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post #11 of 15
The compact because it is much, much easier for a noob to install...no mounting issues.

The first time, leak checking, bleeding the system, etc. are all issues. The Compact simply makes it simipler. 75% or more of the kit is reusable: pump (its a MCP355), MCP220QP radiator, radbox...
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There are some aspects of the Compact that add to difficulty. Because there is no res and because it uses black neoprene tubing, it's difficult to tell when the loop is full and when it has been bled. With the Compact, if I want to upgrade my rad, I also have to buy and install a new res. If I want to upgrade the water block, I also need a pump (though I suppose you can use the block/pump combo as just a pump, but that would look ghetto, IMO).

As a noob, I stated out with the Apex Ultra kit. It was not that difficult. Personally, I'd only recommend the compact for people who are severely cost and/or space constrained. I don't think the Petra/Swiftech kits add any appreciable degree of difficulty.
post #13 of 15
If you reuse the pump you put a top on it, which you have to do with any MCP355/DDC 3.2. Yes, the black hoses need to be replaced...that costs $5, ok...$8 with new clamps.

The reservoir is in the tank, which also puts it at the highest point. Any res not at the highest point isn't doing much unless it is assisting in a steady flow to the pump. You would need some sort of t-line to the highest point anyway.

It is engineering all that, even with a Petra, Swiftech, FrozenCPU, or Sidewinder kit that moves me toward the compact as a starting point. That it begins at $140 at NewEgg only helps.

If it were $200 or the other kits were $140 my choice my be different. However, they aren't.
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To each his own. I'd want to keep my components separate unless I had a good reason not to - like cost or space. "Ease of installation" is not a good differentiator for me. I started with the Apex Ultra and it was pretty easy. I don't see a Compact being that much easier. Only difference is mounting the pump and the res.

In any event, the OP can look at the different opinions and make his own decision.
post #15 of 15
Yes, and that is significant. There are also only two hoses verses eight. And I would probably use a t-line and not res.Not quite sure what the res is doing in this low temp low pressure system.
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