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Shopping list:

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$190
-XSPC Rasa RX360 kit $190
-EK VGA Supreme HF $63
-Ramsinks $17
-Distilled H2O $3
-10 feet UV reactive 7/16" ID with anti-growth coating $15
-UV Cathodes $10
- $10

*No kill coil or PT nuke (tubing has anti-microbial coating)

Grand total (estimate) $550


Rate:
Cost efficiency (bang for the buck): x/10
Performance: x/10
Quality of components: x/10
post #2 of 18
Cost efficiency (bang for the buck): 7/10
Performance: 6/10
Quality of components: 6/10

Still need a anti corrosion additive man, its not the algae that is a huge problem but the corrosion of metals
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post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by Kal777 View Post
Still need a anti corrosion additive man, its not the algae that is a huge problem but the corrosion of metals
Like something of this sort?

Or should I just buy a premade coolant, with anti-corrosion, anti-microbial, and other additives pre-added...
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Originally Posted by kiwiasian View Post
Like something of this sort?

Or should I just buy a premade coolant, with anti-corrosion, anti-microbial, and other additives pre-added...
Most water coolers recommend PT-Nuke or a silver killcoil with only distilled water. No coolants, dyes, or other additives.
Edited by elemings - 5/8/11 at 9:23am
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Cost efficiency (bang for the buck): 7/10
Performance: 6/10
Quality of components: 6/10

Still need a anti corrosion additive man, its not the algae that is a huge problem but the corrosion of metals
I agree.
For me, XSPC components quality can be better.
I prefer separate pump and reservoir (so i can put the pump on foam for silence).
If you want silence, 1700 rpm fans will be too much.
Verify the fans quality (and horizontal fans can be noisier than vertical).
I use Demineralised Water without additive.
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post #6 of 18
Few things. What are you trying to cool? 1 gpu only? if so which gpu. Are you looking to expand later? Any reason you didnt go with a full cover block?

Anti-Corrosion is not necessary unless you have Al and Cu in the same loop which is rarely the case these days most manufactures make everything copper/brass based. Distilled Water and a kill coil or pt nuke is all you need any coolant usually preforms worse than water and is only needed in TEC/Phase/Nitro cooling.
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post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by elemings View Post
Most water coolers recommend PT-Nuke or a silver killcoil with only distilled water. No coolants, dyes, or other additives.
What is wrong with the premade coolant? Any reason why I should specifically avoid them?

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Originally Posted by Arksniper View Post
Few things. What are you trying to cool? 1 gpu only? if so which gpu. Are you looking to expand later? Any reason you didnt go with a full cover block?

Anti-Corrosion is not necessary unless you have Al and Cu in the same loop which is rarely the case these days most manufactures make everything copper/brass based. Distilled Water and a kill coil or pt nuke is all you need any coolant usually preforms worse than water and is only needed in TEC/Phase/Nitro cooling.
I'm planning on cooling one CPU, and one GPU. I'm going to cool the one on top (the one that gets less airflow). I highly doubt I'm going to expand the loop after that, but I might get another GPU block for my second GPU, which is why I opted for the EK VGA block (less restriction). I have a non-reference card

I don't think I have any aluminum in my loop.

Cost of premade coolant: $12 (incl. anti-microbial, anti-corrosion, anti-conductive additive)

Cost of distilled H2O: $3
Cost of kill coil: $7
Cost of anti-corrosion additive: $9
Cost of anti-conductivity additive: $8

Yes I understand that the anti-conductivity and anti-corrosion additives are not important provided I take good care of the loop, but I'm comparing prices for what I can get in a premade coolant.
post #8 of 18
Buy PureDew Distilled water bro, its like $10 for 10 litres. Use coloured tubing instead of dyes and premix fluid. Your blocks and temps will love you for it. Also, just buy PT Nuke or Kill Coil you will need it.
    
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post #9 of 18
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Buy PureDew Distilled water bro, its like $10 for 10 litres. Use coloured tubing instead of dyes and premix fluid. Your blocks and temps will love you for it. Also, just buy PT Nuke or Kill Coil you will need it.
Thanks for the recommendation, but can you answer my question:
What makes distilled water + additives better than premade coolant
post #10 of 18
Just a few responses. First on pre-mixed coolant and your posted prices. Pre-Mixed coolants especially with die tend to separate frequently and gunk up blocks and stain tubing/blocks. Pre-mixed cooling is also expensive the cost of it plus shipping far outweighs your local super markets 2$ distilled water. Also your price comparison is faulty because the cost a pt nuke/ kill coil / anti-corrosive is based on a multi-use pricing so the cost per filling is considerably less than pre-mixed coolants. For instance lets say you use a gallon of water 2$ and a kill coil 8$ that is 10$ which is less than coolant + shipping. Also the kill coil should last you years of drains and fills so the 8$ is divided by the number of uses after each drain and fill where as coolant will need to be replaced at a flat price each time. So that is why many avoid coolants simply because its an extra money sink in an already expensive hobby and performs worse than water.

Also the rasa kit can easily handle 1/2 gpu cards as gpu blocks are not terribly restrictive.
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