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I'm in need of a water loop as I'd like to eventually water cool my entire system.

I'm low on money ATM as I just spend almost half my life savings on my current computer (in my sig)....oops tongue.gif

I was originally thinking I'd just get an HX100i for $100 to save a boatload of cash, but now Im thinking I might not want to put up with the sound my 7970s throw out.

So here's where I'm at : I'm low on cash and having a real hard time justifying a $600 water loop.

 

Answer? Buy it in chunks. My first chunk will be the CPU block, Rad, res, and pump. I'd like to keep this under $300. I've looked at the kits available and I'm a bit scared.

1. I hear bay reservoirs are a pain in the a** to work with

2. it seems the pump in these kits are a hit and a miss when it comes to noise/working at all.

 

So, what are my options?

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I strongly erge against buying bay reservoirs, especially the XSPC brand. Even though they give out a good combo deal, the reservoir has been known to crack, leak, and be prepped with bad sealant. You might be able to purchase a CPU block, Rad, Res, and Pump under $300, but that's really pushing it. Don't forget that you will also need to buy fittings, and tubing as well.

Here is a listing of good components / price:

Bitspower 150 Reservoir: $35
Swiftech MCP 655 - $90
EK Supremacy CPU WB - $72
Black Ice GTX Extreme 360 Rad - $120
Fittings and Tubing - Guestimate of - $60

These components alone will roughly cost around $380.

Add in three fans for the radiator, that'll be another $45 (Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-15's. Good radiator fans)

Total: $425


Watercooling your components is not going to be cheap, unless you want to go cheap. Best to pick products that are recommended and built to last. thumb.gif
Edited by R3apR369 - 6/18/13 at 7:36pm
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dont buy the 655-b. its single speed and a low speed at that. i think its setting 2 of 5. its $80 at sidewinder computers http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/swmc12vdcpu.html
buy the xspc raystorm block. it is a top performaer and only $50-60 at most shops.
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/racpuwai.html
how thick of a rad can you use? go as thick as you can. how many fans, 2x 120mm or 3x 120mm? or 140mm fans?
30mm? 45? 60?
alphacool st30
alphacool xt45
alphacool ut60
primochill advanced lrt tubing $25-28 everywhere in the US
fittings? no 45* or 90* elbows, go xspc. cheap good fittings. upgrade later
fans? yate loons. $7 a pop and they are great fans.

thats roughly $300 or less depending on number of fans and which rad
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I listed the wrong MCP655. I meant to add the norm version with 'Speed Control'. Thanks for taking note of that. thumb.gif


Btw... (copied from a website that I do not remember...lol)

"P1, P2, P3, P4, and P5" denote the speed controller settings on the MCP655 pump

MCB655-B (P4) is the maximum speed setting at which the MCP655-B operates.
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