
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a b U Graphics card
March 4, 2012 4:49:34 AM

^but level 10gt lacks the room for large rads and equipments required to cool 2xgpu and cpu.
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a b U Graphics card
March 4, 2012 4:52:58 AM

myndzero said:
I would rather stick with new video cards, 2x7970 will easily blow the 580 away, i'm not worried about money at all.

There isn't so much risk to liquid cooling when you get non-conductive fluid as to say "Why risk over heating damage?"

Also the motherboard will fit perfectly, i don't know what you're on about. Motherboard size is 12" x 9.6" - The case supports 9.6" x 9.6", 12" x 9.6" & 12" x 13".

The PC will be getting water cooling one way or another, and i'm after experienced users in this area, not people who "aren't a fan of it"


You'll hear a lot of mixed reactions to water cooling - the general consensus for the most part is no. Plus if a water pipe breaks you can't guarantee that manufacturers will honor their warranties as most don't cover water damage.

I'm in definite agreement about the 2 x 7970 but heat will be a major factor - that's where the liquid cooled video cards come in.
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March 4, 2012 4:59:14 AM

The cards will be liquid cooled, you can get the heatsinks replaced with ones made for liquid cooling (or a 7970 that already has the liquid thing on it, but it makes no difference which way you do it).

I think the case has enough room for a radiator at the top.

Edit: it even says it has enough room for a 240mm one at the top
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