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I was thinking of getting 2 1080ti's and overclocking them...CHOICES are ASUS POSIEDON, MSI SEAHAK EK X, EVGA FTW3 (I HOPE THEY COME OUT WITH A EK WATERBLOCK OPTION CAUSE I LOVE THE DUAL BIOS OPTION FOR OVERCLOCKING) I want to water cool my whole system(mobo and all) for the first time(see rig in sig). I am a newbie in this area and want to incorporate water cooling into my hobby of computers... I have a HAF X. ASUS MAXIMUS VII FORMULA, 4790K @4.4 everyday and 4.8 for gaming only..... I have 2 780ti classifieds now that I am replacing...I was hoping that an EK X360 kit mounted inside with one additional 140mm radiator w/ an EK-vardar fan,or led phantec( I have two red led phantek fans140mm) 140mm fan mounted externally would be enough....140mm rad would have two be externally mounted for space or can be mounted inside the case near the large 230mm led cooler master fan that came with the case, or I can mount the 360mm rad in pull configuration making room for 140mm rad to be mounted inside due to the fans being mounted on top for the 360mm rad..... what to do???

500mm of rad space should be enough and will fit in my case as 360mm + 140mm.

I don't know if I need the extreme EK kit but it has good reviews..i think 2m of tubing is not enough though!!


https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=2YM-0010-00027 $389 X360 kit
https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-vardar-f3-140er-2000rpm $28 140mm fan
https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-coolstream-ce-140-single $70 140mm rad


TOTAL =========$487.00

my budget for water cooling is $500 .......ANY SUGESTIONS !!!!!!!
IS 500MM ENOUGH?......

or sould I just water cool the 1080ti's and leave my NOCTUA DH-15 , which is doing a great job, cooling cpu(temps never above 70c under full load), because I believe ther is pleanty of room for a 360mm rad (in pull configuration)between the cpu cooler and top of HAF X case......
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  1. For mobo, 2 GPUs, and your CPU? 500mm is too little. Other than the motherboard cooling, I have the same setup. I use 480mm. 20mm isn't enough for a mobo.
    My custom loop fits my CPU and 2 1080tis, and the entire loop cost me about 1.2k.
    2m isn't even close to enough tubing. Although it comes pretty dang close if you use soft tubes.
    Is $500 your entire budget? For tubes, rads, fans, pumps, reservoir, coolant and fittings?
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  2. GamingEnthusiast420 said:
    For mobo, 2 GPUs, and your CPU? 500mm is too little. Other than the motherboard cooling, I have the same setup. I use 480mm. 20mm isn't enough for a mobo.
    My custom loop fits my CPU and 2 1080tis, and the entire loop cost me about 1.2k.
    2m isn't even close to enough tubing. Although it comes pretty dang close if you use soft tubes.
    Is $500 your entire budget? For tubes, rads, fans, pumps, reservoir, coolant and fittings?


    the motherboard is cross chill and does not need to be water cooled, vrm never goes above 50c on mobo...

    $500 is the budget!!! I was going by 3 components = 360mm plus 1x 120mm for buffer equaling 480mm...

    I thought 500 whould be good
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  3. What kind of tubes do you want? Fat? Thin? (note: I'm only doing soft tubes. If you have a heat gun, I can get hard ones but they're more pricey)
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  4. GamingEnthusiast420 said:
    What kind of tubes do you want? Fat? Thin? (note: I'm only doing soft tubes. If you have a heat gun, I can get hard ones but they're more pricey)


    soft I got some bending to do, fat I quess??? does it really matter
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  5. GamingEnthusiast420 said:
    What kind of tubes do you want? Fat? Thin? (note: I'm only doing soft tubes. If you have a heat gun, I can get hard ones but they're more pricey)


    I take it you don't like my EK water cooling suggestion in the op
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  6. Its a 360 for your 2 GPUs. There's another 240 in the CPU kit to cool your chipset.
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  7. GamingEnthusiast420 said:
    Its a 360 for your 2 GPUs. There's another 240 in the CPU kit to cool your chipset.



    will I need fans????
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  8. Only 3 for the 360. The 240 for your CPU already comes with 2 in the kit.
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  9. GamingEnthusiast420 said:
    Only 3 for the 360. The 240 for your CPU already comes with 2 in the kit.


    do I mount to 240mm external. and why the additional reservoir beings that the kit comes with one that is a pump also.. I am guessing the d5 pump and larger resevior are better
    $672 without the fans...... I hope this is good
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  10. The CPU kit's reservoir and pump don't have enough space for the required coolant for 3 parts, and they only have 2 tubing slot holes each (about 4 are required). The D5 pump and the reservoir are the same that I have, and they are truly great parts.
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  11. GamingEnthusiast420 said:
    The CPU kit's reservoir and pump don't have enough space for the required coolant for 3 parts, and they only have 2 tubing slot holes each (about 4 are required). The D5 pump and the reservoir are the same that I have, and they are truly great parts.



