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So i want to switch to a watercooling setup. Which watercooling set do you guys recommend? MAX 250 EUR ($362.53)

I want to cool my cpu obviously and my nb/sb. vga if possible otherwise dont bother.

thanks!
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I think its going to be hard to cool your cpu, nb/sb, and vga for under $362. You might pay that much for just the blocks.
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I think its going to be hard to cool your cpu, nb/sb, and vga for under $362. You might pay that much for just the blocks.
damn, and without the vga blocks?
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post #4 of 29
Also take in to consideration what board you have or are going to get because it can be hard to find blocks that fit some boards. And they only make for board blocks for some boards. Most full board blocks are about 120 to 150 depending on what you get. So that is half you budget almost. Then res and pump, that is another 100 to 150 for those items, all depends on what you get.

Edit: I just looked and ek does not make any water blocks for your board but I don't know about koolance or anything. Check this link out to see what does fit your board.

http://www.coolingconfigurator.com/home

Now you could go with the rasa kit and then buy a gpu block and that should keep you in your price range. I'm not sure what site you could go to get it since you are in the UK.
Edited by leichtwork - 5/8/11 at 12:14pm
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post #5 of 29
To be honest take out the NB SB cooling, it is largely frivolous. Spend that on good blocks for GPU and CPU. Maybe a RASA RX360 kit and eK block?
post #6 of 29
Well on average the blocks that I have seen cost close to $100 each. My CPU block was $80 but the nb/sb block and the vga blocks that I want are $105 each. IMO if you plan on water cooling all that but have a budget, just start out by cooling the CPU and saving up for the rest, then add them to the loop later on.
post #7 of 29
Here is a good site for water cooling parts:
http://www.koolance.com/default.php


Just general info what you should do once a year to keep your WC at 100%:
Cleaning a loop, not a new loop: I do this once a year, I drain and refill at 6 months, the next time I do this……
Wash hands very well, getting rid of hand oils.
For pumps and blocks, fittings, clamps, acrylic res/block parts.... not hose, tear it to smallest pieces, put in a bowl, heat water up not to boiling add 10% vinegar, when hot, pour over parts. Rinse in 10 min or so. Put aside.
The blocks will probably have some black oxidation. Take the copper parts out of the pile of parts you took out of the water. Dry well and pour ketchup on them, and set aside. Only the copper parts need this.
Rad cleaning: fill with very almost boiling hot water. Let sit 10 minutes, drain half out and shake for 5 min. Repeat till liquid is clean. You can pour it in a clean bowl and inspect the water if you like.
All the pump, block, fittings, and clamps, inspect, get in the tiniest corners with a tooth brush. Kind of meditative, time consuming, you learn a lot about o-ring size, how it all feels. It’s very relaxing with some mellow jazz in the background. Run a rag using a coat hanger and dish soap through the tubing, rinse well. I always consider replacing my hose every year. Plasticizers leach out, the tubing isn’t as flexible. Consider it a ‘Hobby Cost’.
Rinse all the parts and hose with distilled, dry then really dry with an air compressor (nice extra step to get rid of water spots). Don’t need to dry the inside of the hose.
Now on to the copper parts, they should have been soaking an hour or two. A toothbrush and ketchup should clean much of the oxidation. It probably won’t be like new, but pretty darn good. Rinse, dry, and blow the parts.
That’s it.
Edited by Captain1337 - 5/8/11 at 12:16pm
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post #8 of 29
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Also take in to consideration what board you have or are going to get because it can be hard to find blocks that fit some boards. And they only make for board blocks for some boards. Most full board blocks are about 120 to 150 depending on what you get. So that is half you budget almost. Then res and pump, that is another 100 to 150 for those items, all depends on what you get.
Sounds really expensive, i dont think its worth it (price/performance) Right now i got the megalehems, they are ok but nothing amazing. right now my cpu is idle @ 47C 46C 42C 43C @ 1.225V Temps are high because its summer here, and my room temps are high 2 . Am i better off with the H70? or should i get a real basic water cooling setup just for the cpu? Much appreciated
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Here is a good site for water cooling parts.
http://www.koolance.com/default.php
Thanks!!
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post #10 of 29
you might be able to just do it (not sure on the costs of nb/sb blocks for your mobo) if you get an xspc rs360 kit [150 usd] (includes cpu block)

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12...?tl=g30c83s137

*212.53 usd left for blocks and shipping
subtract a 100 usd for a vga block
*112.53 usd left for nb/sb block and shipping :\\ might not be enough
Edited by badatgames18 - 5/8/11 at 12:19pm
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