Thinking about taking the plunge into H2O - looking for advice.
I've been looking and this weeks NCIX sponsored deals are looking good. I'm thinking about getting:
This kit looks like it has enough to get me started and has some good stuff that won't be wasted if I should decide to step up to a better system in the future. I believe the MCP655 pump is a top performer (from what I've seen anyways) and I can use it for any future upgraded system and will also work if/when I decide to add GPU H2O cooling.
I'm also thinking about using:
Do these look like good/wise choices for a H2O newbie?
With tax and shipping it'll be about $300...
I'm by no means an expert, but I don't think you can go wrong with the kit you're looking at. (especially at that price).
Having everything you need in one package makes life a whole lot easier for a first time build.
I'm not sure I'd go with the added expense of the fluid though.... the kit already comes with the additive for use with distilled water.
Thanks guys :)
You can't go wrong with the Swiftech kit, for starters. And it's a good kit to add GPU / NB blocks too. The rad and pump can handle that easily.
Yup I think you guys are right and this kit is the way to go.
The Scythe Ninja I have does a good job but I think I'm hearing the call for H2O :)
Well it's been 24 hours of agony searching for H20 info but what I've come up with is:
Swiftech MCP655-B 12V Industrial Water Cooling Pump
D-TEK Customs Fuzion CPU Water Block
D-TEK Customs Fuzion GFX GPU Water Block
Swiftech MC14 Bga Memory Heatsinks (8 Pack)
Magicool Slim 240 Dual 120MM Water Cooling Radiator (top mount?)
Tygon R-3603 1/2IN ID 3/4IN OD Tubing 5 Feet (I hope 5 feet will do for my loop)
Danger Den G1/4 to 1/2IN High Flow Barb Chrome Fittings (2 Pack) (for the rad)
Danger Den Adjustable White Hose Clamps for 1/2IN Tubing (in case I need them :p)
Swiftech Smartcoils 625 Blue
Swiftech MCRES-MICRO Clear HI-FLOW Water Cooling Reservoir
I have an Aerocool Vcool which I think will be perfect for cooling the GPU RAMsinks and I also already have 2 Antec Spotcool for the northbrige and RAM areas.
By using the sponsored deals here along with some pricematching I've manged to put all the above together for under $320 (that includes the tax and shipping). I'll need to budget around $50 more for odds and ends and things I might've forgot to include but if my resarch hasn't left any holes I think it's a pretty good setup for that price :)
Don't be cheap on the Tygon tubing - nothing can be worse than missing 6 inches to close the loop. I know, it happened to me on my first WC set-up. Buy 10 feet.
Aside from the rad, all components have their fittings - the correct size? Just double-check. Also, the Swiftech pump has 7/16" fittings. 1/2" tubing will work, but it's a pain to install. Make sure you boil water and dip the hose ends for 30 seconds before installing them.
For the price, you have a very nice set-up!
PS. What will you be using to cool the NB?
Thanks for the input 3.0charlie :)
Ahhh, I didn't realize the swiftech had 7/16". Does a bath in hot water shrink the tubing?
I have 2 Antec Spotcool fans 1 for the NB and one for the RAM
30 seconds in hot water will expand (not shrink) tubing. It will allow an easier installation. But I tell you, those 2 ends are very difficult to install.
Which NB cooler do you have? Passive?
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