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Hey guys,

Despite the post count and rep, I'm actually way out of the loop when it comes to computers now... I've still got the same set up I have posted below, and the last time I posted here was at least 2 years ago, before I started university...

So now that my 2nd term has finished, I have a week or so before I fly home for the break. During that time, I thought to myself "might as well give my old PC a quick fix up"

So I decided that the one thing I had always wanted to do, but never got around to doing, was fitting a water cooling system to my PC. I've never tried it, so I am a total newbie when it comes to water cooling, so I would really appreciate any sort of help when it comes to this



First things first, I have browsed water cooling threads on occasion, and I realize that seperately built systems are in general, better than a pre-built kit. But as I am a complete beginner, unless I know all the parts will work together well 100%, I may stick with a kit. I've heard good things about the new XSPC kits, and I also remember the Swiftech kits being quite good when I posted here a while ago... my budget is around £200- 250 tops (i'm studying in the UK atm)


If I decide not to go for a prebuilt kit, do you guys have any suggestions for a full set up? I plan on cooling my graphics card as well, so I will need a water block on top of everything else..


Any help is appreciated!! (and sorry for the wall of text)
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Intel Core i5 3570k @ Stock Asus Z77 Sabertooth Asus GTX570 DirectCUII 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance LP DDR3 
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Crucial M4 128GB SSD Corsair H100  Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit BenQ GL2450 
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post #2 of 4
If you get the upper priced Swiftech kit youll get a nice pump and radiator. The benifit of getting this kit (may be a little more expencive than you want to pay) is that if you want to upgrade the loop later you have high end parts already. The mpc655 is a awesome pump and i personally think swiftech's rads are second to none in build quality
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60GB OCZ Vertex II / 3x 500GB Samsung Spinpoint EK Supreme HF Nickel, EK DCP4.0, Stealth GT 360... Windows 7 Ult 64bit Acer 22" G225HQ 
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970 evga 4way 2 gtx590 6gigs muskin ram 
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2tb wd,128 ssd/crucial lg dvd koolance gtx590 block x 2 white heatkiller 
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RX480 rad x2 MCP35x (X2) gentle typhoons 1850 rpm (8) xigamtek fans  
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2tb wd,128 ssd/crucial lg dvd koolance gtx590 block x 2 white heatkiller 
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RX480 rad x2 MCP35x (X2) gentle typhoons 1850 rpm (8) xigamtek fans  
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win pro 64bit samsung 2343 x3 6144x1152 logitech g19 silverstone 1500watt 
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honestly your price wise better off geting you a rasa 360 kit and adding a ek gpu block for your 280
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