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Well my old fans in my case are starting to die and I think it might be time to try something new. I'd like to build a water cooling setup around my current rig. However, I'd like to keep the budget around that 500$ mark. Would this be enough for a good build? Should I just go air? I also don't really care much for looks/cool glowing ****. I'm more function over form. Thanks for any help in advance.
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If you'd like to get wet for the first time go with the XSPC kits, you can't go wrong with them and $500 CND is more than enough to get you started.

 

I would also like to suggest watching DazMode's introduction to watercooling as he explains most of the FAQ's in watercooling.

 

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Hi there,

I recently made the switch from air to watercooling and spent around the same in UK pounds as your budget. I spent a long time researching and everything went smoothly.

Best advice I can offer is to make sure that you know exactly what you want to do with your watercooling setup and then see what components you want to get to fulfil your criteria. I decided just to coll my CPU but to allow myself the option of cooling my GPU in the future if I wanted to. I looked at lots of different kits but decided to configure my own setup so I could get the parts I wanted. In the end I got the following:
XSPC RayStorm CPU Waterblock for Intel
Phobya G-Changer V1.2 360mm Triple Radiator
Laing D5 (VPP655SE) Vario 12V Pump and Koolance Laing D5 Pump Top
XSPC 5.25" Single Drive Bay Reservoir
Masterkleer 1/2" ID - 5/8" OD (13-16mm) Tubing
I also bought the necessary fittings and cooling fluids

Since installing the water loop my 2500k CPU temps have not gone above 40C no matter how much work I have asked it to do and it is currently O/C'd to 4.8GHz.
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I didn't even notice that I did till I saw the stars. Too much time in the shop with the guys. Sorry about that mods

Yea I'll take a look at that, I'm a mechanic so the concept of passing water through a radiator to cool a heat source it is pretty well covered at this point. I'm mostly looking at what products give the best cooling for the lowest price.
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If you'd like to get wet for the first time go with the XSPC kits, you can't go wrong with them and $500 CND is more than enough to get you started.

I would also like to suggest watching DazMode's introduction to watercooling as he explains most of the FAQ's in watercooling.

-Sidenote: please don't swear. I got a warning from the mods, you will get one too.

Dont forget the wc sticky section
There you will find guides as well as videos on how to water cool.
http://www.overclock.net/t/226970/updated-water-cooling-essential-threads
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post #6 of 10
Definitely check out the XSPC Rasa kits they are easy to install, I have the XSPC RX 360 but there are a variety of sizes/options. Are you just cooling your cpu or are you going to do the 560 as well?
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I'd like to do the GPU as well.

Edit: After some searching around it seems that I'd have to fab my own water block for all of the components on the card, not just the GPU itself if I wanted to water cool as there doesn't seem to be a direct fit water block for my card. So I probably won't do that then.
Edited by bullet_101 - 4/21/12 at 9:09am
post #8 of 10
For just your cpu a Rasa 240 kit should be fine then
post #9 of 10
If you're looking to cool the GPU as well, you can get chip only water blocks. What GPU are you looking to cool?
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I'd like to do the GPU as well.
Edit: After some searching around it seems that I'd have to fab my own water block for all of the components on the card, not just the GPU itself if I wanted to water cool as there doesn't seem to be a direct fit water block for my card. So I probably won't do that then.

 

I'd go for a Universal GPU Waterblock and some alu/copper heatsinks on the RAM/VRMs like what I;m doing with my 6950. You already know the basics it's just a matter of parts like you said. As for low cost components with the best results, XSPC kits are the way to go, I'd invest in the Raystorm Kit from DazMode as the shop offers compression fittings rather than barbs.

 

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Dont forget the wc sticky section
There you will find guides as well as videos on how to water cool.
http://www.overclock.net/t/226970/updated-water-cooling-essential-threads

 

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