PC Water Cooling Beginner’s Guide – Prep Work Part 3

The prep work portion of my PC Water Cooling Beginner’s Guide draws to a conclusion in this post with my outline of specific custom water cooling components selected.  I have already discussed the major PC components (mobo, processor, etc.) as well as the Cases/Enclosures I selected for each stage of my build guide. The components outlined in this post will be used in phase 3 of my water cooling guide. Like the previous portions of the prep work I will give short write-ups on each component and full product reviews will come at a later date.

Custom Water Cooling Components

The majority of my custom water cooling components are made by the company Bitspower. A lot of builds out there are using EK, Swiftech, and XSPC components but Bitspower offered the best coverage of parts that I needed. I did use some XSPC and Swiftech parts as well.

Water Pump

The pump is the main workhorse of a custom water cooled PC and for the pump I selected a D5 variation kit. The kit features a Swiftech MCP655-PWM-DRIVE pump, the Bitspower D5 / MCP655 Pump Mod Kit, and the Bitspower Mod Top V2 along with brackets, o-rings, etc. I chose this kit for its ease of use, its overall look, but mostly for the fact that it was a PWM pump giving me a large degree of control over the operation of the pump itself.


For this guide I will be using two 420 mm radiators. The radiators I chose are XSPC EX420 Radiators. I chose these radiators because I really wanted a setup that utilized 140mm fans allowing me to run lower fan speeds for less noise. I also like the low profile these radiators have allowing for a push/pull fan setup within a smaller footprint then many setups.


The 140mm fans I chose are Noctua NF-A14 iPPC-3000 PWM. I ordered 14 of them but will probably only use 12. These fans are the industrial version of the company’s well known fans. I like the more subdued look much more then their standard color scheme. I also wanted PWM fans so I could really control how fast they are spinning and thus the amount of noise they make.

Motherboard Water Block

At the time I was planning this build, the only water block available for a full cover setup of the ASUS x99 Deluxe was the Bitspower BP-WBAIX99DFCBAC-CL. I really like that this piece of kit includes the CPU, ChipSet, and MOS Blocks while linking them all together for a single input/output. I chose the clear acrylic with nickel because I really like the look and think it will go well with the Case Labs Merlin SM8 I chose in Prep Work Part 2.

VGA Water Blocks

This PC water cooling guide utilizes 2 Bitspower BP-WBVGNGTX980NPAC water blocks to cool the 2 GeForce GTX 980 video cards I selected in Prep Work Part 1. I chose these water blocks over others for several reasons. The first reason was to have consistency with the motherboard block I chose. The next reason was that these blocks include a back plate which is a nice addition. Finally, I like the look of the blocks themselves with the clear acrylic over nickel.


The reservoir I chose to use for my custom water cooled PC is the Bitspower Water Tank Z-Multi 250 Inline Reservoir. I chose this tube shaped reservoir for its simple design and looks. It also helped to maintain some of the consistency I have been utilizing with the more “visual” portions of this build.

Miscellaneous Parts

There are a number of smaller components I am using for this guide. For tubing I will be using PrimoFlex Advanced LRT 1/2in. x 3/4in. Tubing. I ordered a large assortment of Bitspower G1/4″ compression fittings, adapters, stop plugs, and o-rings. To control all of the fans I ordered 2 Swiftech 8-Way PWM Splitters with SATA Power Connectors. To keep algae growth down I ordered both a Monsoon silver bullet G1/4″ plug as well as Petra’s Tech PT Nuke. I am not sure which I will use at this point, I might use both.

PC Water Cooling Next Steps

This post wraps up the prep work portion of my Beginners Guide to Water Cooling. In the next post I will be moving into phase 1 of the project. I will detail the main setup of the PC components on the test bench and get the system up and running.

Full 2015 PC Water Cooling Beginner’s Guide Series

PC Water Cooling Beginner’s Guide – The Plan

Prep Work

PC Water Cooling Beginner’s Guide – Prep Work

PC Water Cooling Beginner’s Guide – Prep Work Part 2

PC Water Cooling Beginner’s Guide – Prep Work Part 3 (This Post)

Stage 1

PC Water Cooling Beginner’s Guide – Stage 1 | Part 1

PC Water Cooling Beginner’s Guide – Stage 1 | Part 2

Stage 2

PC Water Cooling Beginner’s Guide – Stage 2 | Part 1

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