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First time watercooling - Help me choose the right path

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August 5, 2013 8:03:27 AM

Hello folks.

I have a gaming build in a case which is too small for watercooling, so I have decided to move the system into a new case and get it watercooled. I will be going for the Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 (unless someone can suggest a smaller/better case which can fit what I am about to propose).

The components, collected from my old rig, are:

CPU: AMD A10 6800k (TDP 100)
PSU: Seasonic X series 650W
GPU: Gigabyte HD 7950 Windforce (TDP 200)

Initially I would like a watercooling solution for the CPU. In the long run I want the cooling set up to be upgradable. I plan on upgrading to a new motherboard/CPU (if next gen CPU's will have a much higher TDP I need my cooling system to be prepared to handle it), and adding another GPU for crossfire over the next couple of years.

Budget wise I can afford to drop about £150 on cooling components now, so I would like to buy something to cool my CPU, with possibilities for upgrading in the future.

I am looking at the Swifttech H220 All In One watercooler, as it is the only AIO on the market which can be expanded to cool a GPU. Is this a good place to start or am I better off (and within £150) setting up my own loop, with respect to my case, components and future plans.

Thanks!

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August 5, 2013 8:08:57 AM

AIO's are definitely not the right path. 150 quid doesn't seem like enough to setup your own loop, so i would advise to hold it off a bit longer until you have saved enough.

Pump is about 60 pounds
Rad is about 50 pounds
Hoses 20 pounds
Fittings 20 pounds
Res 20 pounds
CPU block 50 pounds
That's kind of the budget you should have at least to cool your CPU from the top of my head.
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August 5, 2013 10:04:14 AM

aatje92 said:
AIO's are definitely not the right path. 150 quid doesn't seem like enough to setup your own loop, so i would advise to hold it off a bit longer until you have saved enough.

Pump is about 60 pounds
Rad is about 50 pounds
Hoses 20 pounds
Fittings 20 pounds
Res 20 pounds
CPU block 50 pounds
That's kind of the budget you should have at least to cool your CPU from the top of my head.


Thanks for the feedback. There are some watercooling kits available for between 130 to 200 pounds on UK websites. Given your estimates, would you say those are of inferior quality?
Here is an example from scan.co.uk.

Any advice for technical details of the loop parts given the components I plan on cooling in the future? The Skinnee website referred to in the sticky is no longer up and running so I am having a hard time figuring out what will be required of my loop as well as where I would place everything in the case (I need both of the optical drives (for blue ray and fan controller), but the removable HDD cages in the Arc Mini R2 could be replaced with a pump/res like the XSPC X20 750.
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August 5, 2013 11:08:10 PM

Hmm sorry not familiar with UK pricing. That indeed looks like a fair price for a nice kit. I don't know how long the hosing will hold up or how noisy the pump will be though, generally res/pump combo's are louder.

Anyway it looks like a nice kit for the money, i would go for it if they sold it here ;p.
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