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Hey all. Finally had put some thought about going into custom water cooling. I've been looking at the XSPC kits from Frozen CPU. Was wondering if there is really any difference between the 6? other than the radiator size. Was also wondering if anybody has any experience with these specific ones? Because im reading from reviews and people say that the pump/reservoir combo version of these ones aren't really that great, (i.e; prone to leaking, breaking, making loud noises after a few months) What would you guys recommend? I probably won't be needing the ones with the 360mm radiators, since im just cooling my cpu as of now. Also, would it just be better to pick out parts separately? Don't really know the budget yet, but probably somewhere from 150-around 220ish? Any help/recommendations would be appreciated! biggrin.gif Cooling and AMD Phenom II 965 if that helps. Also considering upgrading to intel soon too.

The links:

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/21235/ex-wat-270/XSPC_Raystorm_750_EX240_Universal_CPU_Water_Cooling_Kit_New_Rev_4_Pump_Included_w_Free_Dead-Water.html?tl=c321s1310b49

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/20926/ex-wat-266/XSPC_Raystorm_750_EX280_Universal_CPU_Water_Cooling_Kit_New_Rev_4_Pump_Included_w_Free_Dead-Water.html?tl=c321s1310b49

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/21236/ex-wat-271/XSPC_Raystorm_750_EX360_Universal_CPU_Water_Cooling_Kit_New_Rev_4_Pump_Included_w_Free_Dead-Water.html?tl=c321s1310b49#blank

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/20835/ex-wat-263/XSPC_Raystorm_750_AX240_Universal_CPU_Water_Cooling_Kit_New_Rev_4_Pump_Included_w_Free_Dead-Water.html?tl=c321s1310b49#blank

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/20927/ex-wat-267/XSPC_Raystorm_750_EX420_Universal_CPU_Water_Cooling_Kit_New_Rev_4_Pump_Included_w_Free_Dead-Water.html?tl=c321s1310b49#blank

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/20836/ex-wat-264/XSPC_Raystorm_750_AX360_Universal_CPU_Water_Cooling_Kit_New_Rev_4_Pump_Included_w_Free_Dead-Water.html?tl=c321s1310b49#blank

Oh yeah, whats the difference between the AX240 and the EX240?

Thanks!! thumb.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif
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I have a RX360 kit. They are awesome kits.
Yes they are all the same except for the series/size of the radiator. Just look at the specs for each kit and you can get specifics on the parts. The EX series uses the EX radiator which is the normal thickness. About 35mm thick. The AX uses a "Premium" radiator. It's a little thicker due to the aesthetic housing at 40mm. The RX uses 56mm thick radiators. Which don't fit in the top mount cases.
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I have a RX360 kit. They are awesome kits.
Yes they are all the same except for the series/size of the radiator. Just look at the specs for each kit and you can get specifics on the parts. The EX series uses the EX radiator which is the normal thickness. About 35mm thick. The AX uses a "Premium" radiator. It's a little thicker due to the aesthetic housing at 40mm. The RX uses 56mm thick radiators. Which don't fit in the top mount cases.

Ahh... I see! Thanks for letting me know about the versions! biggrin.gif
Can you tell me how reliable the pump/reservoir is?
Edited by pigpottomus - 3/6/14 at 12:53pm
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That new black reservoir is more reliable than old acrylic one. They made it from stronger material so it's not as prone for leaks as before, I've also heard that pump design is improved.

The newest version is this: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/20837/ex-wat-261/XSPC_Raystorm_AX240_Extreme_Universal_CPU_Water_Cooling_Kit_w_D5_Variant_Pump_Included_and_Free_Dead-Water.html

Has D5 pump which is widely regarded as the best available, that kit is bargain for the price. Pump can easily handle multiple graphics cards and cpu, so it would be a long lasting for you. Also has compression fittings instead of cheaper barbs on the other kits, I prefer compression.

You don't necessarily need to buy fancy and expensive coolants, distilled water is enough.
Edited by Seid Dark - 3/6/14 at 1:05pm
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That new black reservoir is more reliable than old acrylic one. They made it from stronger material so it's not as prone for leaks as before, I've also heard that pump design is improved.

The newest version is this: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/20837/ex-wat-261/XSPC_Raystorm_AX240_Extreme_Universal_CPU_Water_Cooling_Kit_w_D5_Variant_Pump_Included_and_Free_Dead-Water.html

Has D5 pump which is widely regarded as the best available, that kit is bargain for the price. Pump can easily handle multiple graphics cards and cpu, so it would be a long lasting for you. Also has compression fittings instead of cheaper barbs on the other kits, I prefer compression.

You don't necessarily need to buy fancy and expensive coolants, distilled water is enough.

Thank you! biggrin.gif
Was just wondering. It says universal cpu cooler, would that mean it comes with both the amd and intel cpu cooler?
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Thank you! biggrin.gif
Was just wondering. It says universal cpu cooler, would that mean it comes with both the amd and intel cpu cooler?

Yep, I have the dual D5 res and full copper RayStorm block and it came with both AMD and Intel mounting brackets.
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Ahh.. I see. I was wondering, if i did get this one: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/20837/ex-wat-261/XSPC_Raystorm_AX240_Extreme_Universal_CPU_Water_Cooling_Kit_w_D5_Variant_Pump_Included_and_Free_Dead-Water.html#blank

Would i be able to take apart the rad and perhaps paint the housing? If i remember, thats what Mnpctech did with one of there vids?
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Ahh.. I see. I was wondering, if i did get this one: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/20837/ex-wat-261/XSPC_Raystorm_AX240_Extreme_Universal_CPU_Water_Cooling_Kit_w_D5_Variant_Pump_Included_and_Free_Dead-Water.html#blank

Would i be able to take apart the rad and perhaps paint the housing? If i remember, thats what Mnpctech did with one of there vids?
That's correct smile.gif AX series rads have aluminum housing and copper core, you can take them apart. It's one of the most easily moddable rads.
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Awesome! Hmm... Would you recommend me to rather buy the parts separately and buy the white version of the radiator? Or just go with the kit?
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I have the ax240 kit. Highly recommend it if you are are looking into something simple. And pretty good bang for the buck. Kit has better value than buying seperate. But if you want the white look your gonna have to buy it separately. Or if your not too into high clocking and super low temps you can always just paint the rad white yourself. Your looking at 1 or 2 degree difference with another coat or 2 of high temp paint.
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