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Hey OC,

I've recently been working on upgrading my Rig an just did the PSU, Fans an RAM although had to send the ram back on warranty. Now I'm looking to update my system in the near future to either the next Gen chips or current with most likely an i7 in mind. Until then I plan to update my Case an Cooling most likley.

My first questions is cooling an I know I want to go water. Now, I'm wondering on would the Corsair H100i beat a $200 Custom Loop kit, in particular the XSPC Raystorm 750 AX240.

So that's the question, if you had $200 would you buy the H100i or the Custom Loop?

Thanks
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post #2 of 9
I would buy a custom loop.. Much better performance then closed loop.. and also extendable..
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Definitely custom loop. Leaves you the option to add a GPU and/or more radiators down the road. Although, I'd get the kit with either the D5 pump or the DDC pump instead. Much more reliable and much more powerful.

The kit would also most likely outperform the h100i in a head to head matchup as well.
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post #4 of 9
Custom loop.

The H100i doesn't even beat the cheaper $149 EX240. Weigh you pros and cons and decide from there.
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If your budget is tight I would go for the 750 kit without a second thought. It can run much much much more than what people try to say it can. If you have the extra $60 is it worth it to grab the D5 vario kit for so many reason.

But

To give you an example of what the Rasa750 can run these are some current and past builds I have used the Rasa750 in.

Designed for a friend: Highly restrictive Swiftech XT CPU block, Danger Den Maze 5 universal GPU block, and an EK 240 radiator and then he later added a second GPU with a EK FC6970 block on top of the Danger Den Maze 5

Recently ran after selling all of my pump last week on the classifieds until someone bought my last 750: DT 5noz CPU block, Koolance R9-290 GPU block, XSPC RS240 Rad, ASRock Z87 OC Formula board block, and MASSIVE Mo-Ra 3 3 pass 9x120 radiator

My old i7-920 that I gave to my brother and is still being ran: Apogee GT CPU block, EK-FC6970 GPU block, EK RIIIE motherboard block Swiftech 360 radiator.

2 other personal builds and at least 4 other builds I have helped friends through that ended up at some point having a GPU block added to them with out issue.

The 750 WILL do just fine! The issue that they had with the all black revision has been revised and they had issues with their D5 revision as well.

Also IMO there is no advantage to a real AIO. They do not provide better value/$ and if you want ease of install just buy one of the kind of AIOs that come pre-built with fluid that doesn't need to be changed for a long time. Corsair makes or is going to make one of those systems and Swiftech makes one but it might have limited availability.

The are easy to XSPC kits are very easy to install though and there is very little maintenance to them. The maintenance is up to you. You can buy fluid designed to be used for very long period of time or if you choose you can just run distilled water and change your fluid every couple months.
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post #6 of 9
AIO advantages: cheaper, much easier install, no maintenance.
AIO disadvantages: does not get the chip quite as cool (though as long as the chip is cool enough this doesn't matter) cannot be expanded.

Loop advantages: Expandable, can cool more (in fact it MUST cool more. A lot of pumps can't handle more than 60c so if you don't want to destroy your system you don't have a choice)
Loop disadvantages: more expensive, much harder to install, Lots of maintenance. Both monthly and annually
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post #7 of 9
It really boils down to whether or not you are interested in learning the ins-and-outs of watercooling. The advantage of an AIO cooler is that it requires zero maintenance and zero understanding, it's just "plug & play". Any other kind of watercooling, even a pre-packaged 'kit', requires you to understand how to put it together, how to maintain it, and how to handle it if a leak or other problem arises.

Before I got into watercooling somebody told me something very wise -- "Watercooling is a passion all its own. If you're only interested in performance gain, but you're not actually interested in watercooling itself, don't bother." <-- Truth.
post #8 of 9
There is such a thing i believe as a no maintenance water loop. You do a sealed no reservoir system using copper blocks and copper tube, and you find a pump that can handle the throttle temp of the hardware. This last bit is the hard part. It's even harder to set up, and not as pretty, but when I do a loop that's how i'm gonna do it.
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post #9 of 9
Get the EX240 kit with the D5 instead. The AX radiator is pointless and the D5 pump is far better than the X20 750. I had an X20 750 fail literally 15 minutes after being installed.

The extra money spent on the AX radiator will get you next to nothing. The extra money spent on the D5 pump however, is absolutely worth it.
Edited by RX7-2nr - 1/9/14 at 10:46am
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