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How Much Would a Custom Loop Cost?

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July 22, 2013 1:21:38 AM

I am interested in water cooling and wondering what it would cost to make a loop that only goes to the cpu, it would have something like...
- All the necessary things like pump, reservoir, tubing, etc
- All compression fittings because i dont want to risk leakage (and they look good)
- A 240mm Radiator

I would like these to all be good quality parts but i dont know what are good quality parts, so thats why i am asking.
Thanks :) 

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a c 103 K Overclocking
July 23, 2013 1:42:00 AM

a cpu only entry level loop with a good D5 pump - expect 250-300usd for everything

I strongly encourage a solid READ, not peruse lol - of this sticky prior to getting started to really get a good base of knowledge together. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/277130-29-read-first-...

You can find various kits which come with all needed start up within that price range too. You can also find them cheaper but beware of the cheaper pumps! that's where the less expensive models get ya - lower quality pumps. Use D5 variants.
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July 23, 2013 4:57:55 AM

Buzz247 said:
a cpu only entry level loop with a good D5 pump - expect 250-300usd for everything

I strongly encourage a solid READ, not peruse lol - of this sticky prior to getting started to really get a good base of knowledge together. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/277130-29-read-first-...

You can find various kits which come with all needed start up within that price range too. You can also find them cheaper but beware of the cheaper pumps! that's where the less expensive models get ya - lower quality pumps. Use D5 variants.


Ok thanks, i was just wondering to see how much more expensive it would be than the h100i as i have heard it give you alot cooler cpu at high overclocks. I will need to do alot more research before i decide if a custom loop is for me.
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a c 103 K Overclocking
July 23, 2013 5:00:22 AM

honestly - do your research. The H100 is no better (and in some cases worse) than top end air coolers 60 bucks cheaper Like the Noctua DH-14, Phantek TC, and Thermalright Silverarrow. Yes a custom loop performs much better than any of those when built right. But the H100 is no comparison
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July 23, 2013 11:56:25 AM

There isn't anything inherently wronger with the weaker pumps - yes, they're not as good as a D5, but they still keep the flow going on a small loop - and that's all you really need. I run one of the early model XSPC 750s through CPU, GPU, a 240 Rad and a 120 Rad, and have been doing so for almost a year now.

While I recognize the pump is the weakest part of my loop, it still runs it fine (though I wouldn't add anything at this point - new pump and res will be my next upgrade).
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