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post #1 of 13
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hi guy's, i'm going to be ordering my first water cooling kit pretty quick, and i want the best i can get for as little as possible, i'm looking at two kits and i'd like to know which one is better! the: http://www.aquatuning.us/product_info.php/info/p16022_Phobya-Pure-Performance-Kit-360LT.html or the:http://www.frozencpu.com/products/22395/ex-wat-286/Alphacool_NexXxoS_Cool_Answer_360mm_D5UT_-_Complete_Kit.html?tl=g30c321s1793 i am also adding an ek gpu block. thanks for any input!
post #2 of 13
I'd recommend the Alphacool kit, just because their radiators are some of the top performing ones out there. Also, the pump in the Alphacool kit seems to be more powerful. You'll need that extra pump power if you're adding a gpu block as well. It does cost a considerate amount more, so that decision is up to you.

As a side note, I see you linked to the FrozenCPU reseller. If you're ordering from them, make sure you include "add extra padding" or something along those lines in the order comments. I ordered my watercooling supplies from them about 2 weeks ago, and the radiator came dented because they included ZERO padding in the shipment. I'm still waiting for them to send me a replacement...
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post #3 of 13
AC. The pump with the phobya is crap.
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post #4 of 13
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yeah the alphacool cit is great it's just is it a $100 better? and thanks for the tip on padding, i'll be sure to ask for it, oh and the other thing is that the aquatuning site has cheaper shipping which is nice as well. would i be bummed with the performance of the phobya? and my gpu block is going to be an ek full cover.
post #5 of 13
My concern is that the Phobya kit won't be enough to push water efficiently through your gpu AND cpu block. With the alphacool kit you'll have better water flow and therefore better cooling. In my opinion, that's worth the $100 difference.

Also, Phobya is definitely not known for watercooling whereas Alphacool is a quality name in watercooling.
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post #6 of 13
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ok good to know, i totally thought phobya was a top name, although i am a total watercooling noob. so i'll ask you guys this then: i'm using a nzxt phantom 820 and will top mount the rad, problem is is that the space is tight and i may have to mount the fans in the attic above the rad, will i lose much cooling performance? i would get a gasket for sound but i'm hoping my temps don't skyrocket! also is there a better kit for less money? looking for silence mostly as i'm not doing crazy overclocking.
post #7 of 13
I don't think mounting the rads in the attic would take away much cooling performance, so you should be fine there. To see if you have enough space, you can measure 85mm (for the 60mm rad and 25mm fans) down from the mounting point. If you have open space, then you should be fine.

I don't normally use kits for my watercooling, so I don't have much experience with them. But $315 seems like a decent asking price. In the past I've done loops for around $850 and these included gpu/cpu waterblocks, rigid tubing, lots of fittings, 2+ rads, etc. So $315 for a 3x120mm rad, pump, res, tubing, and fittings seems pretty good.
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post #8 of 13
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yeah it really isn't a bad deal, i priced it out for something somewhat similar and it would cost more, i just found that phobya kit for $100 less and got excited, but likely it's a matter of you get what you pay for.
post #9 of 13
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yeah it really isn't a bad deal, i priced it out for something somewhat similar and it would cost more, i just found that phobya kit for $100 less and got excited, but likely it's a matter of you get what you pay for.
Bah this is so untrue in pc world. For example:
560x140x60mm radiator: $130
280x140x80mm radiator: $130
You just need to know what to look for I guess.
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post #10 of 13
Definitely the alphacool kit. The quality of components you get is significantly higher.
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