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I want to set up my pc for water cooling with a nice 3x120mm radiated system. But I cant afford that so is there any kits from $100 to $150 that work rather well? What about 1/2" ID tubing that would be nice. I was thinkind a simple thermaltake big water se system and just customize it to be 1/2". But I need opinions from those who have experience.

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if you are gonna get a better cooling system, dont skimp and get like thermaltake water cooling, save up and buy something you will be proud of

 

it will be worth it, trust me

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I want to set up my pc for water cooling with a nice 3x120mm radiated system. But I cant afford that so is there any kits from $100 to $150 that work rather well? What about 1/2" ID tubing that would be nice. I was thinkind a simple thermaltake big water se system and just customize it to be 1/2". But I need opinions from those who have experience.

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The half-inch ID tubing is nice but a real pain to route cleanly. I prefer the 3/8" ID tube - with a decent rad and powerful pump it does just as well as the 1/2" ID stuff.

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yes i recently wrestled with 1/2" id tubing. to make a bend 180 deg. will take narely the width of your case....and thats without it starting to kink. although the flow is phenominal with a high volume pump.....its tough to route cleanly.

 

for $150 you can build your own setup quite easily. the parts cost on mine was about if not just under $150, including a black iceII radiator.

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I'll be headed that way soon and will use 1/2" tubing. I have been able to source some 1/2" 90 degree stainless elbows to make routing a bit easier.

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I'll be headed that way soon and will use 1/2" tubing. I have been able to source some 1/2" 90 degree stainless elbows to make routing a bit easier.

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I prefer the 1/2 inch tubing aswell and since it hard to bend as previously stated, I just routed all my water tubes outside my case and it looks very nice, check the pics. As far as kits go, your better off building you own, those complete kits cost too much and half the time the custom cheaper ones out perform them.

 

http://www.xylicon.com/box/otherstuff/Rese...uting_Small.jpg

 

http://www.xylicon.com/box/otherstuff/P1010305.JPG

 

http://www.xylicon.com/box/otherstuff/comp_mod_top_small.jpg

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I prefer the 1/2 inch tubing aswell and since it hard to bend as previously stated, I just routed all my water tubes outside my case and it looks very nice, check the pics. As far as kits go, your better off building you own, those complete kits cost too much and half the time the custom cheaper ones out perform them.

 

http://www.xylicon.com/box/otherstuff/Rese...uting_Small.jpg

 

http://www.xylicon.com/box/otherstuff/P1010305.JPG

 

http://www.xylicon.com/box/otherstuff/comp_mod_top_small.jpg

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1/2" is good, but only if you have the pump to support it.

 

first off, measure the length of all the tubing in your watercooling system and then add about 2-3 feet to that for waterblock pressure drops.

if your pump's max head is a lot higher than the number, then you are good to go with 1/2" tubing.

if your pump's head is only a little higher, then you should either cut down on some of the tubing in your case, or use a smaller tubing size (i recommend 3/8" because 1/4" tends to not move as much heat)

if your pump's head is lower than the number, either find a better pump, or use a lot less tubing

 

for example, my watercooling setup requires a rough head of about 5-6' , and the pump that i am getting (danner mag-drive 7) has a max head of 13' so i chose 1/2" tubing

 

on the topic of custom built kits or prekits, definately build it yourself. it may seem easier to just buy a prekit for not a lot of money without having to put it together yourself, but in the end, performance will not be what you expected it to be. prekits = you get what you pay for

 

custom kits give you the choice of picking different parts and picking good parts instead of having one good part in a prekit and the rest of the kit is crap. most custom kits work well because they are full of good parts, unlike only some prekits work well. custom kits = you get more than what you pay for and the feeling that your system is better than other's because you put it together yourself.

 

on the downside, custom's cost more

 

its your system, so pick what you want. with watercooling, you can only sometimes go wrong

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