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Old March 16, 2010, 09:30 AM
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Question First Watercooling Build

-6x Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F 120MM Cooling Fan 1600RPM 28.0DBA 63.7CFM FDB
-Thermochill PA120.3 Triple 120MM Fan Water Cooling Radiator with 15MM Spacing *No Barbs*
-2x Samsung 2494SW 24IN Widescreen LCD Monitor 1920X1080 16:9 5ms 50000:1DC VGA DVI-D HDCP
-Corsair Professional HX850W 850W ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan
-Corsair XMS3 Dominator GT CMD12GX3M6A1600C8 12GB DDR3 6X2GB DDR3-1600 CL8-8-8-24 Core i7 Memory Kit
-Corsair Obsidian Series 800D Full Tower Case EATX 5X5.25 4X3.5 Hotswappable 2X3.5INT No PS USB 1394
-Gigabyte X58A-UD5 ATX LGA1366 X58 DDR3 4PCI-E SATA3 USB3.0 2GLAN 3-WAY CrossFireX SLI Motherboard
-Intel Core i7 930 Quad Core Processor LGA1366 2.8GHZ 8MB L3 Cache 130W 45NM Retail Box
-Swiftech MCP655 12V Industrial Water Cooling Pump 1/2IN Barbs
-Swiftech APOGEE XT LGA1366 CPU Water Block G1/4 Chrome HI-FLOW 1/2IN Eurostyle Barb Fittings
-Bitspower -TRUE SILVER- G1/4 High Flow 1/2IN Barb Fitting - Silver Plated (Single)
-Ek Water Blocks Ek Multioption Res 100 REV.2 Water Cooling Tube Reservoir G1/4
-Primochill Primoflex Pro LRT Black 1/2IN ID 3/4IN OD Tubing (10 Feet)

I'll also be adding 2x GT480 and eventually Waterblocks for both of them. I got some help on building this already from the NCIX forums but figured I would try to get some help here!

My main question is should I be doing a second loop for the GT480s?
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Old March 16, 2010, 10:03 AM
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If you're heavily OCing the CPU and you can afford it, a second loop would certainly help. i7s (and presumably the 400 series) put out a lot of heat, quite possibly more than even a 360mm rad can handle. If you have planned out where you'll be putting a second rad and have the cash to build the second loop, it wouldn't be a bad idea.
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That EK res is only 4 inches long, and you've got a full size case. I'd suggest looking at the 150mm version.
The other thing I'd look at is the CPU block. Take a look at the EK Supreme or Heatkiller.
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Old March 16, 2010, 10:32 AM
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The other thing I'd look at is the CPU block. Take a look at the EK Supreme or Heatkiller.

Agreed, you are spending a good chunk of change so go for the Heatkiller, you will not regret it
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Old March 16, 2010, 10:49 AM
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That EK res is only 4 inches long, and you've got a full size case. I'd suggest looking at the 150mm version.
The other thing I'd look at is the CPU block. Take a look at the EK Supreme or Heatkiller.
Just a question about why not use the XT? It performs as good as if not better than both those blocks. I know some people claim quality issues but I just got an XT and everything is great with it.

And the Apogee is under $60
Swiftech APOGEE XT LGA1366 CPU Water Block G1/4 Chrome HI-FLOW 1/2IN Eurostyle Barb Fittings - DirectCanada

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Ek Water Block EK-SUPREME Hf Acetal LGA1366/LGA1156/AM3 CPU Water Block G1/4 - DirectCanada

Skinnee Labs | EK Supreme HF - Here is a review
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Old March 16, 2010, 11:52 AM
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I've had Swiftech blocks and rads, and I now have a Heatkiller and Feser Rad. There is a difference in the quality built into the parts. IMHO, Swiftech makes inexpensive entry level rads and blocks. For someone looking to get into WC'ing as cheaply as possible, I'd recommend them. For a no-budget build like this one, I recommend higher quality parts.
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Agreed. If you have the cash, moving away from swiftech will save a lot of headache.

The only thing I would keep is the 655, that's all
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My buddy and I are doing dual loop ,Vid cards on one motherboard on the other.
We chose the Treibwerk 121 fans for now (super quiet) 63cfm @about 20db (DAZMODE)
EK dual pump dual loop top w/mp655 pumps. Fesser 360 and Black Ice 140mm rads
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Can someone explain these Swiftech quality issues? I only ask because I have the Apogee XT recommended at the time because it was the best block on the market. I know some people have had issues with a few bent pins, I checked mine and it looks perfect. It looks nice, has a good weight to it and from what I understand has one of the best mounting systems.
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So would two of these reservoirs do well then?
Ek Water Blocks EK-BAY Spin 5.25IN Bay Reservoir with Flow Meter & Waterfall - Acetal

( NCIX.com - Buy Ek Water Blocks EK-BAY Spin 5.25IN Bay Reservoir with Flow Meter & Waterfall - Acetal - 3830046994233 In Canada. )

And since Im doing a full NCIX order they dont have the heatkiller, but do have the supreme:
Ek Water Block EK-SUPREME Hf Acetal LGA1366/LGA1156/AM3 CPU Water Block G1/4
( NCIX.com - Buy Ek Water Block EK-SUPREME Hf Acetal LGA1366/LGA1156/AM3 CPU Water Block G1/4 - 3830046990198 In Canada. )

I have no idea where the hell I will be putting the second rad... I really wanted to keep this internal ONLY on this build and I dont know if I want to go out the back of the 800D.

Also, will 850W be enough? Or should I jump to the 1000W? It will also be running at least 5HDDs and 2SSDs.
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