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going liquid! DIY or kit?

Poll Results: kit, or totally Do it yourself?

Poll expired: Jul 18, 2007  
  • 19% (5)
    kit
  • 80% (21)
    DIY
26 Total Votes  
post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
I want to try liquid cooling for my upcoming build, but looking at these forums and others, i am not sure if i should try to get individual parts and totally customize my cooling, or if i should get a full kit package. (such as.. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835108075 ..)

with as much knowledge and guidance to be found on the web, i doubt constructing a custom system would be too much trouble if i approach it with due care, and maybe it would be superior to a kit for the same price, much like building a whole rig is cooler than buying, say, dell - right?

what would you recommend? does budget come into play? time consumption?
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post #2 of 8
Well, a DIY kit built yourself would cost you more if you were trying to match the Swiftech kit. I'd go with the swiftech, as its a quality brand and an excellent choice to go with especially if its your first time doing this.

Oh! You're a Hellsing fan as well! I am too! Welcome to the forums .
post #3 of 8
DIY. Just for the fact that most of the kits on the market are crap. Swiftech does make good kits. But if your going into watercooling i suggest you go with picking all the parts.
    
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post #4 of 8
You MIGHT be able to build a do-it-yourselfer under the right guidance though, in which case I'd love to help you do some part picking.
post #5 of 8
The only difference between Kit or Custom is performance, you still have to do component layout and install
of the individual parts. The kit you listed is upgradable (larger rad) and not bad for a 3/8"ID system.

Hardest part of going custom is finding one source for most/all of the parts, so shipping from multiple sites
doesn't burden your budget.

Here's a good list of where to start:

SVC

PTS

Jab-Tech
  
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post #6 of 8
Yeah like Dryad said kit or custom you have to put it all together yourself...Custom you can tailor it more to your needs then a generic kit....Take your time and do a little research and you will be able to put together a top notch rig...
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post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
i see...
overwhelming majority says to order parts individually, so i suppose that's what i'll start researching, and unless it turns out to be much more expensive (through multiple part shipments and the like) than a kit, why not? with the help of the forum, building the cooling system should be no harder than building my rig.
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WDC WD2500JB, WDC WD400BB tsstcorp sh-s183l windows vista ultimate x64 acer AL2216W 
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logitech SK-1788 FSP ax500-a cooler master centurion 5 logitech mx-518 
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post #8 of 8
unless youre a huge noob, DIY ftw..

you can make a DIY kit for almost ANY budget, value or super high end

check out my thread on my DIY $120 ultra budget kit
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