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Seeing how I don't care to spend a ton of money on water cooling, I'm going a semi-cheap route.

Right now I'm figuring this:

- XSPC Rasa 750 RS240 kit
- IandH Silver KillCoil
- Distilled Water
- Replacing the clear 7/16" tubing with PrimoChill black Pro LRT 7/16" x 5/8"
- Replacing the stock 120mm fans with my 2x Scythe GT AP-14's

This comes out to be around ~$165 including shipping. I'm replacing the tubing is because clear water on clear tubing probably looks like crap, plus black will block the sunlight & help prevent against algae growth. Without replacing the tubing, it would be about $145-$148 anyway.

Does this sound like a pretty good idea? Or could someone come up with a better loop for a pretty identical price? I may go with a GPU block later down the road, but it isn't in the plans. Sound advice would be appreciated, I've done plenty of research on water cooling, so I'm not lost in the woods .
    
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Yep all of that sounds just fine and looks like you know what you're doing.

If you were willing to spend a little more money you could get the RX360 which would allow you to add that gpu block in the future without blinking an eye, but it's up to you.
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The RASA kits are pretty much the must have thing for those new to 'proper' Watercooling. I would say you are good to go. Mabye look into some PT Nuke, or another good additive.
 
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Yep all of that sounds just fine and looks like you know what you're doing.

If you were willing to spend a little more money you could get the RX360 which would allow you to add that gpu block in the future without blinking an eye, but it's up to you.
Did you mean RS360? The RX360 is $60 more, which I'm really not wanting to spend $200+ for a CPU loop right now. If I were to get a GPU block later, I was debating adding a 120mm rad with it, but I'm also considering spending an extra $15 for the RS360 model.

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The RASA kits are pretty much the must have thing for those new to 'proper' Watercooling. I would say you are good to go. Mabye look into some PT Nuke, or another good additive.
Trying to avoid PT Nuke PHN because of the "environmental hazards" and because from what I'd read, a silver killcoil and black tubing should be more than enough with distilled water. If I was running clear tubing, I'd probably mix Nuke PHN and a silver killcoil.
    
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I second the RX360 idea. 240mm rad will probably be enough for cpu/gpu, but better safe than sorry cause I know I wouldn't want to risk having less than ideal temps because I dont have enough heat dissipation. Changing to an RX360 also wouldnt make too big of a difference in regards to cost either.
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Sounds solid, definitely good to get rid of that stock XSPC tubing, as many people have experienced it turning brown and gross. I would go with the RX240 if you can fit it just for the additional overhead in case you do decide to go with putting your video card under water.

OT, but those fans are awesome, thanks again. I'm just having a very hard time finding screws to put them on my radiator. No local shops carry 1-3/4" M4 screws
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OT, but those fans are awesome, thanks again. I'm just having a very hard time finding screws to put them on my radiator. No local shops carry 1-3/4" M4 screws
Just buy 2" screws and cut them down with a dremel? I would have thrown the 2" ones I have laying around if you would have asked.
    
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Just buy 2" screws and cut them down with a dremel? I would have thrown the 2" ones I have laying around if you would have asked.
It's all good, I appreciate that.

One more thing that I realized besides the RX240 thing was that if you're going with the XSPC barbs and 7/16" ID tubing, while the 7/16" helps to keep the hose on the barb, I still installed worm-drive clamps on all of my connections, and even with moving my computer in the trunk of my car 500 miles (still full of liquid), I still have not had any leaking problems or hose issues.

Best of luck, let us know how it goes!
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It's all good, I appreciate that.

One more thing that I realized besides the RX240 thing was that if you're going with the XSPC barbs and 7/16" ID tubing, while the 7/16" helps to keep the hose on the barb, I still installed worm-drive clamps on all of my connections, and even with moving my computer in the trunk of my car 500 miles (still full of liquid), I still have not had any leaking problems or hose issues.

Best of luck, let us know how it goes!
Heh, thanks. Might take a while though, need to get money in the bank and finalize my decision. Also, the kit comes with hose clamps, not worm clamps, but the plastic ones.
    
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Heh, thanks. Might take a while though, need to get money in the bank and finalize my decision. Also, the kit comes with hose clamps, not worm clamps, but the plastic ones.
I know about the clamps. I've never trusted the plastic ones, neither in an aquarium where put out a lot more water but likely do less damage, nor here where a few small drops can ruin an entire component, if not your entire system. It's worth running to home depot and grabbing a box of worm drive clamps (cheap, if you don't mind the look) or some of those nicer looking metal clamps, or if you really don't mind spending the $$$ go with compression fittings.
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