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I'm trying to get some ideas together for a potential upgrade to my sig rig. I've already decided on the Corsair 650D case, so the question is the water cooling hardware. The 650D can handle either a 240 rad or a 280 rad on top. This will be a CPU loop only.

The cheapest option is the XSPC Rasa RX240 for $169.95.

If money weren't an issue, I would want something like this:
CPU Block: Koolance CPU-360
Radiator: EK CoolStream XTC-280
Pump: Swiftech MCP35X

But that adds up to $280 before fittings, tubing, reservoir, etc. Suggestions? What parts would you pick? What's really important?
Edited by cmeeks - 3/1/11 at 11:38am
    
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I'd just save up some more and buy the stuff you do want. I'm not a big fan of kits, they restrict your freedom to choose the parts you want and don't want.
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I think it all comes down to what you're looking for in a cooling loop. I too faced this dilemma and really had to think hard if I wanted to splurge with my tax refund on a full custom build or go with the crazy cheap rasa kits.

Honestly, if you're not expecting to have amazing performance, I'd go with the rx360 kit which will allow you to upgrade in the future (be sure to buy new tubing though, the stuff that comes with them has a history of browning really quickly!) in case you want to add water to graphics cards, or want to make other changes.

If you're looking for the best performance possible, anoob's suggestion is what I'd do (and did) as you can get a better block/pump/tubing/fittings than what come with the kit. While the rasa radiators are rated pretty well for low-noise applications, there has been some controversy regarding their pump/reservoir issues. I strongly recommend checking out the rasa kit club thread to see if this is the route you want to go. Ultimately, it's up to what you want out of your PC.
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If you just want to cool the CPU and are on a budget, just get the RASA 240 because it is a bang for the buck and way more than enough to cool that CPU @ 5Ghz.

If you want more freedom I agree with everyone that a kit isn't the way to go but no duh right.
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just get the kit, it's an unbeatable value
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just get the kit, it's an unbeatable value
+ Its some of the best parts on the market.
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