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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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    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_RayStorm_High_Performance_Acetal_CPU_Liquid_Cooling_Block_-_Intel_Sockets_LGA_115x_1366_2011.html?tl=g30c325s1118#blank

    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_Ice_GT_Stealth_240_Radiator_-_Black.html?tl=g30c95s160

    Next up, a reservoir and a pump. This a combo of the 2: $76.99
    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14981/ex-pmp-182/Alphacool_DC-LT_Ceramic_12V_DC_Pump_Plexi_Top_Reservoir_-_Installed.html?tl=g30c97s152#blank

    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/Bitspower_G14_Thread_14_ID_x_38_OD_Compression_Fitting_-_Black_Sparkle_BP-BSCPF-CC1.html?tl=g30c409s1031

    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_-_38_OD_PVC_Clear_Tubing.html?tl=g30c99s170

    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.
  2. 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_RayStorm_High_Performance_Acetal_CPU_Liquid_Cooling_Block_-_Intel_Sockets_LGA_115x_1366_2011.html?tl=g30c325s1118#blank

    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_Ice_GT_Stealth_240_Radiator_-_Black.html?tl=g30c95s160

    Next up, a reservoir and a pump. This a combo of the 2: $76.99
    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14981/ex-pmp-182/Alphacool_DC-LT_Ceramic_12V_DC_Pump_Plexi_Top_Reservoir_-_Installed.html?tl=g30c97s152#blank

    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/Bitspower_G14_Thread_14_ID_x_38_OD_Compression_Fitting_-_Black_Sparkle_BP-BSCPF-CC1.html?tl=g30c409s1031

    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_-_38_OD_PVC_Clear_Tubing.html?tl=g30c99s170

    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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