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    Default Advice and Help re Watercooling

    I'm going to purchase a water cooling kit very soon. I was looking at the swiftech kits, but am now looking at these from XSPC. Which one of these 240 rad kits do you guys recommend and why? What's the best kit, keeping in mind that I will add another 240 rad and a GPU water block down the line. Thanks for the help.

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    Default Re: Advice and Help re Watercooling

    Why not go custom Sam?

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    Default Re: Advice and Help re Watercooling

    Buying everything separately is nearly twice the cost. The great thing about these kits is they are not very expensive.
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    Default Re: Advice and Help re Watercooling

    XSPC Raystorm Extreme Universal CPU Watercooling Kit w/ RX240 Rev 2 Radiator/D5 Pump/Res Products Model: XSPC-EXT-WC-KIT-RX240 [XSPC-EXT-WC-KIT-RX240] : Performance-PCs.com, ... sleeve it and they will come

    Best performing of these 240 rads if it will fit your case ok. I think of the D5 as being the energiser bunny of pumps because I hear of more failures of the ddc. You can tune the bow in the raystorm block to suit your processor if you need to. It is also a low restriction block and as such lends itself well to your future plans
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    Default Re: Advice and Help re Watercooling

    Thanks a bunch Grumpy. The different pumps was my biggest question. The D5 mounts outside the res, correct?

    Don't think I'll have any problem fitting that rad. I have the NZXT 810 Switch. I should be able to fit the rad up top with a push pull fan config. Will probably use 4 x Cougar Vortex 120 MM PWM fans I have right now.
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    If I get this kit, what size fitting do I want to go with: 7/16 x 5/8, 1/2 x 3/4, or 3/8 x 5/8?
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    I just noticed that the kit doesn't include the D5 pump due to manufacturing shortages. It is being shipped with the Swiftech MCP655. Is this a good pump?
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    worth every penny

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamCR3 View Post
    If I get this kit, what size fitting do I want to go with: 7/16 x 5/8, 1/2 x 3/4, or 3/8 x 5/8?
    I've tried three different sizes and the one that works the best, IMO, is the 3/8"x 5/8's.

    Easy to work with, stiffer walls, doesn't deform at the clamp ends, And doesn't impede air flow.

    Also flows just as good as the larger sizes.
    Hate working with sewer pipe.

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    Is there something wrong with the kit grumpy suggested? Will it not work well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SamCR3 View Post
    Is there something wrong with the kit grumpy suggested? Will it not work well?
    Its a very good kit for the price.

    Takes up two drive bays if thats a problem though.
    A little harder to add water though if you need to.

    I like keeping the Rez and pump separate when it comes to maintanence on either.

    Nice thing its expandable depending on the pump and needing more head pressure on flow.
    I use a 355 on mine with very good head pressure and flow.

    Lost one, But my fault for not mounting it on a good Sink plate and out of the air flow to cool it.
    They sent me a new though and a tip to keep it cool.
    Nice having an extra new one sitting here if needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamCR3 View Post
    Is there something wrong with the kit grumpy suggested? Will it not work well?
    Sam, with all the $ you invest, I would wait and build a custom water setup. You will not be sorry. Cooling can be migrated to next system. If you did decide ever on custom water, a 120.3 can be used to cool 1 x cpu and 2 x Gpu. IMO it is worth the wait. On your AMD setup your only talking 200-400MHz more and 400MHz may not be achieved with an all in one. Imagine pumping 1.6 volts and loading at 52 to 55 Celcius.

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    I just noticed that the kit doesn't include the D5 pump due to manufacturing shortages. It is being shipped with the Swiftech MCP655. Is this a good pump?
    MCP655 is a great pump.

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    Sam, with all the $ you invest, I would wait and build a custom water setup. You will not be sorry. Cooling can be migrated to next system. If you did decide ever on custom water, a 120.3 can be used to cool 1 x cpu and 2 x Gpu. IMO it is worth the wait. On your AMD setup your only talking 200-400MHz more and 400MHz may not be achieved with an all in one. Imagine pumping 1.6 volts and loading at 52 to 55 Celcius.
    I understand, but the cooling kit I linked isn't an all-in-one. It's a Raystorm block, RX240 rad, res, and MCP655 pump, plus all the tubing and fittings for less than $300. I priced similar components individually and it's nearly double. What I'm thinking is I can get the 240 rad kit now and add another 240 rad when I have the cash for a GPU water block.

    With this in mind, do you still think it's a mistake to get this XSPC kit. The problem I have is the built in pump on my FX cooler is going bad I think. It makes a not so good noise and my temps are slowly increasing over time. In short, I need better CPU cooling and can't wait much longer.

    Here is the exact kit I'm thinking about so there is no confusion: http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...04f4f0a1ad6f44

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    I am not super familiar with any all in one kits. Grumpy gives the most solid advise at Pure Overclock so I would go by his advise in a heartbeat.

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    Default Re: Advice and Help re Watercooling

    @Drdeath; XSPC or Swiftech kits are not self-contained units, they are expandable so you can customize to your needs in the future. The only different between getting the complete kit like these vs DIY custom is they are cheaper to started out with.

    @Sam; If you're only going to cool the CPU and GPU (in the future) then why not spend another $20 to get the triple rad version?

    I have had complete water cooled mobo+ram+gpus with multiple rads, you name it. I had been there done that, trust me it is not easy to route the tubing when you have so many components.

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