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OK due to less than adequate temperatures for my i7 2600K 5GHz overclock with my current H50 setup and after contemplating getting a high end air cooler, I have decided to splurge on a little water cooling due to the fact that the kit I want to purchase is only $50 more than a high end air cooling for much more potential. ANYWAY... after much reading I have decided to go ahead and purchse the XSPC Rasa 850 RS240 liquid cooling kit.

I am completely new to water cooling so that is why I decided to purchase a kit that already has everything including for me. Now I know that there are additional requirements I need to purchase, namely being: coolant, additives (to prevent corrosion, etc.), and I think that's it?

So...what should I purchase for the coolant and additives?

Also, I will be mounting this externally on the back of my Stacker 830 since I do not have room for an internal mount. How will this mounting process differ? I know I need to drill holes to get the tubing through, but how will the mounting of the radiator itself differ? Also, which way should I have the fans blowing if I'm mounting it out back?

Sorry for the noob questions, but hey...we all start somewhere, no?

Thanks guys!
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I am also new to wc. From what I have been reading, go with distilled water + ptnuke or killcoil. Any of the uv stuff will clog up your loop when it sperates from the water. If you want color, get colored tubing. Thats my two cents.
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I would get the RX240 or even the RX360 radiator version NOT the RS. The RX series of XSPC radiators are much better in performance with lower speed fans. (Around 1400RPM)

For the coolant I would use Distilled water with 1 or 2 drops of PT Nuke/killcoil. Do not use colored coolant or additives because they will gunk your loop up. If you would like color, get colored tubing.

I would highly recommend using a Swiftech Radbox to mount the rad out the back.

I am not sure if that case has holes on the back or not....
-If it does then you just have to run the tubing thought those holes.
-If it doesn't then you have to drill holes or they even make brackets for the expansion slots. (I don't remember what they are called though)

I would have the fans blowing away from the case.

If you get the RX radiator, then I would put the fans in a "PULL" position.

Do not use the tubing that comes with the kit. Do not use the coolant that comes with the kit as they are both not very good.

If you have the money to go with compression fitting I would do that. They do have a very large possibility of not leaking unlike barbs. They are not cheap though.

Yes, we all start somewhere!
Edited by Triangle - 3/27/11 at 6:20pm
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I would get the RX240 or even the RX360 radiator version NOT the RS. The RX series of XSPC radiators are much better in performance with lower speed fans. (Around 1400RPM)

For the coolant I would use Distilled water with 1 or 2 drops of PT Nuke/killcoil. Do not use colored coolant or additives because they will gunk your loop up. If you would like color, get colored tubing.

I would highly recommend using a Swiftech Radbox to mount the rad out the back.

I am not sure if that case has holes on the back or not....
-If it does then you just have to run the tubing thought those holes.
-If it doesn't then you have to drill holes or they even make brackets for the expansion slots. (I don't remember what they are called though)

I would have the fans blowing away from the case.

If you get the RX radiator, then I would put the fans in a "PULL" position.

Do not use the tubing that comes with the kit. Do not use the coolant that comes with the kit as they are both not very good.

If you have the money to go with compression fitting I would do that. They do have a very large possibility of leaking unlike barbs. They are not cheap though.

Yes, we all start somewhere!
This is all good advice. The only thing I would add is to buy different fans for the radiator than come with the kit. You will want some high rpm fans to keep your system cool using those radiators.
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This is all good advice. The only thing I would add is to buy different fans for the radiator than come with the kit. You will want some high rpm fans to keep your system cool using those radiators.
^This.

If you're going with the RS240 then the Gentle Typhoon 1850RPM fans are just about as good as you can get right now. Koolertek.com has them for a very reasonable price when they're in stock.

My custom loop parts are on their way as well and I'm very excited to get started.

EDIT: There are obviously higher RPM fans that will show an increase in performance but will be considerably loud. The AP-15 model of the gentle typhoons delivers a high amount of air and is very quiet @12v.
Edited by Blue6228 - 3/27/11 at 6:18pm
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^This.

If you're going with the RS240 then the Gentle Typhoon 1850RPM fans are just about as good as you can get right now. Koolertek.com has them for a very reasonable price when they're in stock.

My custom loop parts are on their way as well and I'm very excited to get started.
The OP should go with RX
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I myself am about to make the plunge and all the advice given here was given to me, the RX radiators are better performing than the included RS radiators in the rasa kits. The RX radiators have less fin count letting you use slower RPM fans for better cooling, you need higher RPM fans for the RS rads because they have higher fin count.

Pt nuke and or a kill coil will keep things clean, also the stock tubing seems to be hit or miss with most of the advice that has been given to me.
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If you have the money to go with compression fitting I would do that. They do have a very large possibility of leaking unlike barbs. They are not cheap though.
I'm confused. Are you saying barbs have a large possibility of leaking or compression fittings do?
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I'm confused. Are you saying barbs have a large possibility of leaking or compression fittings do?
I am saying barbs have a greater possibility of leaking.
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I am saying barbs have a greater possibility of leaking.
at least get some compression fittings on your cpu block .
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