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I havent read anything about them not being so good on AMD I will have to take a look into that.

I just dont want to pay 230 for the H20-H220 I was just going to get the H220 which was 149.99. If im spending more I want a more customizable one
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So, I have been thinking the same thing. Except, I am coming from a 212+ w/ crap 120mm's.

I just bought my first delta (120mm BEAST fan) to try it out, and now I will definitely be jumping to get at least one more, if not more. But I am planning out a new scratch build (same parts mostly..) and I am going to also invest in a Lamptron Fan Atic.

I am either going to jump to just deltas on my CPU heatsink, or deltas on a AIO/Custom WC loop.

This is all part of a larger upgrade, but for now I mainly just want to push my Board and Chip as far as they can go until I decide to upgrade when the time is right (CPU, Mobo....not anything else).

My question I suppose isn't anything in particular, but I am wondering what kind of temps I can expect to get on a AIO v Custom WC Loop w/ Deltas on the rad.

I don't really want EXACT numbers, just what would be the difference in an AIO and Custom job? And furthermore, would there be a HUGE jump from say a $200 Loop to a $400 loop, and so on? Seems like it wouldn't to me, but I don't know much. Seems like a $200 loop would probably give you maybe TOPS 5*C higher temps, than paying $400, or more.

Simplest terms, in temps, how much of a difference is there between a H110, this, and this.
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The difference from an AIO and custom can vary depending on parts. But roughly a custom can be up 10degrees better than an AIO from what I have read but once again depending on your loops it could be more or less.

From a 200$ setup to a 400$ setup it can vary more assuming the 400$ setup has a bigger/thicker rad better pump etc I would say 5 degrees or more but I am still new to the water cooling world I am just about to build my own, but I have done a lot of reading on it lately and thats what I have read but everything I have read has different numbers etc
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The difference from an AIO and custom can vary depending on parts. But roughly a custom can be up 10degrees better than an AIO from what I have read but once again depending on your loops it could be more or less.

From a 200$ setup to a 400$ setup it can vary more assuming the 400$ setup has a bigger/thicker rad better pump etc I would say 5 degrees or more but I am still new to the water cooling world I am just about to build my own, but I have done a lot of reading on it lately and thats what I have read but everything I have read has different numbers etc

Gotcha. Can't wait for others to chime in.

Seems like the money spot is a $250 Custom WC kit. Then upgrade. Man, these $1k WC setups must be for MASSIVE Overclockers. Not sure if 10*C is worth it really. I would just assume spend the money on a SR-2 3930k's or SLI 690s. smile.gif
    
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If just cooling a single CPU the difference between a XSPC $170 water cooling kit and a $600-1000 water cooling kit is little to nothing more than how much better the fans and radiator are.

In other words you could buy a $170 XSPC Rasa750 kit with a 2x140 or 3x120 radiator toss in a $100 something Mo-Ra 9x120/4x200 and walk all over or stomp all over the face of most $1000 loops.

You don't have to spend a ton of money on a loop. The limitation of the Rasa750 kit would be the pump but it can handle a second radiator (especially a mo-ra) without any problems and the CPU waterblock is top notch! You can add in an extra pump without taking the Rasa750 pump out in fact martinsliquidlab.org proves that there is not a loss in performance from combining 2 different pumps... so later on if you add 2 GPU water blocks to your loop you can add in a MCP-35x or a high end D5 for around $100 and then you are done with pumps you would usually not need more than what a high end DDC or D5 on top of a Rasa750 would provide.

So my recommendation is buy the Rasa750 with the largest radiator you can fit in your case. If you can fit a 2x140 then use that... a 3x120 use that... if you can afford a RX series radiator then get it but bigger surface area will trump thicker radiator so I would get a EX280 over an RX240.

Get that good quality loops cost huge amounts of money out of your head.

Don't want to blow your budget... don't get compression fittings don't buy expensive pumps and pump tops if a Rasa750 is enough for your build.

If you absolutely believe you must have a super high end pump then get an XSPC D5 kit. Want the ultimate in water cooling then add a Mo-Ra brand radiator with the 4x200 fan bracket on it get PWM fans and run them off a PWM splitter off of your motherboards PWM header and avoid having to use an expensive fan controller.

There is a lot of money in my loop... but if I grabbed my old version Rasa750 off the shelf and built a loop based off it my ex240 rad and my mo-ra radiator I am fairly certain it would severely out perform my "expensive" loop and all at a retail price of around $250-280... I think my original Rasa kit was $120 when I bought it!
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