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After reading several posts here and a long hot summer here in GA with no rain in sight, maybe it is time to take the plunge into water cooling. Saved enough money to go high-end, but no job still after 16 months of job searching (Looking at Fry's and Micro Center because they're hiring right now).

I'm going to replace my sig rig here with new components in 3 years (a new video card as well). Not sure yet about whether to go Bulldozer or LGA 2011.
Trying to figure whether to get Corsair's H100, XSPC's RX360 Rasa, or go fully custom WC. People have been debating over which is better, advantages, and disadvantages.

I want to focus on my CPU only but will add 1 GPU in the future. Which will be the wisest choice to take? I want performance and somewhat quiet WC on my rig because my rig is within six feet of the furnace. These long hot summers made me unable to use my rig or else force the AC to run longer.

If I go fully custom, then what parts listed do I need then to water cool my rig? I like the warranty of Corsair if my rig goes down I get full replacement on my components which is nice, but I lose a lot of flexibility on customization. The Rasa kit is a step down from custom, but it has everything I need to WC (except for a noisy and somewhat weak pump, average fans, etc.). It all comes down to what I expect from my rig.

I really want to use my rig during the summer, but I don't want it to be noisy and force the AC to run more often at home (set at 78F).
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My RASA kit doesn't have a noisy pump. But then again just because I can hardly hear doesn't mean someone might not think it is noisy. As for weak, the pump does a fine job pushing the water through my loop which includes a GTX480 as well as my i7 970.
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Originally Posted by rpgman1;13764991 
After reading several posts here and a long hot summer here in GA with no rain in sight, maybe it is time to take the plunge into water cooling. Saved enough money to go high-end, but no job still after 16 months of job searching (Looking at Fry's and Micro Center because they're hiring right now).

I'm going to replace my sig rig here with new components in 3 years (a new video card as well). Not sure yet about whether to go Bulldozer or LGA 2011.
Trying to figure whether to get Corsair's H100, XSPC's RX360 Rasa, or go fully custom WC. People have been debating over which is better, advantages, and disadvantages.

I want to focus on my CPU only but will add 1 GPU in the future. Which will be the wisest choice to take? I want performance and somewhat quiet WC on my rig because my rig is within six feet of the furnace. These long hot summers made me unable to use my rig or else force the AC to run longer.

If I go fully custom, then what parts listed do I need then to water cool my rig? I like the warranty of Corsair if my rig goes down I get full replacement on my components which is nice, but I lose a lot of flexibility on customization. The Rasa kit is a step down from custom, but it has everything I need to WC (except for a noisy and somewhat weak pump, average fans, etc.). It all comes down to what I expect from my rig.

I really want to use my rig during the summer, but I don't want it to be noisy and force the AC to run more often at home (set at 78F).

Go with the RX360 kit. It's a great value and it will offer much more performance over any of the Corsair kits while being able to be silent as well.
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It's really hard to beat a RX360 kit.
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A custom loop would be the ideal solution, but you can't beat the RX360 kit with it's performance per price ratio.
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After buying the H70, I really wish I would have originally went the XSPC Rasa. The H70 does the job, but I'm not impressed.
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It's up to you really. If you want maybe something quick, simple, and effective go for the H100, but if you'd rather put a little more time in, customize your rig a little more and possibly get better temperatures, go full WCing/Rasa kit.
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Cheapest I could find for the XSPC Rasa RX360 kit is $179.95 at Petra's/Sidewinder, which is a pretty good deal for a full kit. I know going custom costs a lot more than the Rasa kit, but it's nice for what XSPC is selling.
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Don't be afraid of the Rasa RS360 kit as it is a very good bang for the buck. The pump is strong enough to run a CPU/GPU setup without issue. There have only been a limited amount of noisy pumps from which I understand is no problem to get replaced if your unlucky to get one. It also comes with one of the top rated water blocks. Only thing you may want to purchase with your kit would be different tubing as the stock is a basic generic. The stock fans are fairly good but like anything else that's a personal call and depends on how much performance you really need. I opted to go with a P/P with GT AP-15's only to help achieve extreme OC's. Actually I got the same resulting OC but lowered temps 3-4c under load. During Chimp Challenge I folded for 7 days 24/7 without any issues and max temp was 48c with ambient at 85-87f

The Corsair does have a nice warranty but performance does NOT compare to the Rasa kits.

Custom loop may give slightly better performance but at an additional cost. For the price the Rasa kits rule in my book. Completely expandable and in my case I haven't had any issues at all. I'm heavy on the performance to cost ratio and from my research/experience you'll find the Rasa kits hard to beat.
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Don't be afraid of the Rasa RS360 kit as it is a very good bang for the buck. The pump is strong enough to run a CPU/GPU setup without issue. There have only been a limited amount of noisy pumps from which I understand is no problem to get replaced if your unlucky to get one. It also comes with one of the top rated water blocks. Only thing you may want to purchase with your kit would be different tubing as the stock is a basic generic. The stock fans are fairly good but like anything else that's a personal call and depends on how much performance you really need. I opted to go with a P/P with GT AP-15's only to help achieve extreme OC's. Actually I got the same resulting OC but lowered temps 3-4c under load. During Chimp Challenge I folded for 7 days 24/7 without any issues and max temp was 48c with ambient at 85-87f

The Corsair does have a nice warranty but performance does NOT compare to the Rasa kits.

Custom loop may give slightly better performance but at an additional cost. For the price the Rasa kits rule in my book. Completely expandable and in my case I haven't had any issues at all. I'm heavy on the performance to cost ratio and from my research/experience you'll find the Rasa kits hard to beat.
Pretty impressive to fold at 48c 24/7 during the Chimp Challenge. I guess extra tubing and better fans are in order for the Rasa kit. Going full custom WC will go way beyond the Rasa RX360 kit's price point. Cheapest is at Sidewinder for $191.19 by UPS Ground.
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