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Swiftech 35x - $95
35x Res Top - $30
XSPC Rasa CPU WB - $50
6x Tygon R-3603 1/2"ID 3/4"OD - $20
8x Bitspower Black Sparkle 1/2"ID 3/4"OD - $50
4x Yate Loon HS - $20
XSPC RX360 - $90

$355 total, + shipping and accessories (such as silver kill coil, etc)

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EK VGA Supreme HF - $60
4x Yate Loon HS - $20
XSPC RX240 - $70
4x Bitspower Barb - $12

$160 total, etc, etc

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EK VGA Supreme HF - $60
XSPC RX240 - $70

$130 total, etc, etc

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Grand total: $645, plus shipping and all that other nice stuff. I expect $700-$750. I'll be getting a kill coil, drain method, and fill method.
I will buy in stages. I'm currently debating whether or not to buy barbs instead of compressions. I would use black spray painted #5 hose clamps.. barbs over compressions would shave me some $30 off...
thoughts?
If I can't fit a RX240 in the front, I'll get a RS240 instead. I will be using UN 5.25 mounts for the radiator up front.
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I wouldn't get the 35x and reservoir. I've been happy with my 355 and XSPC top, which was about $100 for both.

Why don't you get colored tubing? I've been really pleased with my 3603 3/8" x 1/2", but it's nothing special. I'll probably try Primochill's take on the same size next time - I don't like 1/2" x 3/4".

Also, I wouldn't get high speed Yate Loons. They're great fans, but for me at least, my fan controller couldn't get them to a "silent" level before they stopped spinning altogether. Maybe go medium?

XSPC's RX radiators are great. Just a RX360 + 240 would be perfect for your CPU/Crossfire setup.

Regarding barbs vs. compressions, it's mostly a personal decision. I want to try out metal clamps like Koolance's next time I use barbs, assuming I don't go for compressions.
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Just a quick thought: if you're going with the XSPC Rasa block as well as the XSPC 360 RX rad, why not buy the XSPC RX360 kit? Might save some cash too. Also, I second the motion for colored tubing, unless you like the clear look of water.

As for barbs vs. compressions, I went for barbs at first, but compressions just looked a lot more awesome and cleaner in my opinion, with no clamps or zipties.
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Originally Posted by t-ramp;13532186 
I wouldn't get the 35x and reservoir. I've been happy with my 355 and XSPC top, which was about $100 for both.

35x is an updated 355 with new internals and a top that is actually sold aftermarket. The stock 35x performs better than the 355+XSPC top, and also includes PWM control. $100 for a pump vs $100 for the same pump+better+PWM control cool.gif Plus you don't kill your warranty with putting on the top with the 355.

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(really, ignore the part where the 355 is "winning" because that is under 1GPM... unpractical use. Put your hand over everything behind 1GPM and enjoy seeing the 35x win for almost the same price!)



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Why don't you get colored tubing? I've been really pleased with my 3603 3/8" x 1/2", but it's nothing special. I'll probably try Primochill's take on the same size next time - I don't like 1/2" x 3/4".

I'd just like to see my water. I really don't like the solid kind of color, in my opinion, it makes watercooling ugly and make nothing but the tubes stand out, but I've yet to see a transparent medium blue tube frown.gif


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Also, I wouldn't get high speed Yate Loons. They're great fans, but for me at least, my fan controller couldn't get them to a "silent" level before they stopped spinning altogether. Maybe go medium?

I'm not going for silence, otherwise I would get Scythe Gentle Typhoons tongue.gif Sources say that the fan actually makes more around 30dbA rather than the advertized 40dbA.. and after watching a few youtube videos, people seem to be able to control the fan speed. Personally, I'm not even interested in controlling the fan speed.
Also, it may be possible you got a dud...



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Originally Posted by bfeng91;13533666 
Just a quick thought: if you're going with the XSPC Rasa block as well as the XSPC 360 RX rad, why not buy the XSPC RX360 kit? Might save some cash too. Also, I second the motion for colored tubing, unless you like the clear look of water.

Pump, I hear the X2O has trouble running through a waterblock, two gpu blocks, a 360 radiator, and two 240 radiators. I may also get RAM blocks/chipset blocks for the cheap if I ever find them, so I really like the expandability.
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Not really my color but how bout this light blue tubing?
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I think I'll just stick to Tygon 3603. Unless someone can convince me to pick up PromoChill Blue tubing tongue.gif
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I don't really understand your reasoning against my recommendations because:

1) $100 vs. $130 for pump/reservoir combinations that are functionally the same.
2) Clear tubing looks lame after a while... it doesn't stay crystal clear.
3) I've used about 15 high speed Yate Loons from the right suppliers. If you're planning on running them at full speed, you're missing a lot of the point of the RX series radiators, as well as watercooling on the whole. Not to mention they are plain LOUD.
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Just a thought here. Might want to try running in parallel so that all your parts get the same cold water. Might be forgetting a fan controller, helps a lot. When you do your setup it might not match your picture configs. Drive bays, space might seem right on paper but doesnt match your case because the modular cabling came out just a hair to far. Not to mention tubing doesnt like to take very tight bends. But tygon is so nice. Get whatever color you want I think clear looks so clean.
    
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post #9 of 11
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1) $100 vs. $130 for pump/reservoir combinations that are functionally the same.

A MCP355 is $70, while a aftermarket top for it is $25. That equals out to $95. Noticed that a 35x is also $95? Since I would be getting a top with the 355 if I went with it, I would just rather get the 35x; it comes with a top preinstalled and is also the DDC3.25, rather than the 355 model, the DDC3.2. I keep my warranty, I get more performance over a 355 pump, and I also get speed control.
As for a reservoir, I just like the 35x reservoir. It's only $30, and saves me from buying two more fittings because it mounts right on top of the pump. Unless your thinking of me to get a Swiftech Microres2... no thanks
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I'm talking about the reservoir pump top from XSPC, which I got with a 355 for $100 total from Sidewinder's a while back. There's not really any reason you would really need/want to control a DDC's speed with a loop like you'll have. And I personally don't consider the warranty a big factor either.

That being said, I don't mean to argue. It doesn't really matter anyway, and I'm sure your loop will look great. smile.gif
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