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So I'm a getting tax refund soon and want to upgrade to a water cooling solution. I feel I should state some things first:

*My system is used for gaming and casual use
*My highest goal for my cpu is 4.0ghz, I'm not aiming for the highest bench possible
*My budget is set, please don't make suggestions that start "if you save just a little more money"
*Less money the better
*I've never used water so I'm looking for low maintenance
*I've done a lot of research on WCing, I am looking for real world experience and advice



So, that being said I have been thinking about one of the RASA kits as an easy and cheap intro to WCing. I am stuck between the RS360 and the RX240. The RS is about $150 and the RX is about $170.

I am of course open to suggestions for a custom loop, but $200 wont get me much there I'm sure.

All help is appreciated, all truly helpful comments +rep

Thanks!
Edited by stonedzen - 1/9/11 at 7:50pm
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Originally Posted by stonedzen View Post
So I'm a getting tax refund soon and want to upgrade to a water cooling solution. I feel I should state some things first:

*My system is used for gaming and casual use
*My highest goal for my cpu is 4.0ghz, I'm not aiming for the highest bench possible
*My budget is set, please don't make suggestions that start "if you save just a little more money"
*Less money the better
*I've never used water so I'm looking for low maintenance
*I've done a lot of research on WCing, I am looking for real world experience and advice



So, that being said I have been thinking about one of the RASA kits as an easy an cheap intro to WCing. I am stuck between the RS360 and the RX240. The RS is about $250 and the RX is about $270.

I am of course open to suggestions for a custom loop, but $200 wont get me much there I'm sure.

All help is appreciated, all truly helpful comments +rep

Thanks!
Definitely go with one of the xspc kits, for the money you really cant beat it. As for rs360 or rx240 it depends if you are keeping the radiator internal or not. I personally would choose the rx240. Are you planning on cooling your gpu or mobo in the future?
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For your budget, it was a good choice checking out the XSPC kits. Havn't heard many complaints of them. If you can afford the RX i'd shoot for that for $20 more. Like bal3wolf said below, distilled water and PT Nuke or a silver kill coil is necessary.
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post #4 of 34
well the rs360 or rx240 will be great depending how much space you have in your case the rs360 is long and the rx240 is thick. And only thing else you need is a silver/kill coil and some distilled water from a grocery store.
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I have an XSPC kit, it works excellent and was very upgrade-able check my sig Just be sure to flush the rad well it's full 'o flux.
 
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...are keeping the radiator internal or not. I personally would choose the rx240.
No, the cooling will be external...see my case in my sig (modded too ).

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Are you planning on cooling your gpu or mobo in the future?
Both are a possibility, but honestly when I'm that ready for a serious WC solution I hope I will be making enough money for afford a custom loop. Thus, I will be sticking to CPU only for a while.
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post #7 of 34
Well if you are going cheap and only looking for cooling your CPU, then the smaller kit will more than do it. Only go for the bigger kit if you want to add your GPU. Be aware that GPU blocks are ~ $100.00 alone so it will really kick up your cost.
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I have an XSPC kit, it works excellent and was very upgrade-able check my sig Just be sure to flush the rad well it's full 'o flux.
What are your temps like?
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if its going to be outside you could get the cheaper 360 then for cpu only loop.
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No, the cooling will be external...see my case in my sig (modded too ).



Both are a possibility, but honestly when I'm that ready for a serious WC solution I hope I will be making enough money for afford a custom loop. Thus, I will be sticking to CPU only for a while.
Well if your keeping it outside of the case I would spend a little extra and go for the rx360. That's a lot of radiator that would allow you to expand your loop without adding another/ switching radiators.
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