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First of all, thanks for any responses. I have read through many posts in various threads trying to come up with some answers. I have the following questions, with the hope someone can offer some advice/solutions. Thanks!

-I am looking into water-cooling an I7-970 that will be installed in a HAF 932 case. I may overclock up to 4.0, but I am not really pressing the pursuit of that right now.

-I would like to have a water-cooling kit that has a small footprint, and am leaning towards three options: the Swifteech H20-220, XSPC 750 240, and Corsair H70. I have a budget of $300.

-One con against the XSPC is the requirement to take up space in the drive bays (not fond of the look). The Swiftech kit appeals because of its simplicity. The H70 kit looks cool and performs well from what I've read. I would change out the stock fans on the H70 with Gentle Typhoon AP-15's.

-Does anyone have any performance information on how the three would match up against each other (i.e. Swiftech: 44.9 degree temperature delta, XSPC: 50 degree t.d., H70: 55 degree t.d.)?

-Last question: has anyone been able to install the H70 in the top of the HAF 932 and keep the top fan installed (just moving the fan forward to the next installation holes)?
post #2 of 15
I would get the swiftech kit because of it's simplicity and ease of upgrade
And no, you can't move the top fan forward for the H70.
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The rasa kit is what I have I like it. As for the drive bay, on that budget you could buy the kit and a different style res and sell the one that conned with the kit. Personally i like the drive bay look but that's me.

Frozencpu has some nice stuff.


There's a lot of ways you can mount that res as well, you don't need to do it in the drive bay. My sig is link to the rasa kit club and there's some pictures on there of people mounting the res elsewhere.
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For $300 you can put together a very nice custom loop. Please consider that option as opposed to buying a pre-built kit. You can build your kit with components specifically with space in mind (get a small res that doesn't take up a 5 1/4" bay, get 3/4" tubing as opposed to larger 1/2" tubing, etc). The folks on OCN are great with helping you pick parts that suit your specific scenario.


As for how the kits perform, the swiftech and xspc kits are very close. The H70 isn't in the same league. There are air coolers that are better.
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Don't even think about that swiftech kit, it is such an outdated kit plus you would have to mount it outside your case, because that's the way the reservoir works, it is integrated into the rad. With the xspc rasa 240 kit, you could mount inside your case. Not to mention the xspc rasa 240 kit will easily outperform both the swiftech kit and h70.

There is a reason why the xspc rasa kits are so popular, because you can't really find better for the money. Go with the rasa kit and don't look back.

EDIT: However, like said above, you can always build your own custom loop, which is what I did instead of the pre-built kit. There is always a kind of satisfaction that comes from building your own loop as opposed to buying a pre-built one. However, it will be more expensive.
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post #6 of 15
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Don't even think about that swiftech kit, it is such an outdated kit plus you would have to mount it outside your case, because that's the way the reservoir works, it is integrated into the rad. With the xspc rasa 240 kit, you could mount inside your case. Not to mention the xspc rasa 240 kit will easily outperform both the swiftech kit and h70.

There is a reason why the xspc rasa kits are so popular, because you can't really find better for the money. Go with the rasa kit and don't look back.
Simply false. The XSPC does not outperform the Swiftech at all noticably. I have had both on the same CPU/board. There is no meaningful difference between the two. On a 1055T, mounted with Shin-Etsu, both the RS360 RASA and the H20-220 (EDGE) Swiftech keep the CPU at 45C on SMP folding load. @3.6gHz OC 1.42VCore

RASA is cheaper. Swiftech comes with better documentation and takes up less space and has a PWM throttled 35X pump as opposed to El Cheapo that comes in the Rasa....and is honestly stupid easy to bleed due to the design. It costs a good bit more, but requires much less hose and space.
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The Rasa block which comes in that kit is in the TOP 3 for waterblock performance, for a kit that costs around 130 bucks... yea um what?
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Don't even think about that swiftech kit, it is such an outdated kit plus you would have to mount it outside your case, because that's the way the reservoir works, it is integrated into the rad.
No, you're thinking of the EDGE kit from swiftech. The H20-220 is a standard kit. The pump and res are not integrated in to the rad.

I prefer the swiftech H20-220 over the xspc rasa kit, because the xspc pump/res is a piece of junk. Also, the customer service with Swiftech is awesome, whereas xspc's customer service is pretty shoddy. I really wish Xspc would start shipping 355/655 pumps with their kits and just up the price of the kit to compensate. Then it would be such a great kit. They would only have to raise the price $20 or so.

Is the swiftech kit worth the extra money? That's really up to each person to decide. If you don't want to have to strip down your kit and mail your defective pump/res in for a replacement, then it probably is worth the extra money. I'd rather someone spend that money on a custom loop any day though.
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Swiffy EDGE FTW! Do it. I would.
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Thanks all for the help!
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