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I have BigWater SE yes i got suckered in too but i mean i figured i need to change the pump and the radiator the block seems to be just fine and same with the resivior ( how can u really go wrong with the resivior ) but yeah first things first i need to know my hose sizes that come with this big water se im guessing its 1/4 inch which means ill probably need to change my fittings and up my hose size to get anything decent pump and radiator wise ... im just really looking for suggestions to replace minimal parts to have this be a decent water cooling system
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I have BigWater SE yes i got suckered in too but i mean i figured i need to change the pump and the radiator the block seems to be just fine and same with the resivior ( how can u really go wrong with the resivior ) but yeah first things first i need to know my hose sizes that come with this big water se im guessing its 1/4 inch which means ill probably need to change my fittings and up my hose size to get anything decent pump and radiator wise ... im just really looking for suggestions to replace minimal parts to have this be a decent water cooling system
Hmmmm, Yes. I had the BigWater SE too and upgraded as you're planning to. In my opinion, the CPU water block does need to be changed if you want to upgrade properly. It's actually a pretty average one, sadly... The radiator is actually not that bad and if you're tight on cash you could consider keeping it in the short/medium term, although if you just have the single, upgrading to a double will help a fair bit . I've still got the reservoir and use it with the upgraded kit! No point letting it go to waste, it's actually pretty good!

I upgraded my Bigwater with the following stuff:

CPU Block: NexXxoS XP.
Pump: AP700 Centrifugal.
Radiator: NexXxoS Xtreme II.

Not the best water cooling equipment money can buy, but all pretty decent stuff and more-over, will work with your existing tubing, with 1/4" screw connections, made for 6mm (6.2mm) ID tubing that came with my BigWater SE and probably with yours too.

I saw around a 12% improvement just by changing the block and pump on my old P4 Prescott 3GHz running @ 4GHz, but as I didn't install the radiator until I upgraded to C2D, I don't know how much of a difference it would have made over the stock BigWater SE one with the P4. As it was twice the surface area though, I imagine it would of made a relatively large difference.

You don't need to spend a great deal on new components to get a fairly significant improvement over the BWSE. If you were willing to spend around $200 to $250 USD I'd say you could get a pretty decent upgrade over what you've got. It's pretty tough to buy water cooling parts that get out-performed by the BigWater SE parts .

Let the water cooling guys on the forum ( I'm not really one of them ) advise you properly before you buy. They'll be able to direct you as to what is worthwhile getting for your budget over in the US .

Good Luck with your build!

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Yeah, We will be glad to help you with it, just let us know your budget...
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ok well i spent like 100 bucks on the bigwater se...and a good kit (swiftech ultra or what not) is about 350 so i mean im willing to spend about 250 or whatever it takes really .. what difference does it make between the 1/4inch tubing and 1/2 tubing is it a lot? but yeah about 200-250 would be a good price range
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ok well i spent like 100 bucks on the bigwater se...and a good kit (swiftech ultra or what not) is about 350 so i mean im willing to spend about 250 or whatever it takes really .. what difference does it make between the 1/4inch tubing and 1/2 tubing is it a lot? but yeah about 200-250 would be a good price range
1/4 to 1/2" makes a lot of difference..$250.00 is plenty for a nice high end WC rig..Look at this link, on the first page I listed out a good parts list for Beret...It should be in that price range.....See what you think of it, and then we will be glad to answer anymore questions...Need good chipset waterblock and possibly custom WC Rig - Overclock.net - Overclocking.net
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the link didnt work but lucky enough that post is only a few down from mine and i foundd it but do those parts work on 1/4 in or in my 250 price range can i upgrade to 1/2in tubing and just get the parts listed
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the link didnt work but lucky enough that post is only a few down from mine and i foundd it but do those parts work on 1/4 in or in my 250 price range can i upgrade to 1/2in tubing and just get the parts listed

Oh Yeah Buddy, I was just talking about doing away with the 1/4 and going with all new 1/2 parts.You cant really upgrade the T-Take stuff, it's a waste of money IMHO..I tell you what look at this Switech Ultra kit it's on sale right now..It's a collection of high end parts and a good performer...You could even just buy that and have a great starter kit...Or buy the individual parts that I listed..Swiftech H20-220-APEX ULTRA CPU Liquid Cooling Kit
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Sell off or return that Big Water before you try to hack and slash it.
    
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i got a kid taking it off my hands for 70 bucks and i think im going to go with the swiftech kit
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i got a kid taking it off my hands for 70 bucks and i think im going to go with the swiftech kit
Good deal...I know you will like it better...
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