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Well I've been thinking about it, I've posted in here a bit, and I really don't want to go with a kit, they aren't good, so if you could help me out, link me to all the parts that I would need that would be great. My budget is not determined, I prefer cheaper, but all I really ask for is it to be significantly better then a TRUE.

So basically, if you could post up ALL the parts that I would possibly need, and maybe post up a link to the part you'd have in mind, then that would be great.
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a budget would be really helpful when planning

also what do you want to watercool? CPU, NB, GPU, etc

and would you be willing to mount a radiator externally (on the back) as it is very very hard to fit anything bigger than a 120 inside
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I'm assuming a CPU onli loop... Here is a list for you to use as reference:

CPU: Apogee GTZ or D-tek fuzion v2 both are $61.95
Rad: BI GTX 360 $99.95 or Thermochill PA120.3 $119.95
Pump+Res option 1: MCP-655 $74.95 + Microres v2 $24.50
Pump+Res option 2: MCP-355 $63.95 + XSPC Res-Top $38.95
Tubing: 7/16"ID Durelene $0.45/ft
Fans: GTX360: 114CFM Scythe $8.95/each or PA120.3: 88CFM Yate Loons $3.30/each (Pricing for 3-9 fans)
Barbs: DD/BP Fatboys $2.50/each
Coolant: Distilled water from local supermarket. (Price will vary on your store)
Misc: PT-Nuke $2.50

Now for totals... all totals have 20ft of tubing, 8 barbs, and 3x fans.
Med/High CFM (Loud)
Option 1 - GTX360+pumpres1+Scythes= $317.20
Option 2 - GTX360+pumpres2+Scythes= $320.65
Low/Med CFM (Quiet)
Option 3 - PA120.3+pumpres1+Y-L= $319.80
Option 4 - PA120.3+pumpres2+Y-L= $323.25

Cheapest option:
CPU: Enzotech Sapphire - $54.99 OR D-tek Fuzion V1 - $47.99
Pump: MCP-655 - $74.95 OR Laing D4 - $29.99
Rad: Swifty 320 - 48.95
T-block: Enzotech brass T -$8.99
Tubing: 20ft durelene - $9
Barbs: 5x Fatboys - $12.50
Fans: 3x Yate Loons - $9.90

Total: $219.28(Enzotech + MCP-655) OR $167.32(Laing D4 + D-tek Fuzion V1)

If you are lacking in space, Options 2 and 4 would be best. If you want silence w/o a fan controller, Option 3 and 4 are for you (1 and 2 if you have fan controller). If you have extra space and want a separate res then Options 1 and 3.

*NOTE 1: If you are on a really tight budget and this is still too high, switch the rad to...
Swiftech 320 Rad $48.95.
For fans, I would use the Yate Loons mentioned before. (This rad is a single pass and not dual like the other two.)

*NOTE 2: If you are on a really tight budget, cut out the reservoirs and use a T-line. You'll have to buy a T-fitting in its place though. I would recommend the...
Enzotech Brass T $8.99
Do realize that you would need to add 3 more fittings too.

*NOTE 3: If this is for CPU loop only and you have no plans on expanding to GPUs then I would recommend a 240 rad instead. Here are some choices:
Med/High CFM (Loud)
BI GTX 240 $89.95
Low/Med CFM (Quiet)
Feser 240 X-Changer $109.95
Swiftech 220 Rad $38.95

*NOTE 4: The Laing D4 and D-tek Fuzion V1 are very limited in quantities. They are both discontinued.

*NOTE 5: The Fuzion V1 has slag in one of two O-rings. Remember to take it apart and clean it before use.

*NOTE 6: If you do pick a reservoir and you are getting the Swiftech Microres.. there is the previous version for cheaper...
Swiftech Microres V1 $17.99

*NOTE 7: You may or may not want to add GPUs to your loop down the road so here are some GPU only block recommendations(If you want fullcover blocks, they are much more expensive and much more specialized.):
D-Tek Fuzion GFX v2 $46.95
Swiftech MCW-60 Rev.2 $39.95

*NOTE 8: I personally like the Enzotech Sapphire. You may substitute other said blocks with it too.

*NOTE 9: If you have a fan controller, then any of the above options are good.


I hope this helps.
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I'm hopefully going to have cpu and gpu cooled.
CPU is the main one, gpu can wait.

And as I said before, I have no budget. Right now I'm trying to see how much I need to save up.
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If going cheaper, buy used (Got like half my things from users on this forum) and even a '77 Bonneville heater core for a radiator .
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So, I should just make a thread asking for some dudes water system?
Since I have no budget, but I'd like to keep costs as low as possible.
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So, I should just make a thread asking for some dudes water system?
Check the for sale every so often, took me a couple of months to plan and get everything, or post a wanted section for watercooling parts.
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