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Closed Loop H100 water cooling vs. custom XSPC Raystorm

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I have no money and im poor but am really interested in those custom water cooling setups in perticular the XSPC Raystorm Custom over at Dazmode. Right now i have collected all of my parts and am getting ready to build my new pc but am having doubts whether or not to stick with my Corsair H100. The total cost of the Raystorm from Dazmode including shipping and tax would total up to approx $320. If i return the H100, id still have to pay $220 for the cooling kit. Again, my main concern here is money, but i dont want to skimp on this if it is essential and an obvious choice (closed vs custom loop). I want to know whether the benefits in terms of performance H100 vs. Raystorm outweigh the cost in my case.

I am using a Corsair 550D case and will be running a 3570k possibly overclock to at least 4.5 able to run 24/7 safe. This build will be used for gaming and general use.
post #2 of 11
In my experience, it's around a 15C difference. Unless you are getting the Extreme kit with the upgraded tubing and the D5 pump, there's a 90% chance you will need to replace those, so that adds to the cost.

However, since you are going with Ivy Bridge, keep the H100 as a custom loop won't cool it any better due to 22nm. No matter what you will see 90+ temp spikes after a certain point, regardless of custom or H100. The H100 will easily get 4.5GHz on the 3570k 24/7 unless you get a dud. Most are getting 4.6GHz to 4.9Ghz on D14/H100. People on custom loops are getting the same. It depends on how well your processor gets rid of heat, you may see 90+ C at 1.3v and someone else won't, but it's not your cooling.. it's the processor. Luck of the draw.
Edited by Murlocke - 5/5/12 at 6:49pm
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I was interested in the same thing. I want an excuse to go custom vs my modded antec kuhler 920. I added two 120mm radiators and now went to a 180mm and 120mm but doesn't look like temps will change much (different ambients since radiator swap). That leaves me to think the antec/corsair cpu blocks and hoses are my limiting factor. I will hopefully switch soon and confirm but looking for input so I don't expect more than I will get.
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hello,
i'm looking at getting some watercooling in the near future,but i am thinking of going for this kit
XSPC Rasa 750 RS240 WaterCooling Kit ,its about £60-70 cheaper,but i think the only difference is the water block?,might be worth you checking out the price of this over the raystorm.
    
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I use the rs 240 kit and my temps are way awesome.

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I actually did switch from an H100 to dazmodes raystorm kit , I took the D5 pump res combo , and an RX 360 and got about 15 degrees colder , I went from a 3.8 Ghz i7 960 to a 4.3 Ghz
    
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Right now I have the Thermaltake Frio air cooler.. Does well but is heavy and puts a lot of pressure on the motherboard. I am weighting put my options on either a H100 or the Xspc rasa 750 rs240. I am one that likes to tinker.. How much tinkering is involved with the XSPC for those that have it? Ease of setup? I like somewhat of a challenge.
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post #8 of 11
Financially I don't think it's worth it. You may gain enough lower temps to overclock slightly more but in the end I don't believe you'd gain enough performance to justify $300.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by MoYu View Post

I have no money and im poor but am really interested in those custom water cooling setups .


you shouldnt be thinking about coputer watercooling stuff.. get a job (or a better one) instead thumb.gif
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I say none of the above. If your goal is 4.5 ghz, return the h100 and get a nzxt havik.
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