A while ago, much longer than I would like, I started re-building my rig. Bought mostly new parts so basically I started building a new rig. I had never done water cooling before, but I knew I wanted to water cool this project - not because I'm into OCing or heavy on gaming, but mostly for the cool-factor and aesthetics.
After night after night of internet browsing, I decided to buy a 1st gen Corsair H50 off eBay and planned to modify the hoses to achieve that custom-loop appearance. I did this mod, and I must say it was incredibly frustrating. I used in-line Ts to bleed the air from the closed loop and this proved to be an asinine amount of work.
Finally I was done and it came out nice, but I immediately realized that two 3/8" OD tubes did not achieve the look I was going for, and would look pretty weak. So I decided that I'd not only cool my CPU, but my GPU as well. So I bought an NZXT Kraken G10 with intent to dedicate my H50 to the GPU, and bought a 1st gen Corsair H60 to use on the CPU.
The Kraken G10 bracket arrived, and to add to my frustration it didn't fit the H50 without modification. I had to grind down the edges of the shroud on the H50 in order for it to clear the bracket, which proved to be a grievous investment of my time. But finally I got this to fit.
Then my H60 arrived, and I modified it just as I had with the H50. But when I was done, I turned it on and quickly found that the H60 was DOA. Didn't even turn on. So this was a complete waste of effort, time and money. More frustrated, I got back on the internet and ordered a replacement - this time an H100.
When the H100 arrived I tested it first to make sure it turned on, and it did. So I got to doing the mod, and went through this stupid process a third time, lamenting over how many hours I'd spent doing it. And more frustration came when during the modification process, I realized that the H100 moves next to no water at all. It must be called the H100 because it's 50 times weaker than the H50. Seriously I probably dribble more water out of my mouth when I'm sleeping than this thing pumps in a day.
This concerned me, so I did some googling and found that this is simply the way with the H100, it is apparently not meant to pump a lot of water but 'just enough' to circulate the heat. But I wasn't convinced, and sure enough, when I installed it and fired up the machine, the CPU temp got on a steady climb all the way up to 105°C, at which point I shut it down.
So obviously the H100 isn't working, and just as it was with the H60, I can't return it because I've modified it. Now, I don't think it's advisable to piss away more money on another Corsair cooler that might be similarly wasted. Plus I am really tired of the whole ordeal, which is much more frustrating than I ever imagined, and I'm thinking way more frustrating than doing a real custom loop.
So I think it would make me most comfortable to throw all this sh** away and just do it right. That said, could my friends at OCN help me out in picking a water cooling system that will not cost a lot? I'd justify spending about $250 to be rid of these annoyances and finally done with my build. The components I need to cool are my AMD Phenom II X6 1035T and my NVIDIA GTX670. That's it.
I'm looking at this XSPC kit, along with this XSPC GPU block. Am I headed in the right direction or would anyone advise me differently?
Keep in mind my case is an NZXT H230 and it does not accommodate a large radiator. I'll have to do two 120mm radiators. With the equipment I just listed I would attempt to sell the dual radiator and use two of these radiators or something similar, since I only have enough space for two single radiators placed one on top of the other (see my drawing). This takes up less vertical space than a dual radiator.
Edited by Techspectre - 4/17/14 at 8:54am