    $672 without the fans...... I hope this is good
    is this muck better that what I was going to go in the begging of this thread!!!???
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  12. The problem is, the list you created at the OP was incomplete.
    You would still need more rads, pumps, reservoirs, fittings, tubing and coolant.
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  13. GamingEnthusiast420 said:
    Only 3 for the 360. The 240 for your CPU already comes with 2 in the kit.


    where did you mount the 240
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  14. What do you mean?
    Tell me your case and I can tell you where the best mounting location is.
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  15. where did you mount the resevior?
    can I cool the mobo now?
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  16. GamingEnthusiast420 said:
    What do you mean?
    Tell me your case and I can tell you where the best mounting location is.


    haf x(see rig in sig)
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  17. Well looks like some changes need to be made.
    I'm making these notes assuming this is your case: http://www.coolermaster.com/case/full-tower/haf-x/
    So here are the listed spaces for rads:
    Top: 200mm
    Front: 230mm
    Rear: 140mm

    Unfortunately I'm not exactly sure how to proceed here. The case doesn't have the space for any standard radiators. At the beginning you said that you were going to mount a 360mm rad. Chances are, you know your case better than I do. Do I have the wrong link?
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  18. GamingEnthusiast420 said:
    Well looks like some changes need to be made.
    I'm making these notes assuming this is your case: http://www.coolermaster.com/case/full-tower/haf-x/
    So here are the listed spaces for rads:
    Top: 200mm
    Front: 230mm
    Rear: 140mm

    Unfortunately I'm not exactly sure how to proceed here. The case doesn't have the space for any standard radiators. At the beginning you said that you were going to mount a 360mm rad. Chances are, you know your case better than I do. Do I have the wrong link?



    360 rad fits inside case under where the two top fans are located....its in the specs... I think I can mount the 240 externally where the 140mm exaust fan is or I can mount a 140mm externally that will bolt rite up in push/pull. that was the reason for the 360mm + 140mm config in the first place. th3 140 can go inside the case where the large 230mm led fan is now or the 360 can be installed in pull config so the 140mm can be mounted inside wherethe the 140mm exasuhst is now..... prob best to put 360 on top and 140mm external. NO MODDING WITH THAT CONFIG
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  19. Technically, this will work. You can use a 140mm for your CPU and the 360 for your GPUs. Only problem is, the CPU kit that I listed already comes with a 240mm Radiator.
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  20. Technically, this will work. You can use a 140mm for your CPU and the 360 for your GPUs. Only problem is, the CPU kit that I listed already comes with a 240mm Radiator.[/quotemisnt


    isn't there a 360 kit and I can add a 140. and IS THAT ENOUGH RAD SPACE
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  21. https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=2YM-00... $389 X360 kit
    https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-vardar-f3-140er-2000rpm $28 140mm fan
    https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-coolstream-ce-140-single $70 140mm rad

    all of this with more tubing and fittings whould work then c ause it fits in my case. it already comes with pump EK-DDC 3.2 PWM Elite Edition pump EK-RES X3 150 reservoir . do I need a bigger resevior tho
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  22. There is a 360 kit, but that's too much for just your CPU. Remember, the kits are designed for your CPU only. Modding the kits is more difficult than just buying out all the parts.
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  23. corndog1836 said:
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=2YM-00... $389 X360 kit
    https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-vardar-f3-140er-2000rpm $28 140mm fan
    https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-coolstream-ce-140-single $70 140mm rad

    all of this with more tubing and fittings whould work then c ause it fits in my case. it already comes with pump EK-DDC 3.2 PWM Elite Edition pump EK-RES X3 150 reservoir . do I need a bigger resevior tho



    The kit comes with the Reservoir and the pump. The kit ONLY COOLS YOUR CPU!!!!!!!
    In order to cool your graphics cards, you NEED TO GET A SEPARATE PUMP AND RESERVOIR!!!!!!!!
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  24. So. I that 2 loops? Why cant i justt do one loop? Dont understand why i need 2 pumps and 2 resiviors...
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  25. Water cooling can be very confusing. I still get mixed up now, and I've been doing it for years.
    If you were to go for a single loop, it would cost you over a thousand dollars, like mine did.
    A single loop for only your CPU, would cost over $300. But since we are getting a pre-configured kit, its $200.
    That kit only has enough radiator and pump power (and reservoir space) to cool a single component (your CPU)
    In order to cool anything else (2 x 1080ti) we will need a new loop to cool those.
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  26. 140mm rad , 360mm rad,(( I have researched and these two rad configurations will fit in my half X case)) one pump, one resivior, 20 fittings, cpu block, coolant, 3x 120mm fans, 1x 140mm fan, 6ft tubing, y connectors for fans 4 pin

