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Old 24-09-14, 12:10 AM
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Possible Water Cooling Build

Hi all,
I've been looking for a reason to buy a Corsair 780T and I think I'm about to give in however this time I fancy doing a Liquidcooling build. As this will be my first time doing this sort of build Im a bit nervous and trying to gather as much advice as I can. I've watched Tom's vids which are very informative and have answered a lot of my questions already.

At the moment my main questions are around the hardware itself. I'm guessing if I only intend to cool the CPU a 240mm rad will be fine but I assume if I want to add a GPU to the loop I will need a bigger rad or even a second rad?

The kit I'm looking at to start things off is from Special Tech here is a link :-

http://www.specialtech.co.uk/spshop/...pid-25444.html

Any advice is much appreciated.

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JLR.

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Old 24-09-14, 12:33 AM
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If you're going to add a GPU to the loop I'd highly recommend getting a second radiator too, at least another 240mm. I'd recommend 60mm thick radiators if you have the room for them, unlike the 30mm in that kit.

Starter kits are a good introduction to watercooling, and can be decent value too, but think about whether you will be satisfied with the kit after a while. If you think you're going to want to upgrade most of the loop at some point, then you should just do some more research and choose your own parts for your needs.

I started with an EK kit and very quickly realised that I wanted much better components than what the kit offered, so soon after buying that I replaced everything except the waterblock.

Basically, kits are a good introduction, and may seem like good value, but actually if you're just going to replace the parts soon afterwards then you're going to end up spending more money than you would have if you'd just put a loop together yourself.
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Old 24-09-14, 12:58 AM
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Well it's something I was very new to only a few months ago but now my project is 99% complete I can tell you nothing was that difficult even to do it as elegantly as possible. But I can definitely tell you it took a lot of time, money and worrying but if your willing to invest that it's very rewarding.

I never even looked at starter kits because I knew I wanted very specific things. My GPU's only have one block available and the other major components were all purchased to match those and I can see now a kit would have been very poor value. Your gonna want a D5, your gonna want a 360 60mm radiator and probably nicer piping and fittings. Seriously you need to be prepared to drop £1k on your rig and see minuscule performance gains, the aesthetics and acoustics will be phenomenal if you execute it correctly. So if you don't do it absolutely correctly there isn't much point. You can get a lot of hardware for the price of a full loop!

I don't think in the long run the kit your looking at makes much sense to install in a 780T, the radiator is too small for any of the available mounts and so it's not going to work aesthetically, hence why do it. If somebody said sit down, pick a full loop out of bits on specialtech and we will give you 5% off you would never choose any of the components in the kit


So i'd say think hard about what you actually want to achieve and how you want it to look, there are plenty of rig galleries and projects to look at. Work out all of the technicalities and what you will need to buy. Run that past a few members to check for noobishness and i'm sure they will be able to tell you more bits you've forgotten and see what price it comes out at and if it's feasible for you. (That's what I did and then it slowly became a reality - http://forum.overclock3d.net/showthread.php?t=61398)

Also if you like having any money whatsoever then I advise you stop thinking about it right now, walk away from specialtech and go buy a H105

JR
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Old 24-09-14, 09:31 PM
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If you're going to add a GPU to the loop I'd highly recommend getting a second radiator too, at least another 240mm. I'd recommend 60mm thick radiators if you have the room for them, unlike the 30mm in that kit.

Starter kits are a good introduction to watercooling, and can be decent value too, but think about whether you will be satisfied with the kit after a while. If you think you're going to want to upgrade most of the loop at some point, then you should just do some more research and choose your own parts for your needs.

I started with an EK kit and very quickly realised that I wanted much better components than what the kit offered, so soon after buying that I replaced everything except the waterblock.

Basically, kits are a good introduction, and may seem like good value, but actually if you're just going to replace the parts soon afterwards then you're going to end up spending more money than you would have if you'd just put a loop together yourself.
Thanks for the heads up, tbh I'm preffering the idea to buying the bits separately, that way I can find more desirable parts.
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Old 24-09-14, 09:44 PM
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Well it's something I was very new to only a few months ago but now my project is 99% complete I can tell you nothing was that difficult even to do it as elegantly as possible. But I can definitely tell you it took a lot of time, money and worrying but if your willing to invest that it's very rewarding.

I never even looked at starter kits because I knew I wanted very specific things. My GPU's only have one block available and the other major components were all purchased to match those and I can see now a kit would have been very poor value. Your gonna want a D5, your gonna want a 360 60mm radiator and probably nicer piping and fittings. Seriously you need to be prepared to drop £1k on your rig and see minuscule performance gains, the aesthetics and acoustics will be phenomenal if you execute it correctly. So if you don't do it absolutely correctly there isn't much point. You can get a lot of hardware for the price of a full loop!

I don't think in the long run the kit your looking at makes much sense to install in a 780T, the radiator is too small for any of the available mounts and so it's not going to work aesthetically, hence why do it. If somebody said sit down, pick a full loop out of bits on specialtech and we will give you 5% off you would never choose any of the components in the kit


So i'd say think hard about what you actually want to achieve and how you want it to look, there are plenty of rig galleries and projects to look at. Work out all of the technicalities and what you will need to buy. Run that past a few members to check for noobishness and i'm sure they will be able to tell you more bits you've forgotten and see what price it comes out at and if it's feasible for you. (That's what I did and then it slowly became a reality - http://forum.overclock3d.net/showthread.php?t=61398)

Also if you like having any money whatsoever then I advise you stop thinking about it right now, walk away from specialtech and go buy a H105

JR
Thanks for the advice, Tbh I would say your bang on about the kit and it does make more sense to buy the parts I actually want. I will definitely be checking out some more project logs to get an idea of what people are putting together and give me a good start on what I want to do. I dont mind spending on my rigs so for now the H105 is not on the cards ;-p
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Old 25-09-14, 07:15 AM
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Well it's something I was very new to only a few months ago but now my project is 99% complete I can tell you nothing was that difficult even to do it as elegantly as possible. But I can definitely tell you it took a lot of time, money and worrying but if your willing to invest that it's very rewarding.

I never even looked at starter kits because I knew I wanted very specific things. My GPU's only have one block available and the other major components were all purchased to match those and I can see now a kit would have been very poor value. Your gonna want a D5, your gonna want a 360 60mm radiator and probably nicer piping and fittings. Seriously you need to be prepared to drop £1k on your rig and see minuscule performance gains, the aesthetics and acoustics will be phenomenal if you execute it correctly. So if you don't do it absolutely correctly there isn't much point. You can get a lot of hardware for the price of a full loop!

I don't think in the long run the kit your looking at makes much sense to install in a 780T, the radiator is too small for any of the available mounts and so it's not going to work aesthetically, hence why do it. If somebody said sit down, pick a full loop out of bits on specialtech and we will give you 5% off you would never choose any of the components in the kit


So i'd say think hard about what you actually want to achieve and how you want it to look, there are plenty of rig galleries and projects to look at. Work out all of the technicalities and what you will need to buy. Run that past a few members to check for noobishness and i'm sure they will be able to tell you more bits you've forgotten and see what price it comes out at and if it's feasible for you. (That's what I did and then it slowly became a reality - http://forum.overclock3d.net/showthread.php?t=61398)

Also if you like having any money whatsoever then I advise you stop thinking about it right now, walk away from specialtech and go buy a H105

JR
Damn, right on the button there, cant be explained better!
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