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So, I'd like to get into water cooling, but I was wondering if anybody knows a way to get parts that aren't outrageously expensive.. I'd really like to go for 2 480s, but just one of those radiators is well over 60$, then I'd have to get a pump which would be at least 50, then a reservoir for.. i dont know how much those are actually.. then I'd need at least a cpu block just to start with, plus tubing and whatnot..

Is there a cheaper way to get into this, or is it just really expensive at first no matter what you do?
post #2 of 25
For a good-performing water cooling setup, you will need the following items:
-CPU waterblock
-GPU waterblock(s)
-Pump(s)
-Radiator(s)
-Fans
-Reservoir
-Tubing
-Fittings
-Distilled Water
-PT Nuke/Silver Kill Coil

Expect to spend $300+, but, it's well worth the cooling potential!
Edited by UrbanSmooth - 6/11/11 at 6:25pm
    
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Look up the XPSC Rasa kits. For a single CPU loop a 120 or 240 rad is plenty. a 360 Rad would probably do 1 GPU, a 480 Rad would probably do 2 GPUs as well.


Anyways, look up XPSC Rasa.
AMD, I give up.
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A high-end GPU such as the GTX 480 will need at least 240mm of radiator per core to effectively dissipate heat.
    
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I'm just looking at a CPU loop maybe, i might also get a northbridge block.. But mainly my cpu. I'm looking to make it really overkill, since texas has this nasty habit of getting into the 100s.. and my ac has a nasty habit of breaking :\\

I was thinking about just doing a 360, but the 480 is only 10$ more, would it be worth it if i did something like that? I'd like to get some nice overclocks in
post #6 of 25
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A high-end GPU such as the GTX 480 will need at least 240mm of radiator per core to effectively dissipate heat.
I have a 6870, and I might crossfire it at some point, but I'm not really planning on putting my gpus in the loop, the blocks are waay too expensive for me lol
post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by Hobybobag View Post
I have a 6870, and I might crossfire it at some point, but I'm not really planning on putting my gpus in the loop, the blocks are waay too expensive for me lol
Check out an XSPC kit, then. 100% pure water cooling parts bundled together in a combo deal.
    
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I always end up spending a good deal of coin on water, but that is what happens if you buy the good stuff.I really do not know a way around unless you go for lower quality. One time I bought the Swiftech stackable 360 radiator instead of the Black Ice 360 (the newest thickest model) I did notice a performance difference (I think I saved around 40.00 by using the Swiftech). Performance was OK but not top of the line.
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http://www.xs-pc.com/products/waterc...ercooling-kit/
I like this one, but where would i order it?
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PerformancePCs - RX version, $189.95 at the time of this post.
FrozenCPU - RS version, $149.99 at the time of this post.
Edited by UrbanSmooth - 6/11/11 at 6:46pm
    
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