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jimbo_0002

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#1 7 years ago

Ive been looking at to much hardware lately so now I wanna start a new build but I have decided against that and set up a custom water cooled loop for my current rig and block out my 580 with maybe the option of going sli to.

So this is kinda what I want to achieve, Radiator modded into the top of case and pump hidden near psu with custom fabricated cover over psu, hdd etc

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So since I've never gone water before not to sure on the brands but heres what Ive got so far

Cpu block - EK-Supreme HF Full EN Nickel Gpu block - EK Full Cover VGA Block EK-FC5X0 GTX GW Acetal+EN Nickel Radiator - Either Black Ice GT Xtreme 420 / Black Ice SR1 360 / XSPC RX360 Pump - Swiftec MCP655 Res - EK-Multioption RES X2 - 250

What I would like to know will would that setup be capable of cooling cpu and sli setup? If a added say a second res would I get better cooling? So I anyone with a wc rig could help me out to make it as effective as possible would be awesome and any other hints and tips and advice would also go along way.

Thanks guys




*Daedalus

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#2 7 years ago

Depends on how quiet you want it to be, but overall, yes. A second res wouldn't give you any better cooling though. You could stick an RS/RX120 on the back though, that would help.

I'd maybe change the block to the Raystorm from XSPC. It's their newest block, and better than the Rasa. As for the rest, I actually have a 580 block and RX360 I'm looking to sell (as well as a 580, as it happens) so we might be able to figure something mutually beneficial out there.




kow_ciller

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#3 7 years ago

Stay away from EK nickel blocks. They have a corrosion issue and they have not fixed it.




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#4 7 years ago

That's with their most recent blocks. Some of their nickel ones, and a few even of their EN line. As far as I know, most of the earlier blocks are fine.




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#5 7 years ago

Unless you're buying really old stuff, you're getting a newer block which is going to be having issues sooner or later.




jimbo_0002

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#6 7 years ago

Ok so dump the EK block, so either a swiftec or daed said the raystorm?

Fans for radiator is another thing I just though of, is there fans that work better with rads? Or best fans to use in your opinion? I'm not to worried about noise but the lower the better if can still achieve effective performance.

Also do you use barb / barb and clamp or compression fittings? Should different fitting be used for cpu to say the rad?




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#7 7 years ago

I've honestly not done all that much research on watercooling, since I doubt I'll be able to afford a full block anytime soon, without having to sacrifice something for a future upgrade, but Swiftech I've been told and heard is the best.

That's just what I've been told, and heard, so... Yeah, take of that what you will. :P




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#8 7 years ago

jimbo_0002;5567268Ok so dump the EK block, so either a swiftec or daed said the raystorm?

Fans for radiator is another thing I just though of, is there fans that work better with rads? Or best fans to use in your opinion? I'm not to worried about noise but the lower the better if can still achieve effective performance.

Also do you use barb / barb and clamp or compression fittings? Should different fitting be used for cpu to say the rad?

The Raystorm is a CPU block. If you're wanting a GPU block, maybe go with XSPC's one, I've heard that's pretty good.

You can of course use the same fans for a radiator; they will physically fit, but usually they don't perform very well. What you'll looking for with rad fans is static pressure, high static pressure. Most people I know swear by Gentle Typhoons, though I'm using Akasa Apaches, and they're great.

You can use whatever fittings you want, and different ones if you feel like it. You just have to make sure they're G1/4 threaded (most stuff is, so you need fittings to match), and that they're designed to be used with the same thickness of tubing. They'll come with ID/OD numbers. Inner Diameter / Outer Diameter. If using compressions, these have to match. If using barbs, you have some flexibility. Some people will use 1/2" ID barbs with 7/16" tubing, for a very tight seal, for example.




kow_ciller

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#9 7 years ago

I use barbs w/ clamps. Its MUCH cheaper.

For fans, you can never go wrong with san aces if you can find them. Well worth it imo, the static pressure is awesome and they're dead silent on a fan controller.




jimbo_0002

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#10 7 years ago

kow_ciller;5567532I use barbs w/ clamps. Its MUCH cheaper.

For fans, you can never go wrong with san aces if you can find them. Well worth it imo, the static pressure is awesome and they're dead silent on a fan controller.

Ill keep a look for some, my local store might be able to source them but it would probably be a stretch.

Anything else I might need to consider or missing out on for the loop?