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So I was planning to get myself a high end watercooling system for xmas. Today I finally priced it out and my jaw hit the floor. I have read up on the subject for quite sometime and was able to pick out the parts I wanted. I expected to spend about $400-500, but not this much. I'm totally clueless as to what I'm overspending on. If it also goes a bit over budget I'm not to worry, just not double it Another question I have is are the standard fittings I picked out going to be okay? Or will I need to replace them with some 45-90 degree barbs? Let me know about anything I've done wrong.
Thanks for all your help in advance!

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1. Why are you getting a 3/8'' conversion kit for your pump?
2. I think I have 3' of tubing in my Rocketfish case, granted my loop is CPU only, but 15' is definitely excessive. For a first time, I'm not sure if 15' is way over, but if you're looking to pinch pennies, imo, you could save money there.

PS, don't forget fans.
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First problem, you're ordering from frozen. they're by far one of the most expensive places to order from. Second, you picked out 15 feet of tubing, WAY to much. If you want to save money, shop at somewhere like ppc, get a cheaper block, cheaper pump, less expensive and flashy res, half the amount of tubing, and shop around for different / cheaper mobo and gpu block.

oh and you're missing fans.
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Think about an XSPC Rasa for the CPU block. it's much cheaper (I got mine for $45) and it performs almost exactly the same as the EK block but with higher flow (aka less resistance).

That is the highest price I have ever seen for the MCP 655. Even then I would suggest the MCP 355 with an XSPC Res Top for about $90. The res. top makes it run quieter and gives a higher head pressure.


The Res. you picked out is for nothing but looks. Don't complain about that price, because honestly you can do alot cheaper with the same performance.

The BIX 360 rad is good, but it will honestly be ranked right with a much cheaper RX360.

Durelene tubing is just as good as primochill and tygon but at 1/10 the price. Consider that unless you want the green at which point just buy green food dye/additive.

Both of the blocks you are ordering seem exceptionally high priced.

GPU Block for $109

Chipset Block for $99 but OOS. You should be able to find it other places for the same price.

Sidewindercomputers.com is your friend.


Edit: Link to My Thread. This really turned out nicely and I did it quite cheaply.
Edited by ChickenInferno - 12/25/10 at 7:19pm
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post #5 of 78
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First problem, you're ordering from frozen. they're by far one of the most expensive places to order from. Second, you picked out 15 feet of tubing, WAY to much. If you want to save money, shop at somewhere like ppc, get a cheaper block, cheaper pump, less expensive and flashy res, half the amount of tubing, and shop around for different / cheaper mobo and gpu block.

oh and you're missing fans.
I would agree. 1st thing I did was take a double take at the prices. Anyway, here's where I see you can save quite a bit of cash:

1. The EK Supreme is a good block. You can find cheaper, similar performing cpu blocks (XSPC rasa) for half the cash.
2. You can buy the mcp655 vari for half of that price because you don't need the conversion
3. If you're in love with that res, so be it, but 129.95 for a reservoir? Jeez.
4. Rad is fine
5. 15 ft is too much as the others have said, but it's the cheapest thing on the list. I always like to have more than I need because I experiment alot.
6. 6.99 for a silvercoil is ridiculous. 3.89 at koolertek. I know it's 3 bucks, but to charge almost 100% more?
7. Compressions are fine. You can find them cheaper, but they're in the ballpark.
8. IMO, and others may argue, the LE chipset block is a total waste of money. I've owned two of these boards on heavily oc'ed 980's and never had a problem with chipset heat. Save yourself the 157.85.
9. The DangerDen 480 block is crazy expensive and it's not going to provide you with a noticeable difference in temps. The EK or XSPC are well worth the lower costs (~$110).

According to my calcs, you can save (40,50,3,158,75) for a total of $326 off those listed prices (you do need to add 3 fans though).

Shop around, and don't be afraid to order from multiple locations (koolertek, sidewinder, ppcs, etc).
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When we talk about high-end WC systems around $400-500, we talk about the CPU cooling, not mobo, not videocard, not $100+ reservoir, and we try to find the best(lower price) online retailers
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order ur parts from performance-pcs.com. Also, if you are set on that res try ordering thru frozenq directly at his site. I purchased a 400MM helix res from there for a very reasonable price. Those reses make the setup imo. Don't go cheap on parts. You will regret it in the end. Almost $900 is way too much for such a simple setup tho.
 
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Just letting you guys know I do have 3 Noctua fans on the top of my 800D so that's not a problem. Also can someone explain the 3/8 conversion part about the pump. So far you guys have been a great help, thanks. Please let me know if you need anymore input from me and please keep the comments coming!
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I would switch your Danger Den GTX 470 block to an EK 470 block. You'll save $70 off the price and it actually performs better as well (GPU Core Temperature wise).
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Just letting you guys know I do have 3 Noctua fans on the top of my 800D so that's not a problem. Also can someone explain the 3/8 conversion part about the pump. So far you guys have been a great help, thanks. Please let me know if you need anymore input from me and please keep the comments coming!
Those Noctua fans will have some problems blowing air through that GTX rad
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