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Alright so my Eagle Scout Court of Honor was yesterday and, long story short, I made a good chunk of mullah. I have $250 to spend on whatever. The rest goes to my senior project, which still needs some things. I put this thread in the watercooling section because it's the upgrade I'm considering the most, but I just don't know what to do! My list of options:

Install watercooling into sig rig. I would probably do just the CPU for now because I am inexperienced, I just want to try watercooling out and cooling the GPU as well probably amplifies the chances that a mistake will happen and cause a problem. In addition to this I would probably get a better hs+f for my GPU, one that I can control the speed on. I would probably buy parts from someone on OCN...people sell brand-new stuff all the time. I also like the idea of buying some copper tubing and building a custom 200mm radiator to fit into the top of my Nine Hundred.

Step up video card. I guess I could make it to even a GX2 if I wanted with some additional cash, but my CPU wouldn't do it justice and I'm not a really big gamer. I could go to a 9800GTX and only have to add $110 (I paid $240 for my 8800GT).

Last, I'm going to college next year and I shudder at trying to bring both my 225BW and 920BW with me. I've always dreamed of having a 245BW. I could probably sell my 225BW for $160 or so pretty fast. The 920BW will likely go to my brother. Upgrading to a 245BW wouldn't be too bad, but does anyone think it would be too big for college?

A list of smaller upgrades I could add in: 2x2GB RAM kit, fan controller (I have a lot of fans!), 2.1 or 2.0 speaker system for college, 8 or 16GB USB flash drive...

Can not decide need help!
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from all the colleges dorms ive been to you usually have quite a bit of desk space for a good sized monitor. for $140 you can get the swiftech h20-220 which is a really nice water cooling pre fab kit that will handle over 100w of heat no problem.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835108105
or you could build one.
highly reccommend D-tek fuzion cpu waterblock (my ek performs up there with it but the d-tek is better)
http://www.dtekcustoms.com/index.asp...ROD&ProdID=182
with the antec 900 finding a place for the radiator is kinda tricky but cyberdruid figured a way out http://www.overclock.net/1698781-post4.html as you can see he bolted it on top.
then the swiftech mcp655 is a nice pump. doesn't commonly fail and good price for flow.
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...oducts_id=3112
with the reservoir there are many many diff types so judging on where everything is you can decide on where youd like to put one and then look around. www.performance-pcs.com has a great selection.
    
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from all the colleges dorms ive been to you usually have quite a bit of desk space for a good sized monitor. for $140 you can get the swiftech h20-220 which is a really nice water cooling pre fab kit that will handle over 100w of heat no problem.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835108105
or you could build one.
highly reccommend D-tek fuzion cpu waterblock (my ek performs up there with it but the d-tek is better)
http://www.dtekcustoms.com/index.asp...ROD&ProdID=182
with the antec 900 finding a place for the radiator is kinda tricky but cyberdruid figured a way out http://www.overclock.net/1698781-post4.html as you can see he bolted it on top.
then the swiftech mcp655 is a nice pump. doesn't commonly fail and good price for flow.
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...oducts_id=3112
with the reservoir there are many many diff types so judging on where everything is you can decide on where youd like to put one and then look around. www.performance-pcs.com has a great selection.
Alright thanks yeah I've pretty much decided to go with WCing. I'm getting an MC-TDX from an OCN member for $32.50 which is pretty good. It's lapped very well.
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Be sure to get the D-5 vario and not the D-5 "B" model...The fixed speed "B" has about 30% less flow then a Vario....D-5 Vario...
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