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Hello, I am interested in taking the plunge in to water cooling but I am not completely sure where to start.

I want to spend between 200-250 dollars on the loop altogether, and I was wondering how far that much money will get me. I know that is enough for a decent CPU only loop, but I am wondering if cooling CPU and Crossfire 6870s is possible at this price point. I do not need something extreme, however I would still like a noticeable temperature difference between this and a high end air cooler. I am able to fit a 240mm rad in my NZXT Phantom, but not any larger. I am, however, able to fit two 240mm rads which I think would be the route to go if I wanted to cool my GPUs.

Is this possible at my budget? Or should I stick to a CPU only loop and get a second rad later?

I would also appreciate any suggestions as to what actually should be in the loop (block, rad, tubing etc...).

Thank you in advance for your assistance.
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post #2 of 10
Unless you picked up waterblocks used and dirt cheap from someone for the GPUs, I don't see it possible to get a loop at that price point.

A decent CPU loop is definitely attainable on you budget though. Look into the Rasa kits they are great for starters.
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post #3 of 10
A cpu only will be the way to go for that budget, because a full coverage block for your card would be pretty expensive.
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post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by giganews35 View Post
Unless you picked up waterblocks used and dirt cheap from someone for the GPUs, I don't see it possible to get a loop at that price point.

A decent CPU loop is definitely attainable on you budget though. Look into the Rasa kits they are great for starters.
Hmm I did not consider how expensive the video card water blocks would be. I suppose that is out of the question then. A CPU only loop will probably be adequate until I have the funds to buy those water blocks.

Any suggestions on what parts I should purchase for this loop?
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post #5 of 10
XSPC Rasa RX360 kit would be perfect for a CPU only loop.
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post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by Airolden View Post
Hmm I did not consider how expensive the video card water blocks would be. I suppose that is out of the question then. A CPU only loop will probably be adequate until I have the funds to buy those water blocks.

Any suggestions on what parts I should purchase for this loop?
The best deal for someone just starting in watercooling is almost always the XSPC Rasa 750 kits, in your case the RX240 one. If you're looking to save some bucks, you can always go with a GPU only block instead of a full-cover block, that way it'll save money and heat put into your radiator, making it go farther, but you'll need to buy ram heatsinks for the VRAM, shaders, and Vreg.
post #7 of 10
RS360 for CPU only works great... I use this rad for CPU, and motherboard chipsets..while also having 3 GTS 450's folding and heating up my case and the rad does a good job.

But the RX360 core is thicker and I believe you don't need as much static pressure to remove heat away from it, so you can use less nosier fans. And always better for future upgrade, since you're thinking about water cooling your GPU's.

Definitely pick up better tubing, and kill coil, anti-kink, as well as some additive. And you use distilled water only. Works the best.
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post #8 of 10
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I am unable to fit a 360 in my case. I could fit 2 240 rads but not a 360. So is a single RX240 as good as it gets for me?
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post #9 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Airolden View Post
I am unable to fit a 360 in my case. I could fit 2 240 rads but not a 360. So is a single RX240 as good as it gets for me?
Single RX240 for CPU only loop is perfect.
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post #10 of 10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by giganews35 View Post
Single RX240 for CPU only loop is perfect.
Well I have decided to get a custom loop with:
XSPC Rasa CPU Acetal water block
XSPC RX240
Swiftech MCP655 Pump*
XSPC Dual 5.25" Bay Reservoir*
Feser UV Tubing 3/8" ID (1/2" OD)*
Zerex Racing Super Coolant
Zip Ties

*=Already bought

However, I am not sure what sort of fittings I should get and how many will I need? Could someone please recommend to me what I should get and where I should get them for my particular type of tubing?

Also, is there any other materials that I am forgetting? Or maybe you recommend me using an alternative to any of the parts that I haven't already purchased? Thank you for all your help thus far.
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