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Together, Transonic and I, we are starting this thread so people who aren't farmiliar who want to get into watercooling, but have no idea what to buy, can look here and see what other people have bought and for how much in case they have a budget in mind.

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Then, provide a short (3-4 sentence) review of your setup, i.e. what parts work well, what you think doesn't work well, and what you would change if you did it again.

This is, again, to help new people who want to go into watercooling but have no idea what to buy and for how much.

So, start posting away! We look forward to seeing what people come up with!

Thanks,
Transonic & Burn
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CPU Block: Little River Storm G5 ~$240 <~~ The best, hands down but expensive and a 4 month wait time.
GPU Block: Danger Den Maze4 Brass Top $50 <~~ Dropped over 20 C from stock HSF temps.
Pump: MCP350 (modified) $70 <~~ Flows like mad for a little pump, especially after I modded it.
Radiator: Dual Heater Core $18 <~~Ugly but very functional and inexpensive.
Fans: Four 152cfm Delta 120mm fans. ~$5 each (on ebay) <~~ Incredible flow but loud. Get a fan controller.
Reservoir: Danger Den Cylindrical Res $25 <~~ Small, looks nice, easy to refill.
Tubing: Tygon 3603 1/2" ID ~$2 per foot <~~ Strong stuff, hard to kink.
Shrouds: Custom Made <$5 for both <~~ Can't beat that deal with a stick.
Fittings: Zip Ties $1.99 for 100 pack <~~ I prefer these over metal clamps, they don't tear the tubing.
Liquid: Distilled Water $.69 a gallon at the market.
Additive: Evan's Racing Coolant $25 per gallon <~~ Left over from my car racing days. It's clear and works well.

Aside from waiting 4 moths for the CPU block to be made the rest of the stuff all went together real quick. I must stress that leak testing your setup is very important! I had leaks like most of us did, zip ties were my solution. Once that was fixed I was extremely satisfied with the build. Temps are amazing but I also must stress, they vary depending on your ambient (room) temperature.
    
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post #3 of 36
Lets see if I remember the prices then...

Bought last year around November- December

AMD Socket 754 TDX Waterblock, cooper top, 1/2" fittings http://www.dangerdenstore.com/produc...&cat=21&page=1
Maze4 GPU waterblock 6800 1/2" fittings http://www.dangerdenstore.com/produc...&cat=48&page=1
Cylinder Reservoir http://www.dangerdenstore.com/produc...&cat=28&page=1 I paid $25
Double heater core, welded with 1/2" fittings $20.00
4 120mm fans (had them)
30' Tubing (free) 1/2" ID
miscellaneous hardware and fittings from the hardware store around $17.00
Mag3 pump From local pet store $38.00
AS5 from CompUSA $10.00
Destilled Water, 1 gallon $.99
Green Dye can't recall where I bought it or how much it was, no more than a couple of bucks.
Fan Controller (CoolerMaster3), from CompUSA $35.00

Setting up was a breeze. Mag3 pump is quite silent, but the 4 120mm fans are not. It is ok as I have in in a dedicated computer room. Made a box out of Legos to protect the heater core and lift it so it could suck cold air from the bottom. Temp comparison (winter; idle/load) Stock cooler 32/40, K8 Silent Boost 31/38, Big Typhoon 27/37, H2O 23/31. This temps are with my yold rig (LP nF3, Newark, 6800GT AGP). With the system shown below and H2O, temps are 16/22!!!!
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Nice. Those are the kind of posts we need!
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post #5 of 36
I bought everything from adas for $200 USD shipped besides the water and the fans.

Dangerden TDX for 775 http://dangerdenstore.com/product.ph...&cat=61&page=1
Dangerden Acetal MAZE4 for 6800 http://dangerdenstore.com/product.ph...&cat=18&page=1
Double Heater Core http://dangerdenstore.com/product.ph...&cat=14&page=1
Dangerden 5.25 Bay Clear Res http://dangerdenstore.com/product.ph...&cat=27&page=1
Hydor Seltz L35 Pump http://dangerdenstore.com/product.ph...&cat=25&page=1
10' of Blue UV tubing http://dangerdenstore.com/product.ph...7&cat=7&page=1
Dangerden Acrylic Shroud http://dangerdenstore.com/product.ph...&cat=14&page=1
2 Masscool 120mm Fans http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835150032
Distilled Water $1.99
12oz Zerex Additive http://dangerdenstore.com/product.ph...&cat=11&page=1
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Well, if you dont mind a kit..

Thermaltake Bigwater (Org version)
Purchased around July and installed.
Cost around 120 bux when i purchased it.
http://thermaltake.com/watercooling/...l-w0005-01.htm <<they dont sell the Org. version of the kit anymore, they added a res. to the kit and it can support an optional GPU waterblock

Not a bad kit, but the tubing is rather small, not recommended for prescott users (intel) But setup is a breeze which makes this kit a good into to watercooling, but wont compare in preformance to the DD setups above my post.
    
