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EDIT: So I think I am pretty set with going with the XSPC Rasa 750 RX360 kit (mounting externally on the back) and getting a GPU block for my PNY GTX 570. So it would go like this:



So I'm going to get
  • XSPC Rasa 750 RX360 Kit
  • A GPU Block for my GTX 570
  • Some blue tubing to use instead of the tubing that come with the kit
  • PT Nuke or kill coil

Questions:
  1. How does my diagram look?
  2. Will the pump that comes with the kit be powerful enough?
  3. Can someone recommend a good GPU block for my 570?

Thanks :-)

(original post below)



Hello fellow OCNers!

So lately I have had the urge to spend some money and upgrade my PC, it's been way to long (~8 months). I decided that besides adding another GTX570, i could give watercooling a go. I briefly thought about doing it in the past, but decided against it.

Water cooling my rig would give me to benefits:
  • Lower load temps by a few degrees.
  • Look much cooler
  • Be part of the awesome crowd who WCs :-)

Right now I am using the Megahalems with 2 Panaflo 120x38mm fans and I am acceptable with the temperatures. Being that summer is upon us, my rig and room are hotter than normal, so im hoping that WCing will help a little bit. EDIT: WCing will not make my room cooler, but more likely hotter, whoops! ::smacks hand against head::

I have done some research and I have seen that watercooling the Antec 1200 can be tricky without modding. The only place I could but a rad, without modding, would be an internal 240 on the back, or an external 240/360 on the back. Antec does make a 200mm rad that can go with the big boy fan on top, but from I understand it is aluminum, which is terrible for WCing. I have 4 HDs, as well as a few 5.25 accessories, so I do now want to put a 360 rad in front.

The XSPC Rasa 750 kits seem to be a good fit for me. I have read several reviews and the general views seem very positive. So I came with a few secenarios for me with the kits:
  1. Get the Rasa 750 RX240 and mount internally on back
  2. Get the Rasa 750 RX360 and mount externally on back. Down the road I could get a GPU block and add it into the loop.

For only $30 more the 360 seems like a better option and then I can expand down the road. However, I am not thrilled with the idea of putting a rad externally.

What are your thoughts OCNers? Good idea to WC? Bad idea? Shoud I go with the 240 or 360? I can use the Panaflo fans I already have, would I need more?

Your comments and opinions are greatly appreciated.

Thank you for reading my post.
Edited by Kiggold - 6/8/11 at 7:07pm
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post #2 of 11
I pointed someone out about the Rasa RX360 kit on eBay and he won the auction yesterday. It's a good idea to WC anyway to get better OC on your CPU and GPU plus being quieter. Your Panaflo fans are actually pretty good and have great static pressure on the rad.
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post #3 of 11
Your pc will still output the same amount of heat, water-cooling will only transfer that heat to the surrounding air better. So your room might even feel hotter
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For the money, I also went with the RX360. It will be more than sufficient for your CPU, and still be great when adding a GPU. My GPU temps went from 70-80C during gaming on air, to 30-40 during gaming under water.
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post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by rpgman1 View Post
I pointed someone out about the Rasa RX360 kit on eBay and he won the auction yesterday. It's a good idea to WC anyway to get better OC on your CPU and GPU plus being quieter. Your Panaflo fans are actually pretty good and have great static pressure on the rad.
Thanks for the input! :-)

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Originally Posted by 86 5.0L View Post
Your pc will still output the same amount of heat, water-cooling will only transfer that heat to the surrounding air better. So your room might even feel hotter
Wow, I should have realized this, silly me! Thanks :-)

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Originally Posted by Jobotoo View Post
For the money, I also went with the RX360. It will be more than sufficient for your CPU, and still be great when adding a GPU. My GPU temps went from 70-80C during gaming on air, to 30-40 during gaming under water.
WOW, nice drops there, what are your ambients?


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post #6 of 11
Watercooling won't make your room hotter or colder, since as was mentioned, your computer's electronic components will still generate the exact same watts of heat as before. It will probably feel a bit cooler right next to the computer when you are using it, since the heat will be dissipated from larger devices with more surface area and fans (the radiators) than standard air coolers. Water itself also acts as a thermal sink to a significant degree, so after you turn everything off, that heat will remain in the loop and continue to release slowly as it equalizes with room temp.
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EK and Heatkiller make some of the best blocks (although the newer nickle plated EK blocks seem to have some issues with peeling). Swiftech also makes good ones occasionally. As a last resort I'd use Koolance or Dangerden.
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Heatkillers are really starting to tantalize me. For some reason the more I look at them, to more I like them. The pure copper, not gimmicky plastics or fancy light. Just sleek and there to do what it needs to with out all the bells and whistles..

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Kiggold View Post
WOW, nice drops there, what are your ambients?
Usually around 24C
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OK guys...

i see a lot of you guys here are recommending the Raza.

Its a nice little kit... but let me just warn ya a bit b4 you buy one.

1. The pump res module can not be serviced by you. So becareful what coolant u use in it. If you ask any long time WC vet, they will tell you, they dont own a MCRES which didnt get stained once. And the MCRes uses about the best acrylic u can get.

2. The pump unit has impeller issues on some. Basically what that means is its not well balanced. So in some units, it rattles til no tomorrow.
Some people think thats normal, but its not. It should be close to silent with only a humm, no rattling.

Paul from XSPC does RMA units which do rattle, so check yours.

Other then that, its a great unit... but just make sure u know what your getting yourself into.
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