    500mm of rad space for 1080ti sli and 4790k


    PUT IT TOGETHER FOR ME...,MAYBE MY BUDGET NUMBER WAS TOO LOW
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  27. 140mm rad or 180mm rad, 360mm rad,(( I have researched and these two rad configurations will fit in my half X case)) one pump, one resivior, 20 fittings, cpu block, coolant, 6x 120mm fans, 2x 140mm fan or 2x180mm fans, (FOR PUSH/PULL),6ft tubing, y connectors for all fans 4 pin


    PUT IT TOGETHER FOR ME...,MAYBE MY BUDGET NUMBER WAS TOO LOW

    ×××××UPDATE××××××
    I just saw some pics of haf x cases with x360 rad inside on top and x240 rad external where 140mm exahust fan is......maybe its worth not going with 140 or 180mm internal after all.... still want one pump and res tho
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  28. The posidon has water block already
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  29. What about EKWB.
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  30. Is 360 plus 140 enough or should i go 360 plus 240 (extetnal). I am into it now and cant stop
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  31. Both of the GPU blocks add up to about $260. Even if you don't count them, it's still very expensive.

    corndog1836 said:
    What about EKWB.


    What about them? XSPC, Primoflex, Cooler master and more make the same quality components.
    If you were to go 360 and 240, it would work better but the only choice you have for keeping it under $500 is getting 2 loops.
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  32. LETS START FRESH!!!!! My BUDGET IS $1000.00

    1. How much rad space do I need????? BIGGEST QUESTION BERFORE I PROCEED!!!! I might have to mod IDK..
    2. I would like to have 10c delta T.
    3. is reservoir size make a difference? I like the photon 170 for size ...
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  33. 1) The usual guide I give to water cooling beginners is 120mm per component. But that's only to keep things cool. For anyone that has expensive components (gtx 1080ti) I recommend between 180mm and 240mm per part.
    2) Only 10C? That won't be very hard to achieve. You'll probably see at least 15c. What is your base temperature? (to calculate)
    3) As for reservoir size, it depends on how many components. The Photon 170 will be fine, but anything under that is risky and can lower your Delta T (less available coolant = less distributed coolant per part)

    If your new budget is $1k then you can pretty much afford any loop. You can experiment with the custom loop configurator at EKWB.com, as I will be unavailable for a short time so my next parts list for you may come in a couple hours.
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  34. GamingEnthusiast420 said:
    1) The usual guide I give to water cooling beginners is 120mm per component. But that's only to keep things cool. For anyone that has expensive components (gtx 1080ti) I recommend between 180mm and 240mm per part.
    2) Only 10C? That won't be very hard to achieve. You'll probably see at least 15c. What is your base temperature? (to calculate)
    3) As for reservoir size, it depends on how many components. The Photon 170 will be fine, but anything under that is risky and can lower your Delta T (less available coolant = less distributed coolant per part)

    If your new budget is $1k then you can pretty much afford any loop. You can experiment with the custom loop configurator at EKWB.com, as I will be unavailable for a short time so my next parts list for you may come in a couple hours.


    OK. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME!!!!!

    SEE MY RIG IN THE SIGNATURE SECTION IT IS 100% ACCUARTE FOR SYSTEM SPECS

    1. please note that I only have 75mm clearance from the top of my case to the mobo armour on my asus maximus vii formula. anything thicker will probably hit vrm shroud armopur. 120mm fans are 25mm thick whick leaves us 50mm or less to work with for the internal 360mm rad .

    2. I would like a quiet , single loop system with a drain that I can overclock all GPUS in SLI( max 2) and CPU(4790k 4.8ghz). please include all parts . I don't think I need push/pull configuration, but if so, DO IT!!!! I don't have to get LED fans, but I do like RED just in case

    3. I if you think the additional radiator should be 360mm to give a total of 720mm. I am ok with that...I have included a pic to show how that is modded. I AM VERY HANDY!!!! AND THICKNESS OF RAD WONT MATTER THERE...although I have read the rad thickness contributes little , its more about rad surface....
    http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1761182/liquid-cooling-setup.html
    http://i1146.photobucket.com/albums/o537/Manofchalk/IMG_20130216_120524_zps4608b88f.jpg

    4. if you think the additional radiator should be a 240mm . here is a pic of that. BUT IF I GO EXTERNAL , I MAY AS WELL GO WITH THE 360MM ...GO BIG OR GO HOME
    http://img409.imageshack.us/img409/6206/dsc02868.jpg

    5. if you think, WHICH I DONT THINK YOU DO!!!!) that I could use a 180mm, 140mm, or a 120mm as the second radiator, then all of these options can be mounted inside the case.. BUT,,,,IF I AM GOING TO SPEND THIS KIND OF MONEY ON MY SYSTEM, THEN I HAVE CHOSEN TO GO THE DISTANCE....

