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I have went back and forth on parts for a full loop, and jayztwocents convinced me spending a ton does not get you a ton with this video:

I actually decided on the block before i saw that video, i only found it when searching "cheap cpu block" on youtube, lol anyways here is the parts list so far:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01EMR564Q/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?smid=A32PLH8B12583F&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006097HEC/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?smid=AZCEI3EMXUPTH&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0067LW8RY/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?smid=A3GO5VFCNOM5I7&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M3U89LT/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A3GO5VFCNOM5I7&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/EK-Tube-ZMT-...518234490&sr=1-2-catcorr&keywords=ekwb+tubing
https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-uni-pump-bracket-120mm-fan-vertical
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA9F94TM0789&ignorebbr=1 (x10, comes to 50 bucks after shipping)

So that comes to around 280 bucks so far, only thing im missing is pump/res combo. Can anyone link a decent pump res that is cheaper than this?:
https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-xres-100-spc-60-mx-pwm-incl-pump

Im ok with that pump but just wanted to see if there was anything quality out there for less.
 

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My $100 no brand chinese water cooling build lasted 16 months before failure.

2X $15 water block with barb fittings
1X $40 pump/500ml res with barb fittings
1X $25 360 radiator hard barb fittings
1M $5 tubing came with pack of 25 cable ties.
Plain rain water.

Pump failed, Water boiled on both blocks cracking the plastic tops before spraying water everywhere.
Wasnt cooling a PC tho so no damage and thermal shut down kicked in at 150C protecting the COBs.
 

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My $100 no brand chinese water cooling build lasted 16 months before failure.

2X $15 water block with barb fittings
1X $40 pump/500ml res with barb fittings
1X $25 360 radiator hard barb fittings
1M $5 tubing came with pack of 25 cable ties.
Plain rain water.

Pump failed, Water boiled on both blocks cracking the plastic tops before spraying water everywhere.
Wasnt cooling a PC tho so no damage and thermal shut down kicked in at 150C protecting the COBs.
Yep thats what im trying to avoid lol. The only chinese part i have in the list is the CPU block, rest is xspc/ek/alphacool. Just trying to do the cheapest full on loop with quality copper parts. I was originally going to go with EK fluid gaming (aluminum) but nearly every review ive seen has it performing worse than an AIO for cpu temps, which is of course not ideal.
 

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Id say it would still be running now if pump didn't fail.
 

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Yep thats what im trying to avoid lol. The only chinese part i have in the list is the CPU block, rest is xspc/ek/alphacool. Just trying to do the cheapest full on loop with quality copper parts. I was originally going to go with EK fluid gaming (aluminum) but nearly every review ive seen has it performing worse than an AIO for cpu temps, which is of course not ideal.
I don't know what reviews you've seen, as the reviews of the A240G kit I've seen have it performing better than the competing AIO while cooling both CPU and GPU. The block is better, the pump is better, the radiator is the same, the fittings are better ... there is no reason for it to be performing worse. Of course, this is assuming the radiator is the same size. 240 versus 280 or 360 isn't a fair comparison on anything.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Fluid Gaming kits (especially the A240G) to anyone, making sure they know the limitations in advance.
 

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I don't know what reviews you've seen, as the reviews of the A240G kit I've seen have it performing better than the competing AIO while cooling both CPU and GPU. The block is better, the pump is better, the radiator is the same, the fittings are better ... there is no reason for it to be performing worse. Of course, this is assuming the radiator is the same size. 240 versus 280 or 360 isn't a fair comparison on anything.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Fluid Gaming kits (especially the A240G) to anyone, making sure they know the limitations in advance.
Combination of product reviews, and the actual EK fluid gaming thread:
http://www.overclock.net/forum/1806...d-gaming-sets-new-standard-water-cooling.html

Consistently people are "ok" with the performance of the kit, but many times ive seen people have lower CPU temps with AIO's such as a kraken x62, even with the 360mm addon pack. This has to be a problem with the aluminum CPU block, if i can do a full on copper setup for the same money (a240g and expansion pack are ~340) i think im gonna lean that way.

Here is also a techpower up review, a240g is losing to an air cooler and AIO's for CPU temps:
https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/EKWB/Fluid_Gaming_240G_Kit/7.html

GPU temps im not worried about those are going to be super low no matter which route i take, it just seems the A240g's CPU block is a major bottlenck in performance.
 

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The most important part of the loop is the pump. Get a D5, they have proven reliability. In regards to the radiators, make sure to clean them out before installing if you are going to get a cheap one. Look around as there are a few different brands of D5 pump (but they are all the same), so just find the cheapest one and get that.

As for liquid, I really like Aquacomputer Double Protect Ultra. It is German quality watercooling fluid for a reasonable price. I have been using the red one for years without any visible build up or fading. One thing to note about the red fluid (this applies to ALL red fluid) is that red tends to stain your equipment after a while, which may require deep cleaning. This is a common problem with red dye in general though. They have three colors, red, blue and clear. It is really good stuff. You can get it here.

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=aquacomputer+double+protect+ultra

Other ways to save money on the loop is to buy plain barbs and use zip ties (rather than hose clamps) to keep the tubing attached.
 
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