Originally Posted by Ticko311
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!