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Im looking to watercool my AM3+ fx 8350 but want to keep it around the $200 dollar range. I priced up some individual parts and it ended up costing more than a kit so i decided to go with a kit now. Whats the best kit for the value? I did some searching on ebay and every kit on there has some piece of crap waterblock. I dont care if its not name brand I just want good performance and reasonable quality, also i don't care if its used or not as long as its in good condition. I just want to max out my bang for $$$$. I can also provide my own tubing and fans.
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post #2 of 25
Look at these http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l2/g59/c683/list/p1/XSPC_Products-XSPC_Water_Cooling_Kits.html
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post #3 of 25
99% if it isnt a name brand , its junk. the only exception is barrows, the no name fittings on fleabay.
an xspc ex360 kit will cost just under $200 shipped.
dont worry. youll soon be spending more than $200 when the bug bites and you start seeing more and more stuff to add to your loop.
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In my not so humble opinion, a kit is okay to get started, but realistically is a bad choice in the long run when you can do a custom loop, with parts of your choice based on quality that will be just as much, if not slightly more expensive than any kit. Also, don't use any coolant ethylene glycol based, it's garbage.
post #5 of 25
The XSPC kits are great bang for the buck, and gives you a base point to start off with and slowly add to it as you get more into water cooling. Of course a custom loop based on quality is better for temps, but they are also alot more money. So it really depends on the amount of money your willing to drop right off the bat. Also what you have to consider is if your going to overclock the crap out of your cpu/gpu, the XSPC kits are basic, and will not give you much room to overclock much without adding more equipment to your loop.
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post #6 of 25
I like my xspc kit. It's been a great learning experience . It gives me the performance I was after and I'm now a lot more confident in knowing what I'm doing for the future if I want to do a custom loop. The only thing i'd suggest getting extra would be some classier fittings. I couldn't bear to spend $275 on the kit and VGA block and have plastic clamps securing the tubing.

Best of luck! smile.gif



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post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by XNine View Post

In my not so humble opinion, a kit is okay to get started, but realistically is a bad choice in the long run when you can do a custom loop, with parts of your choice based on quality that will be just as much, if not slightly more expensive than any kit. Also, don't use any coolant ethylene glycol based, it's garbage.

Agreed.

You buy a quality pump, radiator, and blocks and it will hold you off for a very long time.
Tubings and fittings can always be replaced easily and is not as expensive.

Kit usually gives you a few good parts and the rest you have to swap...
ie: good block+rad + weak pump or good rad + good pump + not great block
  
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post #8 of 25
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ok, so if I was to do a custom loop could you recommend some parts to start off with?
post #9 of 25
That greatly depends. Are you going to do a CPU and GPU? Two GPUs? Three?

If just a CPU, here are parts that I've personally used/experienced from friends builds, and would recommend:

CPU Blocks:
EK
Mips Iceforce (though you may not be able to find them anymore)
XSPC Raystorm
Heatkiller H3

GPU:
HEatkiller or Aquacomputer all day


Radiator:
EK
Alphacool
XSPC

Fans for Rad (one of the most important parts of cooling)
Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-15''s are kind of the go-to, though I've also had good luck with
Scythe Kaze
Gelid fans
and have seen good results from Noiseblocker eLoop fans.

Pump:
D5
MCP655

Fittings:
Bitspower or Monsoon

Reservoir:
Bitspower
Monsoon
EK

Tubing:
Since you probably aren't going Acrylic, I've had good luck with the Black Tygon in my builds.
post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by mehtacool View Post

ok, so if I was to do a custom loop could you recommend some parts to start off with?

http://www.overclock.net/t/913181/water-cooling-guide-for-noobs-always-updated

that is a good thread to start with. Just try to do as much research as possible so you don't get stuck in situations from "recommendations"
  
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