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Hey everyone, I was looking into water cooling and was thinking about building one but it seems so expensive. Should I just get one pre-assembled? What are benefits of building my own?
Also, does 1156 water blocks work for 1155 water blocks? I tried moving my H50 over and it didn't fit; just wanted to confirm. Cheers.
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from what i have heard a self built loop costs around 1k+, might be wrong though
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Depends on what you want to cool. I vote buying a kiddy-pool and dunking the computer in that. Can't be more than $50 for everything!

Seriously though, look into the XSPC kits at FrozenCPU. That should give you some idea of what you are looking at.
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from what i have heard a self built loop costs around 1k+, might be wrong though
My god no.

For a CPU only loop, a XSPC kit is $130-$150

For a custom CPU+1 GPU loop and a 360 radiator, it would be around $300-350 for everything.
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Depends on what you want to cool. I vote buying a kiddy-pool and dunking the computer in that. Can't be more than $50 for everything!

Seriously though, look into the XSPC kits at FrozenCPU. That should give you some idea of what you are looking at.
Kitty pool sounds like the cheap way to go I was just looking at the pricing for everything on Frozen and each part cost around $60.00 a piece. This isn't including the tubing or brackets.

So does anyone know for sure if 1156 CPU blocks fit 1155?
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So does anyone know for sure if 1156 CPU blocks fit 1155?
1155 and 1156 use the same mounting holes and same overall shape. What works on 1156 will work on 1155, and vice versa.
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1155 and 1156 use the same mounting holes and same overall shape. What works on 1156 will work on 1155, and vice versa.
Thanks a lot. REP +1. Does anyone have recommendations on which brand of CPU block i should buy?
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Here you go.
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The cost just depends on what you want to do. I have $1000 tied up in my system but that's 3 vid cards, cpu, 2 rads, all compression fittings, fans, fan controller, pump and just added a danger den monsoon res. It adds up quick but I did it in stages so it wasn't so bad.
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