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RX240




That's incorrect.
Really? I've always thought that the extra surface area would bring better performance


EDIT: Assuming he is using 2000rpm fans the RX will perform similarly to a MCR





RS 360 still better
Edited by Winrahr - 7/25/11 at 7:17pm
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My advice: don't cheap out on the parts and go custom. I wouldn't bother with a pre-made XSPC kit, the quality isn't that great.

You were on the right track in your original post; just scrap the Swiftech CPU block for whatever else you'd like in the range (the Rasa in this case is a good substitute) and personally, I'd only use a Laing pump as these are industrial-designed pumps unlike the little 'Jingway' cheapie pumps that come with most of those kits etc.
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Get the rasa kit and just put the pump/res at the bottom of your case.
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SO MANY NUMBERS. I really can't process that.I'm thinking of going for the RS360, in no small part because it's slightly cheaper.

RS360 kit ($150)
IandH silver killcoil ($7)

Distilled water from, like, the grocery store. Right?

Is PT Nuke necessary if I have a killcoil? I don't know how that part works.

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My advice: don't cheap out on the parts and go custom. I wouldn't bother with a pre-made XSPC kit, the quality isn't that great
What aspects lack quality? Fittings? Tubing?

EDIT:
Try #3


Edited by Wiremaster - 7/25/11 at 9:01pm
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post #35 of 47
Killcoil or PT Nuke, don't use both

If you are using 3/8" tubes then you only need to buy 4 extra fittings

Or you can save a bit more by using the CPX1 pump instead since you dont need so much pumping power

I'm guessing that you will be using >2000rpm fans, if not switch to a MCR
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The radiator isn't the greatest quality (and read a few posts about it leaking eventually), and the pump included in the kit you may as well throw in the trash. Also, the included fans aren't that great either. Otherwise, the fittings are fine (and they are cheap to purchase anyway) and the tubing *shrug*

I originally bought a kit myself when I first started out, and I replaced it in 3 months time because it just wasn't good enough versus air cooling performance and noise wise... outside of the fact that I could now cool my GPU with the loop too that helped reduce noise from the GTX580 fan.

For the fittings if you can swing it, go with bitspower instead of the danger den. I found them to give a bit better grip on the tubing, and be of better quality. Otherwise, your list looks good there! (just don't forget a few clamps, and some tubing) Also, for the pump.. I bought a DDC pump (MCP35x) originally, and I switched pretty soon to a D5 Variable speed pump. Very very quiet, and I found it easier to mount properly and get rid of vibration without worrying about heating up the tiny DDC pump. Just another thing to consider... probably get a bit more longevity out of the D5 pump because it is self-cooled etc. in my opinion. Read up on that, but again... your pump is something you can keep for a long time as well as the rest of your major cooling components so take your time and buy the good stuff so it will last
Edited by chorner - 7/25/11 at 9:29pm
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To help you folks understand, this is what greeted me after playing Bad Company 2 for two hours.



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I'm guessing that you will be using >2000rpm fans, if not switch to a MCR


Winrahr, explain the bit about 2000RPM fans? Is the MCR better for lower speed fans? Why?
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The GTS, like the GTX, is a high FPI rad which isn't too good with fans slower than 1800rpm
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Fins Per Inch. Got it. Alright. My fans are ~2000RPM, so I suppose I could go for something in the middle. Black Ice GT, Black Ice Xtreme, MCR320... they all seem the same except for some slight differences. They all cost the same.
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the BIX is a bit old so I would just go for the GTS
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