I'm seriously looking into second hand watercooling at the moment as I realize how "cheap" it was (compared to 300€). So far I've got the following options and I wanted to know if you guys could evaluate them for me
- an EK-CoolStream RAD XTC (280)
+ a Laing DDC pump with a plexi top (he said it wasn't the DDC-3.25 TP 12 Volts but the version 2)
+ a EK Supreme HF Full Copper
+ 4 NF P14 FLX Noctua fans (for free)
All for 120€, 80€ if I don't take the WB (but then I'd be getting a EK Supremacy Acetal brand new for 60€)
Those components are about 2 years old (the rad is only a year old) and are in the following rig at the moment:
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Seller claims it's all as new (probably needs some cleaning though which is a non issue)
- 2 or 4 NB Blacksilent XL1 rev.3 120mm (5€ for two) apparently some corners are chipped off or something but the fans work great.
+ a 46mm thick 240mm rad (http://www.docmicro.com/pieces/DocMicro-Radiateur-DOC-eXTreme-240_5835.html
) for 15€, apparently some fins are bent.
I'm sure I could have him through in the two extra fans at no cost, so Total for the Rad and 4 Fans would be 20€.
EDIT #3: He just sent me photos:
After seeing those I'm thinking that for 20 more € getting a thicker and bigger rad with better fans and nothing broken is a way better idea (not to mention the 280 is EK whereas the cheap won isn't anything)
With the second option I could either look for the rest or get the first guy's Pump+Top and maybe WB.
So, what do you guys think ? What would you recommend ?
EDIT: btw, I've still got the crappy mobo that wouldn't allow for any kind of OC but I want to watercool because it's been a while since I've had fun "messing" with my PC, for silence and because I'll probably have changed GPU by next year and watercooling the GPU is the target. Getting a watercooling loop might make me get a better mobo so I can OC (second hand mobo, not getting a brand new 1156 one, that'd be ridiculous as it's already a couple years old).
EDIT #2: I know it won't fit up top (well it might with a bit of modding). I was thinking about getting rid of the Big HDD bracket and putting the small one inside the 5.25 bays but then I might not have space for the pump so I would probably just take both HDD brackets out and finding a way to put the HDD without it vibrating too much (SSD is a non issue, it can go pretty much anywhere).Edited by steelkevin - 8/9/12 at 12:57pm