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New guy to WCing - Im going to be building my first loop soon got any tips?

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Um yeah, i have built my first PC with my i5 2500k and now i want to build my first watercooling loop so im looking at getting the XSPC Rasa 750 RX240 kit for $160, and im chucking it in my CoolerMaster HAF 912 Adv with the 240 rad on the top probably intaking air and then sucking it out with my rear 120mm fan again so that way i get nice temps with cold air coming in instead of hot air going through the rad and out the case, at the moment i will just be doing a loop for my CPU but later i may add another 120 rad and cool my GTX 560 so do you have any tips for building leek testing or anything else for my first WCing loop?
Thanks
post #2 of 7
Read this thread:

http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...l-threads.html

If it doesn't answer any of the questions you have then be a bit more specific about it. Generally most people do a 48 hour leak test for water cooling. Me, I do more like a 3-4 hour leak test and then run my system without any further leak testing. Secure all your hoses, tighten your barbs (but not too much) and check your O-rings and you should be leak proof.

As for loops, make sure your design does what you want it to do and it will work inside of your case. The worst part of water cooling is designing a loop that will be super easy to drain and at the same time will not compromise how it fits in your case.
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personally i prefer to avoid kits, youll probly end up replacing most of the stuff they come with for one reason or another. if you havent ordered that kit yet I would suggest that you dont, Itll just cost you more later if you do ever upgrade.
otherwise good luck and welcome to watercooling, you wont regret it.
feel free to pm me if you need help or have any Qs
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Yeah i can see what you mean, but as i say too everyone when i talk about money i am a 13 year old and i dont have a job, im trying to get a job but a custom loop would cost be about $250 - $350 and i cant afford that.

Edit: Thanks for the post anoob I'll be checking that thread now.
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Haha i know what you meen, im 15
I currently owe my parents about $200 for my loop, totally worth it
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Originally Posted by VeryChilled View Post
Haha i know what you meen, im 15
I currently owe my parents about $200 for my loop, totally worth it
Haha yeah well if i didn't get my mobo and cpu for my birthday i'd i owe my dad parents like $460... i got nothing else for my birthday well worth it!
post #7 of 7
The Rasa kits are very solid kits. Tons of people around here use them and love them, and for the price you can't go wrong. If you feel it's too generic for any reason (teenage rebellion? ) you can always drop $16 and order some nice tubing off Amazon, the Primochill Primoflex in many different colors (and it's good tubing too!)

Also, the tubing in the Rasa kits usually discolors after 6 months or so, eventually turning gross brown color (according to a number of people on here), so you may want to just buy cool looking tubing in the first place and install your kit with it, foregoing ever using the XSPC tubing.

Also, I would recommend doing the 240 radiator as an exhaust if you can. It's best to not dump hot air into your case if you can avoid it. The temps might be 1-2 degrees worse than the other way, but in the long run it'll be better, plus on watercooling, don't expect the lowest temps possible (for idle). Watercooling is great about holding down your max temps, but idle temps are often warmer than a good air cooler. The biggest benefit to watercooling is load temps and how awesome/fun it is to build/look at/admire
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