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Hi all,

So finally I decided to go water. I looked around and saw this kit (XSPC RayStorm D5 RX360) as a good choice, nice block, good pump and radiator. I have a few questions...

So question one, is this the best out there? I'm planning to have a loop of CPU (4770K), motherboard (Gigabyte Z87X-OC Force which has a waterblock) and I will add a Titan in a few months and I'm tempted to get a RAM waterblock too (just for cosmetics of course). Would the radiator/pump be enough?

Question two: These are the kit contents:

Kit Contents:
- RayStorm Intel CPU Waterblock
- D5 Dual Bay Reservoir
- D5 Vario Pump
- RX360 Dual Radiator
- G1/4″ to 7/16″ Compression Fittings (Black Chrome) x6

- XSPC 1650rpm 120mm Fan x3
- 120mm Fan Grill (Black) x3
- Intel and AMD RayStorm Brackets
- Socket 1366 and 1155/1156 Backplates
- 80mm to 120mm Radiator brackets
- 3mm Twin Blue LED with 4Pin Molex
- 5mm Blue LED with 4Pin Molex
- 2 Meters of Clear 7/16″ Hose
- 24pin ATX Bridge Tool
- K2 Thermal Paste


I know not all the stuff in the kit are the best out there, so are there any recommendation for replacing these, ie better hose or fans? Anything extra that I need to buy (apart from the coolant).

Question 3: What kind of Coolant should I buy and how much? Would 1L be enough?

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post #2 of 16
Its a very decent kit good block pump and rad. Another option is also ek supreme hfx kits. They have a thicker rad but I don't think too much if anything in it.
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you can change the tube to primochill advanced lrt. make sure its advanced lrt. everything else is good to go including the fans thumb.gif
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you can change the tube to primochill advanced lrt. make sure its advanced lrt. everything else is good to go including the fans thumb.gif

+1 xspc does tend to use average tubing. Mine discoloured pretty quickly.
post #5 of 16
I have the same kit, its a really good kit. You might want to add some fans for a push pull tho, as the ones they include are good but not the best.
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Thanks guys, Rep+ for all.
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I have the same kit, its a really good kit. You might want to add some fans for a push pull tho, as the ones they include are good but not the best.

any fan recommendations?

Also, any idea about the Coolants?
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Thanks guys, Rep+ for all.
any fan recommendations?

Also, any idea about the Coolants?

I'd say some gentle typhoons, but the rpm will depend if you want silent computing or just blunt performance.
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Or some Swiftech Helix for the same performance, at slightly lower sounds emissions and lower cost
     
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As the other guys have said, it is a really good kit - some top notch components in there.

Again as mentioned it is worth changing the tubing, make sure you get 7/16" ID tubing so that it works with the compression fittings in the kit.

For coolant a bottle of DI or battery water from Halfords or similar combined with either a silver kill coil or some biocide will do the trick.

Nothing really wrong with pre-mixed coolants any more except they are expensive and don't really offer any performance gains. If you want colour have a look at Mayhems dyes.
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I have ordered XSPC kits several times. The RX360 is an amazing radiator just look to radiator shoot outs... no reason to go with any other radiator. As for the fans... I only use PWM fans on my own builds so I gave the XSPC fans to my brother. They are great fans that are not loud. When someone says that one fan is better than another then what I would like to see is some proof that another fan is better at the same exact noise level. The reason I say this is if you want better fans then they are going to have to move more air and that means they are probably going to be louder.

Also as for going with push pull please look to martinsliquidlab.org before you go wasting money on extra fans.

If you are going to buy different fans I would recommend coolermaster blademasters, dell server delta afc1212de / mj989, or one of the gentle typhoons that can be converted to PWM.

The coolermaster blademasters bearable at 100% PWM where as the xcaliburs are not. The Dell server fans are 38MM and move ~200CFM at 100% PWM they can be had for around $10 ea but you have to re-wire them. The gentle typhoons can be converted to pwm on some models just do a search they have the circuit board but didn't attach a wire to the PWM spot.

PWM means no load on the fan controller (if you run the 12v to molex) and lower minimum fan speeds.

Anyways the fans that come with it are good and if you want better fans you may want to look at the radiator shoot outs to see how the fan speeds scale for each radiator.


Also it was my understanding that you don't want to use deionized water you want to use distilled. Both will become normal water quickly once in the loop though.
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