What parts do I need for watercooling?

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Hello everyone. I am currently going to build myself my first water cooled pc. Here are the parts

• Case: Phanteks Evolv X (I know it’s still not out yet but it releases next month, more or less when I will have these parts ready)
• Mobo: Asus ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming
• CPU: Intel Core i7-8700k (I Olán to overclock it to 5Ghz)
• RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2x8GB) [quantity x2]
• Storage: Samsung 850 Evo 500GB SSD / Seagate 2TB Barracuda Internal Hard Drive
• GPU: Asus GeForce 1080Ti Strix Gaming OC (2 cards for two-way sli)
• PSU: Corsair Professional 1200W, 80+ Platinum Fully Modular


After doing some research on watercooling, these are the components I’ve gathered to complete my build.

• EK-FC 1080 GTX Ti RGB - Nickel (gpu water block)
• EK-FC 1080 GTX Ti Strix rev.2 -Nickel (gpu backplate)
• EK-FB Asus Z270/Z370 Strix - Nickel (monoblock - I went with the monoblock rather than the cpu water block for better preformance)
• EK-CoolStream SE 360 (28mm thick Radiator)
• EK-XRES 140 Revo D5 RGB PWM (Pump/Reservoir combo)
• 12/16mm Acrylic hard tubing
• Corsair AirSeries SP120 PWM High Preformave Case Fans

With that completed, am I missing any compents aside from the fittings? I know I have said a lot and made this thread longer than expected but would highly appreciate any help. This is my first water cooling pc and I want to get everything right. Thank you all for reading.


 
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz 6-Core Processor ($347.99 @ Amazon)
Thermal Compound: Thermal Grizzly - Hydronaut 3.9g Thermal Paste ($15.81 @ Newegg Marketplace)
Motherboard: Asus - ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($198.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Team - T-Force Delta RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($175.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: MyDigitalSSD - SBX 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB FTW3 GAMING iCX Video Card ($799.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Lian-Li - PC-O11DX ATX Full Tower Case ($139.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ B&H)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($89.89 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: Noctua - NF-F12 industrialPPC-3000 PWM 109.9 CFM 120mm Fan ($22.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Noctua - NF-F12 industrialPPC-3000 PWM 109.9 CFM 120mm Fan ($22.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Noctua - NF-F12 industrialPPC-3000 PWM 109.9 CFM 120mm Fan ($22.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Corsair - ML120 Pro LED White 75.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($25.97 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: Corsair - ML120 Pro LED White 75.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($25.97 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: Corsair - ML120 Pro LED White 75.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($25.97 @ OutletPC)
Radiator: Alphacool - NexXxoS XT45 Full Copper 360mm Radiator ($91.25 @ ModMyMods)
Other: Swiftech MCP50X Extreme pressure, small form factor, 12 V DC centrifugal pump ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Other: Alphacool NexXxos ST30 Full Copper X-Flow Radiator 360, 120mm x 3, Triple Fan ($78.69 @ ModMyMods)
Other: Phanteks PH-C350I_BK C350I CPU Water Block RGB LED Solid-Sku Mounting Bracket Black Edition ($69.70 @ Amazon)
Other: Phanteks Gletscher R220 120 ml RGB Reservoir CPU-Wasserkühler – Schwarz ($108.87 @ Amazon)
Other: EVGA 400-HC-5699-B1 Hydro Copper Water block for GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $2721.97
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-07-08 14:02 EDT-0400

Have the 45mm thick rad in the side with noctua industrial fans and reservoir.

Slim 30mm rad in the top with ML pro fans.

Just consider this case. Best case for custom loop imo.

Few extras : https://www.jmmods.com/gpu-backplates

If you plan on including 3 more fans in the bottom : https://www.jmmods.com/360mm-fan-grills


And regarding monoblock / cpu block, this is a 6 core cpu. Not much power draw.

Also consider having 2 of these each flow indicator
digital temperature sensor

I would also advise against 1080ti sli. 1 1080ti is more than capable of powering a 100hz 3440x1440 ultrawide monitor.
 
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Man thank you so much. This is really helpful. However I have one more question. I got most of my parts from doing the custom loop configurator on ek’s website. It said I needed an atx bridiging plug. Could you explain to me what that is used for?
 
It's used to start ur pump without switching on the motherboard to fill up ur loop. Pretty useful if suppose u have a leak in the loop.

But always have thick tissue paper (loads of em) on the connections.

The only parts I didn't include in the list are tubes and fittings. And ofcourse u also need cutting, de burring tools and a heat gun, maybe diy bending tools.
 

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