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July 2, 2012 3:28:36 AM

Planning out a new build and with that I plan on using liquid cooling. I plan on liquid cooling a xfire config as well as an i7 2600k. What kind of equipment will do this? I plan on a blue color scheme as well, preferably through the tubes being lit up rather than blue liquid. Sub-200 dollars would be nice. I am planning on the chaser mk1.

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July 2, 2012 3:34:59 AM

You will not be able to get that kind of cooling for under 200 dollars. You're looking at twice to triple that amount for an i7 + xfire loop. What you need to do is go spend the next several days reading about water cooling, so that you can get it right.
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July 2, 2012 3:36:44 AM

luke738 said:
You will not be able to get that kind of cooling for under 200 dollars. You're looking at twice to triple that amount for an i7 + xfire loop. What you need to do is go spend the next several days reading about water cooling, so that you can get it right.

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July 2, 2012 5:11:12 AM

thedancingman4321 said:
What bout this for the i7? How do I add blue lighting? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That is the worst water cooler there is! I had read a lot of reviews before I went with my XSPC 750 RS240 and that Thermaltake does not fare well. Granted the one I got would not cool your CPU and GPU's wit the rad that it comes with however they have a XSPC Raystorm EX360 that would most likely do what you need with adding the water blocks and fittings for your GPU's. That is the one I upgraded to when I added you 6950's to the water cooler and it is doing a great job of cooling my FX-8120 and Crossfire Sapphire HD 6950's.
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July 2, 2012 6:29:34 AM

+Several billion, TT's watercooling gear is awful, please don't buy that
Bryon is bang on with the Ex or Rx 360 being more in line with your needs, once you add a Gpu block ofc
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July 6, 2012 5:07:33 AM

Whats a good kit for i7 2600k and 2 6870's? What are some good waterblocks for these cards? How do I make the tubes light up? Can I put the rad at the front of the case?
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July 6, 2012 3:27:36 PM

Again no,
If you are looking at kits, then Xspc or Swiftech are the two options to consider,
Xspc's raystorm is a very good block and I'd recommend universal blocks if you consider cooling the cards in future,
you can easily spend $200 on fullcover gfx cards blocks and can't use them on your next cards so uni's are a better option,
lighting is usually either cathode tubes or leds, leds plug straight into the molex line from the psu, cathodes require an inverter which plugs into the psu, and you can get all colours, uv ones help keep your water clear of growth btw,
the sticky is full of handy stuff for you to go over and will help you understand what you need,
but on a $200 budget its going to be a Cpu only loop for now, and add more radiators and gfx blocks later as you can afford to
I think a 240 rad would fit in the front there if you removed the Hdd cage yes, but once you have the case you can measure and then you know the space you have, check measurements of potential rads to see if they fit straight in or require modding
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July 6, 2012 9:04:23 PM

Thats a decent enough start, pumps good, as are the block and rad,
if you check the W/c sticky over in overclocking section, theres a list of some sites to check for tubing and comps, although barbs will be a cheaper option for you,
I'd maybe look at a smaller cylinder reservoir to bring the total down if you need to though,
random bargain> http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bitspower-Water-Tank-Z-Multi-25...
designed for the pump you selected as well,
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July 13, 2012 12:19:03 AM

I would like to keep the compression fittings since they can be reused in future builds but they also add a clean look to the case, something I am willing to pay for :) 
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July 13, 2012 9:32:12 AM

Barbs can be re-used as well, but I appreciate the clean look desire :) 
Have you checked out the Xspc Raystorm kits? might be a more economic route to check out
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July 13, 2012 2:55:30 PM

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

This site has a full line of water cooling products and has the best selection that I have seen with Frozencpu coming in second but the prices are better at PerformancePc
I don't believe that there is a way to make the tubes light up outside of wrapping an El light strip around it. Your best option would be for the tubing to be glowing by way of ultraniolet lighting , you can get the tubing that is UV active to ultraviolet lighting or you can get clear tubing and then get the liquid that is UV active.

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

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By getting the cpu and gpu with led spots for what ever color lighting scheme your going for you can at least light up those parts.

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For the ram block you need the Corsair Dominator ram sticks so that you can remove the top of the heat spreader and attach the block.
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July 13, 2012 7:59:43 PM

Yes that's fine it has the pump inside and the thing you can do to make it easy for filling is to put a length of tube with a stop fitting on the end and have it run to an accessable place inside the case.
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August 1, 2012 4:58:49 PM

Yup, I run two of those in my loop
love em :) 
Thank you for B.a. man, glad to help, and shout up if theres anything else we can help with
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