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I just built a new rig with an ASUS Z77 Sabertooth and i7-3770K with an EVGA GTX 660. I have some Corsair Dominator Platinum RAM to Dimms atm plan to add to more later. I currently have an H100i all in one on my cpu but am looking to go with a custom loop. Got the H100i to tide me over till I can get what I want exactly. Oh this is built in a Corsair 650D Currently I have the rad in the roof for the h100i but am not opposed to multiple rads or some small case moding. Im not particularly mister handy man when it comes to modding. Anyway if budget was 500 USD what would you guys use that to get. Ive been looking at the Raystorm and the EK for cpu but don't really have any thoughts on the GPU. I'm not really doing anything OC wise to warrant all this cooling but I like the looks and the work of it I guess. I don't know having never done an actual custom loop maybe I will hate it but alas if it's inside a computer case I probably will love it. Thank you for your help all. And fyi I have read several different forums beginners guides to WC so have a little understanding but I figure you all are probably on the cutting edge of whats out there and is better. Thanks again..
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If your thinking of getting a full loop for a Ivy, then you really should consider Lapping and Delliding your CPU
     
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If your thinking of getting a full loop for a Ivy, then you really should consider Lapping and Delliding your CPU

This is not beginner level stuff - I would not recommend it in this instance at all. The usefullness of the mod is also highly dependent on how well his chip overclocks to begin with.

I'm not sure about a gpu block for the 660 - mid-range cards aren't watercooled very often. As for the CPU, the raystorm is a great value waterblock.

However, and someone correct me if I'm wrong, the H100i is an all-in-one unit. You cannot re-use that rad with a new CPU block, you'd need an entirely new radiator, tubing, pump, etc.
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However, and someone correct me if I'm wrong, the H100i is an all-in-one unit. You cannot re-use that rad with a new CPU block, you'd need an entirely new radiator, tubing, pump, etc.

Your right. The H100 rad is also aluminum and mixing it with a copper block is not a good idea because of corrosion. You can check out one of the Kits from Swiftech, XSPC etc, there expandable and come with all you need.
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Yeah all in one. And are the kits as good as separate parts? I looked at a couple kits when I got the h100i and it seemed like I might end up spending a hundred more to swap out pump or res or whatever. I definitely am way too beginner for delidding I've seen videos and honestly it scares the sit out of me thinking I might damage my chip. Right now I'm at a +. 175 with a 48 multi ram at stock speed and voltages. I max under normal gameplay/use at 73C and under OCCT and Prime Im about 85-87. Honestly I think I have a middling to average chip because once I go to 50x I have to up voltage substancially to the point that Im hitting vCore of 1.5-1.65 and at that point the H100i can't keep up and I am not to sure about running at that high of voltages either. Feels to high to me. Anyway I don't mind my 4.8Ghz OC. I would really like to do the watercool as an expirience and fun thing to do. Kinda why I am trying to stay away from a kit. I mean if I end up buying the same parts seperately kits probably more economical but I was hoping to get some input on what the top 3 in each catagory are pump/res/cpu block/rad. I think the biggest rad I can get is a 240 and I have the sabertooth with the thermal armor and mosfet heatsinks so I think I can't go to deep. I dont need the narrow rads but I dont think I can do the really deep ones without mounting external which would be okay but not preferred. Thanks for the quick responses fellas and hope to nail down so good hardware in the next week or two and then a nice shopping spree. Although I think I saw ek makes a mosfet block for sabertooth so that would solve that but then I would have to pull armor and I kinda like the look. From all the negative talk about it I actually love the board. Granted I probably paid a ton for the useless armor but hell people pay 300 dollars for tennis shoes that aren't that much different then the 50 dollar ones so if a guy can't go a little crazy whats the point in working. :-)
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