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May 8, 2014 8:33:38 PM

Hey guys, it's just me again. I'm selling my computer to buy a new one and I figured what the hell, might aswell water cool it, right? Wrong, I couldn't find parts for what I needed for less than $600 USD. This was when I realized there aren't really any wallet friendly cooling options besides CPU Coolers only no matter how hard you look. So, because my father is a carpenter and has a gigantic arsenal of tools I've decided to give it a go and build my own home made water cooling loop. The only thing I'm planning on buying is a pump right now. My budget for the entire project is around $200 so I have around $60 for a pump. Do you guys have any suggestions? I'm building the CPU and GPU blocks, going to use a motorbike radiator as an external rad, heat shouldn't be a problem, making a reservoir out of a clear PVC pipe, bought 4 corsair sp120's for rad fans and just need a good pump for a good price. Tubing I haven't decided on yet and I'm not sure how much it usually costs, I left around $30 for it, does that sound reasonable? Thanks guys, if any of this doesn't make sense let me know, it's 12pm and I need sleep but needed to get this out there first, thanks guys.

( in short I need a good, cheap pump and would like to know the general pricing for 10ft of tubing but I can look this up, thanks)

Oh yeah, here are my specs if you need them.

I7 4770k
Asus Maximus hero
Sapphire or MSI r9 290 ( only part I haven't bought yet, still deciding.)
Evga G2 1000w gold psu
NZXT H440
Gskill trident x ram 8 gb

Edit: this is what inspired me
http://www.overclock.net/t/743089/homemade-cpu-waterblo...
http://www.instructables.com/id/Computer-liquid-cooling...

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May 22, 2014 12:01:25 PM

The first homemade version really only achieved to keep a i5 750 under 80C with a overclock, Haswell is a pretty hot platform, even running the cpu alone is going to be pretty hard, then adding the gpu. If you have the parts to build something like the 2nd link, then it might be possible since it achieved some pretty nice results.

But i would still recommend just going for the already built option:
You should get the NZXT Kraken G10 gpu bracket and get a cheap 120mm rad to install on the gpu at the back, then get a 240mm rad in the top for the rest of your cash. Custom water loops are just expensive, this version with AIO watercoolers is much cheaper (within your budget) and will perform pretty great.
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May 22, 2014 2:48:50 PM

For under your budget you can get actual coolers with warranties and no sweat:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Corsair H90 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H90 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Other: NZXT Kraken G10 ($29.99)
Total: $189.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-22 17:48 EDT-0400)

The H90 will keep the 290 extremely cool, and will keep the i7 cool enough
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a b U Graphics card
May 23, 2014 7:11:24 AM

HiTechObsessed said:
For under your budget you can get actual coolers with warranties and no sweat:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Corsair H90 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H90 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Other: NZXT Kraken G10 ($29.99)
Total: $189.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-22 17:48 EDT-0400)

The H90 will keep the 290 extremely cool, and will keep the i7 cool enough


yes it was something like this i mean't in my recommendation too!
He could even go for the H100i on the cpu for some amazing temps on both of his components! :) 
with the H100i it would hit exactly $200

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3K2sY

CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H90 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card Cooler: NZXT Kraken G10 Video Card Cooler ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $199.97

and the already bought Corsair SP120 fans would even improve looks and performance of these coolers even more. (push/pull the H90 and replace the stock H100i fans)
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