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  1. Paulieg

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    I'm going to start working on my first water cooling project. I'm looking for a good full or mid tower case that is "water cooling friendly" for mounting the rad and pump. I'm new to water cooling, so I'm looking for this to go as easy as possible, without any or not much modding. What are some good options under $125?
     
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    what are you looking to cool ?
     
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    another thing, are you looking to put the water cooling system fully into your computer case, like mine, or just have it?

    NZXT Blackline is a choice
     
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    I'm not sure about orientation. Whatever works best. I would prefer not to crowd the inside too much, and I don't want to have to mod the case too much. Decent case there, but i'm looking for a case that a little more subtle, and I'm not thrilled with side windows, unless the window is small.
     
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    Just the cpu.
     
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    I would try to stay with your case. if you are just starting it's best to keep it minimal and see if you like it.

    then you can plan for a bigger watercooling case if you like it, because if you like it you might start cooling northie and video cards too./././
     
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    I have that case, i like it, it took some mods but i mounted a 360 rad on the front,
    blacked out the inside and highlighted it with dark blue metal flake, it's a sweet case and has massive airflow.
     
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    I'm having second thoughts on water cooling. Not sure I want to invest in a new case right now, and I'm not sure I have time to do modding. I'm on the fence.
     
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    I think you might like the
    Antec Gun Metal Case
    since you can take it apart, place the pump wherever and what not. 3/8" tubing will work quite nice.
     
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    Thanks for you input guys, but I think I might just stick to air cooling for now. After feeling impulsive, I'm now thinking I don't want to invest in a new case, and I've pulled out of a deal to buy some water cooling stuff (sorry systemviper). I appreciate all of the input guys.
     
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    Just think of it this way man. Even if you aren't going to get a water system, at lease you know what to look for in the future and so forth...
    Right man?
     
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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146047

    I wasn't too sure until I Checked, but the NZXT Tempest has placed already made for water tubing. It's on the back and you can mount your rad inside or out (on top I believe). Plus it comes under the price point and has an MIR. I think you can get it cheaper on Buy.com though.
     
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    why dont you use the case you got and use a rad box and cut some holes in the back for the tubes
     
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    OK guys, because I don't want to do any modding or buy a new case, any thoughts on Coolit products, like the freezone or eliminator? I've seen mixed reviews.
     
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    Me, personally, I wouldn't say for a person to get a all ready made cooler... But, Coolit is pretty nice look... Eliminator I like myself....
     
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    WOW, that is a sweet case, i hope it comes down in price, looks like sweet airflow but some cooling potential.

    I also like the hd rack pointing towards the side opening too.
     
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    how much are they going to cost you ? cuz dont they cost a bit

    cuz what do you need if you where to go with water ?

    rad, cpu, block, pump, tubing, etc ?
     
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    yea, i made a nice little package for him to start off.,...
    laing pump
    xspc top
    MCR240
    Swiftech storm
    and other stuff....


    But now he has passed,
     
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    The Eliminator I can get for $130, the freezone is $170. The thing I like about it, is there is no modding necessary, and it will fit in my case.
     
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    let us know if you go for it, how well they do...

    is there anybody out there using them?

    Also what is the best CPU air cooler?
     
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    Well, I know Air coolers. I've owned about 25 of them over the last 2 years. My favorite is the Zerotherm NV120. Probably the best by a couple of degrees is the TRUE. Some would say the Sunbeam CC or Xig 1283. However, I was NOT impressed by the Xig.
     
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    Coolit systems are pretty nice. If you never go to add anything else, they are good. Something I wouldn't think of one to get because of the fact you change chips... But, thats me.
    I would go with the freezone. That's a Coolit $400 set up... So, if you can get that baby for $170... Then go with it.

    As for air cooler, I would go with this SV.
    Sunbeam Core-Contact Freezer Heatpipe CPU Cooler
    They say on Frostytech that it's the best right now. But, I still go with the Xigmatek S1283
     
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    Simple solution Paul.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835108084&Tpk=radbox

    If running 1/2" tubing, all you need to do is drill 2 holes in your case for the tubes. Nothing major in the ways of modding at all.

    Do not get a CoolIt setup. Way overpriced for the performance.
     

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