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What is your opinion on these kits?

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My budget for water cooling is about $150. I'm thinking of getting the Thermaltake BigWater 745 but the price is pretty high right now. While i was looking around for alternative kits i came up with these two.

XSPC - X20 ($?? cant find a store taht sell this kit) http://www.moddin.net/review.asp?ReviewID=195&PageNo=3
Scythe Water Cube ($74) http://www.extensivemods.com/modules...howpage&pid=36

I am new to water cooling so i want to buy a kit. I plan overclock a bit but no to the max so i dont need a $300+ kit. Just want to know if these two kits will provide decent cooling. The reviews gave these two kits pretty decent rating but i want to hear from the people here. If you have any other suggestion on kit/custome kit please tell me. I would love to hear it. Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 5
Kits are OK. But later when you get more into it, you're going to find that either of those setups don't really have much upgrade-ability or can't keep up with your heat demands. I suggest building you own. Start with a '77 Bonneville Heatercore with a couple of cheap and quiet 120mm fans, a fairly inexpensive CPU block, pump and t-line. A res isn't really needed for what you are doing now. But later on, you'll be able to add a res, a gpu block and upgrade your components. This will save you $ in the long run.
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Here is a great system for your prices range:

Swiftech H20-120-BK-REV3a Kit - No Water Block $135

Block:

Apogee $45

Swiftech makes the best parts, and kits. That is a little over your price range, but it is FAR better than that stuff you are looking at.
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Take a look at my kit in the for sale section.
http://www.overclock.net/sale/77497-...oling-kit.html
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Originally Posted by pauldovi
Here is a great system for your prices range:

Swiftech H20-120-BK-REV3a Kit - No Water Block $135

Block:

Apogee $45

Swiftech makes the best parts, and kits. That is a little over your price range, but it is FAR better than that stuff you are looking at.
^ I'd have to agree with something like that. Those kits in the 1st post are IMO the bottom of the barrel. Swiftech makes quality stuff.
    
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