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Hey guys! I've been looking for cooling products for my new Conroe build. I've look at everything from $5.00 case fans to $300 water cooling kits. And, I've found two external water cooling kits that caught my eye for many reasons... including:
1. Low noise
2. Possive reviews
3. Drastically lower temperatures
4. Sleek, clean looks

The two kits I am talking about are the Zalman Reserator 1 V2 and the Thermaltake Symphony External Kit. Both are quiet, almost silence, are easy to set up, and - I think - will be good for a first time watercooler like myself. Any thoughts, warnings, or comments would be much appreciated. I am going to purchase a E6600 and overclock it, also, including the GPU in the watercooling is not a very big think for me, if the cooler has a GPU water block, cool, if it doesn't not a problem. Lastly, I'm not limited to these two opinions, I'm open to other ideas but I'm trying to stay away from custom... at least now... because it is my first water cooling system and I don't want to kill my beautiful P180B or my wonderful E6600 because of leaks or problems .

Oh, and links would probably help.
Thermaltake:
http://www.xoxide.com/thermaltake-sy...-cl-w0040.html
Zalman:
http://www.xoxide.com/zalman-reserator-1-v2.html
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I don't think either one of those would be considered high performance..For a quiet cooling situation they might work I really don't know...You will still have to cut tubing and install blocks, just like any set-up...Custom is really no harder than those would be to set-up... I understand how you must feel not knowing much about them...

Swiftech makes a high performance kit called the Apex, which is on sale right now..It should cool better and be more easily upgradable then those other 2.... It has everything in it to set-up your water cooling for the cpu,and you can add more water blocks later on if you want to....Take a look at it and see what you think...They are all pretty easy to set-up you just have to take your time and not rush.............Swiftech H20-220-APEX ULTRA CPU Liquid Cooling Kit
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Would I have to put holes in my case to install the radiator? Also, how big would the difference be... let's say between the Zalman and the Swiftech?

Okay, I can answer my first question, :-) I should have read the page first.
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Would I have to put holes in my case to install the radiator? Also, how big would the difference be... let's say between the Zalman and the Swiftech?

You would only have to put a couple of holes and put rubber grommets in them for the tubing to run through.....
The difference in temp's I cant really give you an exact answer...It should be a noticable though....
If you are just wanting to do it for silent computing it should be fine...If you are doing it for lower temp's to overclock I would suggest going with either the Swiftech or a custom set-up...
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Well, I'm just going from a TT Big Typhoon and I was to just have a decent watercooling kit, I'm only going to do light overclocking and mainly just want a nice quiet rig, seeing how most games can't touch a E6600, 2GB of DDR2 800 Ram, and a 8800GTS.
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Well, I'm just going from a TT Big Typhoon and I was to just have a decent watercooling kit, I'm only going to do light overclocking and mainly just want a nice quiet rig, seeing how most games can't touch a E6600, 2GB of DDR2 800 Ram, and a 8800GTS.
For that use a Zalman would probably be great.... I would suggest the Zalman rather then the T-Take....I think they also sell a little after market fan that goes in the base of the Zalman that helps a lot with heat dissapation..
If you have more questions or need help with setting it up after you get it feel free to come back and we will be glad to help if we can...
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Hey, thanks, I was thinking the same. The Zalman is only a few inches taller than my case, which won't make it look bad on my desk. Also, watercooling is already a few degrees lower than air cooling, making the CPU (if overclocked) run the same as having air, which is always good. Anyway, thanks for all your help. I'll make sure to tell you guys how everything goes once I get my new rig.
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