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January 6, 2014 2:36:56 PM

Hi guys. I am 17 years old and I'm going to be water cooling my system in the next week or so. Im doing cpu+ gpu. I have all my parts and a pretty good idea of where it will all fit. However I am still afraid to do it myself. I mess up pretty much everything I try to do myself :/ . I know how to put together a computer and I have watched various videos on putting a loop together and it seems fairly simple. I also have a Raven rv02 case and everything is mounted side ways so if there is a leak it will fall on the radiator. There is a Tiger Direct near my house and they offered to put it together for me for $200. Should I just pay them to do it?

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January 6, 2014 2:48:20 PM

Let some random guy that you don't know put together a water cooling setup for you? Doesn't seem like a good idea, atleast if you mess it up you won't be out 200 bucks (unless you, well destroy things, though paper towels...) and you'll know what went wrong.

I honestly wouldn't do it. Just make sure to do a leak test and use paper towels.
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January 6, 2014 3:39:52 PM

mouse24 said:
Let some random guy that you don't know put together a water cooling setup for you? Doesn't seem like a good idea, atleast if you mess it up you won't be out 200 bucks (unless you, well destroy things, though paper towels...) and you'll know what went wrong.

I honestly wouldn't do it. Just make sure to do a leak test and use paper towels.


I kind of know the guy. I shop there several times and everyone in the store pretty much knows me by name. I don't necessarily trust him in the sense that he will take my parts with care (I don't trust anyone with my stuff) but I know he will get it done and not break anything. I'm just wondering if its worth it and if building a water cooling loop is truly difficult of if I can learn to do it properly just by watching some tutorials.
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January 6, 2014 11:09:53 PM

Do it yourself, $200 is probably half of whatever your paying for the loop.
That, and that $200 is more than $200, if you ever want to upgrade the CPU, Motherboard, Case or Graphics card (if that's going under water) then guess who you need to call. Do it yourself, learn how because at some point you will need to pull it apart and I bet you dont want to pay them an exorbitant amount every time you want to change the water in it.
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