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Hi I'm trying to decide between to builds that are similar for water cooling. I will start by just cooling my AMD FX-6100 and I may cool my GPU someday. I am on a limited budget and would like to keep it below $250. If anyone has further suggestions feel free to share them in case I missed an option.

First build
CPU Block- Koolance CPU-370SA $54.99
Pump- Swiftech 35X $84.95
Radiator- Swiftech MCR220-QP RES $29.95
Reservoir- With radiator
Fittings-Monsoon 3/8 - 5/8 $34.99
Total Shipping $20.25
Final cost $190.18

Notes- Is slightly cheaper but may have a little less performance than build 2.

Second build
CPU Block- Apogee Drive ii $138.99
Pump- included with block
Radiator- Swiftech MCR220-QP RES $29.95
Reservoir- Swiftech MCRES v.2 $25.95
Fittings- Monsoon 7/16 - 5/8 $35.99
Total Shipping $17.76
Final Cost $218.69

Notes- Slightly more costly but seems would have small performance boost over build 1.
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post #2 of 6
what case are you using for your build? It will help a lot more if we knew if space was an issue, seeing that you are using a rad/res combo.

In the second build you are using a swiftech MCR220-QP rad/res combo with a swiftech micro-res but your in first build you are doing without the res. The choice to use a Apogee Drive ii in the second build and not the first also puzzles me. If you were use the apogee drive ii in the first build, all you would need left is fittings, tubing and coolant. But then if you do go that route, you might as well get a Swiftech h220.
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Sorry forgot to give full specs on system. The reason for the MCR220 is the price helped keeping me within budget and will provide enough cooling for starting out. The problem is with the Apogee drive ii the reservoir would be below my pump, so I wanted the MCRES so I could mount a reservoir above the pump.

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Originally Posted by thomrupp View Post

Sorry forgot to give full specs on system. The reason for the MCR220 is the price helped keeping me within budget and will provide enough cooling for starting out. The problem is with the Apogee drive ii the reservoir would be below my pump, so I wanted the MCRES so I could mount a reservoir above the pump.

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Ah i see, now that makes sense. I am assuming you are mounting the rad to the front of the case?
i would go with your first build but get a dedicated reservoir, that way you have more options in the future for expansion.
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Yeah I will be mounting it on the front since I can't put a 2x120 anywhere else. Would there be any other reason to go with option one besides it will be easier to upgrade?
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post #6 of 6
In your First build, you got a great CPU block and pump. If you do go for a dedicated reservoir, i would recommend you change your rad too.
I will pick dedicated watercooling parts over any kind of combos, be it rad/res, block/pump or pump/res combos.
I am not saying the apogee drive ii is bad or anything but having each part separated just makes it simple and cleaner for me.
When one part fails, you know it fails and change it. Rather then having a combo fail on you and you change two things.
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