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Alright guys so I really want to break into WC and have decided it would be best for me to start with an all in one kit. I have been doing research and used some previous suggestions from you guys and have really narrowed it down to the Raystorm RX240 although I would really like the new Swiftech H220 but they haven't even dropped yet and there is no confirmed date. The only thing I will be cooling for the moment is my CPU but maybe sometime down the road my GPU as well... although I am not concerned with the GPU right now. Does the RX240 allow me to expand my WC operation down the road or am I stuck because it doesn't have the d5 pump? I am not willing to drop the extra $100+ for the d5 pump variant to be honest. What do you guys think about the rx240 overall? Or would I be better off purchasing something else?
I plan on putting it into the NZXT Switch 810 case, also I'm not sure whether or not the rad will be pushing or pulling? I would like to mount the rad on the top of the case, so I assume the fans will be pointing down towards the case obviously right? How do I configure them...to push or to pull? Also, this kit comes with everything I need besides the liquid correct? I will just be using plain old distilled water...?

Also, I would like to go from the stock clear tubing to a different solid color (most likely white), this is possible right? But what type/diameter hose would I be purchasing?
Do you recommend I get "better" fans for the radiator?

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Alright guys so I really want to break into WC and have decided it would be best for me to start with an all in one kit. I have been doing research and used some previous suggestions from you guys and have really narrowed it down to the Raystorm RX240 although I would really like the new Swiftech H220 but they haven't even dropped yet and there is no confirmed date. The only thing I will be cooling for the moment is my CPU but maybe sometime down the road my GPU as well... although I am not concerned with the GPU right now. Does the RX240 allow me to expand my WC operation down the road or am I stuck because it doesn't have the d5 pump? I am not willing to drop the extra $100+ for the d5 pump variant to be honest. What do you guys think about the rx240 overall? Or would I be better off purchasing something else?
I plan on putting it into the NZXT Switch 810 case, also I'm not sure whether or not the rad will be pushing or pulling? I would like to mount the rad on the top of the case, so I assume the fans will be pointing down towards the case obviously right? How do I configure them...to push or to pull? Also, this kit comes with everything I need besides the liquid correct? I will just be using plain old distilled water...?

Also, I would like to go from the stock clear tubing to a different solid color (most likely white), this is possible right? But what type/diameter hose would I be purchasing?
Do you recommend I get "better" fans for the radiator?

Thanks guys!

i have a raystorm kit and i added a 360 rad and gpu block, all on the x20 750 pump, now my cpu temps are fine but my gpu temps are subpar, now i don't think that is an issue with the pump as i've read that their new updated version is supposed to be fine for dual block setups.

with mounting the rad on the top of the case(nzxt phantom) i have a 360 push pull with it exhausting out the top of my case.

yes the kit comes with everything you need except liquid, using distilled is fine.

Depending where you buy it from, i know frozencpu has an option to change out the color of tubing it comes with for ~10 bucks or something, now some people have complaints about plastercizer but im not sure if its with this specific tubing, i've ran my xspc tubing with mayhems pastel for the past 3ish months without any complaints.

The kit comes with 1/2 barbs, so you can use 1/2 ID tubing, or 7/16th(what the kit comes with, more snug of a fit).

I got some GT 1850's i want to say, and i like them, 2 feet away from my computer and i barely hear them over my headset when no sound is playing, inaudable when there is sound/my keyboard is clicking away.
    
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i have a raystorm kit and i added a 360 rad and gpu block, all on the x20 750 pump, now my cpu temps are fine but my gpu temps are subpar, now i don't think that is an issue with the pump as i've read that their new updated version is supposed to be fine for dual block setups.

with mounting the rad on the top of the case(nzxt phantom) i have a 360 push pull with it exhausting out the top of my case.

yes the kit comes with everything you need except liquid, using distilled is fine.

Depending where you buy it from, i know frozencpu has an option to change out the color of tubing it comes with for ~10 bucks or something, now some people have complaints about plastercizer but im not sure if its with this specific tubing, i've ran my xspc tubing with mayhems pastel for the past 3ish months without any complaints.

The kit comes with 1/2 barbs, so you can use 1/2 ID tubing, or 7/16th(what the kit comes with, more snug of a fit).

I got some GT 1850's i want to say, and i like them, 2 feet away from my computer and i barely hear them over my headset when no sound is playing, inaudable when there is sound/my keyboard is clicking away.

