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I'm diving into water cooling and would like some input on what I have chosen to use for my setup. My goals for doing this are achieving better performance, temps, overclock-ability, aesthetics and the joy of just putting it all together and making it work. Looking for any and all advice/opinions regarding choice of components. Suggestions on layout or anyone with experience WCing in my case or its individual components. Specs and my current choices for parts below.

 

 

 

Case

CM HAF 932 Advanced

 

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Pump

http://www.performance-pcs.com/alphacool-vpp655-single-edition.html

 

Res

http://www.performance-pcs.com/new-monsoon-series-two-d5-premium-dual-5-25-reservoir-green.html

 

Cpu block

http://www.performance-pcs.com/ek-supremacy-evo-cpu-water-block-copper-plexi.html

 

Gpu blocks

http://www.performance-pcs.com/ek-fc980-gtx-waterblock-for-nvidia-980-gtx-copper-plexi.html    x2

 

Rads

http://www.performance-pcs.com/alphacool-nexxxos-ut60-full-copper-360mm.html

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http://www.performance-pcs.com/alphacool-nexxxos-ut60-full-copper-120mm.html

 

Fans for rads

http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Series-Static-Pressure-Cooling/dp/B00L64NYBG/ref=pd_bxgy_pc_img_z

 

Coolant

Distilled water + http://www.performance-pcs.com/mayhems-biocide-extreme.html

 

Tubing

http://www.performance-pcs.com/masterkleer-tubing-pvc-19-13mm-1-2-id-uv-reactive-dark-green-3-3m-10ft-retail-package.html

 

Note: I would like all this to stay internal.

 

 

Thanks!

 

 

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Would like to add that I've been planning my layout and having a tough time deciding which way I should run my loop. Currently thinking about doing Res>>pump>>Gpus(using a parallel bridge)>>3x120mmx60mmrad>>CPU>>1x120mmx60mmrad>>

Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

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I like your choices, nothing seems out of line.  I have done some serious research and review on water cooling this past week.  I went with the 655 pump as well, a Swiftech block and an Alphacool 420cm x 60cm thick.  Resevoir is your choice anyway. I will build my own. Your radiators are solid choices.  You should have no problem with your choices of hardware.  What brand fittings are you going with?  Will you use Barbed or Pressure fittings?

Your pump will preheat your water  and your resevoir will eventually heat up as well.  My choice would be to enter your CPU/GPU block directly after your Radiator pass as this will be the coolest temp.  Your exit from the cpu/gpu block should then enter your resevoir and then your pump and back to the Radiator.  This pump will exceed the maximum flow pressure your cpu/gpu blocks are capable of flowing.  You will be maxing out your system for flow efficiency.  Hey, I am sure there are more experienced Water Cooling people around. Its just a matter of interest, if they want to put their two-cents in.  Good Luck Keep us posted, as will I, when my parts arrive tomorrow. 

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I don't buy EK stuff on principle but I see nothing wrong with your chosen setup.

 

The order of the loop doesn't matter at all assuming you're moving water at all.  It will equalize in seconds.

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Since a D5 pump can last a long time, I'd opt for the model that includes the compression ring / inlet-outlet fitting.  That way if you ever want to run the pump without an integrated pump/reservoir you will have that option.  I buy the full pump and put the compression ring and inlet / outlet fitting away in the box for future use if ever needed.

 

It will also make the pump easier to sell if you ever want / need to in the future.  I'm not an EK fan either, so most of my loops consist of Swiftech / XSPC components.

 

I dig the reservoir.

 

That's just my two cents  :) 

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I looking at EK becuase there arent many full blocks in stock out there with clear tops for 980's. I want clear for the aesthetics and so I can see if air bubbles get trapped during bleeding.

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I tell you what the Swiftech Apogee Drive 2 has been pretty stout on my Gaming rig. Eliminates so fit and plumbing issues. Price wise it is comparable to the D5 and a block so you really do not save anything but you can clean up the plumbing.  

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What would the difference between this http://www.frozencpu.com/products/20911/ex-rad-634/Koolance_Triple_120mm_Copper_High_Flow_Radiator_-_30_FPI_-_Black_HX-360XC_No_Nozzles_.html?id=q2h9Wtw5&mv_pc=1346and the aphcool I linked at the top be? I cant seem to find any FPI info on the alphacool.

 

edit: meant to say I could find info on the FPI of the Alphacool lol.

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What would the difference between this http://www.frozencpu.com/products/20911/ex-rad-634/Koolance_Triple_120mm_Copper_High_Flow_Radiator_-_30_FPI_-_Black_HX-360XC_No_Nozzles_.html?id=q2h9Wtw5&mv_pc=1346and the aphcool I linked at the top be? I cant seem to find any FPI info on the Koolance.

"HX-360XC is an extra thick (54mm, 2.1in) copper core radiator with a fin density of 30 FPI (fins per inch)"

 

the rad is suitable if you're going to couple it with some high speed 38mm fan, if you're going to use the corsair sp fans i suggest running it in push-pull config

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