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I was thinking about making a loop for my sig rig but I really have no idea where to start. I've heard the RX240 kits are a good place to start for entry level? What else would I need on top of that to cool my cpu and gpu? A gpu block res and fittings if im not mistaken? Also how much would a block run me for my 5850. Idk for sure if im going to do this but just curious what it would cost if I decide to.

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You could spend up to $250-$300 with a Rasa kit+GPU block. If you want fancier stuff like compression fittings/quieter pump/fancier tubing/better CPU block/better fans, be prepared to cough up more money.

Still, the 240mm rad may not be enough, especially if you want to OC. If you plan to keep stock, it may work if you get some decent fans. A good rule of thumb for rads is to get 120mm worth of rad per device connected to the loop+120mm for OCing headroom, so you would be looking at a 360mm rad, or a 240+120mm setup.

It is good to buy used though. I managed to watercool my main rig and HTPC for like $450, buying all my stuff off the OCN Marketplace. Good deals there.
   
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I see I see. A little more expensive than I was thinking but it looks really fun to do lol. I mean I have the money, but idk if i really want to spend it since its really not necessary haha. Then again most of the stuff I have isn't haha. Thanks for the advice tho ill check around the marketplace.
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I see I see. A little more expensive than I was thinking but it looks really fun to do lol. I mean I have the money, but idk if i really want to spend it since its really not necessary haha. Then again most of the stuff I have isn't haha. Thanks for the advice tho ill check around the marketplace.

It is expensive, but the temps are WORTH it. Plus with some good fans you can keep it quiet.

If it is not a must to go water now, there's no problem. Deals pop up often enough on the marketplace, but better keep your eyes peeled for that golden deal. Plus the sellers are very friendly. Do not be afraid to ask if they have other parts not posted on sale, they may cut you a price. I spent 3 months getting all the stuff i needed for both computers, then another month to assemble. Worth the wait.
   
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Have you considered going with one of the closed loop, such as the H100? I'm using one atm on my 3570K @4.5GHz and it actually does rather well, obviously not as well as a full custom loop, but if you're wanting something cheap that does the job, they're the way to go.
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Have you considered going with one of the closed loop, such as the H100? I'm using one atm on my 3570K @4.5GHz and it actually does rather well, obviously not as well as a full custom loop, but if you're wanting something cheap that does the job, they're the way to go.

I actually come from them tongue.gif

Got an H50, then replaced by an H70. I even toyed with some fans for them, like mid speed Yates and CM excaliburs. But the jump from SLI 450's to SLI 470's is what made me consider watercooling. But i loved them (and still do)

Amazingly, my loop has not let me down. My CPU got to 75c on my H70 w/stock fans at full throttle(blame tropical temps), and now it gets the very same temps, but that is after getting hot water from both my video cards (it goes through one rad first, but still, 2 470's at full load do generate quite the heat). And my 470's don't even get to 60c, on full BOINC load. That is commendable, especially after a 35-40% overclock.

CPU's may not see such a HUGE drop, but i bet your videocard will do.
   
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