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I am looking into possibly buying a liquid cooling system. I am using a case that can accommodate the tubing and such as it has the extra space (Antec P180).

Here are my questions so far:

Is it better to buy separate parts or a pre-made liquid cooling system?

Can it be done without spending more than 150 bucks?

How much of a cooling improvement can be made with liquid cooling versus my Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro?

What parts/kits would you suggest? My hardware is in the specs below.

I am looking to drop my temps further. The only reason my CPU is at 36c idle is because it has cooled down some here in Torrance, CA (20 miles from L.A.), but I am worried about the temps during the summer.

Thanks for the help.
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Samsung 840 Pro LITE-ON SATA 20x DVD-RW Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Windows 7 Ultimate 
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I am looking into possibly buying a liquid cooling system. I am using a case that can accommodate the tubing and such as it has the extra space (Antec P180).
Have a look at my sig, might give you some ideas.

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Is it better to buy separate parts or a pre-made liquid cooling system?
It's always better to build it yourself.

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Can it be done without spending more than 150 bucks?
Yes, but not easy. If you can save a little more and look for something around $200.

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How much of a cooling improvement can be made with liquid cooling versus my Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro?
It all depends on what you buy. Anywhere from none to 15C.

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What parts/kits would you suggest? My hardware is in the specs below.
Check out the water cooling section, there are a lot of really helpful people there.
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Q6600 @ 3.20 GHz, 1.400v ASUS Commando BFG 8600GTS OC 2GB Team Xtreem PC2-6400 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
250 GB Maxtor Ubuntu and XP for games and CAD Acer AL2216W 22" Logitec 
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