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Title says it pretty much, at the rate i'm saving up which is about $125 a month. Current build is 3770k on z77 mb, 16gb of ddr3, corsair 860i psu, h100i, gtx170ftw in a cooler master stryker. System i build like 4 years ago and wife to be got me the 1070 on launch, yes that's when i bought the ring and knew she was a keeper! xD so when i left my last job i got all my saved up vacation time paid on my last check. With that i bought a Case Labs SM8 gunmetal. Time to update the system at $125 a month by black/cyber Monday ill have $850 to get my 7700k, strix 270e,corsiar rgb 8gbx4 ram and reuse the PSU and GTX im going to do my first custom loop as well. I have every part of the custom loop planed out already and researched. now i know it'll take me about 8-9 months to get all the money for just the custom loop. my question is in what order should i buy the Custom loop parts? at 125 a month i can buy parts slowly so do i get Rads first or the D5 pump, or what would be the smart way to slowing accumulate the parts? or should i just save up and get it all in one big swoop? this turned out way longer than I thought any advice would be appreciative. i plan on making it slightly like Jays2cents Skunk works in the way its a gunmetal,black,green theme already have the 8 fans and custom sleeving equipment for the job.
Edited by Craigk19 - 4/26/17 at 2:19pm
post #2 of 6
I would suggest checking the classifieds and eBay relatively frequently to see if any parts you could use show up at a good price, then pick up what you can as it comes along. Sometimes you can find a kit that may have a pump and rad that you want for cheaper than what they would cost retail. I picked up a couple kits for just the radiators cheaper than the radiator alone retail.

Retail prices don't drop too much, but if you can purchase many items at once from one source, you can usually sane a good deal on shipping.

You have time, do just keep the deal searching up... eventually you will find the parts that will fit for decent prices.

I would wait on the gpu block, as new cards come out, those tend to drop price...
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info!! Didn't think about that, the pump I want is Ek and the rads are Ek too so I'll look at their kits, ebay is scary I've heard some horror stories from used rads
post #4 of 6
I bought a used rad that was junked up with dye. After a couple flushes it was ok, but a little banged up and scratched. It served its purpose, and can't see scratches when installed.

You should flush all radiators before putting them in your loop regardless of used or new.

Having specific parts in mind for the loop will make it less likely to find them cheap. I am fine making compromises to save money, as long as it doesn't have a negative impact on performance.
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Don't forget to check OCN marketplace from time to time.
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Didn't even know that existed but now will check daily Haha.
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