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Go with a custom loop. I utterly hate the Hydro series of coolers. Not because of their performance, but because of their price. For 15 bucks more than the H100 you can have a full water cooling kit. For 4 bucks more you can have a 360mm radiator instead of a crappy 240mm radiator. Even for 200 more (which is probably going way out of your price range) you can actually get a VERY nice loop that you can use for years to come.

If you decide to buy the parts separately, you can get a pretty darn good loop for about 250.

If you wanted to save money, then get the phanteks dual tower cooler and call it a day.
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I am in the process of building my rig, have all the parts but the combination of classes starting and both of my grandparents being extremely ill has put the brakes on a bit.

I got the Apogee HD because of a number of reasons. It has the absolute best mounting system, it isn't convex like the Raystorm so it should be a better choice for the much larger SBE chips, the 3 exit ports (1 primary, two optional) will be extremely useful when I add the Rampage 4 Extreme block, and I like how it looks.

If compression fitting size is the issue, the XSPC ones are extremely low profile compared to every other type I've handled, and they look really nice in the black chrome finish. Also, getting just a few angled rotary Adapters can make it exponentially easier to run the tubing, and while I went with Bitspower, the EK ones look very nice and are half the price (I would recommend 2-4 45deg and 1-2 90deg minimum).

The EK Multioption Res X2 Advanced is the most versatile cylinder reservoir is extremely versatile.
   
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post #33 of 36
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Originally Posted by Tjj226 Angel View Post

Go with a custom loop. I utterly hate the Hydro series of coolers. Not because of their performance, but because of their price. For 15 bucks more than the H100 you can have a full water cooling kit. For 4 bucks more you can have a 360mm radiator instead of a crappy 240mm radiator. Even for 200 more (which is probably going way out of your price range) you can actually get a VERY nice loop that you can use for years to come.
If you decide to buy the parts separately, you can get a pretty darn good loop for about 250.
If you wanted to save money, then get the phanteks dual tower cooler and call it a day.

I see your point, but I think a lot of people like the H100 because of its convenience. Even although the XSPC Rasa kit isn't much more price-wise, it's the installation and maintenance that would push people towards an H100 kit. I'll admit, I fell into that same thinking, it's still tempting to use the H100 and be done with it. There's other parts to my PC build I want to concentrate on, such as cable management, testing, etc., not to mention just wanting to *use* the new system. Now I'm going to try my first custom-loop, I expect my PC build will take longer.

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I am in the process of building my rig, have all the parts but the combination of classes starting and both of my grandparents being extremely ill has put the brakes on a bit.
I got the Apogee HD because of a number of reasons. It has the absolute best mounting system, it isn't convex like the Raystorm so it should be a better choice for the much larger SBE chips, the 3 exit ports (1 primary, two optional) will be extremely useful when I add the Rampage 4 Extreme block, and I like how it looks.
If compression fitting size is the issue, the XSPC ones are extremely low profile compared to every other type I've handled, and they look really nice in the black chrome finish. Also, getting just a few angled rotary Adapters can make it exponentially easier to run the tubing, and while I went with Bitspower, the EK ones look very nice and are half the price (I would recommend 2-4 45deg and 1-2 90deg minimum).
The EK Multioption Res X2 Advanced is the most versatile cylinder reservoir is extremely versatile.

Oh I see, sorry to hear that; of course that will delay your build. I considered the Apogee Drive II, but I've now found out that the block has to be detached from the board and sat low-down, while still connected - this is for bleeding purposes - then once bled - installed onto the CPU. What size tubing did you finalise on?
Edited by aln688 - 8/30/12 at 10:53am
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Do the black chrome fittings flake like the flat-black fittings? I'm considering the shiny silver fittings purely because of this.
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I have 10 feet of white 1/2x3/4. I have not personally seen the Bitspower black fittings flake, but anything is possible. They are incredibly nice fittings, but due to the expense of the compressions and the fact that the XSPC ones are so nice, I suggest getting the XSPC Compression Fittings and only ordering rotary angled adapters from Bitspower (the fittings that have G1/4 female port to screw in your own comps).
The silver XSPC and Silver Bitspower fittings are absolutely pretty close match, and the same goes for the Black Chrome XSPC and the Black Sparkle from Bitspower.
   
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I look those up, thanks. I'm actually switching to 3/8" ID x 5/8" OD tubing, it's lower profile "looking" in terms of the tubing and fittings. I also managed to get a plastic T-connector for my drain line for this size of tubing. I think between the 35X pump and EK low-restriction block, it'll make up for the narrower tubing. I meant to ask, where's that build log?!

EDIT: Nice, the base of the XSPC fittings can be tightened with a coin, I like it.
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