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Asking kindly for help, trying to decide what route to take.

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Hi.

Let me first say, I'm a complete and utter n00b when it comes to water cooling. I've been using a Noctua NH-D14 pretty much since it came out, the same cooler, on three builds. I've had my Corsair Obsidian 800D since the week that case got launched, and I know, it's like swearing in church, running it on air. I've now decided that I'd like to try out water cooling, as it can't be any worse, right? I only plan to cool the CPU at first, but I will probably buy a GPU block down the line. So here's my dilemma.

Being the 800D I have a 320mm/360mm (depending on where you look for definition) rad fitting up top. So, I've kinda decided that it would be just silly to go with a dual 120mm solution, and instead get a triple. For AIO's that pretty much leaves me with the Swiftech H320. At least for ones I can get a hold of here (Norway) without paying the same as the AIO in shipping. The way I understand it, the pump that comes with the H320 is "sufficient" to run a GPU block as well, should one have the desire to do so in the future. This is, if true, a very strong sale point to me, as it leaves me with no hassle until/if I decide to do the GPU block. I've looked around, and I can get a near-local dealer to supply a set of Alpha Cool parts for around the same price as it would cost me to import the H320 from the UK (that's the nearest dealer that ships it to me).

The parts in that set would include the following parts:

1xAlphacool NexXxoS XP³ Light - Acetal Edition - Intel/AMD
1xAlphacool Repack - Laing DDC - 5,25 Bay Station
1xLaing DDC-Pumpe 12V DDC-1T
1xAlphacool NexXxoS XT45 Full Copper 360mm
3xAlphacool Schlauch AlphaTube HF 13/10 (3/8"ID) - Klar
6xAlphacool HF 13/10 (10x1,5mm) Anschraubtülle G1/4 - Deep Black
3xAlphacool Coolmove 1250rpm ( 120x120x25mm )
1xAlphacool CKC Cape Kelvin Catcher Clear 1000ml
1xATX-Überbrückungsstecker (24 Pin)

Link to shop page (it's in english)

Now, I don't mind as much the part where it's all about selecting the right size tubing etc. It's more that I have no idea other than random forums what the difference between manufacturers are, and thus I feel like I should as a place where people most likely have informed opinions based on actual use of the different parts. As I said, I'm brand new to this, but I know the basics of how to operate, bleeding, leakage testing etc. It's just the part knowledge I'm really at a loss for. So, let's say I put emphasis on ease of use, would it be worth it performance wise to get a "proper" loop over, say, the H320? And, if they're about even (just play with me), how much better, if any, would a proper loop be, should I decide to add a GPU block? I would obviously add another rad regardless of the system, should a GPU block be put in place.

Any helping hands out there that would care to inform a curious mind?

Edit: The CPU in question is an 8350, should that be of any relevance at all, and further, the GPU is a 7970, you know, just in case.

EditEdit: I guess I can add that the main reason I want to do it is to push my OC (because I can). I'm currently running at 4.6GHz@1.338V, 24/7 stable. It's just that should I do something as rendering it becomes hot, hot to the point of where I don't feel like running it (around 58C core temp). I feel like I may have a chip that can be pushed quite far, and to do so, I'd need to up the voltage most likely, meaning the Noctua just wouldn't cut it. So, it's meant to dissipate heat from future OC'ing, if that's a huge factor.

Halsoy
Edited by halsoy - 11/7/13 at 7:07pm
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Samsung 840 PRO Asus DRW-1608P (x2) Custom Water Cooling Win7 (Ult), Win 8.1 & Win Server 2012 R2 
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2 X Samsung 915N Ducky Shine III, Blue Cherry/Blue LEDs PCP&C 1kw Lian Li PC-71 (W/Window) 
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