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I'm going to try out water cooling for fun... but everything just looks so expensive.

Are there any cheap setups to try? I saw a Corsair H50 but that's 70 bucks. It has pretty good ratings but is there anything cheaper but just as reliable?
    
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Well a corsair h50 isn't exactly what most people here would call "watercooling" but it is kind of a nice introduction into that whole world. And it will keep your cpu pretty cool.
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what does it mean by pre filled? does that mean it comes with coolant already? does it ever run out?
    
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corsair H series are plug and play You just have to mount the fans
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Water cooling is just not cheap, that's the way it is. If you can't afford at least an xspc Rasa kit, then you should just stick to air cooling.
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Water cooling is just not cheap, that's the way it is. If you can't afford at least an xspc Rasa kit, then you should just stick to air cooling.
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post #7 of 10
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Is there a tremendous difference in temps if I get an air cooler like 212+ and run it at like 75% + fan speed?

I might try out a "real" water cooling solution next year when I upgrade to 2500k and HAF 932.

My friend has a haf X with 212 with 2 fans @ 100% fans all the time and he never breaks 60C and his i5 is at 4.6ghz. Would watercooling make his cpu even cooler?
    
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post #8 of 10
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Is there a tremendous difference in temps if I get an air cooler like 212+ and run it at like 75% + fan speed?

I might try out a "real" water cooling solution next year when I upgrade to 2500k and HAF 932.

My friend has a haf X with 212 with 2 fans @ 100% fans all the time and he never breaks 60C and his i5 is at 4.6ghz. Would watercooling make his cpu even cooler?
Yes it would it's an huge difference between a h80 and a 212+
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post #9 of 10
Yeah, at least get one of the RASA kits. They are good quality parts for not that much. They are nice in that you can expand them. With the H80 and other similar things, you pretty much chunck it if you want to upgrade. with the RASA kit, you can add more blocks, rads and pumps as you grow into your system. Better in the long term.
    
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post #10 of 10
You aint lying when you say its not cheap. I have been buying watercooling parts over a period of 6 months for my build in Oct. I lost track at how much money i have spent (i guess thats a good thing though).
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