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*Daedalus

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#1 7 years ago

After mentioning it I-don't-know-how-many times I've finally pulled the trigger on the parts for my watercooling loop. CPU block was ordered yesturday, other parts today, and I'm just about to order the last item, namely PT Nuke.

XSPC RX360 rad MCP655 pump with Rev.2 EK top XSPC Rasa CPU block EK FC580 GTX GPU block

I'll be using 1/2-3/4 compression fittings and a t-line with this loop. Depending on if/when I get a second 580, I might also add an RX120, but there's no real plans for that at the moment.

Parts should hopefully be here by Monday, but I probably won't be able to get anything assembled until closer to the end of next week as college this semester is very busy. When I do I'll be sure to get plenty of pictures and the like for anyone interested. This will be my first WC build from scratch, so I'd like to document the experience. :)




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#2 7 years ago

Might have wanted to get a res instead of a t-line. i HATED the t-line with a passion, it makes filling, and draining such a pain in the ass.




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#3 7 years ago

Meh, I'll manage, just a little more case jiggling to be done. Having said that, I'm pretty sure the extra outlet on the EK top could be used as a drain port.




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#4 7 years ago

What exactly is the price of all that? I was going to look into water cooling whenever I get a second card, because I doubt this case's fans can adequately cool two video cards without having one of them scream.




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#5 7 years ago

Well for you it would be cheaper. All of that ran me about €400. That's as cheap as I could find new.




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#6 7 years ago

You can get a cpu-only loop for around $130-140. GPU blocks are super expensive though so you'd have to see if its worth it to you.




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#7 7 years ago

I'm with Kow on the res, but since some fret over the potentially less reliability of the common glued together ones and the alternatives being more expensive, I can see why many go with a T-Line. It could be argued that lower maintenance might be better for a first timer, but I think it may actually be a good idea to have a setup that keeps you checking it often, which will lessen the chance of you overlooking any possible errors.

Congrats on the purchase, for some reason I was thinking you were talking about that faster laptop you wanted, but I seem to recall you said your bro wouldn't be working over here until summer.




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#8 7 years ago

I didn't go for a res because they can sometimes wreak havok with flow rates, or so I'm told. People are always saying that you need to have the least amount of tubing in your loop - i.e. least amount of water - so it's never made much sense to me why people insist on using resevoirs. I also don't really get how they're more convenient. Either way it'll still be a PITA to get the last 1/4 of your loop out.

At this point I'm thinking I might just not bother with it. the M17x wasn't getting much use this year, what with my moving, meaning I can now have my desktop in my apartment near the college campus. I might look into a cheap one for LANs or something, but it's not so much of a priority. That's before the fact that the M17x R3 is being recalled due to the SB fuck up. =p




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#9 7 years ago

*Daedalus;5463530I didn't go for a res because they can sometimes wreak havok with flow rates, or so I'm told. People are always saying that you need to have the least amount of tubing in your loop - i.e. least amount of water - so it's never made much sense to me why people insist on using resevoirs. I also don't really get how they're more convenient. Either way it'll still be a PITA to get the last 1/4 of your loop out.

At this point I'm thinking I might just not bother with it. the M17x wasn't getting much use this year, what with my moving, meaning I can now have my desktop in my apartment near the college campus. I might look into a cheap one for LANs or something, but it's not so much of a priority. That's before the fact that the M17x R3 is being recalled due to the SB fuck up. =p

I don't know a whole lot about WC loops and reservoirs, but seems to me if you buy a decent res and place it properly there's be no problems with flow or maintenance. I've noticed a lot are going with the cylindrical shaped res now. I imagine it may be not just the seamless design, but perhaps also that being vertical they keep pressure on the water flowing through the fittings. They're probably harder to place properly in some cases though.

Yeah high end LTs are quite a luxury, esp high end gaming LTs. IMO they only make sense if you're a commuter or student who's main source of entertainment is gaming and you can only afford one PC and it has to be mobile. That or someone with money to burn. LOL




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#10 7 years ago

>Omen<;5463535I don't know a whole lot about WC loops and reservoirs, but seems to me if you buy a decent res and place it properly there's be no problems with flow or maintenance. I've noticed a lot are going with the cylindrical shaped res now. I imagine it may be not just the seamless design, but perhaps also that being vertical they keep pressure on the water flowing through the fittings. They're probably harder to place properly in some cases though.

Yeah high end LTs are quite a luxury, esp high end gaming LTs. IMO they only make sense if you're a commuter or student who's main source of entertainment is gaming and you can only afford one PC and it has to be mobile. That or someone with money to burn. LOL

Yeah, I suppose you could do it that way, but then again, it's another bit of hardware that I'd have to pay for, and I didn't see the need for it. I'm 99% sure the top I've got - which I got for noise/performance reasons - has a second outlet port, that I could simply attach a length of tube to and use as a T-line.

Yup. They're not as unreasonable as people think though. You get a base model of a laptop with good cooling, and you can swap out a lot of the parts to make it a very powerful machine. Take my M17x for example. 1,800 base. Another $1,000 and you've got a 3.0GHz quad core, GTX 285M SLI monster. That's also not taking into account the fact that you can sell the old processor and GPU. So you're looking at probably about $2,400. It's a lot to spend, but there's a lot to be said for that much power being portable.