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Okay, let me put it like this, the limit of my knowledge on water cooling is from SBC engines (and Cleveland Fords). Well I want to water cool my processor (and graphics card eventually). I understand I need tubes, barbs, clamps, water block, pump and reservoir. But what should I get to cool my 2600k @ 5GHz or so? I know my processor can do it, I have done it on air but ran into temp issue (hence the need for better cooling).

Anyway, I looked at a kit, the XSPC Rasa 750 RX360. Is this a good one? It is kind of the top of my budget right now, which is right abouts $200. Is this kit good enough for me? Or is there something else in the same price range that is better?
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I suggest an XSPC Raystorm kit over the RASA kit. Apart from that, you should be able to overclock the chip very well with 360mm of radiator space, even going with a 240mm radiator would likely suffice.
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So a Raystorm RX240 would be fine? That would be slightly better as I could make it internal to the case (HAF912). OR would you suggest I go RX360 still? Plans are to add a HD7950 next month, but I can add a 240 up front to cool that then. Though that completely depends on how much noise the HD7950 makes. I just want to quiet that down (the 4870 I am using is very loud which drives me nuts).

Anyway, the Raystorm RX240 is sightly cheaper than the 360 I originally picked out. The Raystorm RX360 is over budget, but I could probably work it, if I put off painting the case.
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So a Raystorm RX240 would be fine? That would be slightly better as I could make it internal to the case (HAF912). OR would you suggest I go RX360 still? Plans are to add a HD7950 next month, but I can add a 240 up front to cool that then. Though that completely depends on how much noise the HD7950 makes. I just want to quiet that down (the 4870 I am using is very loud which drives me nuts).
Anyway, the Raystorm RX240 is sightly cheaper than the 360 I originally picked out. The Raystorm RX360 is over budget, but I could probably work it, if I put off painting the case.
The Raystorm 240mm would work great for just a cpu, and you can always add more radiator space later on. The Raystorm block is much better than the rasa as well.
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okay, I think I will get the raystorm RX240 then, as it fits budget with a little wiggle room.

Should I order deionized water? or is distilled water okay to use? It is much cheaper, and I can get it local. And might seem stupid, but as said my water cooling experience comes from the automotive world. Do I need anything like antifreeze or the like to go in it too? Or is everything needed minus water in the kit?
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Originally Posted by wolfeking View Post

okay, I think I will get the raystorm RX240 then, as it fits budget with a little wiggle room.
Should I order deionized water? or is distilled water okay to use? It is much cheaper, and I can get it local. And might seem stupid, but as said my water cooling experience comes from the automotive world. Do I need anything like antifreeze or the like to go in it too? Or is everything needed minus water in the kit?
Everything needed for a CPU-only water loop is in the kit, apart from water. I suggest simply getting distilled water and running that, any kind of water in a computer cooling loop will become ionized from contact with metals anyhow, so there's no reason to spend extra on deionized water. Just use distilled and drop the silver kill coil in the loop (included in kit) and you'll be set. The kill coil acts as a biocide.
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okay, seems easy enough. I should be able to get distilled water pretty cheap at the local car spares store, or at walmart. Going there later anyhow, so won't hurt to check.

Where does the kill coil go? In the tubes, or in the reservoir? Sorry if these seem like stupid questions, but I really do not want to mess anything up first time around.

And is there any precautions to take before putting copper to processor so to speak?
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