First WC system, need advice

Ricey

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Hiya All,
Well i finally decided to go watercooling but need a few advice on components. Please tell me what you think/suggestions :D

CPU Block: Storm Rev 2 (Opteron 165)

GPU Block: MCW60 (X1900XT)

Pump: MCP655/D5 or Alphacool AP 1510? I know the MCP655/D5 is highly recommended but i found the AP 1510 on perf pcs while browsing.
Link: http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=201&products_id=4505
Anyone have any experience with it? Its more powerful than the MCP655 but not sure on heat dump, although u can change the voltages on it. Need some input on this one ;)

Radiator: Thermochill PA120.3

Reservoir: Not sure which res to go either. What would be a good one for a high flow pump besides the MCRES-Micro?

Fans: Scythe S-Flex/Yate Loons/Panaflo, havent decided on these either but swapping fans is easy enough. Going for slightly more performance than noise.

Tubing: 1/2" Tygon

Fluid: Permochill PC ICE/MCT-5/FluidXP. I want something thats non-conductive. I know i know, distilled + some sorta additive like pentosin is better but this is my first try at WC so want to be on the safe side. That and I dont have a whole lot of time for mixing, etc or money to replace parts in case theres a defect somewhere or i did something wrong. I cant decide which non-conductive fluid to go with though. Put them in order from which im leaning more towards but not sure. Also i know the Storm uses impingement so a fluid that leaves stuff to get stuck in the jets isnt a good thing so thats something im keeping in mind. Maybe Clear PC Ice would be a good option so theres none of that dye junk but I do like pretty UV stuff like everyone else :p

Thanks for your help in advanced :)
 

Ricey

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no one have any info on the pump, suggestion for res, or coolant? Want to order everything today.
 

Marci

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Alphacool pump SHOULD be fine... however Laing pumps are distinctly more trusted and have the reputation to back them up.

Tubing - Masterkleer 7/16" ID will give a cleaner look, and still works fine with 1/2" Hardware.

Coolant - PCIce isn't non-conductive. MCT5 contains ethylene glycol. Go with FluidXP if you must use a "non-conductive" coolant... but once it's picked ions up from within the system it'll be practically as conductive as distilled + additive anyways... it'll just cost you more $$'s

Fans - YateLoons are preferable on our rads.

Res - irrelevant. Go with personal preference, or a T-Line.
 

Ricey

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Thanks for the reply Marci, thermochill rads rock :)
Anyway, have u, cathar, or someone knowledgable with testing pumps tried the AP1510? Wondering how well it fairs against laing pumps. Also for the PA120.3 is a push or pull config preferable? Its probably minimal difference but every little bit counts :p And lastly, is it recommended on getting the shroud for the PA120.3, or is one already included?
Thanks :)

Edit: Thought of another question :p
What advantages does the Masterkleer 7/16 have over Tygon 1/2" (besides price)? I know it has a snug fit on 1/2" fittings (and maybe not having to use clamps) making it harder to leak from but besides that what are the other pros on using the master 7/16 (ex. stain resistance, chemical reaction, kink resistance)?
 

Ricey

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hrmm, everywhere is out of stock on the PA120.3, anyone know of a place that does have it?
 
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