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Hi im new to the forums and to ocing in general.. i used to dabble with it back in the days of the cele 300a but other then that not much.. i recently found i had a 2.4 secret gem waiting to be pushed up.. well i decided to get water cooling for it.. i ordered the kingwin artic liquid cooler .. rather cheap whole set up was like 85 bucks.. ive seen a lot of post asking about kits some like em some dont i find them very helpful helpful.. as for this watercooling system i will be returning it right away.. this thing was awful it boasted great features which it has .. if it worked like it said.. after installing this system i had worse temps then my stock p4 fan the pump on this system bearly pushed at all almost no circulation let my system running stock at close to 60 c.. thats out ragous in my point of view id stay away from this system.. you get what you payfor and for 85 bucks i paided for nice packaging and a box full of crap.. .. i did how ever decided to run down to my local compusa store.. and grab a new system..i decided to get the thermeltek bigwater SE.. wich ran me about 146.. i know can be found for around 100 or so online.. this system installed a lot faster and nicer then the kingwin and im happy to say im running mid 30's now with an idle load.. and it looks really nice.. and thanks for reading my two cents .
    
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The old adage is real: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! beware!
What do you want for $100.
The only inexpensive watercooling unit I know at that price that actually works decent is the "Aguagate Mini 120" by Thermaltake, at about $110., but dont expect a large oc, only a moderate one. A good air-cooler could easily match it.
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I'm sorry to hear you had a bad experience with the kingwin. I think they may have a quality control issue seeing as myself and several other people who's opinion I trust have gotten the kingwin and simply love it. Our units way outperformed what they should have done for what they were (if you follow me). I had mine on a athlon xp 3200+ that was running stock load of 68C, after I put on the kingwin I could run a vcore all the way up to 1.92v and only load at 45C. And then I hear an experience like this, this is why I feel there is a quality control issue, I doubt that these two vastly different experiences would happen without something being very different about the units.
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before i got my water cooler i was idleing at around 50c and loading at 63c
well needless to say my cpu didnt last long so i bought a new board new cpu and i also ordered a evercool watercooler now with the evercool i idle around 25c and load at 34-35c when im oced to 3.6
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I say save yourself a stack of paper by bitsing it together--my home-made bitsa WC set up outperforms any kit in it's price range (around $200) and was a one-of-a-kind type of deal (like my rig). the key ingredient is an awesome WB, followed by a quiet and reliable pump. The Rad is no big deal--a heatercore or auto tranny cooler or oil cooler will perform as well as any miniature PC-specific radiator. The bigger the better (within reason). Figure $75 for the WB (top of the line) $75 for the pump $30 for the rad and the rest on the tubing, 120mm fan and shroud materials.
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