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I'm seriously considering one of the closed loop water cooling systems for my 2500k gaming rig. I'm a bit worried about the summer heat coming and I'd really like some advice/pros or cons etc. etc. My 1st #1 main concern is leaks.. I want something that for sure or at least best odds of not leaking. I can't afford to lose my system over a leak.. I have seen the corsair,antec,coolit units but I'm not sure what way to go. I was seriously considering a raza kit but don't think I have the time or patience right now to go through all that setup.. although I do like the idea of future expanding with those xspc systems. Anyways thoughts and advice for a non leaky closed loop system greatly appreciated. see rig in my sig if needed..
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Using worm drive clamps is a great way to avoid leaks if you tighten them down, as they will clamp much tighter and are less likely to get loose than any other solution. Many also choose to use 1/2" ID barbs but use slightly smaller tubing at 7/16" giving a much tighter grip on the barb as an extra bit of protection. If you want ease of setup the sealed premade units from Corsair, etc are good performing solutions, but done correctly a custom full fledged water loop pretty much guarantees more headroom. If you are worried about summer heat it would be good to think about your video cards too, and in that case the custom loop is the only way to go.
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If you want a self contained system and leaks bother you, grab one of the Corsair systems. From anecdotal evidence their warranty seems to be incredible; if it leaks and it is not your fault they will replace your rig.

The sealed systems have a very low chance of leaking anyway, so you can rest easy with one of those.

Having said all that I would really consider going for a Rasa kit now if you have any inclination to expand later. Not only will they outperform the sealed systems, they are a very good deal and quite easy to set up. So long as you do it right, and it is not too hard to do it right, you will have no leak problems.
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Units like the h50 from corsair can leak, although not as likely.

Personally, I went for the rasa kit and it is amazing. Plus, temps are much, much lower than any corsair or antec unit.

To best prevent leaks, I would get 1/2 barbs and 7/16 hose. That's what I have and it works really well, I could run my rig without clamps. The hose is so tight on the barbs I can barely pull it off. I shutter at the idea of breaking my loop down though. lol
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I would build a custom loop. The closed loops are ...okay, but honestly if you are going to do it I say do it right and build the real thing. The performance between a custom loop and lets say a corsair h50 are night and day--a custom loop outperforms an h50 hands down.

But, at least in my case, building a custom loop took quite a bit of time and research. If time is seriously an issue, I would get the h50 or h70, but I would recommend a custom loop over any closed loop system.

Good luck.
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Thanks guys!!! Yes unfortunately time is the biggest issue atm and if I'm going to setup a rasa or custom loop the absolute last thing I want to do is rush. Wondering if anyone out there has a custom loop in a antec 1200 case I could take a look at just for some ideas and reference to see how much time and effort I'd really be looking at. I don't want to have to buy another case right now either. I was actually looking towards a sealed system to get me through this summer and when i read the newegg reviews I always feel inclined to read the worst reviews 1st. I have seen good and bad reviews for both the antec and corsair units. But if corsair will replace your rig if their system leaks they may have me sold on one of their units. Any advice between the antec/corsair units as which is better?
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post #8 of 14
The antec 920 is the best performing one but also the loudest.

The corsair H60 is a little step down from it but more silent to.

some correct me if wrong pls
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post #9 of 14
If you put it together right, it wont leak.

I have never seen a single leak that wasn't something I had done intentionally (cept that time I didn't put the O-ring in the pump ).



Anyway, with liquid cooling the last thing you need to worry about is the leaks, what you should really be worrying about is the hole that will start growing in your wallet when you find you see your temps and want more....


Also, barbs are a real pain in the arse, if you can afford to, get compression fittings.
    
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post #10 of 14
CoolIT Eco ALC is awesome, i have one and it does very good.
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