Okay so it sounds like I have room to do a push/pull if I want to, I assume if I mount the rad on the top of the case I would have the top 2 fans as exhaust and the bottom 2 fans as pull right? Also, if I buy the rx240 how hard is it to make it into a push/pull because doesn't it only have room for one or the other (space for 2 fans only)
Also whats the deal with the 24 pin ATX bridge tool? I unplug my 24pin from the motherboard and plug it into the WC loop?
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Theres room for your fans in push pull up top, just depends on your mobo really and if the VRM heatsinks or RAM slots or 8 Pin EPS power will be in the way.

You could always mount it down the bottom if you remove a HDD cage.

The bridge tool is to trick the PSU into thinking its plugged in so you can provide power to your pump and pump alone when your filling and leak testing.
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I'm in the same situation ... Waiting for the H-220 impatiently and eyeing the RX-240 .... It looks like a good kit and I dont see a downside if you decide to upgrade the pump down the line . Im guessing the performence is better as well ..
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I'm in the same situation ... Waiting for the H-220 impatiently and eyeing the RX-240 .... It looks like a good kit and I dont see a downside if you decide to upgrade the pump down the line . Im guessing the performence is better as well ..

Yeah, I think I am just being impatient, the h220 seems legit do and quite a bit cheaper which is nice, I don't know what to do!
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If you want to actually go the water route, the H-200 shouldn't even be an option. What you're getting yourself into with even a super basic loop is going to involve a bigger time and money investment than some standalone water-filled solution... But it's greatest selling point is longevity, and being able to upgrade and add to it over time. Starting small like this is definitely a good move. D5 pumps are good for massive flow, but aren't necessary for most setups. I run two large rads, a CPU and two GPU sli blocks and I could probably still get away without the D5. You'll be surprised at the temps you can achieve with the included pump, what really determines the temperature performance is loop arrangement and efficient tubing layout. Nice fans help too. But yeah, forget the bloody H-200, it's a one-trick pony that is dwarfed by the real deal. You get what you pay for, and the few extra dollars are well worth the experience you'll gain from building a water loop with real parts, and also the satisfaction you'll have knowing something YOU put together is keeping your computer from going up in flames.

If you decide to do this, let me leave you with one piece of advice: Run distilled water. Do not add any biocide or colouring to it, despite what so many people on here say they are WRONG, because it is completely unnecessary and will gunk up all of your expensive water cooling gear. To do it properly, you need to get a $2 silver "kill coil" and put it in your reservoir. Life will be easier this way.thumb.gif
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If you want to actually go the water route, the H-200 shouldn't even be an option. What you're getting yourself into with even a super basic loop is going to involve a bigger time and money investment than some standalone water-filled solution... But it's greatest selling point is longevity, and being able to upgrade and add to it over time. Starting small like this is definitely a good move. D5 pumps are good for massive flow, but aren't necessary for most setups. I run two large rads, a CPU and two GPU sli blocks and I could probably still get away without the D5. You'll be surprised at the temps you can achieve with the included pump, what really determines the temperature performance is loop arrangement and efficient tubing layout. Nice fans help too. But yeah, forget the bloody H-200, it's a one-trick pony that is dwarfed by the real deal. You get what you pay for, and the few extra dollars are well worth the experience you'll gain from building a water loop with real parts, and also the satisfaction you'll have knowing something YOU put together is keeping your computer from going up in flames.

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You keep referring to the "h-200" I assume you mean the swiftech h220 that we have talked about up above? So are you saying I should get the real deal, as in the raystorm rx240? And thanks for the biocide advice
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You keep referring to the "h-200" I assume you mean the swiftech h220 that we have talked about up above? So are you saying I should get the real deal, as in the raystorm rx240? And thanks for the biocide advice

The advantage of the rx240 kit is also replacement, if for instance new improved blocks come out like when xspc brought out the raystorm to replase the rasa you only need get the block not a new pump
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If you decide to do this, let me leave you with one piece of advice: Run distilled water. Do not add any biocide or colouring to it, despite what so many people on here say they are WRONG, because it is completely unnecessary and will gunk up all of your expensive water cooling gear. To do it properly, you need to get a $2 silver "kill coil" and put it in your reservoir. Life will be easier this way.thumb.gif

not true, i've read so many times that a couple different brands don't gunk up your blocks, just gotta do some research.
    
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