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February 22, 2014 5:30:44 PM

Hi, im not new to building computers, but im new to watercooling im currently using a h100i, and want to upgrade to a custom loop, so i could use more radiators. and get higher overclocks. Im using a 4770k. and getting good temps, but i still wanna do better,
im really lost to what things i need for watercooling, and if someone could build a watercooling setup kit for me, at a fairly good price, my budget is $250 if i need to go higher let me know, but i rather not, id like a good price/performance ratio. aswell as good looks! Oh and im not really interested and watercooling my 780. just my cpu, and in the future my gpu. Thanks for the help.

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February 22, 2014 7:10:06 PM

OK, a $250 budget for a custom loop is on the low side. But i managed to compile a list of economy parts for approx $280.

First you will need a CPU water block: $62.99
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14186/ex-blc-971/XSPC...

Then of course the radiator, now depending on your current case/fan situation you will want either a larger or smaller one. A dual 120mm radiator seems to be the most common: $60.95
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/4083/ex-rad-84/Black_...

Next up, a reservoir and a pump. This a combo of the 2: $76.99
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14981/ex-pmp-182/Alph...

Perhaps the most important parts of the whole loop are the fittings. I highly recommend compression fittings over standard barbed fittings. MUCH less likely to leek: $8.99 ea.
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/21374/ex-tub-2068/Bit...

Tubing.. duh. haha. all the parts i listed above utilize a tubing standard of 1/4"ID x 3/8"OD tubing and fittings. This is standard 1/4 x 3/8 clear tubing: $2.00 per ft.
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/2123/ex-mis-03/14_ID_...

And lastly fans. depending on the radiator you get you're going to want to get compatible fans, i would also recommend doing a push/pull system with your fans for extra cooling.
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February 23, 2014 12:37:37 PM

diabedo said:
OK, a $250 budget for a custom loop is on the low side. But i managed to compile a list of economy parts for approx $280.

First you will need a CPU water block: $62.99
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14186/ex-blc-971/XSPC...

Then of course the radiator, now depending on your current case/fan situation you will want either a larger or smaller one. A dual 120mm radiator seems to be the most common: $60.95
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/4083/ex-rad-84/Black_...

Next up, a reservoir and a pump. This a combo of the 2: $76.99
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14981/ex-pmp-182/Alph...

Perhaps the most important parts of the whole loop are the fittings. I highly recommend compression fittings over standard barbed fittings. MUCH less likely to leek: $8.99 ea.
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/21374/ex-tub-2068/Bit...

Tubing.. duh. haha. all the parts i listed above utilize a tubing standard of 1/4"ID x 3/8"OD tubing and fittings. This is standard 1/4 x 3/8 clear tubing: $2.00 per ft.
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/2123/ex-mis-03/14_ID_...

And lastly fans. depending on the radiator you get you're going to want to get compatible fans, i would also recommend doing a push/pull system with your fans for extra cooling.


Okay thanks! but since its on the low side, i really dont want to cheap out on it. so i'll increase the budget to $400. Can you make me a list for $400? Thanks
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