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i started with a generic case and a thermaltake bigwater se kit. im still running it now on my sig. I know, I know, I could do better but i gotthis before i was a member here. there are plenty of guys here that can recomend you parts and such. the first one i would suggest looking up would be ira-k. hes got some great logs and info on w/c.
I have the same kit, and ran it for about 9 months before I joined here and switched.

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You can to the right place for help. If you are looking for a good watercooling case, look into the thermaltake armor (I have pics of my setup "Tygon Tornado" in my sig). If that case looks too expensive,some members have done pretty nice setups in CM stacker 690's, especially Ericeod.
    
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thanks, uhh, another question. would buying a case that comes with a water cooling system actaully give me a pretty good W/C system or would i have to replace most of it with better aftermarket parts? if the answer varies, what should i be looking at, my budgets around 200ish not including the case. thanks
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Just get whatever case you like the most and water cool around it.
Go for the Antec 900. Tons of air cooling, and has holes in the back for water tubing. You can't go wrong, and you can get them for less than $100 if you look around.
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The quality of the internal water cooling systems installed in cases, they are all pretty shoddy, usually resulting in aluminum parts, 3/8 tubing low flow pumps, and no T lines for purges...

two good cases I recommend for water are the Thermal Take Armor and the Antec 900
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thanks, uhh, another question. would buying a case that comes with a water cooling system actaully give me a pretty good W/C system or would i have to replace most of it with better aftermarket parts? if the answer varies, what should i be looking at, my budgets around 200ish not including the case. thanks

From the research I conducted when I was getting started in WC'n......The "complete kits" that come with cases designed for WC'n generally do not perform as well as a custom kit. If money and simplicity are issues and you don't plan to OC to the edge of the chips limitations then a complete kit would be a good starter. However, if you plan to add on later and upgrade then you will spend less in the long run if you go with a custom system. It's not that hard to do and there are a lot of folks here willing to help. If you take your time you'll end up with a far superior system. I went custom with my first WC'n rig in an Antec900 and I'm glad I did. I'm about to do some maintenance on it (upgrade cpu to Q6600 and swap out my fluid) I'll post some pictures when I do.

by the way....my WC system for $300ish
1/2in tubing & clamps
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The beauty of that is I can add more blocks for vga etc....and not have to upgrade main components of the loop
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post #16 of 17
Its up to you really. But aside from the handfull of people that have had good luck with the TT-LCS, or the Gigabyte W/C setups, most around these parts would recomend building with quality parts.

Hanging a decent rad off the back of your case with a rad-box, could potentially make it very easy to add w/c to your current case.

And what does the company that makes your watercooling parts from specialize in? I would think you would want that to be W/C, not cases, or motherboards?

Just my humble opinion.
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hmm, my kit was somewhere in that area

Swiftech 220 Rad $45
Danger Den D-5 Pump ($90 for variable speed, $75 for fixed)
Danger Den 5.25 Bay Reservoir $30
Swiftech Apogee GT CPU Block $48
1/2" ID Tubing $15
IRA-K Has a .pdf floating around with an excellent coolant recipe that costs around $15 to cook up, i think petra's has the same mixture for sale

that's around $230 if you get the fixed speed pump, but shopping around will probably find you better prices, i had used my micro center employee discount, so i just did a quick search and Petra and DD's site for these parts
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