First Ever watercooling build

Going to add my first ever watercooling settup to my CPU, a custom one with parts and tubes, not a kit like the Corsair H-series.


anyone got any tips for parts/Building/Mounting/ETC??

Could really use some help. Never done anything like this before.




ASUS P8Z77-V LX, Socket-1155

Intel® Core i7-3770K Processor (Cooled by a shitty H40)

Kingston DDR3 HyperX 1600MHz 16GB

Gainward GeForce GTX 670 2GB PhysX CUDA

Samsung SSD 830 Series 128GB 2.5" OEM

Seagate Barracuda® 1TB

Case: CM HAF 912 Plus

What do you need help with? I have lots of experience with custom water cooling loops.  

What kind of clock speeds are you running? Are you going to cool the gpu as well? Does the top of your case have mounting points for a rad?


The top of the case can fit 1x 200mm fan or 2x 140mm fans. and only the CPU. currently running at Stock speed. although I will overclock it in the near future. not to high. <--Case options.



I just want to make something that looks awesome which also works. unlike my H40


Please do note my experience with watercooling is basicly 0. But everyone has too start somewhere

ok so if you are only cooling the cpu you can get by with a 120mm rad and it looks like you can just mount it in the back of the case where the stock 120 goes. But you could also go with a dual 140mm setup too which would be able to cool both your cpu and graphics card if you wanted to someday. 

Here is where i get all my W/C stuff

you want a good cpu block if your going to overclock that ivy bridge cpu, they can get toasty.

Most of my system is koolance, Why koolance? Their products are very highquality and they stand behind their products. 

Here is a nice cpu block from koolance

Next we need to look at tubing, Mainly the size. For a single cpu loop 3/8in tubing will be fine but if you wanted to add say a gpu or 2 i would suggets getting 1/2in from the start. It is bigger but it looks alot better too in my opinion. You can choose any color

Next we have to connect everything so you will need a barb or compression fitting (i use barbs "cheaper")

and last but not least you will need a radiator and a pump You can choose any radiator just make sure that it will fit in your case and that it has 1/4g fittings on it

For the pump i would go with the DD- CPX Is a very nice pump and its one of the least expensive.

And for the fluid you can use distilled water but i highly recommend a non conductive fluid without dye so it will not gum up your loop

you may also need a reservoir if the radiator you get is not a combo res. This swiftech one is good for the price but you can use any type of res it will do just fine

And thats all you need for a basic loop. You could also toss a nice high static pressure fan on that rad like a sythe gentile typoon or a gelid wing gamer for absoulute silence 




I would get a dual 140mm radiator for the cpu. I wouldn't recommend attaching a GPU block to the loop unless you were to get another 120mm radiator.

Anyway, what is your budget?

I would get an XSPC Raystorm block, Swiftech MCP655 pump, Alphacool NexXxos UT60 dual 140mm radiator, either bitspower or freecenter monsoon compression fittings, and any tubing, dye, coolant, and reservoir that you would like.

My budget it very high (no limmit really). I can save up money as I have no taxes or anything

Although I really want to do some visual reservoirs, dual bay at the front of my case, with blue LEDs (or without)  as I'm changing all the Stock red LEDs to blue ones so they match the rest of my settup.

Maybe this?

My idea is that it would work as an easy and accessable way to fill it yet looking awesome at the front of my case.

then I can somehow add a drain plug at the bottomn. maybe mod my case with a hole somehow.

I have 3 spaces. but I'm eventually putting a fan-controller in one of them

If you want something that looks really badass, you should look at the FrozenQ reservoirs. Check it out:

They have one that already has the Swiftech MCP655 pump attached too:

Also, since your budget is pretty much unlimited, I would suggest everything that I suggested before. They're some of the best parts you can get on the market (if not the best overall).

Instead of a vanilla XSPC Raystorm block, you can always get the full copper version though:

oh wow, that resevoir looks amazing. I'm definetly getting that, and since it already has the pump installed it makes my job much easier.

Got any tips for tubing and how to make a Drain/Fill solution?

I know a lot of people like Primochill LRT tubing. I've heard that it can corrode over time, but I think that might just happen with all tubing over a long period of time. When it comes to draining the loop, I would suggest having a separate tube that branches off your the rest of the loop at the lowest point in your system. I would probably attach a valve too it too, so that the section of tubing isn't constantly full. When it comes to filling the system, I would just take the reservoir out of the bays and fill it from the top. You could always mod your case to make it easier, but that's up to you.

Could add some Extra tubing behind the resevour so it could easily slide out making the Hole visible I guess?

Yeah, that's what I would do. You could always mod your case to make a fill port somewhere, but that might be a little bit of a hassle.

whoa thats a cool resivor i think im goona get one of those when its back in stock, could u please direct me to a cathodge inverter that is compatible with the resivor so it can light up i was reading the disription and it said it needed a cathodge inverer to light up.

sorry ment to say cathode*

Alright, got most of it planned out. now I just need to save up some money for it all

Huh, I thought the reservoir would just come with one, but here's a link if you need to buy one separately.

Also, I just looked at the FrozenCPU page, and you can add an inverter to your purchase if you scroll down and check the box off.

I know for a fact there are some radiators made to fit with 200m fans...