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I just got a nice used DD Black Ice Xtreme rad on ebay for a good deal, 20$, and its in good condition. I was wondering if this was a decent quality rad.
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Yes, you got the "best" quality rad. The BIX series in terms of quality are the best compared to all rads. The paint doesn't chip-off easily. You have to use high-speed fans though.
 
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Wow, I guess I got a decent deal. I do need to repaint in some areas though because it is used, and the seller said there were a few paint chips, but it was in perfect condition otherwise.
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post #4 of 11
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I just got a nice used DD Black Ice Xtreme rad on ebay for a good deal, 20$, and its in good condition. I was wondering if this was a decent quality rad.
For that price, it is definitely an awesome deal for a single rad. Keep in mind though, that particular radiator needs high pressure fans to truly begin realizing its performance capabilities. In terms of performance, while not the best, provided the right fans, it's still up there with the top dogs for single rads.
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Should I spend the extra money on a rad shroud then? Im on a really slim budget, and only have about 30$ left for the rad fans and if i can afford one, a shroud.

-EDIT- I actually really dont want to spend the money unless its necessary, I was planning on getting a yate loon high speed for it and just using the rest of my money for a GPU block.
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You got a good deal. That is a $45 rad. Like any used wc part I would clean it and check for leaks before I used it. Pair that rad with a high static pressure fan and a 25mm shroud for the best performance.

Gut a 120x25mm fan for a shroud
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What would be my best bet for a high pressure fan?
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post #8 of 11
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Should I spend the extra money on a rad shroud then? Im on a really slim budget, and only have about 30$ left for the rad fans and if i can afford one, a shroud.

-EDIT- I actually really dont want to spend the money unless its necessary, I was planning on getting a yate loon high speed for it and just using the rest of my money for a GPU block.
As LiquidForce says, make sure to flush it with a distilled water and vinegar mix and get out any gunk inside. Since it is used, you may need to worry about possible bio growth if the previous loop was poorly maintained. As for shroud, just like LF said, take a dremel or branch clippers and gut a 25mm cheap fan.
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What would be my best bet for a high pressure fan?
Sans Ace 1011 is a great fan if you can bear the noise (109R is slower model if noise matters). Panaflo, Delta, Ultra Kazes, and Papst 38mm fans are also great choices.
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Sans Ace 1011 is a great fan if you can bear the noise (109R is slower model if noise matters). Panaflo, Delta, Ultra Kazes, and Papst 38mm fans are also great choices.
Yep definitely get a 38mm fan and a fan controller if you want.

Reminder before you get too deep. WC is expensive.
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