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Definitely building a new computer and have been all over these forums lately! I've never built my own computer before but a friend of mine has built his and wants to help, though he's never done watercooling.

What is there to know about this? I've been reading up on kits and customs...I assume custom refers to buying separate cooling for the CPU, GPU, etc...? Or is it actually building your own...cause a kit definitely would be my route then.

Does it take a lot of maintenance? I don't even know what it entails? Like would I have to remove the fluid and put in new fluid every couple of months? weeks? I'm not sure!

Ahhhhh help please!
post #2 of 26
1: if your a beginner, go for a kit.
2: I would drain it every 6 months, with fresh biocide and distilled water.
    
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There really is no shortcut to this if you are new to it. Just read read read...this site helped me get up to speed after a few days. I was new to watercooling only a few weeks ago. After reading all the posts and resources here, I feel like an expert
    
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I would have a look at the XSPC RS240 and RS360 kits. They are great kits that come with almost everything you need to watercool your CPU. If you want to add a GPU into the loop you will just need to add a single GPU block to your cart, and it will plug into the CPU loop provided by the kit.

Once you have it installed it doesn't need any maintenance other than keeping dust off the radiator, which you'd have to do with an air cooler anyways.
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Kits are not necessarily gpu and cpu. They are more like bundled everything you need to get started in one box (cpu block, rad, pump, res). Custom loops, you buy all your stuff separately. If you are new to system building, you might want a kit, or possibly skip water cooling for now. Get used to mounting heatsinks, tweaking the system, fan controllers, etc. before you jump in the deep end. You could also go the H50/H70 route.
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Thanks Krogoth, that clarifies that a lot.

itcrashed, I will definitely be reading up a lot in the next few days haha. All the help here is great.

charliehorse, what's the easiest way to keep dust off the radiator? Compressed air?

nckid, is the H50/70 a kit? I love going off the deep end, just within my realm of intelligence, haha.

I guess I will be looking for a kit most likely. I read some of the kits had terrible pumps though. Is the XPSC or the H50/H70 some of the best kits out there? I've got a budget of about $300 for a kit and I'm looking for the best one I can get with the least maintenance. Anything on Swiftech kits?
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Just because you are a beginner you don't need a kit. My first water cooling system I cooled my cpu and both gpu's all custom, I just did my research.

EDIT: Warning... I just wanted to add, I should have emphasized RESEARCH. Because I built my first computer without doing much of it and it was no fun... well it was afterwards but I almost gave in.
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charliehorse, what's the easiest way to keep dust off the radiator? Compressed air?
I use . Powerful and very cost-effective.

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nckid, is the H50/70 a kit? I love going off the deep end, just within my realm of intelligence, haha.
The Corsair H50/H70 are more of a all-in-one unit. A kit involves putting things together and having fun. Corsair takes all of the fun away.

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I guess I will be looking for a kit most likely. I read some of the kits had terrible pumps though. Is the XPSC or the H50/H70 some of the best kits out there? I've got a budget of about $300 for a kit and I'm looking for the best one I can get with the least maintenance. Anything on Swiftech kits?
The cheaper XSPC kits can easily beat Corsair's or other AIO units by 8-10°C. If you plan on adding a video card into the loop, I would look at a more powerful pump and larger/better radiator.

Swiftech has had some good kits but I find them overpriced and lacking. You could as easily individually select each part and get it cheaper.
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nckid, is the H50/70 a kit? I love going off the deep end, just within my realm of intelligence, haha.
The H50 and H70 are sealed kits. They have a pump, rad, fan, and block all together. No adding fluid, etc. They don't do the best job and I personally am not a fan, but to each their own.
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post #10 of 26
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All this advice is great. I am using http://www.clunk.org.uk/forums/water...beginners.html for most of my current research but it's quite confusing at this point.

Ready for me to get really annoying? Haha, if anyone can help that would be great.

What exactly would I need, like...exactly to watercool my PC down to the last bolt?

My future build is as follows, if all goes according to schedule:

CPU: Intel 980x (up for debate at this time, depends when 990x is released)
Mobo: R3E
RAM: 12GB Dominator GT
PS: Corsair AX1200
Case: LittleDevil PC-V8
GPU: 2 x ENGTX580
SSD: 2 x RealSSD C300 128GB (depends when C400 is released)

I would like to cool the CPU, GPU, but should I cool anything else like the RAM? Sorry, noobie here
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