Pc water cooling parts list help?

Hey guys, as the title suggest I am a noob when it comes to custom loops. But nevertheless I want to try it out, therefore I could use some help on what parts I would need. I have watched a ton of how too videos on building a custom loop so I have a general idea of what Ito do. The problem is I do not know exactly what parts I need. I tried to part out a list but I felt overwhelmed by all the choices. Basically any thoughts on the pump, cpu block, fittings, size reservoir and tubbing would help. I plain on buying 1080Ti Aurous extreme waterforce gpu waterblock.

I know ek sells these kits but are they any good?

I understand this is kinda vague but my goal here is to build a average loop nothing insane. I have at the moment a ai/o setup on my cpu and gpu but it just looks ugly. Plus I want to start doing some overclocking beyond what im doimg now. If anyone can give me some recommendations or help me with a parts list I would really appreciate it.

Thanks in advance
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  1. scotty1105 said:
    Hey guys, as the title suggest I am a noob when it comes to custom loops. But nevertheless I want to try it out, therefore I could use some help on what parts I would need. I have watched a ton of how too videos on building a custom loop so I have a general idea of what Ito do. The problem is I do not know exactly what parts I need. I tried to part out a list but I felt overwhelmed by all the choices. Basically any thoughts on the pump, cpu block, fittings, size reservoir and tubbing would help. I plain on buying 1080Ti Aurous extreme waterforce gpu waterblock.

    I know ek sells these kits but are they any good?

    I understand this is kinda vague but my goal here is to build a average loop nothing insane. I have at the moment a ai/o setup on my cpu and gpu but it just looks ugly. Plus I want to start doing some overclocking beyond what im doimg now. If anyone can give me some recommendations or help me with a parts list I would really appreciate it.

    Thanks in advance


    https://www.ekfluidgaming.com/ek-kit-a240g

    This is a good starting point but I recommend you get at least another 120mm rad in there or the 360 version depending on the case. Do not that when expanding it that you DON'T MIX METALS. This will ruin your loop.
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  2. First thing you want to do is head over to https://www.ekwb.com/ and make sure they offer a watereblock for the gpu you want to buy.

    You will what at least a 240mm radiator for the cpu an another 120mm for the gpu, so any combination of radiators that adds up to 360mm or more.

    You rally cant go wrong with XSPC and EK parts, i run XSPC radiator and pump/reservoir with EK waterblocks for CPU and GPU
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  3. To even begin, you need to list your components and case.

    1. Add up all the wattage of the components being water cooled, and then add the appropriate factors for what happens when they are overclocked.

    2. Take that total, and multiply by 60%... that is the wattage your need to handle thru your radiator. The rest will be radiated off from component surfaces such as MoBos, heat sinks, radiator shrouds, blocks, tubing etc.

    3. Decide on a fan size and speed. I recommend 1250 140mm

    4. Use the radiator size estimator (download the spreadsheet) here to determine radiator size
    http://www.overclock.net/t/1457426/radiator-size-estimator

    5. At 1250 rpm, each 120mm, 1250 rpm fan is good for about 60 watts of heat (83 for 140mm)

    6. Figure the overclocking heat load for each part:
    The Aurorus Extreme hits about 266 watts in peak gaming, which is kinda weird as the reference card uses 1 watt more. As we can see here tho, you can increase the power limit by 50% ... so much for the out of the box conservatism. Let's assume only half that:

    CPU (7700k assumed) - 130 watts OC'd
    GPU - 330 watts OC'd
    MoBo - 35 watts
    Pump - 23 watts

    Total = 518 watts x 60% = 310 watts


    7. Using the table's 83 watts per fan on a 45mm thick rad, you are looking at a 10 C delta T (difference between ambient and coolant)

    8. If you went with a 420mm rad on top...3 fans would give you 249 watts of cooling or a Delta T of 12.5C, not bad. If you went with double fans in push / pull, that would give you 309 watts, a good match for the target 310

    9. I would therefore suggest:

    MoBo Block - as described for you board
    CPU Block = EK Supremacy
    Pump - Swiftech PWM Adjustable Speed D5
    Reservoir - Will depend on case
    GFX Card - EK Full Cover
    Fans - Phanteks PH-SP140
    Fan Control - Phanteks PH-PWHUB_01
    Radiator - One with top and bottom connection ports (Alphacool, Hardware Labs)

    10. At this point you will gave to decide on tubing type (Flexible, acrylic bent, acrylic w/ fittings, etc) and fittings
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  4. Ekwb makes this extremely simple. Go to their site and run through the configurator. You enter your case, motherboard and gpu and it will walk you through the parts needed to cool everything, the parts you need and the optional radiators, pumps and reservoirs. At a minimum, that can tell you what can fit and what size of items you need. Never a bad idea to go bigger with radiators as long as they'll fit. They're the most important component to cooling. Do everything you can to get a radiator between your CPU and GPU that you can. Try to go pump/res - cpu - big radiator - gpu - radiator (bigger the better but at least a 120mm - res.

    As far as kits go, the ek fluid kits aren't the best they have. The performance kits are nicer and can expand better in to basically any other parts (due to types of metals). Personally i go with all nickel plated blocks.

    The configurator is a great way to get started on your way.
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