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Help a newbie to watercooling out please. Is this the best I can come up with for $300 or less? I know this may be overkill for just my CPU but I really don't want to run around in the future if I decide to add extra blocks to the loop. I'm aiming for the best performance at load I can get for $300 or less.
  • Swiftech Apogee XT Extreme Performance CPU Waterblock
  • PrimoFlex Pro LRT White Tubing - 7/16in. ID X 5/8in. OD
  • XSPC RX360 - Triple 120mm High Performance Radiator
  • Swiftech MCP655-Bâ„¢ 12 VDC Pump Without Speed Controller
  • Bitspower Water Tank Z-Multi 250 - POM -BP-WTZM250P-BK
  • Bitspower True Silver G1/4 High Flow 1/2" Barb - BP-SLWP-C01
  • Plastic Tubing Clamps - Black

Total = $306.88 over at Jab-Tech

I have mixed feelings about the reservoir (don't know if theres better for price) I chose and I know there are pump/reservoir combos out there that can handle the task but I'm not sure if I'd like the look of the XSPC dual bay reservoirs on the front of my case. Whatever the case though I want to make sure this stomps my H70 by 10c or more during load.

Thanks for helping!
post #2 of 9
As far as the reservoir, type "xspc Bay reservoir for d5" into google. It's a bay res that will hold your d5. I found a link but it won't let me copy it, i am on my phone.

They are nice and act as a res, top, and it keeps stuff tidy.

Edit. D5s and mcp655s are the same pump.
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Looks like a good setup, but you are missing fans.
    
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Ek supreme hf is much better than that CPU block
 
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post #5 of 9
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Wonder how those bay reservoirs look on 700D/800D's. How much performance are we talking about when you say EK Supreme is much better?
post #6 of 9
If you want to keep the price down I would get the XSPC Rasa cpu block. It is usually ~$45 and it is right up there with the best CPU block when it comes to temperatures.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by HobieCat View Post
If you want to keep the price down I would get the XSPC Rasa cpu block. It is usually ~$45 and it is right up there with the best CPU block when it comes to temperatures.
I might do that, Swiftech one looks real nice though. How do the pumps in these perform, http://jab-tech.com/XSPC-X2O-750-Dua...p-pr-4728.html

If I got that I might as well get the RX360 kit and buy the white tubing separately.

Would I need to upgrade the reservoir and pump in the future if I decide to add additional blocks to the loop?
Edited by wholeeo - 1/6/11 at 4:52pm
post #8 of 9
I will tell you the blocks that are currently at the top.

1.)Aquacomputer Cuplex XT/Pro
2.)Apogee XT
3.)EK Supreme HF
4.)XSPC Black/Silver
5.)HK 3.0 LT

The maximum cooling performance difference between those blocks is a half to 1 degree...and with a gap like this I would recommend you to choose your block according to looks
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post #9 of 9
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How about pump performance? Whats the difference between those?
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