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I'm looking into getting into water cooling for the first time and I have a few questions.

1. I'm looking at getting this. Would this be a good first choice for me, or is there something better? I'm heavily constrained by money, so price is a major issue.

2. That kit (and most others I have seen) doesn't come with a GPU block, and I might like to put my 470 under water in the future. Would this kit be able to support a GPU along with the CPU, or is that out of the question.

3. If I could attach a GPU block to it, what should I get. I was looking at this, but it seems expensive to me. Is that price normal, or are there cheaper ones? Money is a real issue for me so I'm debating on whether or not the extra cooling is worth the extra money.

Thanks for any and all advise.
    
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You'd be better off with a 3 fan rad if you wanted to cool the GPU as well, and always always always go for compression fittings. Sure, some people moan that they are more expensive, but they are the best. I wouldn't have anything else.
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The kit you are looking at also has a 360 rad variant, the RS360 which would be more suitable if you wanted to WC your 470. There ARE cheaper VGA blocks, but most full-coverage blocks go for around $100. You might be able to shave a couple of bucks if you buy a VGA block and buy some mosfet/ram sinks.
Edited by Eugenester - 12/23/10 at 1:06pm
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Here is what I was talking about, : GPU block and these : Ram sink. About $40-$60 cheaper, but it doesn't look as nice as a full coverage block. It depends on your preference. And a review for the GPU block: http://www.overclockers.com/swiftech...ing-lightning/
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Here is what I was talking about, : GPU block and these : Ram sink. About $40-$60 cheaper, but it doesn't look as nice as a full coverage block. It depends on your preference. And a review for the GPU block: http://www.overclockers.com/swiftech...ing-lightning/
I might have to go with something like that then. Is there a real noticeable difference in performance?

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and always always always go for compression fittings. Sure, some people moan that they are more expensive, but they are the best.
Could you explain the difference for me?
Edited by Narnith - 12/23/10 at 1:26pm
    
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I might have to go with something like that then. Is there a real noticeable difference in performance?



Could you explain the difference for me?
Basically both types get the same GPU core temperatures, but full cover blocks also get 15+C lower on the VRMs and memory.
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I have another question - the tubing that comes with the kit is 7/16"ID, but I can't seem to find fittings for that size. Are there other sizes that work with that?
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7/16 ID tubing will fit into 1/2ID tubing just right. You wont need clamps or zip ties if you have 7/16 ID over 1/2ID barbs. You would also only have to buy barbs for your GTX 470.
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You wont need clamps or zip ties if you have 7/16 ID over 1/2ID barbs.
But it's always a good precaution to have them.
    
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Alright, as-is I'm now looking at this for the base kit, and this for the GPU block. I need to know whether or not compression fittings are worth the extra money as opposed to barbs.
    
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