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Are the "Cooling Kits" worth it? or custom the way to go?

post #1 of 9
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I was looking at watercooling my CPU and then possibly adding a GPU.

I was looking at

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/17361/ex-wat-228/Alphacool_NexXxoS_Cool_Answer_480_DDCXT_-_Kit.html?tl=g30c83&id=tJaThKv4

and while that doesnt have to be the kit, my main question is this. Are they worth it? Is it any better then the closed loop corsair units?

Is custom making one myself a better price / performance deal?




I am not worried about knowing how to do it, you guys have always been helpful with any questiosn that i know I will be able to custom make one, but why if I can buy it? Thats for you to help me answer if you don't mind!
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post #2 of 9
Nothing wrong with kits at all, they are just making it easier for people to buy everything they need. As for better than kits like Corsairs, they will have copper RADS instead of aluminum, so right there is better heat dissipation.
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Custom water cooling...

- is more expensive

- is more effective

- is more efficient

- requires more maintenance

- allows for much, much more modular designs and customization for both performance and aesthetics

- generally uses much higher quality components

- is more akin to a hobby

... than closed loop coolers
post #4 of 9
Nothing wrong with a kit especially if your new to WC. They put all you need to get a loop together in a package so you don't get lost looking on your own. I say start with a kit then later go custom. Most of the time custom will yield better results across the board.
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post #5 of 9
whether you plan on adding a gpu (or 2) in the future, imo, it is worth it. determine now how many add'l blocks you think might need and decide accordingly. consider size of case, rad (s), and type of pump (s) that will let you just add stuff without much expense.

btw, from the link, you'll prolly end up spending like $300 - $350 after you are done just to cool the cpu.
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post #6 of 9
This can become a fun hobby, albeit an expensive one as Electrocutor pointed out. I have been H20 cooling for over twelve years and I still enjoy it. If you like to "build" things, then custom H20 rigs are highly addictive.
There is nothing wrong with kits, it's more about your personal preferences.
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post #7 of 9
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We I LOVE building PC's only bad part is I have small amounts of cash at a time and I have very little patiance on waiting for things.

I would love to do one myself, buy each part... but im always afraid i will miss a part or buy the wrong part and water goes everywhere... haha.


With the KITS, can you modify them? As in add a GPU to the "loop" ?
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post #8 of 9
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As far as the case goes, I dont mind things being outside the case on my desk at this point, I am trying to find someone who can design a case with me and then build a custom one. So I plan to have a good spot at the bottom for water cooling components.

it's hard to find someone who builds custom PC's and has dark purple acrylic smile.gif
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post #9 of 9
i would definitely buy that kit before i bought the xspc kit for the same price.
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