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I have a Koolance Exos (model EXT-A03) that I originally bought for a P4 "Prescott" system. It's held up quite well, except that the fans are not silent anymore. I suppose the bearings are old, and shipping on replacement fans cost more than the parts. There are a few other things I don't like about my old case w.r.t. water cooling, so I'm looking at updating it.

I want to discuss ideas and products in some detail before buying. I hope I've come to a good place for that!

I'm supposing that 3 120mm fans would be even quieter and better than my current 3 80mm fans, so I'm thinking of something like Koolance KIT-EHX1020AL.

Now, if I get a new (larger) case, and built it in rather than using an external unit, I can have the radiator at the top of the tower and have the fans not only pull air through the radiator but exhaust the case air as well. That is, cut a huge hole in the top of the case, mount the rad inside, and the fans with a nice trimmed-out shroud on top. Is that a good way to go?

I'm thinking of a "stack" type case, like the NZXT "Whisper" which includes soundproofing.

Then, I can get a pump/Reservoir that fits in the drive bay stack.

I also like to cool the HD's, and that is another thread I suppose. My Koolance stuff is hard to actually mount in a standard case.

So, what brands and specific products would you recommend for this?

Thanks,
—John
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Bump.

I thought I'd have a million opinions... but nothing?
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The XSPC Rasa kits are decent for entry level w/c and include everything you need at a reasonable price...Unfortunately though...the whisper would need to be modded to accommodate the rads as it only has 2 120mm fans and 2 80mm fans...unless you got really small rads, but then performance would suffer too.
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I have this Koolance external watercooling kit that I would like to sell. If you're interested, drop me a PM. I've hardly used it and it's sitting in my closet collecting dust.

Here's the link to what I have: http://www.koolance.com/water-cooling/product_info.php?product_id=1180

It's a nice external setup, especially for something like the Whisper. You would have to mod the whisper to accomodate any type of internal rad set up larger than 1.120mm. The best system to buy for an internal setup would be the Rasa RX240 kit. The whisper would not be able to accomodate this rad as it's a 2.120 radiator. Anyway, again, if you're interested, PM me. I've sold to OCN members so if you want, I can provide buyer information for feedback.

PS: I will include fittings for the exos system.
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Originally Posted by longroadtrip;15355956 
The XSPC Rasa kits are decent for entry level w/c and include everything you need at a reasonable price...Unfortunately though...the whisper would need to be modded to accommodate the rads as it only has 2 120mm fans and 2 80mm fans...unless you got really small rads, but then performance would suffer too.

I don't care for the idea of cases that are perforated with rads and fans mounted inside. I think the holes will affect airflow, and a shroud makes sure the air doesn't bypass the radiator.

So I'm definitely looking at a mod. My current setup is an external Exos unit.
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Originally Posted by Zmanster;15356232 
I have this Koolance external watercooling kit that I would like to sell. If you're interested, drop me a PM. I've hardly used it and it's sitting in my closet collecting dust.

That is similar to my existing EXOS, only newer.

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would have to mod the whisper to accomodate any type of internal rad set up larger than 1.120mm.

What does 1.12mm dimension refer to? That's about as thick as a a few sheets of paper.
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1.120mm means a 1x120mm rad...as an example, my 360 rads are properly listed as 3.120 (3 120mm fan widths)
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