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Want to have water cooling on a i7 2600K and maybe on my Evga GTX 580. I was thinking a to invest total of around $150 in watercooling, with transparent cables and green uv liquid. Anyone could suggest something for me, as I have no idea on what I really need. I was thinking of modding a Corsair H50 to transparent cables with reservoir, just read a guide, but I think it might be easier to just build a water cooling system where I don't need to do modding, or to buy a watercooling all-in-one solution with transparent cables.
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$150 is kinda cheap to get into watercooling, especially for your CPU and your GPU.

Cheap kit for CPU only loop would be the XSPC RS240 kit. You could maybe find a universal block to go for your 580 block as well as some heatsinks for your VRM's, but you'll definitely have to up your budget if you want a full cover block, as well as a rad that can actually handle the 2600k as well as the 580.
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with that budget a XSPC Rasa kit no question, go for the 360mm RX rad if you can. and dyed coolant will gunk up your loop overtime but its up to you if you like the extra maintenance.

EDIT: +1 to the above, you can CPU only with the RX240 kit, then add another RX240 and GPU cover down the road.
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with that budget a XSPC Rasa kit no question, go for the 360mm RX rad if you can. and dyed coolant will gunk up your loop overtime but its up to you if you like the extra maintenance.

EDIT: +1 to the above, you can CPU only with the RX240 kit, then add another RX240 and GPU cover down the road.
His budget is WAY too small for an RX build, the RS240 + universal block will be good if he wants to cool his GPU too. If not, then the RS360 will actually fit his build perfectly at 149.99 before shipping. OP, if you want more cooling, you may either have to raise your budget or buy used parts from the forum here.
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$150 is kinda cheap to get into watercooling, especially for your CPU and your GPU.

Cheap kit for CPU only loop would be the XSPC RS240 kit. You could maybe find a universal block to go for your 580 block as well as some heatsinks for your VRM's, but you'll definitely have to up your budget if you want a full cover block, as well as a rad that can actually handle the 2600k as well as the 580.
I liked the sytem you linked me, is it for both CPU and GPU?
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No it's only for CPU. You'd have to either add a full cover 580 block or a universal cooler and heatsinks for VRMs
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post #7 of 12
150 dollars is barely enough for a cpu loop. If you want to cool the gpu that is about another 100 dollars. Try looking through the for sale threads to find some deals. The XSPC kit is the best for the money at that price range.
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post #8 of 12
I'm always confused as to why people want to spend big $$ on GPU's and CPU's but relatively little to keep them cool and running optimally... Especially since many watercooling parts can be used for multiple builds (CPU waterblock, rad, pump, res etc).

I suggest saving up and putting down some serious scratch on at least an RX360 rad, D5 or DDC pump, and XSPC Rasa/Razor water blocks. That's a bit north of $300 (closer to $350 when all is said and done) but will give you the cooling that you want and need. Also, dyed liquids are for the birds, just get UV green tubing. Same price as regular tubing, but it won't gunk your blocks and you won't be paying extra for the UV green look through dyes or pre-mades.

As bfeng91 suggests, you can scan the buying/selling section for used WC parts on the cheap. Make sure you know what you're buying before you commit and possibly run into compatibility issues.
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post #9 of 12
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I'm going for CPU water cooling only, anyone have tips on how to get a cool loop even tho I'm not water cooling the GPU?
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Go with the link I posted and buy some colored tubing. Thats all you can really do with 150 bucks.
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