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Hi

I am new to water cooling and thinking about getting my first water cooling setup, most likely will just start with the CPU and then may move up to cooling the graphics card later.

I was thinking about buying the parts listed below, but would greatly appreciate any feedback

EK-Reservoir Combo DCP 4.0
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=26774:ab7519e4fcb75719e4447d550c2e5437

EK-CoolStream RAD XTX (120)
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=32494:4e6a6ce2ba171794db1f7afaa47c6497

EK-Supreme LTX (LIGHT Xtreme) CPU Water Block
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=30480:1c17d9100cd2dac33b9e44ff5d26e87e

Masterkleer Hose PVC 15.9/12.7mm (1/2"ID) UV-Reactive Black 3.3m (10ft) "Retail Package"
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=30602

I think I would also need an additive and some clamps, what do you all think, would this be a good beginner watercooling setup?

Right now I am using a Corsair A70 air cooler and it works very well, but temps have been reaching 80-84Celsisus when I overclock my 2600k to 4.8Ghz so I am looking for something that would perform significantly better.

Was also thinking about getting one of the EK-Kits below as a starter setup, it might be cheaper than parting it out, but would like to get the EK-DCP 4.0 instead of the EK-DCP 2.2 included in the kits. Basically, I would like to have a pump that is powerful enough to be future proof and allow for future expansion. Right now my Antec Two Hundred case could probably only support a 120mm radiator and maybe a 140mm radiator on the top vent, down the road.

EK-KIT H3O - Supreme LTX 120 Water Cooling Kit
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=59_202_946&products_id=33435

If you have any tips or suggestions it would be greatly appreciated. I have read through a few guides but there so many different companies and products to choose from it is hard to know what to get.

Would a single 120mm radiator, with a powerful pump be enough to cool a CPU only, better than an air cooler?

Thanks,
Nfomaniak
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For a CPU only I think a 240mm rad will be the best, why don't check Dazmode for his new XSPC kits, the have anything you need: EX240 rad, Raystorm CPU block,D5 or DDC pump, compression fittings, tubing, etc., you only need to add the GPU block an another rad when you are ready to watercool your gpu's.
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For a CPU only I think a 240mm rad will be the best, why don't check Dazmode for his new XSPC kits, the have anything you need: EX240 rad, Raystorm CPU block,D5 or DDC pump, compression fittings, tubing, etc., you only need to add the GPU block an another rad when you are ready to watercool your gpu's.

I'd agree. The kits from Dazmode are a great deal. I've purchased from him before, prompt delivery.
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I don't really have space for a 240mm radiator in my current case. Maybe I need to get a new case first before going to water cooling?

I was hoping I could run a 120mm radiator to start with and then maybe add a 140mm radiator also down the road, should I get both for my current case?

Would it be best to just buy a new case that could support a 240mm or 360mm radiator?
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