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post #7 of 36
Winstch Labs 437W TEC Assembly - $179 (they are no more...)
Hydor Seltz L35 - $50
Home Depot Tubing - $0.32/foot
Automotive Heater core - $18.50
Homemade TEC power supply - free using old PC PSU's.

-25°C idle, -8°C full load.

I haven't had a bit of trouble with anything. The TEC can heat my room if I fold all day. lol. I've had two small issues. One is the tubing. I should've gotten thicker walled tubing, 'cause this stuff kinks pretty easily. It'll work, though when I finally get my case and have the tubing layed out right. The only other issue I've had is the pump. It flows good, has decent pressure, but has gotten pretty noisy. I've taken it apart a few times to figure out why, but haven't figured it out yet. So I wrapped a towel around it so I can sleep at night. lol
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Thermaltake BIGWATER Kit + Aftermarket Bling Bling + Practical Mods
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Bigwater Kit

Excellent kit for me or begginers/moderate overclockers. Huge overclocking enthusiasts do not bother with this setup. If you plan on running your CPU stock or with moderate overclocking this kit should prove well. Its very easy to install, user friendly and great look for those UV/Case window people. The newer SE model has the aquabay M1/water resevoir with the kit and a LOWER output pump so I would recommend the original kit and adding a resevoir if u really need it.

Im not too sure if you can still get the original bigwater kit anymore. Here in Australia their is a few still floating around online. I bought mine from www.pccasegear.com they still have some in stock and still on special for $145 AU.


Bigwater Original Kit price $145AU Rating 9/10

TT Water Temp Indicator

This consist of a LCD and t-type connection. The LCD is backlit blue and mounts anywere you want it. It will display your water temperature and alarm temps. The LCD also changes to backlit red when the alarm goes off.

Water Temp Indicator Price $45AU Rating 9/10

TT Water Flow Indicator

Little droplet shaped gadget that connects to the pumps outlet. A little spindle on the inside of it spins as the water rushes through it. Purpose of this so you dont have to stare at your pumps resevoir and water for water movement. This gadget will show you how efficent the water is moving through the cycle.

Water flow indicator price $30AU Rating 8/10.

TT Water level indicator

This gadget looks awesome. Its a rounded style resevoir with alloy cage around it which is suppose to cool the water in it. I dont think it acheives this though mainly a asthetic thing. Really you dont need this gadget unless your after the bling bling side of things. Its basically the same as a resevoir or Aquabay M1. Except you cannot fill this thing up so really I see no purpose for it again is just a asthetic thing in my opinion anway. The look of it under a UV cold cathcode for me was worth it.

Water level indicator price $30AU Rating 6/10

TT Aquabay M1 / Water resevoir

This is not neccesary if your going to buy the SE version of kit as the kit comes with the aquabay included. Like i said above the SE kit has a lower output pump 80LH vs 120LH so i would get the Bigwater original Kit and buy this seperatate if u really need it. The finish is good although i dont like the front window. The clear cutout design were your suppose to see the water level in the resevoir is to small. Besides that its pretty straightforward and a good accessory. Forgot to mention you have to slide the thing out of your 5.25" drive bay to unscrew the cap and fill it up so if your case doesnt have a screwless drive bay system Its going to be really annoying unbolting the screws to slide it forward and fill the thing up every time.

Aquabay M1 price $ 40AU Rating 7/20

Heres a pic of my Thermaltake bigwater with bling bling and aftermaket TT gadgets. For me its going to service me perfect why ? Im not going to do huge overclocking. And I love the look of the kit.

Any queshtions on the kit hit me up i will be more than happy to assit you with my experiences with this setup.
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post #9 of 36
Little River Water Blocks Storm G5: $220

Silverprop Cyclone Fusion HL: $47

Thermochill 120.3 HE: $120

2x MCP-655 Pumps: $160

25 ft (not all used) MasterKleer 1/2" ID x 13/16" OD Vinyl Tubing - $21

20 316 Stainless Steel 1/2" band, 7/8" max. ID Worm Drive Hose Clamps - $20

6x Delta WFB1212ME 120x120x38mm Fans (96cfm @ 39dba) - $30


Est. Total: $618.00 USD


hows it perform? theres not really anything better than what I have...
    
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post #10 of 36
system is only a month old

block: storm $80 http://www.voyeurmods.com/index.php?action=item&id=1731&prevaction=category& previd=2&prevstart=0[/URL]
pump: d5 $77 http://www.voyeurmods.com/index.php?...=2&prevstart=0
res:typhoon dual bay reservoir $34 http://www.voyeurmods.com/index.php?...=2&prevstart=0
raid:Black Ice Xtreme 2 $60 http://www.voyeurmods.com/index.php?...=2&prevstart=0
tubing: PrimoFlex $15
uv dye: $7
hose clamps: $3 http://www.voyeurmods.com/index.php?...=2&prevstart=0
water wetter: $4 http://www.voyeurmods.com/index.php?...=2&prevstart=0

over all great, but if i had to complane it would be the install ao the stome block, it's hard as hell to do. but besides that its fine no leaks nothen but coool
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