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Hello all. I have been thinking about getting into water cooling. I just built my new system LINK. I live in Phoenix, AZ so system is hot. I also got a new GTX 480 via RMA and it's a lot hotter than my 295.

At this point really only need to cool CPU and GPU. Maybe in the future add a second 480 and or switch to a 580.

I am very knowledgeable and handy so adding it if pointed that right way shouldn't be a issue. I would like something that has room to grow if needed but also wife has my starting budget around $250. Is this really a doable project at this cost?

Any help/pointers and or parts for sale would be great. I would like to get all I need here before I start since no where local to run out for missing things.
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I'm in the same boat as you. I own a HAF-X and I'm considering making the jump into water cooling. I've found dazmode.com to have a plethora of parts and is generally pretty informative. Additionally, the operator of the company has several youtube videos discussing the basics of a water cooled setup. However, I'm sure you'll get plenty of quality responses on these forums from real gurus.
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@Thernen

water cooling the HAF X requires some ingenuity (just a fair warning). first a few questions...

1) what CPU do u have and how many volts you running through it?
2) do you want the entire loop to be internal?

you will need at least a 120.3 rad or more with as high as ambients are in AZ... i am personally like HK water blocks because of how good they are for the flow of you loop, but that is just me (and you probably wont be able to stay under $250 if you use them).

ill give more input once i find out some more of you specs
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@Thernen

water cooling the HAF X requires some ingenuity (just a fair warning). first a few questions...

1) what CPU do u have and how many volts you running through it?
2) do you want the entire loop to be internal?

you will need at least a 120.3 rad or more with as high as ambients are in AZ... i am personally like HK water blocks because of how good they are for the flow of you loop, but that is just me (and you probably wont be able to stay under $250 if you use them).

ill give more input once i find out some more of you specs


I have been reading that a 360 RAD will fit in the top of the case.

CPU is i7 950 running at stock for now.

I would like to keep the whole setup inside the case. I have a lot of room. I only use 1 of the 5 1/4 bays so room there also to put/hide stuff.
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You could try to get the Rasa RX360 Kit that can handle the CPU and GPU together. That kit costs around 200 (dazmode pricing) but you'll need to get water block for the gtx 480. Those cost around 100 - 115 each so that will be going over your price range. I'm pretty sure a RS360 kit would work what you're cooling and would be cheaper (around $20 cheaper than the RX kit.) Your case should fit the 360 rad on the top fine (from pictures I've seen.)

You can check the blocks in this thread:
http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...-database.html

You can check out the RASA kits and pictures of it in their club thread:
http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...-rs-rx120.html
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http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...ercooling.html

Good place to start for the Haf X. Gives you good visual idea at what is needed.
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Originally Posted by Launcherstrike View Post
You could try to get the Rasa RX360 Kit that can handle the CPU and GPU together. That kit costs around 200 (dazmode pricing) but you'll need to get water block for the gtx 480. Those cost around 100 - 115 each so that will be going over your price range. I'm pretty sure a RS360 kit would work what you're cooling and would be cheaper (around $20 cheaper than the RX kit.) Your case should fit the 360 rad on the top fine (from pictures I've seen.)

You can check the blocks in this thread:
http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...-database.html

You can check out the RASA kits and pictures of it in their club thread:
http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...-rs-rx120.html
yea the rasa kit is 200 from dasmode

but from frozencpu or PPC its 129
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Rasa RX 360 kit.

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yea the rasa kit is 200 from dasmode

but from frozencpu or PPC its 129
The RASA kit from Dazmode is the RX360. Frozencpu doesn't have that kit and the one that's 129 is the RS240 which is the bare minimum for a CPU and GPU.
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i would say that a 120.3 with a 120.1 or a 140.1 would be your best bet... there are some great kits out there like the RASA kits. however, there is one small problem. there is only a guaranteed space up top of the HAF X for 80mm. that means that it inst guaranteed to fit in push/pull unless your rad is 30mm or less, and the RASA rad is 35mm thick. from my experience, if you want the entire loop to be indide the HAF X, it is easier to make your own custom loop.

When i had tri SLI ENGTX 470s, i used a 200.1, 120.1, and a 120.3 in one consecutive loop too keep everything at good temps. i can almost guarentee that you wont need that much rad, but it gets the point across with the planning needed. just make sure that you measure to make sure there is room before you get something.

for the top, there is 25mm of room above the bars running across the top of the case for fans, and around 55mm of room below (there is more or less depending on your motherboard). MAKE SURE TO MEASURE FIRST. other than that, just have a good time. i hope this helped
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