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  1. Hi InsolentGnome and thanks for the response. I was actually looking at the Ghost's but they appear to have been discontinued. I might try to pick them up if I can get enough of them because I like the way they look, although the new one's look nice too. I've been agonizing over the PETG vs Acrylic, but you're the second person to reply and it seems to be the up-trending tube type. Singularity Computer builts appear to only use acrylic tubing, but they also are incredibly focussed on appearance and while I want it to look good, I'm not under the illusion my build is going to be as picture perfect as his So i'm leaning towards PETG just for safety reasons as I do intend to take this to other people's homes now and again. I appreciated the GTS X-Flow comment. I've actually altered my planned path flow a bit which will eliminate the long run with a non x-flow radiator. I'm cautiously optimistic that I might be able to get 2x280's in there. (I plan to buy and install a single 280 and then put a cardboard insert in place to see how much working room I'd have if I put a 280 on top too. This is my planned water-flow path. "Please excuse the crudity of this model".
  2. Thanks for the reply Envious. I was researching the PETG vs Acrylic tubings and it's definitely a touchy topic so I found clear information about them difficult. But from what I've found neither of the tubings suffer from the plasticizer gunk build-up problem. The PETG is typically easier to bend (requiring lower-heat) and work with as it has a little give at room temperature and is more shatter resistant. (Hammer-test) The acrylic on the other hand is crystal clear and has a higher tensile strength and would be compatible with chemical liquids like automotive coolant (not that I intended to use it). I honestly settled on Acrylic just from watching the Singularity computer builds. I'll certainly put some more research into the topic. I actually had the same concern with the primochill fittings and have been going back and forth between them and bitspower. The primochill ones seemed to be a bit easier on the wallet and I feel more comfortable with the compression style fittings versus a lot of the bitspower ones are just push tubes. Granted with acrylic tube there's not really anywhere for the tube to go so the tube pulling out seems very unlikely. Which fittings do you like?
  3. Hi All, I'm starting research for my first water-cooling build and I was hoping to get some advice. I really liked the build from the Mana review and I've always wanted to water cool so I decided now is the time! Like most things I do I tend to go extreme straight from the beginning even though it tends to take longer and mistakes are made. I'm tentatively looking at the following: 1 x Manta Case 1 x 280 Black Ice Nemesis GTS Front Radiator w/ 2 x 140 Fans (Pushing into the case) (Haven't decided on fans, open to suggestions) 1 x 240 Black Ice Nemesis GTS X-Flow or 240 Black Ice Nemesis GTS Top Radiator w/ 2 x 120 Fans (Pushing out of the case) 1 x CPU Block - EK Supremacy MX or EVO (again open to suggestions, I want to use copper though) 1 x Full GPU Block (Haven't decided on a GPU yet, sorta waiting for the summer GPU wars to pan out) 1 x EK-XRES100 Pump/Reservoir or EK-XRES140 PrimoChill 1/2" OD Acrylic Tubing (I know, hard tube first time out, I'm prepared for pain) PrimoChill Hardline Fittings (Nickel plated apparently, I don't think this would cause corrosion potential though) I intend to just use distilled water + silver kill coil which is why I want to use copper blocks and it's my understanding if I stick to copper and brass as I have it should be less of an issue. I'm open to a bio-cide, but I kinda like the idea of not using chemicals if I don't have to. I'm still in the beginning stages of planning, and I'm open to any feedback you have but my primary questions are the following and I'm really hoping Stuart/noobas4urus will have time to chime in. 1) Do you think I could use the Black Ice Nemesis 240 X-Flow on top to avoid that long run across the top of the motherboard? It'd be great if I could just use a few fittings to connect the outlet of the one radiator to the inlet of the other. I think it'd be better aesthetically and it'd remove one of the more complicated bends in the build. 2) Do you think I'd have room for the EK-XRES140 vs the EK-XRES100? The little bit of extra coolant room would make filling it easier. Could you elaborate on how you attached the pump to the bottom of the case? Thanks a lot for the time and for the inspiration for the build, you can tell I mostly used your review build as the basis for my parts.
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