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    Default First time liquid cooling attempt!

    Hi guys,

    as the title says I'm about to embark on my first real water cooling build, and I was hoping to run a few things past you as I go along.

    My first question relates to the thickness (or lack thereof) of the radiators I can fit in my case. I should be able to fit a 280mm rad, but probably only about 30mm thick, so I'm planning on putting a second rad (120 or 140mm) in as well, so that opens up other questions.

    Initially I'm only cooling my CPU and Chipset, so I was wondering about the order of flow. Should I run it;

    Reservoir
    Radiator (280)
    CPU
    Radiator (140)
    Mobo

    OR;

    Reservoir
    Radiator
    Radiator
    CPU
    Mobo

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    Default Re: First time liquid cooling attempt!

    Loop order is essentially inconsequential, as the liquid temperature stabilizes regardless. So, it is really an entirely aesthetic decision.

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    Default Re: First time liquid cooling attempt!

    Thanks for that, I'll work on creating the neatest, shortest route.
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    Default Re: First time liquid cooling attempt!

    Quote Originally Posted by Smokeyr67 View Post
    Thanks for that, I'll work on creating the neatest, shortest route.
    To have shortest, neatest route (loop), depends of where your parts are mounted, supposing you have 280mm Rad mounted on top of the case and 140mm Rad on the back side my suggestion for your loop:
    1. top rad --> res --> pump (you didn't mention it, but i guess you have it) --> cpu --> mobo --> back side rad --> top rad

    Always look beyond the limits...

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    Yeah, the pump is bolted to the res so I always forget to mention it
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    Default Re: First time liquid cooling attempt!

    Next question, are compression fittings preferable to barbed?
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    Default Re: First time liquid cooling attempt!

    Personally, I'd have to say YES!

    In my experience (to be fair, very little of which is with water cooling of computers), Barbed connectors are a royal pain in the nether regions. Compression fittings are easier to use, and certainly more friendly to disconnection and reconnection.

    However, compression fittings are just as certainly more expensive, so if budget is your primary consideration then a quality barbed fitting may be a more budget fitting choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smokeyr67 View Post
    Next question, are compression fittings preferable to barbed?
    Good quality compression fittings are far more preferable. Much less likelihood of a leak, and much better looking. Personally, I would never use barbs for anything I was installing for long term usage (long term meaning more than a few days), or for anything that has any sharper bends in the tubing.

    If the next question is tubing.....3/8" x 5/8" all the way. Thick enough wall to make bends without collapsing, big enough to look substantial in the loop, and small enough to work with. I usually use Monsoon Dreamflex, but will also use XSPC high Flex and Primochill Advanced LRT. IMO, the Dreamflex is the easiest to work with, and I have never had plasticizer issues. Everyone loves the Primochill, but I hate the tackiness of the coating - it makes compression fittings far more difficult to tighten.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciarlatano View Post
    Good quality compression fittings are far more preferable. Much less likelihood of a leak, and much better looking. Personally, I would never use barbs for anything I was installing for long term usage (long term meaning more than a few days), or for anything that has any sharper bends in the tubing.

    If the next question is tubing.....3/8" x 5/8" all the way. Thick enough wall to make bends without collapsing, big enough to look substantial in the loop, and small enough to work with. I usually use Monsoon Dreamflex, but will also use XSPC high Flex and Primochill Advanced LRT. IMO, the Dreamflex is the easiest to work with, and I have never had plasticizer issues. Everyone loves the Primochill, but I hate the tackiness of the coating - it makes compression fittings far more difficult to tighten.
    Damn, your reading my mind

    I'm pretty much locked into 3/8 tubing (my MOBO has 3/8th barb fittings for the chipset, and I don't think they're replaceable), I just have to work out the sizes in mm - I think I'll gor for 3/8 id, 5/8od which should work out to about 10mm/16mm in proper measurements. I figure clear tubing with colored coolant is the best option, please correct me if I'm wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smokeyr67 View Post
    Damn, your reading my mind

    I'm pretty much locked into 3/8 tubing (my MOBO has 3/8th barb fittings for the chipset, and I don't think they're replaceable), I just have to work out the sizes in mm - I think I'll gor for 3/8 id, 5/8od which should work out to about 10mm/16mm in proper measurements. I figure clear tubing with colored coolant is the best option, please correct me if I'm wrong.

    Shane
    I'm not a fan of colored coolant - many of them stain your components and if the dye falls out of suspension you wind up with a mess. I much prefer colored tubing and clear fluid. You can always add an LED to the res for color there.

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    Default Re: First time liquid cooling attempt!

    Thanks - I was thinking the coloured coolant would let me see the level in the reservoir more easliy, but I'm sure I can find another way to do that.
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