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i've got:

e6850, looking to get an e8400 or q6700. the cpu is currently at about 3.6, barely (it's having load temp issues, i think)
9600gt, thinking about a second one. this one loads out at about 69 c.
asus p5n-e sli mobo (hot northbridge)
2 2gb sticks of g.skill ddr2 800 ram, not OC'd (thinking about another 2)
3 hard drives

in a sunbeam transformer case. LARGE case, particularly for a mid tower. it has a lot of air moving, but it seems to stay pretty warm most of the time (3 80mm, 2 120mm, and the i/o plate for the mobo ain't there cause it was an open box originally).

i'm thinking about buying a watercooling rig for this system. i really like the look and versatility of the reserator systems (i mainly just like the external radiator), and if i don't go for something like that, i'd like one that's got an external radiator like that one.

any ideas? i'd just go with the reserator 1 v2 (around 240 shipped), but i keep hearing about people who have issues with the pump's power - and i'd like to cool my cpu, at least one video card (two if i get another one) and possibly my northbridge if possible on the same system. might be too much for the underpowered pump.

if you suggest going piecemeal on parts (which i'm fine with), i'd like a system that will look decent as well as function effectively - and i'd like it to be under 250-275$ if at ALL possible.
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Stay away from the Zalman, Koolance, etc. pre-made kits. They are a waste of money and you risk them failing in the near future. If your gonna get any pre-made kits, go with one of these http://www.petrastechshop.com/wacoki.html. They are made from custom parts but just put together in one ready made kit. Or if you'd like we can put together a custom kit for you.
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that res v1 is kak...dont buy it!!
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Stay away from the Zalman, Koolance, etc. pre-made kits. They are a waste of money and you risk them failing in the near future. If your gonna get any pre-made kits, go with one of these http://www.petrastechshop.com/wacoki.html. They are made from custom parts but just put together in one ready made kit. Or if you'd like we can put together a custom kit for you.
Why do you "so called" experts, keep doggin the ThermalTake BigWater and KOOLANCE pre-made systems / components?

I agree the TT rad provided w/BigWater is garbage, but if you properly integrate a KOOLANCE (100 % Aluminum) radiator into the TT setup, problem solved...

Your worries about whether or not your ThermalTake BigWater will ever leak are solved. Your friend and mine, Mr. Galvanic Corrosion, comes over and makes sure all the leaks stay plugged with corroded copper from you crappy ThermalTake block.

JUST JOKING !!!!

NEVER INTRODUCE ALUMINUM INTO A LOOP WITH ANY COPPER/BRASS......

Bad things man, bad things

Dude, not telling you to sell your organs for an insanely overkilled watercooling system like the one in my "sig", but whoever turned you onto that Zalman CRAP, should be shot.
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Stay away from the Zalman, Koolance, etc. pre-made kits. They are a waste of money and you risk them failing in the near future. If your gonna get any pre-made kits, go with one of these http://www.petrastechshop.com/wacoki.html. They are made from custom parts but just put together in one ready made kit. Or if you'd like we can put together a custom kit for you.
a custom kit would be great. i looked through those, and i saw a few things i wasn't really looking for. i'd like it based off of 3/8" hoses, and those are all 5/8" - which is kind of big, right? also, they didn't include gpu cooling, and i'd like that a lot. if you could even just point me in the right direction, that'd be awesome. like i said - while that reserator kit might be really ghetto, i liked the idea of an external radiator, and i'd prefer it if at all possible. as for tubing, i could goof around a bit by myself, but i'm going to attempt to put at least a drain for the system for when i move it around.
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a custom kit would be great. i looked through those, and i saw a few things i wasn't really looking for. i'd like it based off of 3/8" hoses, and those are all 5/8" - which is kind of big, right? also, they didn't include gpu cooling, and i'd like that a lot. if you could even just point me in the right direction, that'd be awesome. like i said - while that reserator kit might be really ghetto, i liked the idea of an external radiator, and i'd prefer it if at all possible. as for tubing, i could goof around a bit by myself, but i'm going to attempt to put at least a drain for the system for when i move it around.
I can help you with a custom kit but what hosing are you referring to, the ID or the OD?
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ID. i didn't want a bunch of enormous tubes everywhere in my case.
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ID. i didn't want a bunch of enormous tubes everywhere in my case.
1/2" ID x 11/16" OD works for me...
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This is the closest I could get to your budget of $275. Very tough to cool a CPU and GPU for under $300 and as you see I couldn't do it. Maybe someone else can make some suggestions.

CPU Block: $48 - http://www.petrastechshop.com/swapexpeunwa.html
GPU Block: $47 - http://www.petrastechshop.com/swmcgpuwawg8.html
GPU Ramsinks: $40 - http://www.petrastechshop.com/swmcsmccokit.html
Radiator: $60 - http://www.petrastechshop.com/hwlablicegts1.html
Pump: $80 - http://www.petrastechshop.com/dadenlad5in1.html
Resevoir: $20 - http://www.petrastechshop.com/swmchire.html
Tubing(10 feet): $6 - http://www.petrastechshop.com/7id5odmagepu.html
Coolant: $7 - http://www.petrastechshop.com/peg11coadb4o.html + http://www.petrastechshop.com/pepcobi1.html

Total: $308
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You could use a T-Line instead of a reservoir to get under $300

But you'll also need fans :\\
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