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Old March 22, 2009, 05:07 PM
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Default How much would it cost to make a decent WC setup?

Hi guys,

Im thinking about getting mid/high end watercooling, my question is how much would it cost? I only want to cool my CPU nothing else.. Im not into OCing vid cards and stuff..

Can anyone tell me what I would need? and how much it might cost? I may consider depending on the price.. Also it of course needs to perform much better then High End Heatsinks..

Appreciate your time :]

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Old March 22, 2009, 07:15 PM
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At minimum, a pump, a rad, a block, Tubing and fittings.

Pump CPX-Pro -http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=32720&vpn=DD-CPX-PRO&manufacture=Danger%20Den 79.56

Rad - MCR220 with Res NCIX.com - Buy Swiftech MCR220-QP-RES Quiet Power Dual 120MM Water Cooling Radiator & Integrated Reservoir 3/8 in - MCR220-QP-Res In Canada. 71.14

Block - Apogee GTZ NCIX.com - Buy Swiftech APOGEE GTZ LGA775 CPU Water Block G1/4 Chrome HI-FLOW 1/2IN Barb Fittings - APOGEE-GTZ In Canada. 85.49

Tubing - NCIX.com - Buy Swiftech 7/16IN ID Vinyl Tubing 10 Feet - 5/8OD10FT In Canada. 11.28

Fittings - All above come with barbs but I like Bitspower 1/2" NCIX.com - Buy Bitspower G1/4 High Flow 1/2IN Barb Fittings for 1/2IN ID Tubing - Dark Nickel Plated (Pair) - BP20154 In Canada. 3x6.49

Total $266.94 plus taxes. Add distilled water and PT nuke - $15. Those prices have not been checked elsewhere, I'm sure you could pricematch them down.
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Old March 22, 2009, 07:22 PM
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As someone having just done this, I can tell you its pretty pricey.

It really depends how far along you want to go with it. Customs can cost more (or less) then 'all in one' prefabs. If you want it to preform better then say, aircooling with a 120 Extreeme etc, you need to go a bit better then most of the prefabs.

All totaled, my bill was 400 shipped (with 20 buck NCIX giftcard in the bank for free shipping) to cool CPU/GPU/Chipset. Prefabs start in and around the 200 mark for just the CPU...so IMO its just better to custom it, and go all the way.

The basics you'll require are:

Rad (with Reservoir built in, or separate res)
CPU block
And probably atleast 3 sets of barbs. (1 set for each the rad, pump and cpu block)

The only other thing I can suggest is do all of your research. ALL of it. Find out what you're getting into. This is like tricking out a car, for a bad analogy. There is maitenance and upkeep. Things will break. Time will be spent, and downtime will be had. Talk to someone in person who has watercooled. Get the good and bad stories and find out if its really for you.

Again, ask ask ask questions...but do your research too. Thoroughly. And then doublecheck it all, again. As 3.0Charlie can tell you for me, I (almost) forgot to order something as simple as barbs for my setup. Lucky for me, he caught it before I placed the order, and saved me a 2nd shipping order and even more downtime.
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Old March 22, 2009, 07:23 PM
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$300-400 minimum.
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Old March 22, 2009, 07:36 PM
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Buy it used, I got all my stuff for under $200 total on this forums f/s section....
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Old March 22, 2009, 07:52 PM
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Depending on what you want to cool, and what level of bling/cooling/functionality you want? Your looking anywhere from $300-$600, with the average cost sitting right dab in the middle at $400.

Look at it this way, once you have the basics, unless you went with "full cover" blocks, costs from system to system is usually minimal.
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Old March 22, 2009, 07:52 PM
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Agree with buying stuff used, I am still trying to either find a buyer for my MCR220 or find a use for it. Great way to get a deal.

300-400 new depending on how "bling" you are going
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Old March 23, 2009, 06:51 AM
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$400 is a little high... but $300 is realistic:

Pump: CPX-Pro: $61.02
CPU Block: D-Tek Fuzion v2 : $66.83
Radiator: MCR320 : $65.97
Reservoir: MCRes v2 : $22.87
barbs: bitspower 3/8 ID : $4.86/pair x 4 = 19.44
tubing: Primochill Primoflex 3/8 : $17.55

Total : $272, taxes included, but no shipping from Direct Canada.

Your only missing fans, and some liquid. For liquid, I recommend distilled h2o with PT Nuke ($4) or Feser Premixed.

These are only suggestions, btw.


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Old March 23, 2009, 07:00 AM
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Don't forget you'll need the bracket for your mobo socket type and the cpu block. And prolly some mounting hardware for the rad.
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Old March 23, 2009, 07:30 AM
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Res is optional, you could always go T-line route. I did both and not sure wich I prefer.

Also, what is your case ? Depending on the size of it, you may need some hardware to mount the rad, specially if it is external.

And I would also really try to look for used parts, you can save a lot doing so.

Synth list is a really good quality-price suggestion and with a 320 rad, you will have enough overhead to cool the GPU one day.

Direct canada has free shipping for 300 $ or more, so I would try to find something else to buy... !

Sold hardware again.....
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