I am looking to make my first foray into "watercooling". Could some one let me know the pro's and cons of the Rasa 750 RS240 WaterCooling Kit and the CoolIT 240. I like them mostly because they are both relatively cheap. I have read the reviews online and its seems that each of them is decent watercooling unit but I would like to know what you all think.
The largest arguable flaw the ALC ECO system has is that it is non-moddable. It uses an aluminum radiator with uniquely attached hose. If the pump fails you have to replace the entire system. Aluminum radiators are shunned in most builds due to galvanic corrosion occurring (copper waterblocks) without chemically inhibiting water-glycol mixes. CoolIT has already compensated for this as their system is completely sealed.
Meanwhile the RASA kit is completely free-form. It is simply a convenient bundle of off the shelf parts. Radiator, pump and block can be swapped out at your leisure. The radiator is brass/copper so there is no worry of galvanic reactions occurring. If you decide you want to start watercooling other components you already have the groundwork laid out.
id like to know how coolits are 'not real water cooling'
Rasa is very quiet and will outperform the CoolIt or Corsair H50/H70 by a large margin. Those all-in-one LCS coolers use liquid, but it's a sealed loop with a weak pump and limited by radiator size and low flow rates.
Real watercooling consists of separate, stand alone components that work interoperably with any other brand of components given that they all conform to the given tubing size and mounting specs for your hardware. You can swap out a single component for a better/different component...or add more to your loop as you wish. Temp/cooling performance is far better with a full loop, and you can expect temps on CPU's to drop as much as 20-30C at full load and GPUs to drop by 30-40C at full load...depending on individual setup.
NP...I am rubix_1011 over at OCN as well. I'm still fairly new, but there are a lot more users and an actual watercooling forum. I'm also over at Xtremesystems.org forums as well...again, same user.
Tom's is like the Radio Shack of forum users in most cases; you can find some basic information, but outside of that, you'll need some people that know what's going on. There are only a few of us at Tom's that really have the info and experience. There is a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding on this forum...so make sure you double check your sources and always seek a 2nd or 3rd opinion.
Yeah, the best thing is to take in as much as you can before making any decisions. The more you know, the better you are able to get a mental plan both short and long term in place. If you can start thinking mentally how you want everything to run, look and perform, you are getting pretty close.
The more knowledge you have to base your questions and concerns from, the better we can help you to make some specific decisions about components and theory, and address complex design and installation questions