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So my thread that I had started up over here was more focused on no-maintenance water cooling. After hearing some news on this Rasa kit, I'm looking for input on if a water-cooling-virgin can do a Rasa kit first time around- now it doesn't look too difficult and I've read the tutorials, but can anyone recommend me a nice kit to start water cooling my gaming rig in my signature?

I'm looking to water cool my CPU off the bat and soon after water cool my GPU. I just recently upgraded to my new case, so changing cases isn't really an option right now (if some one recommends that for some reason).
Whats the best price and what kind of maintenance is required to keep this thing running efficiently?

Thanks for your input smile.gif
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post #2 of 34
If you plan on doing both CPU and GPU, and only one radiator, it would be best to go 140x2 radiator on top, which isn't offered as a part of the commonly-recommended XSPC sets.
Otherwise, you're probably looking at 120x2 in front for CPU/chipsets, and 140x2 on top for GPU.
Pricewise, for a CPU only loop, the XSPC Rasa RS240/EX240 kits (or RX240, if you run with lower-than-1k-rpm fans, but more expensive) are good to start out with. You may want to replace the pump with a D5/DDC later on when you expand to GPU and dual radiators.
Maintanence? Every few months (about 6), drain the loop, take it apart, and check/clean components (mostly blocks).

If instead you prefer to pick and choose your own parts, it runs about $190-220 for CPU only (depending on the pump you choose, bmaverick has DDC1s for $35? This uses EX240/Raystorm/DDC res-top).
Edited by lvlrdka22 - 3/12/12 at 12:41pm
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post #3 of 34
I would look at one of the Raystorm kits. They come with a D5 pump already, and the CPU block is much better. They also come with EX rads, which above 1250 or so RPM are better than RX, and both are better than the RS that comes with the Rasa.
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Can you guys provide links to them?
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post #5 of 34
FrozenCPU - http://www.frozencpu.com/products/15402/ex-wat-207/XSPC_Raystorm_RX240_Extreme_Universal_CPU_Water_Cooling_Kit_w_RX240_Radiator_and_Free_Kill_Coil_Hot_item.html?tl=g30c83s137

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Dazmode - http://dazmode.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=178_201

Personally I prefer the Dazmode kit, because it comes with better quality tubing from the start and the fan grills are black to match everything else. Shipping is more expensive though.
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FrozenCPU - http://www.frozencpu.com/products/15402/ex-wat-207/XSPC_Raystorm_RX240_Extreme_Universal_CPU_Water_Cooling_Kit_w_RX240_Radiator_and_Free_Kill_Coil_Hot_item.html?tl=g30c83s137
Performance-PC's - http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=59_202_972
Dazmode - http://dazmode.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=178_201
Personally I prefer the Dazmode kit, because it comes with better quality tubing from the start and the fan grills are black to match everything else. Shipping is more expensive though.

+1 on this kit since you wont have to replace the pump.Saving you money in the long run when you decide to cool
your GPUs.Seeing how youd only have to buy the GPU blocks,tubing,and faittings, and rad thumb.gif
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post #7 of 34
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+1 on this kit since you wont have to replace the pump thumb.gif

Yep, those RASA kit pumps are a dime-a-dozen and popular for failings. People are always looking for a backup pump or a replacement. The rest of the RASA kit is solid and performs well.
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Alright so I got my GTX 480 today and that thing is LOUD and HOT!!! mad.gif

I need to get this thing under water asap, so what is the best setup for my gpu and cpu? That Raystorm kit is significantly more expensive than the XPSC Rasa kit so is it worth it for a starter? I have a full tower case so it -shouldnt- be an issue to fit the larger rad...
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post #9 of 34
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Alright so I got my GTX 480 today and that thing is LOUD and HOT!!! mad.gif
I need to get this thing under water asap, so what is the best setup for my gpu and cpu? That Raystorm kit is significantly more expensive than the XPSC Rasa kit so is it worth it for a starter? I have a full tower case so it -shouldnt- be an issue to fit the larger rad...

If you want a relatively cheap GPU block, I can go pick you up a Danger Den 480 block from my local microcenter, It'll be around $65 after shipping. The Danger Den block is supposed to be one of the best performing 480 FC blocks available, so there's that, if you can get past the looks.

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0339828

I don't think it's horrible, and if I keep my 2nd 480, I'll be picking one up.
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I'm 100% happy with my rasa kit, minus the pump like most said.

I bought a MCP655 and threw the rasa pump in the trash.
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