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XSPC kit vs. SA SB-E for 3930K

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Within days I will be switching my 3820 to a 3930K.
My current setup is based on Asus P9X79 Pro, and I am pushing my 3820 to 4.625GHz under a Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E floating around 78-80oC now that the weather in CA is warmer.

The case I am using is the CM 690 II Adv. with almost all its fan slots populated (the top intake fun on the side panel is blocked by the huge tower cooler. Total of 3x 140mm intake fans (2 front, 1x side panel + 1x aux. 140mm zip-tied behind the upper HDD cage). Top 2x 140mm and rear 120mm exhausts.



The PC is folding 24/7 with lower priorities when it is manned.

I believe the Silver Arrow will be okz with the 3930K close to the 4.5GHz, but I could be wrong.

I have been contemplating an open loop for some time now, but I don't want to drop too much cash in - at least in the beginning.
I like the XSPC kits, and I thing a Raystorm 750 rev 4 with EX or RX 240mm should do ok (also around the $$$ that I would not regret spending).

If I would decide to WC a GPU or two, I might add a 2nd rad in the future. I think the recipe is "given" with this case, thin Rad ontop, thick rad push pull @ bottom, with a possible 120mm in the back if you have to have it.

Generally I like XSPC looks. The (extra) fans will probably be silent corsair 120mm as I have 4x unused ones in stock + my cheapo 140mm won't do with the rads. The piping will probably be white, tho I might stick with the supplied clear hose.


  • Is the XSPC a decent enough upgrade for the money? Or should I look into another company? G
  • The 750 pump should be able to do the 2nd rad if I would like to expand - right?
  • If the SA can positively do the 4.5GHz without boiling the 3930K, maybe I should just stick to what I already have?

Thanks in advance.
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its an ok kit. the pump/res is decent and value for money but not amazing if you know what I mean.

I have the same pump in my xspc kit and its a little noisier and some higher end pumps but still good. The block is very good.

With xspc kits I would replace the tubing as it tends to discolour. Tygon or primochill is good.

another option (which Im also considering) is the EK Spremacy H30 kits. http://www.ekwb.com/shop/kits-cases/kits/ek-kit-h3o-240-hfx.html
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Well, not much response to that thread, but I won't start a new one...

Still torn between

  • getting the Swiftech H220 with that nice frozencpu offer with free shipping + no tax @ $140
  • A XSPC 750 raystorm kit with the RS 240 rad (just for my 3930K atm) for $145
  • Invest @ the future and go XSPC D5 + AX240 rad with posibilities for more rads + VGA cooling should I get something more needy than my single 670. The free shipping doesn't get combined with other codes, and @ $240+m the OCN 5.1% code cuts down cost more than the free shipping option (its $11 for shipping) @ CA

They say that the H220 is "expandable", but I don't know how well it will fare with 2 rads + 2-3 waterblocks - I doubt it is any better than the 750 pump - doesn't look like it on paper at least.
Guess if I was to go this way I could always sell it and get the D5 kit or w/e custom loop I might decide, instead of shoving $100 extra bucks for a few degrees off the CPU using a higher-end D5 raystorm kit.

Any input welcome.
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How sure are you that you will be expanding the loop in the near future?? I ask because people often have that intention but as it involves a fair bit of effort, somehow dont get around to it.

If you are sure you are going to expand it then get the XSPC D5 or XSPC raystorm kit or a EKWB H30 kit. If you aren't likely to do that anytime soon then get the H220 kit. You can always sell it off later if you change your mind.
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