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There was a reason I listed that XSPC kit and it's because everything in it is of great quality.
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I don't mind helping pick out parts, and I'm sure others wouldn't mind either.

Look through the Cooling Products For Sale Thread in the Marketplace. There are usually some pretty good deals there for various items. For example, there is currently an EK Supreme HF for sale for $35 and a Coolgate 240mm Radiator for $50. With some more searching, you could probably build your whole loop from Marketplace parts.

Also, bmaverick, an OCN local, has his own website where he sells DDC-1T pumps for $35 shipped. Great little pump for a good price. I've purchased two from him in the past and they were great.
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Get the ddc for 35, totally worth it, it will be a good start.
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How does the DDC-1T compare to the D5 and what kind of reservoir would you recommend? If I custom build it I might be able to pull off getting a decent X79 motherboard and the 4930k if I go a little above budget.

     
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D5 would be the higher end compared to ddc.
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Yeah, but if you could give me a subjective measure of performance it would be helpful. Like is the D5 2x better than the DDC or something?

     
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How does the DDC-1T compare to the D5 and what kind of reservoir would you recommend? If I custom build it I might be able to pull off getting a decent X79 motherboard and the 4930k if I go a little above budget.

If you're building a budget custom loop the Apogee Drive II is a great starting place. You get the DDC-PWM (different than the DDC-1T) and an Apogee XT neatly packed into a low profile unit and costs about half of what you'd spend if you bought a block and a pump separately. If you want a kit get the raystorm kit with the photon res. Personally i avoid bay reservoirs like the plague. They're a pita to decouple if you have an integrated pump, I've heard their glued together design is prone to loosing it's seal, if you use a kill coil as a biocide the deadzone can breed algae, and nanofluids seem to have issues with their deadzones.
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Yeah, but if you could give me a subjective measure of performance it would be helpful. Like is the D5 2x better than the DDC or something?
It's kind of hard to compare them in that way. They both have their pros and cons. DDC pumps have lower flow rate but more head pressure, meaning the are better in high restriction loops. They also run warmer than D5s because they are passively cooled whereas D5s are cooled by the water passing through them. D5 pumps have a high flow rate, but lower head pressure so they are better in lower restriction loops. Either DDC or D5 will be more than sufficient in your loop. So I recommend the DDC-1T strictly due to price in this case.

Like ZytheEKS mentioned, the Apogee Drive 2 would work perfect here. But it is somewhat expensive.

For a reservoir, I recommend a tube reservoir, more specifically, the Bitspower Multi-Z reservoir. They come in a few different sizes ranging from 60mm tall to 400mm tall, and are very reasonably priced. I personally have two of the 250mm version. And again, I agree with ZytheEKS when he said to avoid a bay res. I see more complaints about them than good things.
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Swiftech is about to release their new AIO called the H220X. I've done some digging on it, and it seems more like a starter kit than an AIO. From what I know so far, I can tell you that it'll be prefilled, but the components are G1/4 inch compatible, so you can easily expand the loop with the same components. The pump is mounted on the radiator along with the reservoir, it's a detuned version of the upcoming Swiftech MCP50X, and it should be more than strong enough for future expansion. The 240mm version of this kit will be $149, with bigger rads coming later this year. I think this is a very good place to start if you don't want to spend a lot of money.
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Ah, ok I see. Well the DDC look like they are small enough that you could fit almost two in the same place as the D5 Variant+Pump combo with the reservoirs placed a little further away if need be, this might be an option if I decided to cool my GTX 780 or something else and found I needed more oomph. That reservoir is a decent price. $80 for both. What kind of radiator, block and tubing, and fittings/barbs would you recommend?

     
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