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XSPC RayStorm 750 EX240, Cosair H100i or OcUK Tech Labs Fathom

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Hello all,

Got a GTX 770 and Phanton 820 in the living room teasing me until Christmas and while they are sitting there I need to sort out the cooling in order to overclock my 3570K as best I can.

As far as I can see, my three best options (wanting to spend under £200 on the loop) are the XSPC RayStorm 750 EX240, the Cosair H100i and the OcUK Tech Labs Fathom.

Whilst the OcUK Tech Labs and Corsair loops come pre filled etc and the Corsair is a closed loop, if I was to go for the XSPC one I would be getting some XSPC HighFlex Hose (providing this is compatible?).

Can someone who knows their stuff when it comes to water cooling advise me on which option is best. Are any of them incompatible with my setup for whatever reason? See my very un-originally named rig 'The Aqua' in my sig for my setup info. Also, if there are any better options I could go for under 200 GBP, then please tell me. Please bare in mind I am less interested in value than I am raw performance.

Thanks,
APN.
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Hello,

Water Cooling master at your service!.

So you have 3 good options . two open and one closed . Now I am sure you know the AIO's need no maintenance but a dusting every once and awhile. And open loops need assembly and fluid maintenance which is almost never . ( depending on where you live) . I would rule out the H100I because at the end of the day its a great cooler but there is no room with expansion are compatibility ( in case you upgrade to future flat form)

So this leaves us with the OcUK tech and the XSPC kit .

Out of these two ....... I would choose the XSPC kit for your situation .

Reasons

- Bigger radiator
- Nicer pump ( also stronger)
- Better room for improvement . ( add another rad or a gpu block with the right parts)
- has a very appealing look to it
- is a great price
- XSPC is a well know brand and is a great one!
- Has a actual res to hold fluid ( makes it easy on the user)

Reasons why you should not get

- I can not really think of anything . The only real bad side is that it uses barb fittings .
but that can be changed at anytime and that is my personal advise . ( I hate barb fittings)


So I hope I helped with your issue bud .
Take care!


-ROG
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Thanks, that was a helpful reply but I've thought a lot about it and I'm going with the Corsair H100i as it is fool proof and the cheapest of the three.
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I have the RS240 and love it. It was extremely easy to setup and offers great performance and is expandable. My load temps dropped 10*C over my Noctua U12P-SE2. If you choose a custom loop or open kit just remember to clean all the parts before you install them.
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