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I have a budget of $200USD and I want to get my water cooling loop started. I already have a CPU waterblock and a bunch of 1/2"ID fittings and I would like to ask you all for your help in what to get for my other components:

I would like a non-bay pump and reservoir (combo not required)
and a good radiator 3x120 since I plan on adding GPUs to the loop next month.
I want my hose to be 1/2"ID 5/8"OD.

All for under $200USD including shipping. I have been looking at performance-pcs and they have a great selection.

For my next question. I have 2 HD6950 directcu ii's and I want to put GPU only waterblocks on them. I see that my RAM does not have any heatsink attached to them at all. Would it be wise for me to get a GPU only block and have enzotech (or the like) heatsinks on them with a 120mm fan blowing across them? or are heatsinks necessary?

Thank you for all of your help +1 REP to all who reply with helpful answers!

EDIT: the $200USD limit does not include the GPU blocks or anything, that is for next month.
post #2 of 14
5/8 OD is thin!

Hold on leme get some parts going here.
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post #3 of 14
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really? is that bad?

Oh yea, I already have fans too
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If you don't want the XSPC RASA kit, then piecing out will cost you more than $200. Koolance or Heatkiller, etc cpu block, GTX or RX 360 Rad, AP-15 fans, DDC (MCP 35X) or D5 (MCP 655) pump with top, res (large choice), and primochill or feser tubing will cost over $300.

Also, if you want to go 1/2" tubing, you definitely need 3/4" outer diameter (not 5/8"). Plus you need to consider whether you want compression fittings or barbs. Either way, more money but barbs are alot cheaper; compression fittings are prettier and you have less of a chance for leaks.
Edited by Zmanster - 5/13/11 at 9:06am
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post #5 of 14
Pump with Res top
Rad <- fixed, now a 360mm didn't read fully the first time

A tiny bit over $200 but its nice

Pick out any color tubing you want, its kinda hard to stay under 200 without a kit as zmanster said.
Edited by Theory - 5/13/11 at 9:08am
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Havent checked prices in a while but I think mcp655, rx360, and whatever res should be right around 200. Still gonna need some fans.

As for the gpu ram heatsink. I got by on my 4870 with just a gpu block and I left the stock ram heatsink on. I've sr. people with just the gpu block on their card.

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Havent checked prices in a while but I think mcp655, rx360, and whatever res should be right around 200. Still gonna need some fans.

As for the gpu ram heatsink. I got by on my 4870 with just a gpu block and I left the stock ram heatsink on. I've sr. people with just the gpu block on their card.

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Still forgetting a res but the 655 is good also
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post #8 of 14
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Pump with Res top
Rad <- fixed, now a 360mm didn't read fully the first time

A tiny bit over $200 but its nice

Pick out any color tubing you want, its kinda hard to stay under 200 without a kit as zmanster said.
I can recommend the XSPC DDC res/top pump setup, as I've got that now running on my system and aside from it being a pain to bleed air out of sometimes, it's otherwise a fantastic space-saving little setup. That Stealth radiator will work well too. I'm running a HW-labs GTX360 and would recommend people using their products based on my experience with it (though M4 slotted screws can be harder to find) and with the reviews they get.

It's definitely worth checking out Skinneelabs for info on watercooling parts, especially their 360mm rad comparison
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Theory View Post
Pump with Res top
Rad <- fixed, now a 360mm didn't read fully the first time

A tiny bit over $200 but its nice

Pick out any color tubing you want, its kinda hard to stay under 200 without a kit as zmanster said.
Oops...I should have read the OP more carefully...

I'd pony up for a better rad. RX360 can be had for $85 at sidewinder. Works well with even lower RPM fans and therefore far quieter.
Edited by whiteslashasian - 5/13/11 at 9:20am
    
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post #10 of 14
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Thank you all for your input! So, what is the advantages of 3/4 over 5/8 OD? And does anyone have anymore opinions about RAM cooling on my vid cards, they dont currently have heatsinks on them, just a stock fan blowing down on top of them.
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