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Cooling First Water cooling setup

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by MatEnd, 7 Feb 2013.

  1. MatEnd

    MatEnd New Member

    6 Dec 2010
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    Hello helpful Bit-Tech members.

    Budget: ~£200
    Use: Gaming
    Spec: i5-2500k, MSI 7970 OC , 2*1TB Hard Drives, 2* 64GB SSD, CM 690 II
    Resolution: Primary 1920*1200 , 2* Secondary at 1280*1024
    Overclocking: CPU overclocked to 4GHz, want to overclock GPU

    I am looking to water cool the GPU only ( for now anyway) but have never delved into water cooling before. I was looking into getting this waterblock:

    EK Water Blocks EK-FC7970 CSQ

    and was wondering what size radiator would be required to keep this GPU cool. The CM 690 II isnt the biggest of cases so I am slightly limited by size but would appreciate any advice on both the radiator and all the other components to a custom water cooling set up.

    Thanks again.

  2. jrs77

    jrs77 Well-Known Member

    17 Feb 2006
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    240mm rad is enough to somewhat silently cool the GPU, even if slightly overclocked. To make it as easy as possible I'd go with an EK-BAY DCP 2.2 Combo Unit or any other pump-reservoir-combo to limit the amount of tubing necessary.

    If you plan on integrating a CPU-block later on, you can either go with a 360 rad right away, or add another 120/240 rad later on. The CM 690 II can take one 240mm rad in the bottom (with the HDD cage removed) and one in the top.

    Here's an example of a CM 690 II with two 240 rads installed...


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