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Hello guys and gurls. As the title says I want to go underwater as it is one of my dream
I've been saving for a while now and I have a 250$ ''flexible'' budget if it worth it
I am looking for a cpu loop only and add a single GPU down the road. Now bear in mind that I will cool my actual sig until I buy my new system just for BC3 And most importantly I do not want to spend more than 400$ at the end of the day
I've been surfing around for months concerning WC and there are some things i still do not understand (barbs/fitting and tubing size are still UFO for me) but I pretty much know about the other basic stuff

I have a CM690 II advanced, I bought it knowing I would eventually WC a year ago. And as you may know its not the most spacious case ever made. I bought it for price and the capability of two internal 240s as I do not want big rads outside.

I am looking at a:
A cpu loop for now an upgrade after i get my new system


If you ask why buy this lot just for a CPU for a first one, I want to be shipping cost effective? Well if you can convince me to get only the kit, fine by me I'm open to suggestion. This WC is not urgent but the noise of those stock cooling stuff is bugging me in my home without AC in my Canadian summer.
Please excuse my unperfect English, I was not born with it

EDIT:
here is what the list look like

Details in page3
Edited by Azarah - 7/20/11 at 3:36pm
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I can say that the rasa kit is a good choice to buy on a low budget - for a not low-budget performance.
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post #4 of 24
Those kits are pretty good. Combined with the rx240 you're looking to get as well, you should have some nice cooling. Since the raza kit comes with 1/2" barbs, go with 1/2" barbs for the extra rad as well ... also get 1/2" ID tubing. Depending on the layout of your loop, I'd hold off on the 45 degree fittings since you're on a budget and those things tend to cost more than they should. If you want to kill 2 birds with one stone, you can get these as you're extra barbs. They act as both 1/2" barbs as well as a kill coil all in one:

http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...-barbs-no.html

Your kit should be enough to handle your cpu as well as adding in a gpu block later on if you ever decide on that. So good choice. Also don't bother getting extra tubing if you're on a tight budget. The tubing should be just fine since it's gonna be inside your case and no one can see it anyway
    
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ps- make sure to go with low speed Yates since both those rads are designed for that + you're concerned about noise
    
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I'm currently shopping on the net and comparing shipping cost too but quick question, How does the EK CoolStream 240 XT compare to the RX240 ? because the EK is 10$ cheaper ...
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post #7 of 24
I just bought the XSPC Rasa RS240, and I'm not new to Watercooling. It's a good kit. Contains pretty much all you need. Your list looks good.

Only 2 suggestions. Use 7/16" ID tubing instead of 1/2". 7/16" has a nice snug fit on a 1/2" barb, and should provide a nice smooth flow. Do your research in the forums about the comparison of the two.

Other suggestion is do lots of research on the fans and don't go with the 'dirty cheap yates'...you said you want a quiet PC? Look into the Scyth Gentle Typhoons or other low RPM fans.

My computer is SO quiet you would be surprised. If I wasn't so impatient I would've bought the Gentle Typhoons, but I was in a rush so I bought the Gelid Silent12 fans and running on the slowest speed you can't hear them at all. The fans that come with the RASA kit are quite loud. Also the RASA pump is a bit noisy (some people say they have quiet ones) Anyways I did the 7v mod on the RASA pump and now it is DEAD SILENT...and my temps are the same! I was amazed by the 7v mod. But that's more advanced.

So ya, look into 7/16" tubing and 'better' fans.
post #8 of 24
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this is what I have so far


I need help choosing the right radiator fans:
http://www.frozencpu.com/search.html...o.x=14&go.y=14

-I choosed Yates because they are cheap, I am considering GTs but they are out of stock on the major sites or the are overpriced. I will buy two yates for now and I will see when the GPU comes in if I have enough cash

-I added the Tline for bleeding when the time comes but I don't know what to buy to ''block''

-Please verify that I have the correct size tubing and barbs.

-Also, what do I need to buy to make the UV glow ?

PS: I realised while writing this that I'm definitely missing vocabulary
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Azarah View Post
I choosed Yates because they are cheap, I am considering GTs but they are out of stock on the major sites or the are overpriced. I will buy two yates for now and I will see when the GPU comes in if I have enough cash

-I added the Tline for bleeding when the time comes but I don't know what to buy to ''block''

-Please verify that I have the correct size tubing and barbs.

-Also, what do I need to buy to make the UV glow ?

PS: I realised while writing this that I'm definitely missing vocabulary
Fillport will block the T-Line fitting.
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/21...t_-_Black.html
or
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/13...ck_Chrome.html

G1/4 Barbs and 7/16ID 3/8OD tubing should be fine. Get clamps for extra security or use zip ties.

And this to make your UV tube glow
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/13...tl=g6c451s1145

Can't help you with the fans, I'm not experienced with Yate Loons sorry.
post #10 of 24
Everything on that list looks fine. Your rads are designed for low speed fans, so you'd want to get the Yates with the "L" at the end of their code for "low": http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10...ml?id=8PiZtvmR
    
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