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Hi, I would like to upgrade my system to water cooling but I am not quite sure what parts to get or even if its worth it. My budget is around $300 max but I would like to keep it around $250. I would like to water cool more than just my cpu but then I would have to upgrade to a larger case. Any suggestions for what I should do here and even if I have a large enough budget to upgrade cases and then build a water cooling loop? Thanks.
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First things first, if money is scarce, then it's probably not something that is worth considering if the money can be put to better use else where. The performance gain is subject to the other components benefiting from the cooling. If you are hitting a wall in overclocking due to heat then this can help.

I spent around £500 ($765) on my watercooling and that's with one CPU and GPU and didn't include the case. Albeit I used quite expensive parts. We would need to know exactly what you would like to cool though as this will affect the other parts in the loop.
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First things first, if money is scarce, then it's probably not something that is worth considering if the money can be put to better use else where. The performance gain is subject to the other components benefiting from the cooling. If you are hitting a wall in overclocking due to heat then this can help.

I spent around £500 ($765) on my watercooling and that's with one CPU and GPU and didn't include the case. Albeit I used quite expensive parts. We would need to know exactly what you would like to cool though as this will affect the other parts in the loop.

I was in the same situation. First time watercooling. If $$$ is limited, you can always go for the option of an AIO such as Corsair H series or Swiftech h220 which are around your price range. I would go with the Swiftech h220 as it has the capacity for future upgrading in the future. If you where more looking for custom loop, then you need to save more money than $300. $300 will only get you a CPU Block and GPU Block. If you haven't heard getting into watercooling puts a big hole in the wallet. H20 components can cost more than the whole RIG itself.
 
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Well I was overclocking my cpu to around 4.6 ghz but it got a little unstable and the cores were getting pretty hot so to keep my rig stable I lowered it back down to 4.4 ghz. If watercooling is going to cost so much, I probably will wait but is there any way I can maybe watercool my cpu for around $250-300 and then later upgrade to expanding the loop to more components?
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Well I was overclocking my cpu to around 4.6 ghz but it got a little unstable and the cores were getting pretty hot so to keep my rig stable I lowered it back down to 4.4 ghz. If watercooling is going to cost so much, I probably will wait but is there any way I can maybe watercool my cpu for around $250-300 and then later upgrade to expanding the loop to more components?

yes, look into the swiftech h220. cost is 139.99. complete with everything you need and capable for future upgrades. Or you can look at this:

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16071/ex-wat-211/XSPC_Raystorm_EX360_Universal_CPU_Water_Cooling_Kit_w_D5_Variant_Pump_Included_and_Free_Dead-Water_.html?tl=g30c321s1310
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