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Possible Water Cooling setup

Hello, I have a pretty decent rig at the moment.

Here are the specs:
Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro Series PH-ES614P
MOBO: MSI Z97 Gaming G45
CPU: Intel 4790k (4.5ghz)
CPU COOLER: Corsair Hydro Series H100i
GPU: MSI GTX 980ti gaming 6gbX2 SLI
PSU: EVGA 120-G1-1000-VR 1000W
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB)
SSD: SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5" 250GB SATA III
HDD: Western Digital WD2000F9YZ 2TB

So, I just added the second 980ti after about 5 months of having the PC. I was aware that the second will add more heat to the system. I added 4 extra case fans to help with this. Unfortunately my computer and at the same time my room still get pretty hot. So, I'm willing to invest into getting a water cooling system for everything. But if I do it, I would like to make it flashy lol. I'm very fluent with computers in general but not with custom watercooling. I will probably find someone who can install this for me. But I would like to get the parts on my own before I dwell into it. So I'm asking if anyone has any idea on the cost of doing this kind of thing. I'll probably find a computer shop to help me consult on what I need to accomplish this. I don't want to get screwed on price though. I was hoping maybe someone has some insight on this, I would really appreciate it.

Thank you for any advice!
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  1. Just for parts, and assuming you will loop the GPUs and CPU...I'd estimate at around $600usd, and if you have a shop do it I'll assume at least another $200.
  2. Just for parts, and assuming you will loop the GPUs and CPU...I'd estimate at around $600usd, and if you have a shop do it I'll assume at least another $200.[/quIs c

    Is Custom watercooling difficult to install? I built my own pc, so i'm tech savoy for the most part.
  3. Depending on how "flashy" your willing to go, it can be very expensive. Your going to need plenty of radiator capacity for 980Ti SLI and your OC'd 4790k to keeps temps and noise low. Are you looking at rigid or soft tubing? Tube or Bay Reservoir ideas? Fitting types? Just the 980Ti blocks and matching backplates(good idea to have for both looks and rigidity) could be $350 themselves, let along CPU block, radiators and fans, reservoir, pumps, tubing, fittings, ect. Any kind of budget planned for this?
  4. 1LiquidPC said:
    Depending on how "flashy" your willing to go, it can be very expensive. Your going to need plenty of radiator capacity for 980Ti SLI and your OC'd 4790k to keeps temps and noise low. Are you looking at rigid or soft tubing? Tube or Bay Reservoir ideas? Fitting types? Just the 980Ti blocks and matching backplates(good idea to have for both looks and rigidity) could be $350 themselves, let along CPU block, radiators and fans, reservoir, pumps, tubing, fittings, ect. Any kind of budget planned for this?


    Well, I'm hoping to not got more than like 1200 dollars usd, may be willing to go more. And i'm not very knowledgeable on what types of fittings, tubes, pumps, etc that I may want. Obviously want something that will be dependable. I'm not planning going out to a shop until I have a good idea on what I want. I figured to ask people about this kind of stuff before I make definite plans.
  5. 1LiquidPC said:
    Depending on how "flashy" your willing to go, it can be very expensive. Your going to need plenty of radiator capacity for 980Ti SLI and your OC'd 4790k to keeps temps and noise low. Are you looking at rigid or soft tubing? Tube or Bay Reservoir ideas? Fitting types? Just the 980Ti blocks and matching backplates(good idea to have for both looks and rigidity) could be $350 themselves, let along CPU block, radiators and fans, reservoir, pumps, tubing, fittings, ect. Any kind of budget planned for this?


    Not sure if you're familiar with my case. Would you know if my case can hold up a decent watercooling system?
  6. Best answer
    u8mypizza27 said:
    1LiquidPC said:
    Depending on how "flashy" your willing to go, it can be very expensive. Your going to need plenty of radiator capacity for 980Ti SLI and your OC'd 4790k to keeps temps and noise low. Are you looking at rigid or soft tubing? Tube or Bay Reservoir ideas? Fitting types? Just the 980Ti blocks and matching backplates(good idea to have for both looks and rigidity) could be $350 themselves, let along CPU block, radiators and fans, reservoir, pumps, tubing, fittings, ect. Any kind of budget planned for this?


    Well, I'm hoping to not got more than like 1200 dollars usd, may be willing to go more. And i'm not very knowledgeable on what types of fittings, tubes, pumps, etc that I may want. Obviously want something that will be dependable. I'm not planning going out to a shop until I have a good idea on what I want. I figured to ask people about this kind of stuff before I make definite plans.


    I think you should be able to keep it at $1200 or less. With your case I'd look at 420mm & 240mm rads.....which should keep it plenty cool and quiet and can be done with one good pump.

    I like the EK site: https://www.ekwb.com/

    But this is also good to get a wider selection:

    http://www.performance-pcs.com/water-cooling

    EDIT: Good sticky for water cooling intro:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/277130-29-read-first-watercooling-sticky#3718878
  7. Shouldn't need to spend more than $1000. But if you do it yourself with some help (youtube and online community) you'll save money and more importantly you'll learn how to troubleshoot issues you may have with water cooling. And water cooling does have issues unlike air cooling.

    That case is totally fine for water cooling. Just plan it well cuz the window might block out some things you want to show.
  8. I'd definitely go w/ a 420 + 240 radiator setup. However, w/ 600w + TDP of components, don't expect great temps and low fan noise. Just idling and web browsing, ect. won't be a problem. However during gaming loads temps will be going higher than you might like for being a custom loop.
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