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Old August 5, 2010, 08:06 AM
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Default Do I have everything I need for WC loop?

My first watercooling loop :

- triple rad
- CPU block
- GPU block
- pump + top
- reservoir
- tubing
- fans
- fan controller
- fittings ... now by my calculations I'll need 10, did I forget some?

Am I missing anything?

Also my 5870 is the reference design, so it has a backplate ram cooler, can I re-use it with the block instead of buying the EK version?

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Old August 5, 2010, 08:13 AM
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Be sure to order 1 or 2 more of each fitting so if you have a bad one or decide to change the loop at the last minut you always have enough. Usefull overtime also for cleaning. You miss some liquid, I hope you were not looking for flat water from the kitchen:P TFC make some good UV or colored coolant.

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Don't forget to measure twice, cut once when it comes time to working with your tubing. I personally like to cut the tubing a little bit longer than I expect the final product to use so that I have some wriggle room once everthing is together. It's a lot better to trim an inch off than to start over with a fresh piece.

What are you using as clamps for the tubing, and do you have spare mounting screws for the fans?
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Sorry forgot to mention the fluid, it's in my cart. The red UV one.

For clamps I was thinking black zip ties. Compression fittings are nice ... but barbs bring the total to 30 ish $ while compression comes up to 100 ish $

Got plenty of screws for the fans.
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Other than the swiftech ones that came with a kit, all I've ever used is zip ties and I've never had an issue with them. I use two/barb, and ensure that both are below the barb seal lip.
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Perfect thanks. Do you use the long barbs or the short ones?
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It's best to have a combination of both. I prefer the long ones, but sometimes you need a short one in order to make the loop work properly.

Which barbs are you looking at?
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Bitspower ones : 3/8 ID Tubing - Barb - Matt Black 3/8 ID Tubing - Barb - Matt Black [BP-MBWP-C02] - $3.29 : Zen Cart!, The Art of E-commerce
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I'd check to see what other peoples' experience has been with those barbs... the only set of barbs I ever had a problem with were ones with a short thread like those have........
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Haven't had any trouble myself on the odd occasion that I've used BP's 3/8" barbs.

IMO, the bigger issue is what you're screwing them into. The short thread is actually good because it guarantees that the threads won't screw down far enough to obstruct water flow within a block. But if you're screwing into a block that has the threads countersunk slightly for better o-ring retention, you can lose a significant amount of thread grip. Not too much on an issue these days, usually.
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