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Okay.. first of all I'm completely new to watercooling, everything I know about it is from reading tidbits from the watercooling guide stickied at the top of the page =P. I'm interested in pushing my computer to it's limits and also to make it look pretty funky in the process .

I've included (crappy) pics of my current set up to help you guys get the lay of the land...

Intel C2D E6600
ASUS EN8800GTX
2 sticks of 1GB RAM
550 Watt PSU

My budget for the watercooling set up is 150 to 200 quid (£ not $ )

From what I've read... I'll need CPU + GPU waterblocks, a pump, radiator.. lots of tubing... coolants.. fans... etc, I understand most of it but still seems a bit confusing...so I'll probably be asking lots of stupid questions

First of all...is it better to buy an entire kit or buy separate parts and install each one separately, I don't really mess around inside my computer case often unless I need to replace a fan/swap hard drives etc, so I wouldn't know the first thing about how to install watercooling apart from reading through installation guides..so would I be able to install the watercooling by myself?
I've read a lot of pple recommending to install your own set up instead of going with a single kit from one manufacturer... I'll be reading a lot more about watercooling over the next few days so I'll be better informed then =P..

What parts would you recommend for my current setup (all I know atm is I want the coolant to be non-conductive in case leakage occurs ) and how much would it all cost altogether?

Thanks very much for any advice




Edited by RedWing - 6/22/08 at 12:33pm
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Keep this in mind: Kit or custom, you'll still have to assemble it. If you build it, do it right With that kind of budget, you should have little trouble getting great parts for your loop. It's really not that difficult at all to get it going.
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Something like this maybe...

.. D-TEK FuZion CPU Block

.. D5 Vario

..ThermoChill PA120.3

....You use this tubing with 1/2" barbs, it will flow about as well as full 1/2" and is a little more compact. 7/16" Masterkleer

If you can find them there and they fit your card these are good GPU blocks..Swiftech MCW60-R VGA cooler.You use them with ram sinks..Swiftech 60 Sinks....

I'll leave you my cleaning and set-up PDF, be sure to read all the stickies here also...
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