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I've been interested in a watercooling setup for some time, but it's always been JUST out of what I'd consider affordable. However, recently a friend of mine said he would donate me some of his spare watercooling parts if I wanted to get something set up, so I thought I'd look into it again. I'm new to watercooling, and I've done a small amount of research, but I figure some of the pros here could help me out. Here's the list of what he has to spare, to start with:

Swiftech MCP350 pump
Swiftech MCW6000 waterblock (w/ 775 mounting hardware)
2x 80mm radiator
Swiftech Micro Res

Now, the 2x80mm rad doesn't do me a lot of good, as there's really nothing quiet about 80mm fans. I don't know any more details about it as I didn't think it was worth asking about. I'd also like to include my gpu in the loop, and I'm expecting a second GTS250 as a hand-me-down soon so I'd need to cool both of them, assuming I can get hardware for a reasonable price.

Performance-wise, I'm looking for something that roughly matches my air cooling. My cpu runs ~49c under load, and my gpu runs 70c under load, both with fans maxed out. I don't need significantly more cooling power, but I would like something that's not going to struggle to overclock, and definitely something quieter. Ideally, I'd like to go no bigger than a 360 rad, but I'm not sure exactly what I'd need for what I want with a reasonable fan volume.

Anyone have any suggestions for me? I'd like to keep this as cheap as possible, as my budget for computer stuff in general is pretty small. Is that waterblock worth using at all? I'm not looking for amazing performance (or looks, for that matter), just something tolerable. Are there any cheap-ish solutions for reference GTS250's, like a generic block? Is there a particular radiator that's better suited for low rpm fans, and is a 360 enough for average cooling? Thanks!
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Koosah makes blocks for the GTS 250 but idk how much they are or where to get them from. Message the owner of this thread cuz he got one for phyxs and it's water cooled.

http://www.overclock.net/intel-build...ml#post9331812
Really all you need to buy, aside from the GPU blocks, is a rad (360 would be fine) and some tubing. And with a 360 you're def going to get better cooling then with just air.

Fan wise I'd go with some Yate Loons from petra's which go for pretty cheap ($5 each) unless you want to go better but up the price with some Gently Typhoons for around $13 from koolertech.
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Hmm, well after some searching, I came up with this post, which mentions the Koosah block is originally for a 7900GT and happens to work for the GTS250. Unfortunately, it's listed on Danger Den's website for ~$125, and at that price a pair of them simply isn't cost effective. It'd make more sense to put that $250 towards a 5850, and sell the 2 gts250's to cover the cost of a block for it, but that wouldn't really fit into my budget. Any other thoughts?

(edit)
I see this listed as a fairly universal gpu-only block, with an MSRP of ~$47, or the updated version for $57. That's much more around what I was hoping for, and it does seem to support the GTS250. Any reason not to use something like this, and a set of ramsinks?
Edited by bakageta - 6/8/10 at 11:13pm
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That block will work but it will only cool the processor on your video card and none of the vram. If you go the 5850 route here is a block from performance pcs:
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=26733

Your other option if you decide to sell would be to get a 470 which has water blocks going for about the same price and the 470 is the better card. This is a block for a 470 that is the same price.
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=27812

And this is the block that I want to get
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=27790
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The 470 is nicer, but then it's even further out of my budget, so yeah... It'll be ~6 months or so before I'm looking at a gpu upgrade, I'll worry about that more when the time comes. I know I'll need a set of ramsinks for my gpu with the block I linked, but that shouldn't be a problem, it'll still be quite a bit cheaper than one of the 7900gt full coverage blocks, especially if I can track them down used.

As for a radiator, is there anything wrong with this? The price is great for my budget, and while I'm sure it's not the most capable radiator out there, it's at least a decent brand so I figured it might suit my needs.
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buy the loop first start worrying about your GPU later
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That radiator looks like it will do the trick. I know for my set up I'm looking to get a 240mm rad and a 120mm rad so it ends up being about the same. I'm also looking at the black ice line. And like i previously stated you need to get some good fans!!! Yate loons are great but gentle typhoons are quieter I believe (hence the higher $$$).
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Originally Posted by runeazn View Post
buy the loop first start worrying about your GPU later
My gpu is a large part of why I want to watercool in the first place though, it's ridiculously loud... I turn the fan speed down when I'm not using it, but since I fold, that's not all that often.

Thanks for the advice VW_TDI_02. For fans, do you know how well the yate loon's undervolt? I was considering picking up some of the high speed ones, and using a fan controller to run them at a more tolerable speed, that way if I ever needed them for something where sound was less of a concern I'd have that option. Then again, if they don't handle running slower very well, mediums it is.
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Originally Posted by bakageta View Post
My gpu is a large part of why I want to watercool in the first place though, it's ridiculously loud... I turn the fan speed down when I'm not using it, but since I fold, that's not all that often.

Thanks for the advice VW_TDI_02. For fans, do you know how well the yate loon's undervolt? I was considering picking up some of the high speed ones, and using a fan controller to run them at a more tolerable speed, that way if I ever needed them for something where sound was less of a concern I'd have that option. Then again, if they don't handle running slower very well, mediums it is.
I'm actually not totally sure how well they undervolt but I did find this:
http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...ml#post6169179
It shows a couple of graphs in regards to CFM, static pressure, and voltage.
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Very useful link, even has a video of both the high and low speed yate's undervolted. I'm not sure I like the sound of the high's at a lower voltage, so I'll probably just stick with mediums for my build. They're cheap enough I can just grab high's later if I need them. Thanks again, I think that pretty much covers anything I had questions about.
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