Now that the case is in the mail and I suddenly have water cooling stuck on my mind, I'm excited about ordering the parts.
In addition to the XSPC starter kit
i'm looking at, I also found this Swiftech MCW80
universal GPU cooling block which I found to be compatible
with my Asus nVidia GT-240. This is my first time researching water cooling components, but if my understanding is correct, this GPU block should be compatible with the XSPC kit.
The XSPC kit comes with G 1/4'' to 1/2'' barbs, and the Swiftech GPU block has G 1/4'' threads and comes with both 1/2'' and 3/8'' barbs. The GPU block doesn't list the compatible tubing size, but I assume the matching 1/2'' barb rating is all I need to know.
I might be jumping the gun on this, considering I don't even have the case in my hands yet, but I am wanting to pick up a pair of these 90 degree rotary fittings
for the "triple" radiator that comes with the kit. The Corsair 700D has a great place for a 3 fan wide radiator up on the top face, but am worried about clearance for the thick tubing to make a clean bend. I figure 90 degree fittings would solve that problem.
Again though, it's my first time putting together the puzzle pieces of all these size ratings. The radiator has G 1/4'' threads, and comes with 7/16" ID x 5/8" OD tubing. Frozencpu has tons of different 90 degree fitting sizes, but it appears I narrowed it down to the one with matching specs. Just wanted to double check that here though. G 1/4'' threads and accepts 7/16" ID x 5/8" OD tubing
Aside from fitting sizes, what else should I be concerned about when adding onto a kit? I understand the 750 LPH pump is probably made with just the CPU in mind, so how concerned should I be about adding the GPU block? What about other blocks? Is a flow/temp meter a must have for gauging this type of thing? I don't have any plans to cool anything else on my EVGA 780i
or elsewhere, but I am just curious for future reference.