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Hello all. I am planning on doing my first water cooling project EVAR! I was told to go with the XSPC kits. Heard it was very reliable and best bang for the buck. But then I was thinking about taking it a little slower being that this is my first time and doing the research and buying it piece by piece. Of course it might prove to be more pricey and I don't have direction in a nice little package, but I have you guys here.

So, what do you think for this first timer? This is the only PC I have so I actually want to make this the only water cooling project until a couple years down the road or something. Technology advances quick. lol. Any suggestions on who to stay AWAY from when it comes to custom setups?
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take a look at the Swiftech H20-220 Apex Ultima XT Liquid Cooling Kit. its a great kit although you might have to do some small modifications to your case.
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Hello all. I am planning on doing my first water cooling project EVAR! I was told to go with the XSPC kits. Heard it was very reliable and best bang for the buck. But then I was thinking about taking it a little slower being that this is my first time and doing the research and buying it piece by piece. Of course it might prove to be more pricey and I don't have direction in a nice little package, but I have you guys here.

So, what do you think for this first timer? This is the only PC I have so I actually want to make this the only water cooling project until a couple years down the road or something. Technology advances quick. lol. Any suggestions on who to stay AWAY from when it comes to custom setups?
Looks nice and got great reviews. So I'm assuming you are a custom parts type of builder huh. Cool. Any other takers?
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Looks nice and got great reviews. So I'm assuming you are a custom parts type of builder huh. Cool. Any other takers?
If you must get a kit, the Swiftech kit is the best one. The Xspc kit is a better value, but the pump it comes with is terrible. If you have enough money for the swiftech kit, you should just build a custom loop. Custom loops > any kit. You won't get stuck with parts you don't want, and you'll get everything that you do want. Go custom man!
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I have heard a lot of good things about the Rasa kits. Personally I would go custom, I have no regrets about going custom WC. Do you have a Budget??
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post #6 of 31
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I don't want to say I don't have a budget, but I can spare some money over time. Like maybe between two paychecks or my tax return if I get any.
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post #7 of 31
i would say the kits are great yes he PUMP and RES do blow but if you want to start off small go with just CPU. a WB and RES and PUMP + Rad = about the same as a kit

45+15+50+40-50 = 160 about just buying all seperate

but the kit gives you everything + a little more for the bang of the buck.

its your decision on what you want to approach and kits can b use for future purposes too
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post #8 of 31
Custom all da way...It's just more fun that way...
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post #9 of 31
I would be inclined to say, "custom".

But, due to the pragmatic nature and the efficacy of some kits on the market today it might be easier, simpler and less expensive (i.e. potential multiple shipping charges) to get a kit.

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post #10 of 31
I'm a fan of custom as well, but some of these kits are really nice for 1st timers who don't want to worry about what works and getting it right.

Do what you can do within your budget. Also go for what your aiming for. I like silence and performance. I went with a D5 adjustable pump and a res inside to keep noise down. I also went with S Flex E fans to that are not super loud. Nothing a fan controller can't fix tho.

A good custom kit
Would be a good block, Heatkiller or EK or Swifttec go with 1/2 bars and 1/2 lines of your choice.
GO with a good rad that fits your case. I like internal water cooling so I got a case that fits a 360 rad without an issue. I like the Bay mounted res, so I went with a Moonsoon, they are pricey but they work well.

Just get something that fits what you want to do. Lets say your not going crazy get a H70 with custom fans it does the job and works if your not looking for a crazy OC. The new RASA kits are very nice as well.
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