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Old December 13, 2009, 03:23 AM
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I have been planning on doing a watercooling system on my i7 rig I have been reading about it and I read that the pump inlet has to be lower than the radiators outlet or something like that but for my radiator to fit inside my case it must be at the bottom I really dont want it outside so I decided to draw how I was going to do it so I can get some advice attached is the image I freehanded with paint(lol) would this work. here are the parts I was planning on
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Old December 13, 2009, 09:11 AM
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The only thing that really matters is that the res goes directly to the pump and is a little higher than the pump. Also if your from the USA ,have you checked out sidewinders. or performance-pcs
You can get everything everything you need from either of these stores. I would stay away from that thermaltake fluid , if you need uv fluid look at something like feser-one.
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Old December 13, 2009, 09:33 AM
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triple res is overkill for just a cpu... you could do a single or a double rad for that.
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Old December 13, 2009, 09:40 AM
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triple res is overkill for just a cpu... you could do a single or a double rad for that.
If he plans on over-clocking any, a triple is almost a must for the i7. These puppies run hot. My i7 920 @3.8ghz(1.31v) with HT and Turbo on runs about 50c at full load (HWLabs SR1 360 with 3 Scythe S-FlexG-74cfm at 12v) Fans at 5v she hits 65C.
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I recommend something that's not thermaltake
-Swiftech microres V2
-Distilled water from your local convenience store
-Primochill LRT tubing, or Feser (Dazmode has great stuff)
-I would recommend a MCP655 instead of a 350 these days, the prices are very similar, but the 655 is miles better.
-Grab a Swiftech Apogee XT if you can, or a decent block like the EK supreme LT, or a Heatkiller from Dazmode's store. They're all much better at handling the i7 headload.
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Old December 13, 2009, 10:22 AM
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Here is my recommendations, and my two-cents:

If you are wanting to cool a top-notch CPU like an i7, ditch all the ThermalTake garbage. As nice as that bay reservoir looks, I wouldn't trust it. Same goes for the fluid. Only use color/ dye fluid if you must. The best thing you can do is use color tubing and distilled water with “silver kill coils” or, for example, one or two BitsPower TRUE silver barbs. Silver kills all living microbes in your loop, and will not color or stain your expensive blocks components.

If you really want some awesome flow rates, get an aftermarket top for the MCP350/ 355. It will not let you down It is shown that the MCP355 with an aftermarket top has more head-pressure than an MCP655. LAING D5. The EK or XSPC tops are your friends!

Your radiator is indeed a bit overkill for what you are cooling. However, I definitely went overkill with my loop too. I chose a 120.4/ 480 radiator + a 120.2/ 220 for mine
A simple 120.2 would be nice. I would recommend a ThermoChill PA120.2, than you can save on the fans too! Other than that, everything looks good!

Remember, this is just my humble opinion!

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Old December 13, 2009, 10:51 AM
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Thanks for the quick replies. Well I have enough room for a triple rad so I am getting one. I doubt I will be overclocking but who knows. I couldnt find the Swiftech microres V2 anybody know where to get one and is it much better or better at all than the swiftech rad on my list. Is the tubing I picked all right, I will get the MCP655 instead of the 350 but I will check on the aftermarket top first. Also I will be sure to get some silver barbs.
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If you really want some awesome flow rates, get an aftermarket top for the MCP350/ 355. It will not let you down It is shown that the MCP355 with an aftermarket top has more head-pressure than an MCP655. LAING D5. The EK or XSPC tops are your friends!
The problem is when you can spend the same amount of money essentially, and grab a Typhoon III, or Detroit Thermos for the MCP655 for better performance
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I decided on the 350 actually because I dont have room for a bigger pump. My rad takes up most of the space in my case and I dont want a smaller one. I think I might still get the thermaltake resevoir as I cant find a better one. Is there a reason I should stay away from the coolant I listed I kind of like that it is non conductive. Thanks for the help.

edit-I did some more reading and found out that nonconductive coolant will eventually become conductive anyways so will just use distilled water.

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