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Opinions on WC setup

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Alright, so I've planned everything out on my case for a watercooling setup, and now all I have to do is select the parts. I've got a list of stuff that I want to use, and I have to keep a budget of about 180 dollars. So here's the list

Swiftech MCR220-QP Liquid Cooler Radiator- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835108086

Laing D5 Vario/Swiftech MCP655 Inline 12V DC Pump- http://www.petrastechshop.com/swmcin12pu.html

Swiftech Apogee GT CPU Cooler Block- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835108093

7/16" ID (5/8" OD) Masterkleer General Purpose Clear PVC Tubing- http://www.petrastechshop.com/7id5odmagepu.html

Yate Loon 120mm fans- http://www.fantronic.com/yate-loon-1...peed-p-82.html

Total price adds up to $180 w/ shipping. I have some questions though, such as, is that d-tek pump any good? Also, what about opinions on the apogee gt, and does the swiftech resevoir have 1/2" fittings?
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Get 7/16ID Mastkleer tubing instead. That pump is okay for a cpu only loop. The res comes with 2 1/2 barbs and 2 plugs.
I've had that pump and I can say from experience that it's crap. Don't bother. I tested it out in a sink once and it shot water about 8 inches. On the other hand, my mcp655 was able to shoot water into the toilet a few feet away. Here's my suggested list:
MCR220, or 320 if you can afford it
No res, just a T line
No screw clamps, just use zip ties
Tubing you have listed is good
I realize this list is a bit more expensive but it's worth it in the long run as it will save you an inevitable upgrade. I've removed your res and clamps to offset the pump cost.
Yeah I'd go for a D-5 vario or 18W DDC w/top also. A weak pump will really limit you in the long run. You wont regret getting one.
Alright, so I've made adjustments. Thanks for the heads up on that pump. Also, does the radiator have 1/2 inch tubing?

I really wouldn't want to get a T-line. I think i'll just spend the extra cash and get that reservoir. I don't think I could fit a fill port on my case without some heavy modding.

Also, are zip ties really good for clamping down the hoses? Or should I just spend the extra few bucks and go to home depot to buy them.
Alright, so after looking around even more, I was wondering, on the LAING pump, does the variable flow thing actually make it worth more money?

Also, is there much difference in temperature between the apogee gt and the storm v2?

Also, has anyone ever bought from jab-tech.com? Are they a good, reputable dealer?
the variable pump is also more powerful, contrary to statistics by manufacturer. as the running voltage is usually 12v, while the pumps are rated and designed for 24v.
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