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I'm about to receive a new rig this weekend, but I don't know what to do. Edit: Its going to be a i7 920.

How much would water cost me in total? I hear that it costs around $150 for the rasa 240 kit right? What about a waterblock for the gpu? I hear that I should also buy additional tubing because the rasa kits tubing is mediocre. The GPU that is in there is a GTX 280. Should I just invest in a new GPU and then go from there?

With air, I can get some great performance with some to spare for a nice gpu. D: So many choices...
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unless you're going for some big overclocks, stick to air and spend savings on GPU.



I think the RX360 is around $190 and the RX240 around $170...the $20 more for the 360 is the better buy IMO.
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Once you go water, you will never go back. And once you buy a CPU loop, you are gonna want a GPU loop added. The Rasa kit is great, its what I started out with but you are going to want at least the RS360 kit if you are putting your GPU in the loop. Tubing isnt going to make a huge deal, I only used the rasa kit tubing for a week and then bought some red tubing for looks. I didnt notice a difference at all between the two.
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Once you go water, you will never go back. And once you buy a CPU loop, you are gonna want a GPU loop added. The Rasa kit is great, its what I started out with but you are going to want at least the RS360 kit if you are putting your GPU in the loop. Tubing isnt going to make a huge deal, I only used the rasa kit tubing for a week and then bought some red tubing for looks. I didnt notice a difference at all between the two.
Sooo true.
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Arghh!! A loop or kick ass graphics?! D:
    
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Arghh!! A loop or kick ass graphics?! D:
Go better GPU. Water = too much maintenance . Plus air coolers like the Silver Arrow/NH-D14 are more than capable of keeping your temps low... so if you get water it'd pretty much only be for aesthetic reasons.
post #7 of 13
What are your intentions for the new rig, gaming or work?
If gaming, you could save some money by shopping for a GPU and a block in the OCN market place or slap a GPU only block for cheap on to that 280 spin it up tight and go for broke
with water cooling on the 920 4ghz. is easily in reach
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Did I ever mention that someone is giving me this rig for free?
    
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Did I ever mention that someone is giving me this rig for free?
Very nice. But if there is ever a choice between better hardware or water cooling, take the hardware every time.
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Hmmmm. Now is the question of what GPU I want. x] I have to get a heatsink too. NH D14 or Silver Arrow. Hmmmm. Thanks for the help guys. I'll come back here once this rig is worthy.
    
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