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I am relatively new to WCing but I have a 920 and I'd like to hit 4.2-4.4Ghz, my CPU is a bit retarded and does not want to hit 4Ghz on air. I'm also getting a 5970 to Tri-fire with my 5870, and will trying to OC it to 5870 clocks. My budget is around USD250.

This is the setup I'm currently looking at:
EK Waterblock Supreme LT-Nickel
Swiftech MCR320
Swiftech MCP655

Thoughts and suggestions?

Thanks.
post #2 of 15
It's going to be nearly impossible cooling your GPUs & CPU on a $250 budget. Unless you can find some used parts cheap, I'd say you're looking at about $450-500.

Get the XSPC Rasa, its cheaper and performs the same as the water block you listed. You're going to need a high density radiator like a Black Ice GTX360/Thermochill PA 120.3/XSPC RX360 if you're looking to cool all those components at once, and even with a 360 rad you'll probably be somewhat limited in your OCing of the GPUs.

My advice would be to either by the XSPC 240 kit for and just cool the CPU, or save up for ~$500 and cool your whole system.
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post #3 of 15
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Thanks for the reality check, forgot how expensive WC-ing can be.
I heard the Rasa kits are relatively good, how do they compare to a custom WC kit?
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Thanks for the reality check, forgot how expensive WC-ing can be.
I heard the Rasa kits are relatively good, how do they compare to a custom WC kit?
I never had the chance to try it, but that's what I'll be using..

I heard it's almost as good as a custom watercooling setup. It's just that the pump isn't very powerful.. It's in the middle between the Swiftech MCP 355 and the MCP 655... But you'll be okay with the pump to watercool your 2 cards + your CPU.

If you plan on watercooling all of this, you'll definetely need to pick the performance kit that comes with a XSPC RX360 (like this: http://www.dazmode.com/store/index.p...oducts_id=1079) or if you're going with a "smaller" rad, you'll need more..
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The Rasa kit will cool about the same as a custom loop. The block/rad are the best in their class pretty much, but the pump is meh as the above poster stated.

The above kit would definitely work wonders for your CPU. It would work just fine with a CPU + 1 GPU as well, I think tri-fire is going to need a stronger pump and maybe a bit more cooling though.
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post #6 of 15
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I think tri-fire is going to need a stronger pump and maybe a bit more cooling though.
Forgot it was Tri-fire! But it's still 2 blocks and some people do 2 vga block + CPU with the included pump and it's okay..

And yeah, since it's tri-fire, he'll probably have to add at least another 120.. (e.g. The RX360 + a 120 rad or simply a 480 rad..)
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post #7 of 15
Here is the one I started with,
http://www.crazypc.com/products/PX93800.html
But XCRapid is correct. I addes ek gpu blocks, compressoin fittings, black ice 360, fan controller, fans and tygon tubing. It all adds up quickly but it's worth it.
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post #8 of 15
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Thanks everybody for the comments, + rep to all.
I might as well just save a bit more for a better WC setup.
Hopefully my CPU manages to hit 4.4, as I said earlier it's a bit retarded.
post #9 of 15
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Thanks everybody for the comments, + rep to all.
I might as well just save a bit more for a better WC setup.
Hopefully my CPU manages to hit 4.4, as I said earlier it's a bit retarded.
What happens when you go over 4GHz?

Thanks for the rep BTW!
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post #10 of 15
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It's just that the pump isn't very powerful.. It's in the middle between the Swiftech MCP 355 and the MCP 655...
Agreed that the pump is not vey powerful, however I wouldn't call it in between the 355 and the 655, it is less powerful than both. The 355 has significantly more head with a lower flow rate good for high resctriction systems with multiple blocks while the 655 has a much higher flow rate and more head.
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