Affordable Custom watercooling options

Hey guys, I've been a Tomshardware member for alittle while now and I've always looked over the custom watercooling threads with some envy. I currently am using a Noctua NH-D14, coming from an Antec 920 and I was wondering if there were some quality options for affordable custom watercooling?

I've looked alittle at the XSPC Raystorm kits, which are in my price range of $100-$250. Are there other options out there for that price to at least get started so I can learn and go from there? Any advice regarding this from any angle would be greatly appreciated. I think it may be time.
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  1. When it comes to custom water cooling if the product is available for purchase that makes it affordable.
    I am still surprised at how many options there really are out there.
    If you want a kit then yes XSPC, Koolance, and Swiftech all make some good ones if you are looking to expand it later get a good upgraded kit with a 360 radiator and better pump.
  2. I think the XSPC kit is the cheapest and pretty decent. I'm running a Swiftech Edge 220 kit and it's really great, but I think they slightly changed the parts now from what I got. Still, keeps my i5 750 at 4.2ghz very cool and the pump has PWM control which is awesome.
  3. I started out with the XSPC kit. But like anyone here will tell you, once you start, you can't stop. You will constantly be upgrading and swapping out components making your loop bigger, better and more complicated. So, in short, YES, the XSPC is a great starter kit.
  4. I started with an XSPC Raystorm 750 RS360 kit and have expanded from there. They are good kits, but the pump is a bit weak. I recommend if you go the kit route, buy one with a good pump to begin with, lest you find yourself in the situation I did where you have to spend a lot if you want to significantly upgrade the loop.
  5. Great! THanks to everyone for all of the insight, I've decided to grab the Raystorm 750 RS360 kit, I've done quite abit of research with installation and have always browsed all of the posts regarding custom water cooling here. Hopefully in the next few months I can get something rolling, this kit will be a good start for now. Like most of you said, and I've been told, the more I learn the more to change and improve as always so I'll be back!
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