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    Well, I've painted myself into this corner really. I just picked up an Asus GTX580 DirectCU so I feel the only thing left to do to my system is to watercool (and then overclock) it, something I wanted to do quite a while ago but didn't dare to. For the time being, I just want to watercool my CPU but want to use good quality components that I can keep as I scale up when I replace other parts, rather than use a closed CPU only cooler device. As my PC is used in my living room for watching movies as well as playing games, a key requirement is to keep the noise as low as possible. Budget is ~£250-£300. I've been hunting around and found this kit (the first one);

    http://www.coolercases.co.uk/acatalog/EK_-_Kits.html

    So a few questions for the experts and experienced;

    1) Any idea how noisy the components listed are?
    2) Will the radiator be powerful enough to take my CPU to 4.0GHz?
    3) Is this just a bad idea!?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Good brand, great stuff, but rad is too small. Doesn't allow for any expansion whatsoever. You really should consider spending just a bit more and get a bigger rad. 120mm isn't gonna cut it over the long haul. You'll be kicking yourself later on.

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    I agree get at least a tripple

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    Ok, so I could just get the first kit and get a triple radiator separately. Any quiet and good quality ones out there? I'm guessing I'm going to have to look at the TJ07 builds in the galleries for where to put the radiator...

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    http://www.aquatuning.co.uk/product_...1156--1oe.html

    Looks perfect! I didn't see this supplier in the e-tailer sticky though...

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    Oh dear. I've installed everything and am currently doing a 24hr leak test. Everything's gone very well and I've been very impressed with the boxed kit. I just get the feeling I've opened Pandora's Box....

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    you did...lol. Good Luck!

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    Good luck, let us know how everything turns out and what your temps are.

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    I knew it wouldn't be easy. The leak test went just fine, but using the fan screws in the kit, I didn't realise they were longer than the thickness of the fans and the gap between the screw housing and the radiator grill. So when I'd attached the fans tightly onto the radiator, I must have put about eight holes in it! I presume that's what you do as opposed to having the fans loosely attached?

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    That stinks...live and learn I guess. I'll bet you don't make that mistake again! I would have cut the screws to length with a dremel cut off wheel and gave them a shot of paint. Problem solved. You can also add some plastic washers if it is just a little too long.

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    Man that sucks, maybe they packed the wrong size screws in the kit, but like Savage said a couple of plastic washers would have solved your problem.

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    Well I didn't think to check the length of the screws, I just presumed they were correct!

    I've got an RMA for the whole kit and hopefully, a full refund. Question now is, do I just get all the parts independently or get the same kit knowing to check the screws...

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