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June 4, 2011 11:22:14 PM

I am thinking of getting water cooling for my PC.

Specs:

Intel i5-2500k
HIS 6970 2GB
8GB G.Skill RAM
P67A-C43 (B3) MSI Mobo
800W PSU

I am hoping to just watercool my CPU and GPU if possible.

My case is an NZXT Phantom

Budget: If I can keep it under ~200, that'd be nice.

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a b K Overclocking
June 4, 2011 11:25:26 PM

First thing to do is start reading the sticky at the top of the forum, then come back with some more specific questions.
a b K Overclocking
June 5, 2011 3:44:43 PM

If you want to keep it simple and inside the case, a kit like the XSPC Rasa 750 RS240 would suffice for just the CPU. It is $130 at FrozenCPU. If you want to add the gpu to the loop, an XSPC Rasa 750 RX240 PLUS a 6970 waterblock would be the minimum. But, that would run you way over $200. If you want to overclock both the GPU or CPU I would recommend more rad space, 3x120 atleast. However, I am not sure how long the pump will last or how well the pump will perform with 2x water blocks.

linkage:

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11743/ex-wat-159/XSPC...

http://www.jab-tech.com/XSPC-Rasa-750-RX240-CPU-waterco...

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12385/ex-blc-861/EK_R...

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a c 324 K Overclocking
June 6, 2011 2:03:11 AM

You can run the RS360 kit with a GPU as long as you run some higher flow fans on the rad...or run push/pull would allow you to be fine...lots of folks do it. I wouldn't suggest any overclocking on the CPU or GPU in this instance, but you might be able to pull off a mild OC.

RX360 would definitely put you closer to where you'd want to be, if you have the cash.
a b K Overclocking
June 6, 2011 7:38:15 PM

Yea, the RX360 would be the ideal rad for this setup. However, the RX360 kit plus a 6970 block will cost you about $300. I would recommend starting with a cpu only loop and then later add another rad and gpu block.
a c 324 K Overclocking
June 6, 2011 7:41:26 PM

I'd agree, but you could get by on the RS360 with the right setup and no overclocking.
a c 100 K Overclocking
June 6, 2011 8:31:20 PM

heh for $200... If only!

There's a few kits available, Rasa makes the cheapest ones. I just got the Swiftech 220 edge not too long ago and it's great, but a little pricier. Of course the GPU block is extra, you'd probably be looking at $450 or so for a Swiftech 320 and GPU block.
June 7, 2011 2:36:41 AM

EK also makes a great water cooling kit but it is a little up there in the price. It all depends on what you want to spend. But for a beginners water cooling kit the XSPC Rasa 750 Rx360 is still a good choice
a c 324 K Overclocking
June 7, 2011 1:11:53 PM

Rasa kit + GPU block. Still the cheapest route for first time users, unless you can find used gear for sale.
a b K Overclocking
June 8, 2011 12:05:04 PM

cromedome said:
Yea, the RX360 would be the ideal rad for this setup. However, the RX360 kit plus a 6970 block will cost you about $300. I would recommend starting with a cpu only loop and then later add another rad and gpu block.


That's still a ton cheaper than buying all of those parts individually. Heck, it's hard to get a pump/res combo like the X2O 750 for under $100.
June 8, 2011 8:39:21 PM

For your price range the best possible solution you can do is the XSPC Rasa Rx 360 kit but then buy a gpu block and that would get things done for your price range
a c 324 K Overclocking
June 8, 2011 10:06:14 PM

^This is how I roll. (only I am running dual MCW60's)
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