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I want to free up a bit of space in my case and push my CPU a bit more. I am thinking about the H100 since it fits the bill and I know it will fit just fine in my case, enable me to OC a bit more and on the whole look better. I was swaying towards the Noctua NH-D14 but it's just so big and water cooling just looks better. So, with some form of water cooling on the card I need to make a decision.

H100 is better on the outset because it is pre-assembled and for someone like me this is good because I have no idea about water cooling. It's also only £85 which I suspect is cheaper than a custom loop would cost me.

A custom loop would be better because it gives me some flexibility and the big plus is that it would enable me in the future to cool my GPUs which I would quite like to do as they get pretty hot as it is and I would rather water cool than buy some aftermarket air cooling. I also like the challenge of building a custom loop and want to learn about doing it.

So, what should I go for? Both have positives and negatives. Obviously I would like cheap and easy but I've got to think about what i'm gonna do in the future and a custom loop would fit the bill there. So, if anyone can give me tips on what is cheap/good when making a custom loop. I'm in the UK by the way
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A rasa RS240 would beat it, but its like another £40-50, if you wanted to crush the h100 you would need to get the RX kit, £85 for a h100 is a good price.
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I want to free up a bit of space in my case and push my CPU a bit more. I am thinking about the H100 since it fits the bill and I know it will fit just fine in my case, enable me to OC a bit more and on the whole look better. I was swaying towards the Noctua NH-D14 but it's just so big and water cooling just looks better. So, with some form of water cooling on the card I need to make a decision.

H100 is better on the outset because it is pre-assembled and for someone like me this is good because I have no idea about water cooling. It's also only £85 which I suspect is cheaper than a custom loop would cost me.

A custom loop would be better because it gives me some flexibility and the big plus is that it would enable me in the future to cool my GPUs which I would quite like to do as they get pretty hot as it is and I would rather water cool than buy some aftermarket air cooling. I also like the challenge of building a custom loop and want to learn about doing it.

So, what should I go for? Both have positives and negatives. Obviously I would like cheap and easy but I've got to think about what i'm gonna do in the future and a custom loop would fit the bill there. So, if anyone can give me tips on what is cheap/good when making a custom loop. I'm in the UK by the way
My $.02:
The H100 probably won't get you much better than the Noctua you already have.

Go with the RASA RX360 kit. It's $200 USD probably $120-ish GBP?? It'll have plenty of capability to cool your cpu and gpu's if you so choose.

The nice thing about the kit is that it comes with everything you need (minus distilled water).
    
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A custom loop is more expensive but like you say, it does give you room for future expansion. Personally I'd go down this route.

The thing with water cooling is that you lay down the capital to begin with, but any subsequent changes after that are as simple as buying a new block, or a new bracket for the block you currently have (in the case of a CPU). If you got a H100, and wanted to cool a GPU, you're pretty much out of luck and would have to get a custom loop anyway.

The H100 looks cheap, but if you're seriously considering cooling GPU's in the future, spend some extra cash and sort a custom loop out. Don't worry about "not knowing anything", we're all here to help you out. I didn't know anything about water cooling either until around 8 months ago, now I don't even have to think about any complications anymore.

Water cooling is fun and you will certainly enjoy it.
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My $.02:
The H100 probably won't get you much better than the Noctua you already have.

Go with the RASA RX360 kit. It's $200 USD probably $120-ish GBP?? It'll have plenty of capability to cool your cpu and gpu's if you so choose.

The nice thing about the kit is that it comes with everything you need (minus distilled water).
I don't have a NH-D14, just a Hyper 212+ so anything would be a step up (not saying its a bad cooler, it isn't). I've found the kit in one place, and its £195. mmmm
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I don't have a NH-D14, just a Hyper 212+ so anything would be a step up (not saying its a bad cooler, it isn't). I've found the kit in one place, and its £195. mmmm
Definitely better than a H100 if you're considering adding GPU blocks in the future.
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