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Corsair 700D Watercooling Loop Advice

Skippman

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I'm in the process of designing a new build in my trusty Corsair 700D case. It's still one of the nicest cases I've ever seen, way overbuilt, and massive. Most newer cases are ditching all external drive bays which is a no-go for me as I use my BluRay drive weekly for ripping media.

I currently have a Swiftech Laing D5 pump mated to a Monsoon dual bay reservoir. This works great for my needs and I'd like to avoid spending the extra $100+ just to change to a non-bay based reservoir. I'm planning to replace the 10 year old radiator with a newer model and replace all the fans with ARGB ones. I also plan to use PETG tubing this time around.

Here is how I'm planning on running my loop and fans.

700D Side Cooling Loop.png

ComponentBrandDescriptionSKU MSRP Vendor
Radiator FansCooler Master3x MASTERFAN SF120R ARGBMFX-B2DN-20NPA-R1 $ 59.97Amazon
Case FansCooler Master3x MASTERFAN SF120R ARGBMFX-B2DN-20NPA-R1 $ 59.97Amazon
RGB HubCooler MasterMASTERFAN ARGB AND PWM HUBMFX-ZHHN-1NNN6-R1 $ 29.99Amazon
CPU/Mobo Water BlockEK WaterblocksEK-Quantum Momentum Aorus X570 Master D-RGB - Plexi3831109819029 $ 154.99EK
RadiatorEK WaterblocksEK-CoolStream SE 360 (Slim Triple)3831109860472 $ 74.99EK
ReservoirMonsoonSeries 2 Dual Bay ReservoirM2-TRP-RD $ - Owned
PumpSwiftechMCP655-PWM 12v Water D5 Pump Module - PWMMCP655-PWM $ - Owned
PETG TubeEK WaterblocksEK-HD PETG Tube 10/12mm 1000mm (2pcs)3831109813072 $ 11.99EK
FittingsEK Waterblocks6 x EK-HTC Classic 12mm - Black Nickel3831109815588 $ 29.94EK
Total: $ 421.84

Thoughts?
 

Cptn Vortex

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If you want the absolute lowest temps for the CPU, you'd do the radiator fans as intake. But in this case, since it will be sucking in a bunch of dust, I like the way you have it routed.
 

Izerous

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Something that stands out is that some of the heat from the PSU if loaded heavily and running warm might get sucked in by the rear intake as you have it now.

I disliked bay res's for the annoyance of filling and bleeding, i'm happy I stopped using them.

I liked working with PETG to a certain extent. I found the jig more annoying than free handing it... but I found it annoying for how often I typically change things up. Want to try a new paste, need to drain a PETG system to remove the tubing to remove the block etc, where soft tubing unscrew it without draining the system and just move things around to make room. I'd probably not do it again unless it was a system I had zero-intentions of changing components out.
 

Skippman

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Once it's built, it's going to stay this way for a couple years with the minor exception of adding a water cooled GPU on the next generation.

I was one of the suckers who bought a eVGA GTX 1080 FTW early in the build cycle. Almost no one made a water block for it, except eVGA themselves and now they're discontinued. I can't use the FTW3 blocks as the board layout is different. Next time I think I'll likely bite the bullet and get the Hydro Copper version.
 

Skippman

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JD

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Bykski and Barrow seem to be the major brands of China currently, but I haven't used any personally. GPU blocks aren't very complex, so really as long as it fits properly and makes contact I think you'd be fine. Maybe just buy it from a store with a decent return policy if you don't like how it fits?

Watercooling the GPU has more notable temperature and noise decreases than the CPU so it would be worthwhile to do.
 

Skippman

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Here's what I picked up at Micro Center yesterday.

SKUDescriptionQuantityPrice PerTotal Price
984039​
ARCSLVR SLVR5 HD THERMAL CMP 3.5G
1​
9.99​
9.99​
325803​
CORSAIR CORSAIR COMMANDER PRO
1​
66.99​
66.99​
447540​
CORSAIR LL140 DLL RGB FAN 2P&NODE
1​
86.99​
86.99​
951913​
AMD AMD RYZEN 7 3800X WRAITHP
1​
299.99​
299.99​
979385​
G.SKILL 32GB 2X16 D4 3600 TRZ RGB
1​
179.99​
179.99​
439935​
EKWB COOLSTREAM SE 360 RAD
1​
74.99​
74.99​
837054​
EKWB VELOCITY AMD RGB NI PLEXI
1​
109.99​
109.99​
428367​
BITSPWR 16MM CLEAR PETG 1000MM
1​
7.99​
7.99​
428367​
BITSPWR 16MM CLEAR PETG 1000MM
1​
7.99​
7.99​
428383​
BITSPWR 12MM BENDING INSERT 1M
1​
4.99​
4.99​
736579​
CORSAIR CORSAIR ML120 PRO RGB 3PK
1​
99.99​
99.99​
956326​
GIGABYTE X570 AORUS ULTRA ATX
1​
279.99​
279.99​
880492​
EKWB CRYOFUEL BLOOD RED 1L
1​
19.99​
19.99​
867606​
EKWB CRYOFUEL CLEAR 1L
1​
17.99​
17.99​
Subtotal »
$1,267.86​
Tax »
$129.83​
Sale TOTAL »
$1,397.69​
 

rjbarker

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Absolutely Water Block GPU.....dont really see the point of a Custom Loop and leaving a GPU on air.....
 
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