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Looking for a budget minded liquid cooling system.
Looking at the Corsair H100, H80 and maybe an entry level kit.. I dont know a lot of liquid cooling, I know much more about air cooling. I have a Thermaltake Frio air cooler now that I would sell to help with the cost of a liquid kit. Any ideas? Premade kits a good value? I would like to top the 5Ghz barrier... currently doing well at 4.5Ghz on my 2500k.
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h100..or click my sig tongue.gif
 
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RASA kit thumb.gif

I have had a H-series setup and they are ok but they don't do what a full loop can do. If you want quick and easy then get a H100
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if you want to get to 5ghz you will want at LEAST a H80. H100 would be better if you can afford it smile.gif, I have a H100 and I love it, temps are excellent. Lots of people will say get a rasa kit for a similar price, but I love the h100 because it's easier and works fine for me, also requires little to no maintenance.
 
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I would pick up a Rasa RX 240 or RS 240, Ive seen a lot of nice water cooled setups in the CM 690. The closed loop systems are decent, but "most" high end air systems can keep up with them.

With most H100's cost around 100 - 120 bucks you can get a full loop starting around 130 and get much better performance. Frozen CPU is out of the 240 kits but performance pcs has the RX in
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=59_202_972&products_id=30280


This can give you open options for down the road thumb.gif
post #6 of 6
Honestly, self-contained water cooling isn't going to do noticeably better than the top-end air coolers, you need to go with a custom loop for that, and that's not cheap. You can do water cooling on a budget if you shop around and don't mind used parts (I put together a cpu+2gpu+360 rad for $350), but it's not going to be as cheap as the self-contained. You can pick up a used Rasa cpu block for ~$35 shipped generally, it should be possible to get a used radiator for $40-$50 (240 is plenty for a cpu, get 360 if you think you'll add gpu later), and budget $60+ for a quality pump (unless there are still new DDC-1T's for $35 shipped in the forums, not sure if he's out). Snag a reservoir for ~$30, and then you just need barbs, clamps, tubing, and fans (which you may have).
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