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I've been debating it for awhile (ever since noticing the temps of my Arctic Cooler Freezer Pro), and, since I have a job and all, I've decided to finally wet my feet.

My specs are listed in my sig, but I'll list them here too:

Case: HAF 932
CPU: i7-950, will OC upon submersion
PSU: Corsair 650-TX
GPU: Radeon 4650HD (aiming for GTX460)

As a first timer, I plan on only a CPU-loop; I'm listing the graphics card just for background's sake.

I've heard about the XSPC Rasa kits; as such, I've had my eye on the RX-360 kit. However, I came across an interesting post while on my Google search; if I'm going to sink roughly $200 into a Rasa kit, would it be better to go straight into a custom loop instead?

That is the question I pose, and I would greatly appreciate your answer

Minor quarry: excuse my inexperience, but if the pump is supposed to be powered by my PSU (is it? ), then would my current PSU be enough when the GTX460 is taken into account?
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The Rasa kit is pretty solid, and priced decently. Typically a custom loop will be a bit more expensive, but obviously you can get exactly what you want.

The pump in the Rasa kit should pull only pull about 1A at 12v. The juiced up DDCs @ 18v are a little over 2A at full voltage. Yes their startup will pull more, but your PS should be fine for your setup even with a GTX460.
 
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The Rasa kit is pretty solid, and priced decently. Typically a custom loop will be a bit more expensive, but obviously you can get exactly what you want.

The pump in the Rasa kit should pull only pull about 1A at 12v. The juiced up DDCs @ 18v are a little over 2A at full voltage. Yes their startup will pull more, but your PS should be fine for your setup even with a GTX460.
Thanks for settling the PSU question

So...your opinion is that I can't go wrong with the XSPC RX360 or a custom loop; so ultimately, it's just my preference?
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You can't go wrong with either one. Let's just say custom costs way more than the Rasa RX360 kit. You can switch out certain parts in the Rasa for better ones like tubing and fans, then you can still use the Rasa kit just fine.
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You can't go wrong with either one. Let's just say custom costs way more than the Rasa RX360 kit. You can switch out certain parts in the Rasa for better ones like tubing and fans, then you can still use the Rasa kit just fine.
Cool; then it looks like things are settled

Whenever I get the cash, I'm hoping EVE gets gallons cooler. /corny jokes

Thanks for all the input~

Addendum: I know this question's been asked a ridiculous amount of times, but I'll do it here too; what parts of the XSPC Rasa RX360 kit should I replace? All I can recall is perhaps the tubing...
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In the Rasa kit group here on OCN, people changed the tubing the most. Fans are possible to change, but some keep them and they work just fine.
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I'd go with the rasa kit... Nothing really beats it bang for buck... At all , it just blows the competition out of the water !

From a personal standpoint, I absolutely love mine, and even being the smaller RS 240, I'm running 24C idle 32C load (avg. of course) with chipset and motherboard vrm blocks installed, this is with my voltage cranked up on my processor as well.

Nothing can beat that kind of a deal, I mean, if anyone else has evidence otherwise, I would be pretty damn shocked.

Well, that's my suggestion .

A solid kit, for a solid price, with solid results,

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It all boils down to how much you want to spend on the loop. The only reason to buy a rasa kit is if you just want decent watercooling on ur cpu (and maybe 1 gpu) and don't plan to have a super complex loop with multiple blocks and rads.
 
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according to the official XSPC group FAQ the RX360 kit is good enough to run cpu+2 gpu blocks
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Quote:
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according to the official XSPC group FAQ the RX360 kit is good enough to run cpu+2 gpu blocks
It'll do it, but you'll be pushing the system. I've got a HW labs GTX360 with a low-power stock volted 2900k but two 6950s overclocked, and I'm hitting DeltaT when folding. As long as you're not pushing your system a lot, I wouldn't worry about it. My system heats up in Battlefield Bad Company 2, probably pushing 10-15c DeltaT, but it's for short periods of time. And my radiator has more heat dissipating capacity than the RX360, though I don't have jet-engine fans either. Jet engine fans on any radiator will cool an overloaded radiator for the most part.
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