Originally Posted by Dgeorge1617
Wermad- Just out of curiosity, who's your favorite manufacturer?
Or do you just go with what tickles your fancy at the time?
FYI heres a decent water cooling Starter kit-http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=59_202_972&products_id=34959
Im sure you can find cheaper kits but this is what I looked at then decided I wanted different tubing...Then different Radiator...then different Water block so I said screw it and built my own custom loop....
They're all pretty good and fall very close in terms of performance. if you stick with the big brands, you'll have no trouble. The cpu block arena is where you see some blocks pull ahead but not by much. I'm running a DD which i got for cheap during their liquidation. Works great and I like the mounting system. Not the best quality (nickel is flaking inside and stained fairly quick) but its working just great. Ultimately, it comes down to looks for the blocks and what accessories they may offer (ie gpu bridge/links etc.).
Radiators, well, mostly all will be ok. Just avoid adding an aluminum one in a loop where you have copper/brass. There's more science to this mal interaction that I don't quite grasp but the rule of thumb is avoid it. I've used several different brands and they all perform quite well. Ultimately, you just need to factor how much rad you need (or desire
) and what fans will be used. Stick w/ the big brands you'll be fine.
Fittings: well, the more expensive the better the quaility. So BP usually gets the nod. If you can't spend much, Phobya makes really good fittings for a great price. They don't shine as the others but the work great. If you want near BP quality but not the price, check out Enzotech, Alphacool (my fave), or Koolance. Personally, after trying xspc comp fittings, i would skip them or just stick w/ barbs. They're not that great. Be careful with the compression fittings and tubes as some may be a super tight squeeze.
Right now there's a huge controversy on tube. A lot of it recently just started plasticize (whitish grayish film build up, a chemical reaction). It started last year as it was very uncommon before that but all of a sudden everyone is having it. After a lot of trial and error, especially with clear to show of my Mayhems Emerald Green, I gave up. Ironically, the cheap Primochill LRT that was plasticizing for everyone (including myself) ended up not turning. I guess, since I bought a clearance roll from a not so desired color it may have been a good batch from early 2012. In the end, Primochill is offering "Advance" LRT which is designed not to plasticize and its priced accordingly with other brands. This is my recommended tube option as others, even the expensive and "plasticize free" brands is a crap-shoot.