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Hey all, I've spent the last couple hours reading the stickies. I have a Coolermaster Storm Trooper and am looking to get my first true water cooling solution. I'm willing to spend no more than $250 preferably less but I'll take what I can get I suppose. Apparently the case can mount a three fan 240mm rad up top, I currently have my Coolermaster Silent Pro Hybrid 1050W mounted on the bottom. (since I only have 5 Excaliber's and 5 Turbine Master's)

 

I'll be buying a new CPU and motherboard soon. Which one, hasn't been determined yet though I'm leaning towards an i7 4770K and an ASUS Maximus Hero Z87 for the board. Weigh in here if you wish.

 

What kind of kit would you recommend?


Edited by phazer11 - 4/9/14 at 11:01pm
     
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Here's a great way to start off. Comes with everything you'd need, just buy a gallon of distilled water, and a silver kill coil to put into the res. This is a bay res BTW.

EDIT: Looks like it comes free with Dead Water biocidal drops, so you really wouldn't need the killcoil and the D5 pump this comes with will be future proof for when you decide to add more blocks/rads.

XSPC Raystorm AX240 Extreme Universal CPU Water Cooling Kit w/ D5 Variant Pump. If you wanted to expand the loop to the GPU it would probably cost about 220 bucks if you wanted to go with another matching AX240 rad and GPU block + fittings.

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?tl=g59c683s2174
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I guess the bigger draw for the the one you linked over the one with the Photon reservoir is the size?

     
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Only thing different is the res, and that would really depend on what kind of space you have in your case honestly, tube vs bay res would be a personal choice although the Photon kit is a little bit more expensive, I was just trying to keep it within your budget. Some people say it's easier to bleed air out of the tube res vs a bay res but I I never had an issue with either style res in my experience.
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Interesting, I suppose the biggest problem I'll have through out this rebuild will be cable management allowing the air to travel more freely.

     
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Actually the biggest problem you'll have is staying to that 250 budget.

Get rid of that, take your time, wait and look for good deals new or used and you'll be good to go. thumb.gif
   
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I wouldn't buy used watercooling anything you never know what you're getting into...


We listed multiple kits that are at his 250 budget, pretty good ones at that.
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I wouldn't buy used watercooling anything you never know what you're getting into...


We listed multiple kits that are at his 250 budget, pretty good ones at that.
Absolutely nothing wrong with buying used watercooling parts. One of my radiators, both pumps, half of my fans, and both reservoirs were bought used and none had any issues. I would be a little careful buying from somewhere like eBay, but I feel the OCN Marketplace is 100% safe to use for buying used parts.
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Theres nothing wrong with used WC stuff if the seller is honest. How ever you listed sum kits for under 250 which is good. That xspc kit with the d5 pump seem like a very good kit for the price, the pump and res alone is worth 100+ dollars.
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Hey if you're willing to help me pick the parts and all I don't mind not buying a kit, I could at least substitute the fans for something a little better that way. Just as I said I've never really done this before. I know Jabtech had some rads and such on clearance for their sale but most of what was left was Swiftech, didn't look at their fans though.

     
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