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Hey

Heading into summer I need to redo my PC's cooling. The Noctua doesn't seem to be cutting it too well, plus it's a tad bulky and I want to slim it down.

So as I'm new to water cooling, planning to get this kit: XSPC Raystorm 750 RS240

What is your opinion and anything I need to be aware of with the cooling? ie buy extra fans and cooling liquid?

Also here's a picture of the inside of my case (NZXT Phantom), I'm thinking I'd have to remove the top fans and sit the radiator up there? While the pump would fit in the spare space with the 5.25" Bays? Another plan would be to consolidate the Hard Drives and put my SSD with them so I can remove that middle hard drive bay.

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Originally Posted by VawrteX View Post

Hey

Heading into summer I need to redo my PC's cooling. The Noctua doesn't seem to be cutting it too well, plus it's a tad bulky and I want to slim it down.

So as I'm new to water cooling, planning to get this kit: XSPC Raystorm 750 RS240

What is your opinion and anything I need to be aware of with the cooling? ie buy extra fans and cooling liquid?

Also here's a picture of the inside of my case (NZXT Phantom), I'm thinking I'd have to remove the top fans and sit the radiator up there? While the pump would fit in the spare space with the 5.25" Bays? Another plan would be to consolidate the Hard Drives and put my SSD with them so I can remove that middle hard drive bay.
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The XSPC kits are a fine kit for starting out. Only thing I would be leery about with the kit you linked is the cheaper pump that comes with that kit, it's not the best quality and has had some reliability issues. If you could swing it, the upgraded version of that kit:
www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_160_45&products_id=20462
This kit comes with a much better pump, a Laing D5. It also has an EX240 radiator. The included D5 pump is still mounted in the bay reservoir, so you could mount that in your front bay.
The 240 rad should fit up top. That store also offers various coolants, I would suggest using distilled water and an additive such as this:
www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_160_301&products_id=21444

Edit:
This thread has many examples of Phantoms with top-mounted rads. It really is a great-looking case:thumb:
www.overclock.net/t/876350/official-nzxt-phantom-club
Edited by DerComissar - 10/24/12 at 9:24pm
post #3 of 7
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Yeah I can easily swing for the more expensive one. Thanks for the input.

Was also browsing that thread a bit before getting some ideas. But thanks for the input on the kit and what coolant to use, would have never thought of the additive. Thanks
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Yeah I can easily swing for the more expensive one. Thanks for the input.

Was also browsing that thread a bit before getting some ideas. But thanks for the input on the kit and what coolant to use, would have never thought of the additive. Thanks
You're welcome! I'm jealous of your summer time arriving down under. It's the opposite here in Canada (Brrr!)
Hope it goes well with the water cooling build. I recently went that way myself, from an air-cooled build with a Noctua D14 as well, and it is going to be a big relief removing that huge heavy cooler from the motherboard.
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Haha that's for sure. I'm just going to be super careful about installing this though, don't want to screw it up, leaks will be the biggest one, oh and hoping it all fits, which it should. Best to cable up all of the kit and then just run it before plugging it into the computer? Any other tips?

Also I'll trade you your winter for my summer.
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Originally Posted by VawrteX View Post

Haha that's for sure. I'm just going to be super careful about installing this though, don't want to screw it up, leaks will be the biggest one, oh and hoping it all fits, which it should. Best to cable up all of the kit and then just run it before plugging it into the computer? Any other tips?

Also I'll trade you your winter for my summer.
It's a deal! Too bad that couldn't be arranged. Ah well, maybe I'll get to visit Australia one day as a substitute!
I recommend looking over the water cooling threads here, I learned a lot before I even started my loop. There's many great guides and tips here at OCN. And taking your time, there's no big rush to get it done.
Your kit includes a 24 pin atx bridge plug, you'll want to use that for the initial leak-testing so as not to damage anything, if there were any leaks.
Not that there will be!
post #7 of 7
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Haha yeah, thanks again.

Do want snowy weather also. Actually plan to go to Canada for work hopefully, or North America at least.
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