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Should I do it? Gigabyte 3D Galaxy II

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I have been looking at the Galaxy II cooler. I have the 3D Aurora case so it sounds right for me! I like the mosfet fan and the block looks good. Not to sure bout the pump and don't really like the rad.

So questions:
Could I ad a TEC to the block?
Could (or should) I add a second rad or is it best to replace it?
What are your thoughts on the pump?

Ambient temp can get very hot here (Taiwan). Does that affect things too much?

More questions later.
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Higher the ambient the higher everything else
    
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It has to be better then the TT one that thing sucks. Nice case and a better rad is always good and about the TEC? WHY NOT ITS MODDING ISN'T IT!
    
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I have the Galaxy II kit. I picked it up from newegg for $90 open box. If you are just getting into watercooling this works ok. The install is pretty easy. Its tough to fit the pumpo/ras into the case but probably not with your 3D aurora case. I am almost positive that the reason i got this open box was cause someone got the box and said "this is freakin huge" . It takes up a lot of space, expecially if you use the triple Y splitter valves that are included.

If you wanna get serious into watercooling, this kit is probably not for you. It is a little difficult to upgrade with other companies parts. I think the rad wouldn't be a good option if you're looking to cool more than a CPU and one GPU. The fan is really loud when on high, which you should take into consideration when gaming.

I would build my own kit if i were to do it again. If you are planning on adding a bunch of other blocks the swiftech stuff is a pretty good option. I am currently running: gigabyte pump->gigabyte rad-> HWlabsstealth360-> gigabyte CPU block->Swiftech MCW60+MCWRamcool-> res

All that being said, the gigabyte kit is easy, i mean really easy. If you want to add some 1/4" blocks all you have to do is turn a valve. It has low coolant protection built in. The pump/res combo looks pretty cool too. If you want a simple kit to just put in and drop cpu temps this kit could be for you. The best thing I found with it was that it comes with EVERYTHING and it looks good. No need to buy anything else at all with this kit. The mosfet fan is nice too expecially if you have a mobo with a heatpipe from the chipset to the mosfet.

Let me know if you have any other questions about the Gigabyte kit. If this has turned you away from the kit(which i kinda hope it hasn't since i love gigabyte) then check out some of the "new to watercooling" posts and you'll find a lot of good recommendations for building your own kit.

By the way, the contact surface on the block is circle about 1" in diameter so you would need a cold plate to use a TEC.
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That sounds good, and about what I was wanting to add.
HWlabsstealth360: is that the rad? So you have 2 rads in the system?

Funny, I was looking at the Swiftech MCW60T for mine. To add a cool boost.

Does the pump buzz or hum? Some reviews say it does.
It will cost me about 150US$ here. Taiwan does not have good deals on made in Taiwan stuff
 
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Yes I have 2 rads in the system. The gigabyte one is first, then a Hardware Labs Stealth 3x120. Its tricky to mount both of em(I have the 3x120 on the side of my case). With your case I think you can mount the gigabyte one inside your case, but you should check on that.

MCW60T would probably be nice to add in loop, be careful though cause the tubing on the gigabyte is weird. I got some 1/2 inch primoflex tubing and it was loose on the gigabyte fittings, so the gigabyte stuff may be a slightly different size(though its listed as 1/2" so maybe that outer diameter?). I had one hell of a time getting the gigabyte tubing onto the 1/2" swiftech fittings, but it can be done. I decided to switch out the gigabyte tubing for the 1/2" promoflex and I just put teflon tape around the gigabyte fittings so the tubing fit tighter.

As far as the pump, I have no problems with it. I have tried to listen to the pump and could not hear it. Even when I turn off most of the fans in my case I don't hear it. I remember reading about the buzzing, and I haven't heard anything of the sort. You may want to find out if gigabyte will replace a buzzing pump through the warranty.

That kinda stinks that you don't get a discount. I hope you at least get access to gigabyte's new products before they're out over here.
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build it yourself, it will be way better than that kit
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