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Well.... first of all, ignore my sig rig...... second of all the rig this is concerning will be a 2500K and an ASUS P8P67 Pro. I plan on doing a reasonable overclock that will not shorten the lifespan of the CPU. Maybe 4.1GHz? I don't plan on using a loop on my graphics card which will be a GTX460 as I will not be overclocking it. The only reason I ever modify GPU cooling is to lower the overall temps just by a reasonable amount if they are hot at stock settings and to quiet the fan if it runs loud.

I was told to ignore the XSPC kits and go for a custom kit if I am to do a proper water cooling kit. Don't know how true that is. But, that is why you, the community will let me know. Also, let me know if I really even need a water cooling kit for my goals and wants.

Fire your custom kit suggestions and fact checking away! Thanks in advance.
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Blasphemy! Who told you to ignore the XSPC kits? That person should be executed for heresy lol.

Ok back on topic, the XSPC kits are some of the best watercooling kits out there. They can't be beaten at the price they are sold at.

Btw, watercooling might not be needed for the 2500k since I've heard that the new sandy bridge chips can overclock to 5.0GHz + on air O.O
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Yeah for the clocks you are going to be running the XSPC kit is all you are going to need.

You'd still be totally safe up to about 4.5-4.6 GHz... Basically as long as you stay under 1.35v you are 100% safe, and the chip will last for years and years. My chip does 5 GHz/1.5v or 4.6 GHz/ 1.35v, so you should be able to get a pretty decent overclock.

Also keep in mind the chip only runs at the higher voltages and clocks when you stress the computer so unless you are a 24/7 folder it won't even be running those clocks all the time.
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Blasphemy! Who told you to ignore the XSPC kits? That person should be executed for heresy lol.

Ok back on topic, the XSPC kits are some of the best watercooling kits out there. They can't be beaten at the price they are sold at.

Btw, watercooling might not be needed for the 2500k since I've heard that the new sandy bridge chips can overclock to 5.0GHz + on air O.O
Well, they said it wasn't custom and that most people would recommend a custom loop over the XSPC. I thought the XSPC was custom to be honest. All I wanted was something to do the trick on a budget. I know I can spend $300+ on a kit, but that is far above than what is needed, what that $300 will do for me, etc.

I blame myself for not having advanced knowledge on water cooling, but I thought you guys as a whole would set me straight.
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The kits will be perfect for your use. Great bang for the bucks.
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Well, they said it wasn't custom and that most people would recommend a custom loop over the XSPC. I thought the XSPC was custom to be honest. All I wanted was something to do the trick on a budget. I know I can spend $300+ on a kit, but that is far above than what is needed, what that $300 will do for me, etc.

I blame myself for not having advanced knowledge on water cooling, but I thought you guys as a whole would set me straight.
The XSPCs are great for people who are taking their first step into watercooling. Don't listen to people who say that they are not custom, since they are. The entire kit is made up of separate parts built by XSPC, thus it is custom. Besides, the XSPC Rasa CPU block is one of the best waterblocks out there.

May I ask who told you to avoid the XSPCs?
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if you're still unsure with the above posts, get the xspc kit

you'll have a tad less of a headache with this kit than choosing all the parts separately
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The XSPCs are great for people who are taking their first step into watercooling. Don't listen to people who say that they are not custom, since they are. The entire kit is made up of separate parts built by XSPC, thus it is custom. Besides, the XSPC Rasa CPU block is one of the best waterblocks out there.

May I ask who told you to avoid the XSPCs?
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if you're still unsure with the above posts, get the xspc kit

you'll have a tad less of a headache with this kit than choosing all the parts separately
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The kits will be perfect for your use. Great bang for the bucks.
Thanks guys.... guess I will be exploring the 320 kit soon.... maybe I can find a coupon code... lol.

I know if nothing else that the Noctua Air Cooler will suffice if I am happen to screw something up or just don't have the funds. I think I will though.
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Thanks guys.... guess I will be exploring the 320 kit soon.... maybe I can find a coupon code... lol.

I know if nothing else that the Noctua Air Cooler will suffice if I am happen to screw something up or just don't have the funds. I think I will though.
Good choice. Do remember that watercooling is a hobby, not a necessity.
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Honestly for a 2500k the difference between a 240 and 360 radiator is so small I'd just stick with the cheaper $130 kit. With a 5% coupon that comes to around $140 with shipping, and excellent deal for the kit.

That's what I would get if I was in your situation.
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