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Looking for help/advice in setting up a water cooling solution

Hi all,

I'm in the planning phase of a new build. The specs for said build are as follows;

Motherboard - Asus X99-DELUXE Intel X99 Socket 2011-v3
CPU - Intel Core i7 5820K Haswell-E
PSU - Corsair AX860i Digital 860W
RAM - Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 2800 MHz
GFX Card - Brand TBC Nvidia GTX980 4GB
SSD - Samsung 500GB 840 EVO
CASE - Using my current case, Corsair 600T

This is stage one of my planned build. I will revise (upgrade) the build next year to the Broadwell-E chip, but for now I want to refresh my tired system with something new.

I was going to just apply a simple closed cooling system like Corsair's H100i system. I currently have the H60 on my old i7 3770k. It's not bad, but not fantastic.

I'd really like to create a custom water cooling loop, potentially between the CPU and GPU (GTX980 - once it's released. I realise I'll have to wait for after market water blocks for it). Could I add to the pump after the loop has been initially setup, or does it need to be set in place from the get go?

I know I've not mentioned this above but with this cooling system in place I would intend on OC'ing the system, by how much, I'm not sure (probably little by little until it's high enough but still stable..)

Basically, I have zero experience with custom water cooling, but am totally keen on learning from the ground up, doing my research and getting as much advice as possible; such as the best type of equipment to look for, what to keep clear of, the do's and don't's for beginners etc.

I've watched a fair few YouTube videos now on this, but I still find forums are the best source of true experience and guidance. You can have a correspondence with the experienced people who've gone through it all before.

So if anyone has time to spare to give me a few pointers, or share some links to product lines they feel are recommended, I'd be really very grateful.

Ta.
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    IMHO custom loops are a lot of work and very expensive. I would look toward the H100i / H105 for CPU cooling. The NZXT GPU adapter in the build below can be paired with your existing H60 for that loop with minimal effort. You should be able to fit both radiators in the 600T case. Regarding your build...

    CPU Cooler - The H105 has a thicker radiator and will give you more cooling capacity over the H100i
    MEM - The Corsair modules are DDR4-2800 CL16 with HUGE head spreaders. At close to $400 that just isn't screaming worth the money... For performance comparisons, you could swap in DDR4-2133 CL13, DDR4-2400 CL14 (not readily available), or DDR4-2666 CL15 and have the same performance. Pricing looks to be leaning toward the DDR4-2666 modules...
    SSD - The MX100 will trade blows with the 840 EVO all day long and it is cheaper. You can't go wrong with either choice here.
    PSU - Stick with XFX or Seasonic. There are other manufacturers / models, but you are looking at a high end build to start with and these two are tried-and-true. 650w will be plenty for a single "high end" GPU. Up that to an 850w unit if you want to run a pair.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor ($389.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H105 73.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus X99-DELUXE ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard ($398.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($279.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial MX100 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($209.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair 600T Mesh (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (Purchased For $0.00)
    Power Supply: XFX XTR 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Other: NZXT RL-KRG10-W1 Sleeve Kraken G10 GPU Bracket ($30.00)
    Total: $1468.94
  2. sadams04 said:
    IMHO custom loops are a lot of work and very expensive. I would look toward the H100i / H105 for CPU cooling. The NZXT GPU adapter in the build below can be paired with your existing H60 for that loop with minimal effort. You should be able to fit both radiators in the 600T case. Regarding your build...

    CPU Cooler - The H105 has a thicker radiator and will give you more cooling capacity over the H100i
    MEM - The Corsair modules are DDR4-2800 CL16 with HUGE head spreaders. At close to $400 that just isn't screaming worth the money... For performance comparisons, you could swap in DDR4-2133 CL13, DDR4-2400 CL14 (not readily available), or DDR4-2666 CL15 and have the same performance. Pricing looks to be leaning toward the DDR4-2666 modules...
    SSD - The MX100 will trade blows with the 840 EVO all day long and it is cheaper. You can't go wrong with either choice here.
    PSU - Stick with XFX or Seasonic. There are other manufacturers / models, but you are looking at a high end build to start with and these two are tried-and-true. 650w will be plenty for a single "high end" GPU. Up that to an 850w unit if you want to run a pair.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor ($389.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H105 73.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus X99-DELUXE ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard ($398.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($279.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial MX100 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($209.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair 600T Mesh (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (Purchased For $0.00)
    Power Supply: XFX XTR 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Other: NZXT RL-KRG10-W1 Sleeve Kraken G10 GPU Bracket ($30.00)
    Total: $1468.94


    Interesting, thanks for the information regarding the H60 modding, that's really handy to know for sure!

    And thanks for the suggestions in alternative parts, I'll take a look and see what I think of them (I'm from the UK so Newegg.com isn't really an option for me, but I'm sure I'll be able to find them in similar retailers over here). Also, the suggestion to go closed loop (H100i/H105) over a custom loop is interesting. I've spent a lot of time reading guides and how to's and regarding the cost of the custom cooling setup, this isn't really a major issue as I have a decent amount of budget set aside for the cooling system.

    The thing I've been reading yesterday and today is working out the TDP of the loop and buying the rad's and fans based on this. But I planned on starting with one GPU and potentially adding a second in SLi later on. Would I have to change the rad, add more fans, or an additional rad or...?

    These are the questions that are stumping me at the moment.

    Thanks again for you in put and suggestions above, particularly the money saving component alternatives (I knew the RAM was expensive, I had chosen 2666 MHz but they were out of stock so I changed it to 2800 MHz).

    aaaanyway..

    Cheers
  3. Corsair H105: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00HKEI3EY/ (here is the UK link)

    I guess you would have to change the rad if you added another GPU. I'm not too sure though.
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