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I'm perfectly aware of the maintenance needed and every couple of months really wouldn't bother me.

I'd really rather not do the heavy air-cooler, I had a large air-cooler on a previous motherboard and ended up damaging the board due to the strain the cooler put on the motherboard when being moved.

I'd like to know if the kits I mentioned in the OP are decent quality or if there are any better alternatives. I'd like to possibly upgrade to a full loop (Including GPU) sometime in the future so would like to start small with the CPU only.

The Silverstone FT02 is the case I intend on getting but I'm not sure what size of radiator I could realistically fit in there (120 would be easy, not sure about 240).
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Water cooling systems require more maintenance than air, but that shouldn't be a problem if you like tinkering with your rig. If you have the cash and don't mind a little extra work, there's no reason not to at least try it. If you decide down the road that it isn't your thing, you can always resell the wc kit and buy an air cooler.
 
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A heatsink would be more manageable or just as maneagable as a water loop when moving your rig around.....
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I'm perfectly aware of the maintenance needed and every couple of months really wouldn't bother me.

I'd really rather not do the heavy air-cooler, I had a large air-cooler on a previous motherboard and ended up damaging the board due to the strain the cooler put on the motherboard when being moved.

I'd like to know if the kits I mentioned in the OP are decent quality or if there are any better alternatives. I'd like to possibly upgrade to a full loop (Including GPU) sometime in the future so would like to start small with the CPU only.

The Silverstone FT02 is the case I intend on getting but I'm not sure what size of radiator I could realistically fit in there (120 would be easy, not sure about 240).
No to the kits you listed. Go with the RASA kit over the EK kit, the corsair aios are no good.

I don't really see where you could fit water cooling in that case without any modding. You really can't cool a cpu+gpu with good temps with a 120 or 240 rad.
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Don't do it. It's a slippery slope and you'll get addicted, start spending too much cash just to get the high of lower temps lolzers.
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No to the kits you listed. Go with the RASA kit over the EK kit, the corsair aios are no good.

I don't really see where you could fit water cooling in that case without any modding. You really can't cool a cpu+gpu with good temps with a 120 or 240 rad.
As long as I can cool just the CPU in that case, it will be fine, would that be doable on just a 120mm?

If I really get into water-cooling I will probably get a better case more suited to it.

I'm going to be running a the GTX 580 DirectCUII so it should hold the card fine, even with minor overclocking.

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Don't do it. It's a slippery slope and you'll get addicted, start spending too much cash just to get the high of lower temps lolzers.
Haha, I'll have basically no money to spend on upgrading it so it's all good

As long as it can stay at a decent low temperature, it's fine.
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As long as I can cool just the CPU in that case, it will be fine, would that be doable on just a 120mm?

If I really get into water-cooling I will probably get a better case more suited to it.

I'm going to be running a the GTX 580 DirectCUII so it should hold the card fine, even with minor overclocking.



Haha, I'll have basically no money to spend on upgrading it so it's all good

As long as it can stay at a decent low temperature, it's fine.
... that case is 250$, why would you buy something you know isn't compatible if you don't have much money?

I'm not sure how bulldozer will be temp wise but a 120mm should be good, 240 better.
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For most people it's no trouble at all, it will be a bit more difficult for you though.
Why do you say that?
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Why do you say that?
Because your radiator is lower in the loop than your drain, you'll have to flip the case to get all the water out.
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... that case is 250$, why would you buy something you know isn't compatible if you don't have much money?

I'm not sure how bulldozer will be temp wise but a 120mm should be good, 240 better.
I have plenty money at the moment to spend on a rig but I'll be heading to university and thus won't have as much to spend in the future to upgrade.

The case I settled on was the FT02 for the silence and looks, the cooling is more than sufficient with air I was just wondering if I could fit a 120mm/240mm kit inside and have the cooling be sufficient.

I already have a 2500K and GTX580 DCUII that I picked up for cheap, I'm waiting to see the pricing on the ASRock Extreme7 before I go ahead and purchase the rest of my components and was wondering if it would be worthwhile to purchase one of the kits.

If it's going to be impossible to fit it all, that's understandable and there isn't really much I can do about it - I haven't ever even looked at getting watercooling but since this is my first proper build I'm personally making I thought I'd get one to see if I liked it compared to standard air cooling.
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