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Alrighty, now i'm planning on doing my first water loop but the problem is i have no idea what is good and what isn't.

so i was hoping that someone might be awesome enough to give me some advice.

only one problem though, it's all got to come from this website: www.pccasegear.com

and under $200 if it's possible, i can go a little higher but not much.

This isn't including my 290x either atm, getting a new 8350 as well so 290x block will come later.

anyone up to the challenge?
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Would i just be better off going with a Corsair H100i for my CPU?

Also, is it possible to take the heatsink off a H100 (or similar) and mount it to a EK 290x waterblock?
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Anyone at all?
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A custom water cooling setup for under AUD$200 is quite difficult, as for some inexplicable reason, things in Australia seem to cost more. You'll be better off getting an all-in-one cooling solution like the Corsair series you mentioned or a parts kit. Both of these solutions have their own issues.

For example:
A good CPU waterblock will run you around AUD$90-100 (EK Series)
A good Radiator will run you around AUD$60-80 (Alphacool)
A good Pump will run you around AUD$90-110 (XSPC DDC3.2, Koolance PMP)
Tubing, Fittings will cost around AUD$50-70 (Primochill Tubing + XSPC Barb Fittings)

Subtotal minimum: AUD$300

Modifying the H100i:

I'm going to venture and say no - while you technically could modify it to add a GPU waterblock, you probably shouldn't.

First reason: the 290x is notoriously hot and cooling it with a 2x120 mm radiator will be cutting it close. Similarly, your water/coolant temperature will be quite high and you risk prematurely burning out the pump itself. I wouldn't even think of having a CPU > GPU > 2x120mm radiator set up.

Second reason: Since the CPU/Pump is combined, it is unlikely that you can separate them into discrete components. Aesthetically, this would look strange.
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Sorry for the late reply but thank you for the suggestions.

I went with a corsair H100i fot the moment and have an Accelero Xtreme III on the 290x.

Watercooling is definitely on the upgrade list for me and after getting suggestions from a few other people (thank you everyone) ive decided to go all out with it and as such it will set me back around $800 (blocks included)

so I will wait until I upgrade my processer and motherboard before investing in such a pricy venture.

I also think I might need a bigger case tongue.gif


So many upgrades and so little cash....oh well, such is life smile.gif
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