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Should I get a closed water cooling system or put together a custom one????
    
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Custom will always be better than a closed loop.
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Custom will always be better than a closed loop.
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Closed system like the H50-70 From Corsair will get you a good price to performance combo, If you have the patience, money and skill to build a good custom loop, do that you Will get better cooling performance.
To sum it up a closed is simple and cheaper and a custom will be more expensive and will preform better, but there is a higher possibility for leaking.
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What about the risk of a leak in a custom?
    
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What about the risk of a leak in a custom?
If you don't do anything stupid next to 0. Make sure you have the right fittings/tubing and always use clamps (unless you're using compression fittings of course).
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Leaks in custom loops most often happen near fittings. The tubing won't spontaneously puncture, pissing water all over your hardware.

That being said, making sure your tubing is snugly fit over your barbs and your barbs/compression fittings are well-tightened, are all you really need to prevent leaks.

Leaks are most commonly fount in rotary fittings, that let you swivel the head. Another source of leaks would be blocks that are not tightened properly (if they're coming straight from the factory, they WILL be tightened, rest assured) and reservoir cracks/leaks/etc.

From personal experience, I've had leaks with my reservoir, where the stop fittings weren't tightened properly, and with rotary fittings. they were very easy to fix, and they were more like drips than actual leaks.

In my build, I don't use a single wire clamp/zip tie/reinforcements on my barbs because I use 7/16 ID tubing over 1/2" barbs. I've had it like this for almost 2 years, and no problems whatsoever -however, i have pretty good experience with watercooling, and i wouldn't suggest doing this until you know 100% what you're doing.
    
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XSPC Rasa 750 RS120 Kit is over H50/70.. Therefore, XSPC Rasa 750 RS120 Kit is your BEST BET!
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Originally Posted by ninox999 View Post
Should I get a closed water cooling system or put together a custom one????
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Originally Posted by mbudden View Post
Custom will always be better than a closed loop.
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Originally Posted by AMOCO View Post
agreed
A closed loop does not mean a prefabricated "kit" such as the h50 or h70.
A 'closed loop' means a loop that is not open to the air. Closed loops typically cool by means of a radiator or some sort of chiller. The opposite is an 'open loop' which cools by means of evaporation. Open loops are not typically used in pc water cooling - though in the past they were more common.

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Originally Posted by GAMERIG View Post
XSPC Rasa 750 RS120 Kit is over H50/70.. Therefore, XSPC Rasa 750 RS120 Kit is your BEST BET!
The XSPC product is not a 'kit' in the same sense that products such as a h50 or other 'all in one' type of kits are. (ie. some Koolance products, Thermaltake, etc.) Like the Swiftech 'kits', it is just the basic parts of a custom loop put together in a set. I think it may be confusing to new people to use the same term for both types of products.
Edited by nub - 12/25/10 at 12:48am
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