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Debating moving from Air to Water

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I've been looking hard at the H100 since you can mount it in the Haf XM, push/pull configuration without removing the 200mm exhaust fan(s). The question is would I get better cooling from a custom loop with a 120mm Rad, and if so how much should I expect to spend for high quality fittings and a water block? A dual bay pump/reservoir combo seems to be the way to go for a first timer like myself.
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If you can fit a H100 get yourself a RASA 240 kit for 120-140 dollars. My friend "was" using a H100 untill I installed my kit and he saw my temps were quite a bit lower, sold his H100 to my brother and got a Rasa kit as well.
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Originally Posted by iMica View Post

If you can fit a H100 get yourself a RASA 240 kit for 120-140 dollars. My friend "was" using a H100 untill I installed my kit and he saw my temps were quite a bit lower, sold his H100 to my brother and got a Rasa kit as well.

The kit only looks to be around a $50 premium over the h100, plus coolant.

My only concern with that kit is that the water block has a low GPH rating. Beyond that I have a few questions, are the supplied fans decent? I ask because it's about 10mm thicker than the h100, so I think I'd only be able to put on one set of fans, but that I could fit 38mm fans instead of 25mm if there's a significant performance difference.

All of this assuming I bite the bullet.
Edited by Skullwipe - 8/19/12 at 8:10pm
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The block is still moving exponentially more water through it than any sealed liquid system, so nothing to worry about.

If you get the kit with the RS240 rad, the included fans will be perfectly fine. It is a "low speed rad" so don't worry about it.

It is 500% better, and only 50% more expensive... Plus, it's upgradeable, so you can add more rads/blocks/pumps/whatever you want to it. The H100 is stuck always being a mediocre piece that's only advantage over a less-expensive air cooler is that it removes the weight from the motherboard.

If you insist on a sealed unit, get the new Thermaltake 240 model; 1.5x thicker rad, slightly denser fin count, stronger pump, better tubing, etc... You name it, it has improved upon it compared to the H100. In fact, I think that the H100 is severely outdated and should have gotten a significant face lift a year ago...
   
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