    6. THE BUDGET IS $1000, HOWEVER I AM FLEXABLE...this is my only hobby and it has already been fun learning about water cooling. I cant wait to build it.... I saved for a YEAR....ALL MY FREINDS TOLD ME TO TREAT MYSELF. WELL, HERE IT IS!!!!!!!!!!!!PLUS I can use these parts when I upgrade my mobo and cpu in a few years anyways..

    7. PLEASE NOTE. I will be getting 2 1080ti's with a water block already included... I LIKE ASUS POSIDON , BUT MAY GO EVGA DUAL BIOS if they come out with one with a waterblock cause I will want to rasie power target and voltage under water or may even buy FTW3 and install a water block.... DUNNO YET. don't include gpu water tho


    I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU PUTTIN UP WITH ME. this is my first water cool attempt....wish me luck!!!!!!!!

    THIS IS MY TOY, MY BABY, NONE OF MY KIDS CAN TOUCH IT.. PLEASE TRY TO GIVE ME THE BEST WITHIN REASON...

    I WILL BE UPGRADING TO 4K AT SOME POINT. THATS THE REASON FOR THE SLI. PLUS I JUST WANT IT AND HAVE THE MOULLAH.... I just cant part with my ROG pg278q SWIFT monitor yet, so 1440p at 144htz is whats going on for me for now....
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    Ok. I hope you like this list. The EKWB website is a pain in the ***
    1) Radiator Fans (6) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F6S10MI/?tag=pcpapi-20 Total: $72
    2) Radiators (2 x 360) https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIAC8W4Z05965&ignorebbr=1&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleMKP-PC&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleMKP-PC-_-pla-_-DIY+Cooling-_-9SIAC8W4Z05965&gclid=Cj0KEQjwiI3HBRDv0q_qhqXZ-N4BEiQAOTiCHuK3WTj_NaY3WTlqMkNS3CESp1EKaGDVDlNsOs-OuAoaAjWw8P8HAQ&gclsrc=aw.ds Total: $120
    3) D5 Pump: $130 https://www.amazon.com/EK-XTOP-Revo-D5-PWM-Plexi/dp/B015ONK1HY
    4) Reservoir: $63 https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-res-x3-250?___store=default
    5) CPU block: $78 https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIAC8W4Z06035&ignorebbr=1&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleMKP-PC&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleMKP-PC-_-pla-_-DIY+Cooling-_-9SIAC8W4Z06035&gclid=Cj0KEQjwiI3HBRDv0q_qhqXZ-N4BEiQAOTiCHmqZWcOx2Xi13aVlwpsWHStTROkFFFOmoSpqw2_F-pQaAgle8P8HAQ&gclsrc=aw.ds
    6) Terminal: $23 https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIAC8W4YY2703&ignorebbr=1&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleMKP-PC&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleMKP-PC-_-pla-_-DIY+Cooling-_-9SIAC8W4YY2703&gclid=Cj0KEQjwiI3HBRDv0q_qhqXZ-N4BEiQAOTiCHsN1DT5iIn0xR_wxOpCuCtGLmrewIFqtsHvbP1iviFMaAnEb8P8HAQ&gclsrc=aw.ds
    7) Fan splitters (2x) https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-cable-y-splitter-3-fan-pwm-10cm?___store=default Total: $8
    8) Bridging plug: https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-atx-bridging-plug-24-pin?___store=default $3


    The total for these parts is just under $500. I included everything that you will ever need except for fittings, tubing and coolant because everyone has a different taste when it comes to how their loop looks. If you add in that cost ($250 MAXIMUM) then you have yourself a very good and quiet cooling loop for $750.
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  36. The se 360 version got bad reveiws... is there anything else like it around 45 millimeters thickness that's better
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  37. How about the GTS nemesis?
    Do I need a drain ?
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  38. That one will also work.
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  39. GamingEnthusiast420 said:
    That one will also work.


    looks like its the best slim rad
    http://www.xtremerigs.net/2015/02/11/hardwarelabs-nemesis-360-gts-radiator-review/6/
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  40. GamingEnthusiast420 said:
    That one will also work.


    do I need a drain???????
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  41. It seems like a good choice. Since the total price of the loop is under budget you can afford to buy higher quality parts like these.
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  42. GamingEnthusiast420 said:
    It seems like a good choice. Since the total price of the loop is under budget you can afford to buy higher quality parts like these.


    can you recommend a good drain port
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  43. I wouldn't recommend a drain port at all. The easiest way to simply drain your loop without messing with the flow (Drain ports suck) is to get a y splitter fitting and a plug.
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