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I'm new to watercooling and need help

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Jul 28, 2016
Are all of these parts compatible? Do they give me the best possible cooling performance? What fans should I use? I am trying to cool a 6700k and two Asus Strix GTX 1080s

1. 2 x Bitspower Nvidia GTX 1080 ROG STRIX Acrylic (Clear) Water Block for ASUS ROG STRIX-GTX1080

2. EK-Supremacy EVO CPU Water Block - Nickel/Plexi

3. EK-CoolStream XE 480 (Quad)

4. Swiftech MCP655 G1/4 Threaded Special Edition 12 VDC D5 Pump With Speed Controller

5. EK-RES X3 250 Reservoir

6. 12 x EK-ACF Compression Fitting 10/16mm (3/8 x 5/8") - Black

7. PrimoFlex Advanced LRT 10ft Tubing - 3/8in. ID X 5/8in. OD - Bloodshed Red

8. 2 x EK-Ekoolant EVO Liquid Coolant - Blood Red (premix 1 Liter)
First of all, I would recommend removing the EK coolant and replace it with Distilled water + PT Nuke(copper solution to minimize Nickel reaction). As far as the blocks are concerned, most of them perform about the same so in the end of the day, it's an aesthetics thing. If you like the Bitspower blocks, go for them. The pump looks ok as well, since you got some radage in there, it will be just fine. For fans you would like to look at GentleTyphoons AP15 or EK-Vardars or NB Eloop B12s. Since it's a 60mm rad you might want to go push/pull as well.
+1 on using distilled water and PHN nuke. Everything looks to be compatible, tubing and fitting sizes match. Make sure you have enough space in your case for that radiator and the fans you are going to use, and have a general idea of how everything in your system is going to be laid out. Looks good though.
Why distilled water? Cam I put dye in it?

You can, but dyes will leave stains and red dyes are notorious for leaving the worst stains. Try the red tubing with just the distilled water, see if it's red enough for ya.

Distilled water + a biocide is the easiest, cleanest, and cheapest to work with. (some use a silver "killcoil," others use a biocide additive)

Dyes can be added to distilled water if you decide you really do want it.
NONONONNOOOO Dyes. The OP can, but many of us know it's bad mojo. You want pretty or pretty bad friggin nightmares?

OP: distilled water and PHN Nuke is care free and cheap. You want problems? Or a well running system?