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post #11 of 24
Just buy colored tubing, thats what I did, I got white primochill and its way better then the stock stuff, nice and sift and easy to work with.
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post #12 of 24
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hmmm it seems pretty interesting, though i'd like to have colored tubing, and it comes with clear tubing, that'd mean that i'd have to use colored coolant, but i've heard that'll clog up? like cholesterol?
You don't want the tubing, just buy some colored tubing. The tubing that comes with the kit changes brown over time.
post #13 of 24
Just buy some extra tubing, it's cheap enough.
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DON'T USE DYE!

Well I heard mayhem dyes are ok... but I'd rather not risk it anyways.
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post #15 of 24
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i'm afraid that the case i'm gonna buy isnt big enough for a single 3x 120mm rad, but i think i can fit in 2 2x120mm rads, will that be sufficient to cool a cpu and a gpu? also, will the 750 lph pump have enough power to pump the water around?

also i think that i'll buy some red uv tubing

EDIT: http://www.xs-pc.com/products/waterc...igh-flex-hose/ i think i can better get some blue uv reactive, its much more brighter and it looks 'cool'
Edited by Arthedes - 8/21/11 at 2:14pm
post #16 of 24
Arthedes,
Since you are from Holland (Netherlands) look at Aquatuning prior to considering buy from the US due to the import taxes and Aquatuning can be less expensive than some of the US stores.

Some things you need to know before going water cooling: never go cheap for the sake of going cheap, you will only end up regretting it down the road.
Dyes and coolant are not needed, you only need distilled water and silver kill coils. If you want color tubing buy color tubes but if you are dead set on dyes only use Mayhem dyes.

A few questions for you:
What case are you looking at buying? Are you dead set on buying that case? If not what is your case budget?


We really need to know the case we are working with in order to advice you better, because there are different options depending on if you have the case arealdy or if you still need to buy a case. You also have the option of an external rad box.
Edited by Ronon - 8/21/11 at 2:51pm
post #17 of 24
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cases i've been taking a good look at:
xigmatek utgard window (in the us 50 dollars, here in europe 80 euros)
sharkoon t9 value
sentey black box series bx1 4284 v2.3

absolute maximum price of case is 100 euros, more than that is an absolute waste imo, i'd better spend that money on components/water cooling . If it doesnt fit inside, i have no problems with mounting the rad on top, outside of the case (the xigmatek has holes for that). also, a window is a must, and i'm not willing to do any modding to this.

also, with the current eur/dollar, it is really appealing to buy my stuff in the states, but what are the shipping costs/import rates? i beleive importing something from outside the EU costs 10%, and here in the netherlands we pay 19% tax on stuff, so would that mean that if i buy something for 100 dollar, roughly 60 euros, will cost me 66+ 20%=78 euros, without shipping? i have no idea what shipping costs.

thanks in advance
post #18 of 24
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cases i've been taking a good look at:
xigmatek utgard window (in the us 50 dollars, here in europe 80 euros)
sharkoon t9 value
sentey black box series bx1 4284 v2.3

absolute maximum price of case is 100 euros, more than that is an absolute waste imo, i'd better spend that money on components/water cooling . If it doesnt fit inside, i have no problems with mounting the rad on top, outside of the case (the xigmatek has holes for that). also, a window is a must, and i'm not willing to do any modding to this.

also, with the current eur/dollar, it is really appealing to buy my stuff in the states, but what are the shipping costs/import rates? i beleive importing something from outside the EU costs 10%, and here in the netherlands we pay 19% tax on stuff, so would that mean that if i buy something for 100 dollar, roughly 60 euros, will cost me 66+ 20%=78 euros, without shipping? i have no idea what shipping costs.

thanks in advance
Of those cases I think the ranking is:
1. xigmatek utgard window (It looks like you can put a 240 (2 x 120 mm rad) or 280 (2 x 140 mm rad) in the roof)
2. sentey black box series bx1 4284 v2.3
3. sharkoon t9 value (this one looks a little too cheap)

In your price range there aren't any cases that are truly specifically water cooling cases. The only low price cases I a really familiar with are Fractal Design, are they in your price range?
It looks like the best option is for you to use an external radiators either mounted on top or on the back but preferably in an external rad box, if you can handle the radiators externally, they may be better for you. External Radiators have the benefit of your entire rooms ambient temperature instead of being confined to your cases temp.

As I not from Europe I don't know what your shipping cost will be, however I believe I heard that UPS is not a good carrier to use when shipping to Europe. Hopefully someone from Europe can post about importing from the US.

I am looking at some external radiators stands, that are available both in the US and on Aquatuning, I will post a link and you can go through the ordering process like you are going to order, you will need to create an account but don't actually purchase anything and see what kind of prices they give for shipping.
Here is a Phobya 360 External Radiator Box: (this is just an example of the same product at two stores to calculate shipping and not necessarily endorsing this product)
At Frozencpu it cost $89.95

At Aquatuning.nl it cost 74,99 € *(incl. 19 % BTW excl. Verzendkosten)

Post what the total price and shipping cost would be then we will have a better idea of what shipping will be like from the US or from Aquatuning.nl.
Edited by Ronon - 8/21/11 at 4:11pm
post #19 of 24
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hmm interesting, i can get cocaine for just 2 bucks extra!
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12...1.html#options
post #20 of 24
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ok so i've created an fake account and i've filled in my address and country and these are the shipping methodsUSPS First Class International (15-30 days) - Exceeds max weight of 13 ounces
USPS Priority Mail International $41.88
USPS Express Mail International $51.77
FedEx Priority (1-3 days) $125.24
FedEx Economy (2-10 days) $116.17
Please add Rush Processing for $3.99 more info

if the prices are similar on newegg, i might buy all my computer parts (bulldozer, 7000 series gpu, case, psu, mobo,mouse) in the us for 30-40% less and pay 50-100 dollar shipping + the xigmatek costs only 60 bucks in the us, here it costs 80 euros (the mesh version costs 30 euros tho, for no appearant reason whatsoever

might have a bigger budget by doing this, thus having more money for watercooling
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