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I've built several computers in the past, and I have always been fascinated by it. The money used to make a loop compared to air cooling always set me down, but now I think I'm going to take a bit of a risk and try it out...

I have a CM HAF932 with a Phenom II 955 AM3. I would like a 3x120mm radiator to slap on the top of my case, and I am also observant of my wallet. I would pay more for higher performing parts, but if it's possible to pay less without noticeable temperature lost, I would prefer that more.
Again, this is going to be a single CPU loop, and that's all it is ever going to be. My 6850s are running terrific on air with a 70C load and my motherboard bridges also have huge ass heatsinks on them.
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post #2 of 12
Most people here would recommend getting a XSPC Rasa kit for a cpu only loop if you are a beginner. IMHO it's a very good kit for starters, and the XSPC Rasa cpu block has terrific performance, falling only a few degrees short of the EK Supreme HF blocks
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Since this would be your first dive in and you are concerned about price go RASA they are a great for those who are on a budget and they run close to custom loops in terms of performance. You can go with a RASA RX 360 and toss some gpu blocks on your kit which run about 100$ Pick up some more tubing and fitting for those blocks and your are good to go. Not sure if the RASA pump/res combo can take the extra 2 gpus but you can always spend a little more to pick up a pump/res after your setup if you are not happy with temps. Also grab some distilled water at your local grocery store and silver kill coil or PT nuke. If you can give us an estimated amount of how much you want to spend I'm sure you can get some good recommendations.
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post #4 of 12
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I was never fond of buying kits, so I would rather assemble and pick out my own.
My budget somewhat shady at the moment, but looking at the price of the XSPC Rasa 750 WC kit running for $130, I would assume I would like to pay around $250 for my WC assembly. It can run higher, and most certainly, it can run lower.

What I want:
Best Price/Temperature WC
3x120mm (360) RAD
High life expectancy pump

What I do not want:
GPU blocks
WC expansion (it's a one time thing)

I won't buy GPU blocks. Why?
- my 6850s are non-reference PCBs
- standard GPU blocks run for $100~
- I would need a stronger pump
- my GPUs already run at reasonable temperatures on air

Can somebody also point me to a list of watercooling supplies websites that are recommended? I live in east coast of the United States.

EDIT: Are there things than can turn off my computer at a specific temperature? Not too crazy about MTBF of water pumps. Also, are there water filters I can buy? Haha, I'm probably over-thinking this..
Edited by Buska103 - 3/10/11 at 1:38pm
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post #5 of 12
For a custom loop you would need:

Rad:
$60-125

CPU block
$40-88

Pump
$50-85

Res
$23-70

Tubing
1-2$ a foot need about 7ft

barbs/compression (prices are higher for 90/45 degree)
Barbs: 2-4 each need 6 12-24$
compression: 5-9 each need 6 30-54$

kill coil
8$

$200 for the low end set up
$ 444 for the high end
+shipping

Just a rough idea.

Edit: forgot Fans which are and extra 30-60$ so 230-504$.
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post #6 of 12
Not to hijack the thread, but, since it's on topic.. I'm looking to watercool my new rig that is under construction, and I'm wondering if a 240/280 RAD would be enough to do CPU and GPU, or if I would have to go with a 360/240+120?
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post #7 of 12
A 360 is more than enough for a cpu/gpu. I run my sig rig on a 360 and my temps are great almost never break 70c unless my room ambient temps gets high. A good 240 would work on non-extreme ocs and you would probably want to go with a push/pull config.
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post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by Arksniper View Post
A 360 is more than enough for a cpu/gpu. I run my sig rig on a 360 and my temps are great almost never break 70c unless my room ambient temps gets high. A good 240 would work on non-extreme ocs and you would probably want to go with a push/pull config.
Can you define "good"? Like would a Black Ice GT Stealth 240 X-Flow work for CPU and a single GPU? Also the only OCing I would be doing is a 2600k to 4Ghz.
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What GPU would you be running with your SB i7?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Kortwa View Post
What GPU would you be running with your SB i7?
GTX 560 Ti
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