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Can I get a decent CPU loop for this budget or is it best to just go with a Rasa 750 kit?

I can fit a 240mm rad & a dual 5.25" bay res/pump combo in my modded Antec 300... so I have that to play with.

I could possibly attach a stand alone pump on the floor of my case, in between the rad & PSU as there are mounting holes for an SSD/HDD but not so sure about pump fittings. And then use a bay reservoir.

I have been mulling over this for weeks and have put together various ideas for what I will do but I was just wondering what someone else would do in my position with £200 (Thats about $315 for you american folks).

Going to be pulling the trigger next week - I can't wait to get wet but its just which way to go. I definitely can't spend over £200 (that's already an extension of my original budget!). That includes all connectors, tubing, water and whatever else equipment is required!

Look forward to any ideas you chaps have.
    
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The Rasa Offerings are more than adequate to cool your CPU.

The only question to ask yourself is will you ever bring your GPU into the mix?

If not I would just stick with the RASA kits for now as they are very easy to assemble as well as to upgrade in the future.

I run A Rasa Kit on my Core i7 and I get great temps. It has been a long while since I stress tested, but in my normal day to day gaming my CPU never gets hotter than 37*C

Meanwhile my fan Driven EE (External Exhaust) GTX 460s get up to 80*C while I play Star Wars The Old Republic.

Plus that is with the GPU fan at 100% WOT.

Which is LOUD.

I could add my GPUs to my loop, but I haven't wanted to pull the trigger on water blocks when the 600 series is so close at hand.
post #3 of 11
Just get a RASA kit from FrozenCPU (they give you a free silver coil) along with a new 10' run of primoflex tubing (any will do, and all tubing like that leeches plasticizer). My rasa 750 bay pump/res is running water through an EX360, RS240, Rasa block, and EK FC580 with over 1GPM flow, which is a standard benchmark for turbulent flow in cpu cooling.

tl;dr
-Rasa kit w/ free coil
- new tubing
-I have my rasa pump running a big loop, it is fine no matter what other people say wink.gif
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Thanks for the tips.

I will be going for a RX240 kit then along with some separate good quality tubing and some 90 degree angled fittings (heard these are a god send). Will also throw in a T-Line fitting for drainging)..

Future wise - I imagine throwing a 360 rad on top of the A300 and adding another ref. 6950 and getting them in on the loop. However, I'm doubting the XSPC pump/res is quality enough for this. Would have to figure something out...
    
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well like I said, I'm using the rasa pump for a cpu, gpu, 240, and 360 rad, so one more gpu would be fine honestly... unless you just really want a different pump haha
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Just get a 18w DDC pump down the road when you plan on adding the gpus, you can still use the same res if you want just unplug the pump inside it or keep running it if you want.
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what about the EK waterblock kits? They come with good compression fittings.
 
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Originally Posted by kazenagi View Post

Just get a 18w DDC pump down the road when you plan on adding the gpus, you can still use the same res if you want just unplug the pump inside it or keep running it if you want.

Great idea - thanks.
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Originally Posted by CiBi View Post

what about the EK waterblock kits? They come with good compression fittings.

No doubt its a quality kit but it is the cylindrical res that comes with it and how i'm going to mount it... With the rasa kit I know it can fit in.

They are some very naughty bongs right there!
    
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Why dont u get the rasa kit and a new full tower case?? That supports WCing

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