Watercooling for i7 and 4870X2

ShadowWolf

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Hi there!

I am building a new computer and I am thinking about using watercooling on the GPU and CPU. (this is my first time :ouch:) The CPU is an Intel i7 950 and the GPU is a Radeon HD 4870X2. I have done some research on my own and come up with the follwing (main) components:

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Pump
Swiftech MCP355 12v DC Pump
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/swiftechmcp355.html


Pump Top
?


Radiator
HW Labs Black Ice GTX360 - Black
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/hwlablicegtb4.html


Recervoir
EK Waterblocks EK-Multioption RES 150 rev.2
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/ekwaekres150.html


GPU Block (HD 4870X2)
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CPU Block (i7)
HEATKILLER® CPU Rev3.0 1366 LT
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/heatkillerlt1366.html


Other
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As you can see there are som that are blank here. I am uncertain about GPU block and the Pump Top (mostly because I'm not really sure what it does, can anyone explain?).

I would really like to have some comments on the component I have selected (maby someone should be changed) and/or recomendations for components I have not yet selected.
 

cmzwirner

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I am in now way an expert on watercooling, because i just started 2 weeks ago. But id like to voice my opinion, and what you want to cool is almost identicle to what im cooling. Minus the CPU.

Pump
Swiftech MCP355 12v DC Pump
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/swiftechmcp355.html


As far as i know, that is a great pump, but i think it requires a top. The pump that i got is the MCP655 with variable speeds. It works wonders. Its a very solid pump.


Pump Top
?


Cant answer that one.

Radiator
HW Labs Black Ice GTX360 - Black
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/hwlablicegtb4.html


Unless your running 2500 RPM fans, your going to get less performance out of that rad than a cheaper MCR220/320.

Also, for that loop, i would highly recommend a triple fan rad or better. A double fan rad will not be able to cool an i7 and a 4870x2.

Check out this link that Conumdrum posted.

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=220593


Recervoir
EK Waterblocks EK-Multioption RES 150 rev.2
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/ekwaekres150.html


Not sure about that one, but alot of people that i have seen with watercooling use this reservoir.

http://www.petrastechshop.com/swmcmirere.html

I use a t-line with a Danger Den fillport. You can look up t-line vs reservoir on google to research what is right for you.


GPU Block (HD 4870X2)


Definitely go with the Danger Den 4870x2 full coverage block. It is cooling my 4870x2 to 29C.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8138/ex-blc-519/Danger_Den_DD-4870-X2_ATI_4870_X2_VGA_Full_Card_Water_Block_GPU-6892.html?tl=g30c309s787

CPU Block (i7)
HEATKILLER® CPU Rev3.0 1366 LT
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com [...] t1366.html


I dont know about that block. But i am running the Swiftech Apogee GTZ. It is said to be one of the best blocks you can buy.

They also make one for socket 1366.

http://www.petrastechshop.com/swapgtzcpuwa1.html

It should be just as good as the socket 775 block.


Other

Im using 7/16 inch tubing. It fits over any 1/2 inch barbs. It is also more flexible and has a smaller bend diameter than 1/2 inch tubing.

Thats about all i have for now. Again, wait until Conumdrum chimes in to help you out. And hopefully everything i just said was right. :D
 

ShadowWolf

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Thanks for your input guys. I think I'll switch the radiator and CPU Block after your recomendations.

I would still like som help with the Pump Top though....