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Hi am totally new to water cooling even though I built my own PC about 2 years ago I really want to go for water cooling how easy is it? and will I see really low temps. Currently I have a i7 950 overclocked to 3.8GHz and getting 40-42c idle and 70-73 load I also want to water cool my gpu as well which is a Nvidia 480 Plus how is the maintenance like after how many months do I have to change the water or is it liquid ? Please any advice and suggestions Thanks
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Hey! I've been in your position before (actually last week) when I wanted to get into water cooling really bad. So I gave in and went ahead and bought a XSPC Rasa 750 RX240 kit. It comes with everything you need for a cpu loop (reservoir, pump, tubing, cpu block, radiator etc) all you need to get is your own coolant. If your going to want to cool your gpu also, you need to get a block for that too. Some things I ran into while my first time water cooling.
-If using coolant, make sure to get a little bit over what you think you're going to use. I thought just 1 32oz would fill my single cpu loop with some left over but it didn't and my reservoir is about 2/3's full. So order 2-3
- Installing a tee line will help tremendously with bleeding and draining.



Basically you have tubing on all the sides. In that picture you would have tubing on the left and right side that is for the loop but the middle part that sticks out. You would have tubing that comes out and have a quick disconnect on the end. You can hide this whenever you install it but when your bleeding the system (getting air out) you lay the computer on the side and lift the tube up and turn on the pump. Air rises to the top (the tubing your lifting up).
Example :

The thing he's holding is what I'm talking about.

Whenever you want to drain and put in new coolant/clean or whatever. You would just put the tee line part into like a bucket and unplug it. Bam! All the water in the system just comes out since its at the bottom. So essentially it makes life easier to some extent.

- Leak testing is important. Some people like leak testing outside the case but you still can run into leaks when you put it into the case too. What I did was
1.Install CPU block (Thermal paste, etc)
2. Install radiator (fans etc)
3. Install radiator/reservoir (XSPC comes with 2 in 1)
4.Measure and cut the tubing (Try to avoid kinking, when the tube bends and restricts flow)
5.XSPC comes with motherboard jump attachment so just put it on the 24 pin, fill up the reservoir and turn it on and off repeatedly. You'll hear and see the bubbles in the tubing.
THIS IS ONLY IF YOU GET THE KIT, things may be different if you order everything separately but this is just to help you think about it. I hoped this help you a bit!
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I would recommend reading the stickies and also just browsing through the threads here. It's what I did when I first started water cooling. I learned by seeing examples of others' rigs and seeing what they did. I also took the advice of the community and went with the rasa kit as my first kit. It was a good choice. I love it and it works out great. It's cooling my sig rig just fine. I only replaced the stock fans and the hosing and bought some koolance quick disconnects for easy drainage.

Whatever you decide, I can tell you that water cooling isn't as 'hard' as it appears to be. It may appear to be a mountain, but it's really just a mole hill. Just dive in and have fun. Follow guides and you'll be fine. There is is always inherent risks with your hardware when you water cool, but if you follow directions and pay attention you shouldn't have any issues. I did just fine and had zero issues and am now happily running under water with no regards and never looking back!
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RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
16gb Samsung Wonder RAM @2200 11-10-11-28 Samsung 840 pro 256gb Seagate FireCuda 2TB HGST Deskstar NAS 5TB 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Apogee GTZ/MCP35X x2 in series/Koolance RP-401X2 EK-FC 780 GTX Classy - Acetal+Nickel+Backplate HWLabs Nemesis 360GTX EK-FC980 GTX Ti Classy KPE - Nickel 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
HWLabs SR2 240mm MP Win10x64 Asus PG279Q Dell U2414h 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell U2414h Ducky Shine 3 Orange LED Cherry MX Red Corsair ax860i w/red sleeved power cables Corsair Obsidian 800D w/bottom rad mod 
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