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I've been using an H50 for a few months now and after overhauling my system I've decided to go to a water cooling loop. The new machine will be in a HAF 932 Black edition. I want something around the range of $200-$300. I have an i7-950 and a GTX 570. Id like to cool the 570 but I don't know how much a block for that would go for and preferably not void the warranty. Ideally id like to get the parts from newegg. So anyone have any good suggestions on what to get? Its my first time with a water setup.
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post #2 of 21
I'd actually suggest getting a kit like the XSPC Rasa RS240 or RX240 kit. They'll keep your CPU cool and its a relatively cheap kit with great parts!
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post #3 of 21
If you're on a budget, a kit such as the RS/X240 that kingofyo1 suggested will do you good, but if you are willing to spend a little more, a custom loop would be much more beneficial in the long run. Once you've laid the capital down you're set for cheap cooling for life, pretty much.
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post #4 of 21
Here is what I would do:

XSPC RS360 Kit - $150
EK FC570 GTX Nickel Block - $110
1/2" Barbed Fitting (x2) - $5
Silver Kill Coil - $5

Total: $270 + Tax + Ship

As far as warranties go, removing the stock cooler voids the warranty. However, if your card does fail, simply reinstalling the stock cooler and sending it in will usually get you a new card.
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post #5 of 21
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Thanks for the help. I think I'm going to go with the RS360 kit along with the silver kill coil. I'm gonna hold off on the 570 for now. I'm assuming for coolant I can just used distilled water? An is there anything else I should go with for the kit?
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post #6 of 21
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Also now that I'm not getting the block I have all of the $300 to spend on just a CPU loop so any other suggestions are welcome.
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post #7 of 21
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Also now that I'm not getting the block I have all of the $300 to spend on just a CPU loop so any other suggestions are welcome.
Why the veto on the GPU? GPU cooling is more necessary than CPU cooling. Water cooling drops your 570 from 100c load to 50C load. CPU cooling drops from 85C to 60C (obviously generalizations but you get what I'm pointing at here).

If you are just going to get a CPU only loop, I'd still get the Rasa 360 kit. While you could spend more on better components the difference is going to be <2C. I think you should just get:

RS360 Kit
Silver Kill Coil

$155 + Ship/Tax
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post #8 of 21
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If the difference is that minimal then maybe I will go with the gpu block too. As far as a coolant goes should I buy some off of a specialty site or just used distilled water? Also is there anything else I should have that the kit does not come with? Thanks again!
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post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by backfire103 View Post
If the difference is that minimal then maybe I will go with the gpu block too. As far as a coolant goes should I buy some off of a specialty site or just used distilled water? Also is there anything else I should have that the kit does not come with? Thanks again!
Yep, distilled works great! It's actually the best performer thermally and keeps you blocks nice and clean. Pre-mixed coolants perform worse and leave a layer on gunk in your waterblocks.

The kit comes with everything you need to get going! The kill coil prevents algae growth in your loop, and the 2 x 1/2" barbed fittings are to connect the GPU waterblock to the loop.
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post #10 of 21
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Very good. Thanks for the help, and I'm gonna get that stuff on order.
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