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Ok, first, I never have a WC before, so I don't know which is the best performance/price ratio products.

I need a watercooling kit for my CPU, and NB only, and I found this kit: Swiftech H20-220 Apex Ultima, I think I will need extra tube for the NB?

I have a CM690 case, but I don't need it to be mount in/on the case, it can sits next to the case.

All the parts or kit should be under $300, and of course worth its price (quality, safety). I have my computer on all the time, and I want it to last me at least 2 years, so it's must be reliable.

So, what do you think? Your suggestions?

Thanks. :respect:
 
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Ok, first, I never have a WC before, so I don't know which is the best performance/price ratio products.

I need a watercooling kit for my CPU, and NB only, and I found this kit: Swiftech H20-220 Apex Ultima, I think I will need extra tube for the NB?

I have a CM690 case, but I don't need it to be mount in/on the case, it can sits next to the case.

All the parts or kit should be under $300, and of course worth its price (quality, safety). I have my computer on all the time, and I want it to last me at least 2 years, so it's must be reliable.

So, what do you think? Your suggestions?

Thanks. :respect:
Petras has a nice custom kit, but it's currently out of stock. Here's a nice setup:
http://www.dangerden.com/store/product.php?productid=7&cat=66&page=1
 
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$300 is a good budget.

From what I've read, the swiftech rads are the best for price performance. They're not the absolute best out there, but a heck of a lot cheaper than others that are marginally better. For that reason, I got the 320.

For a pump, the MP655 or the other Swiftech (can't recall the model) are about the same.

Waterblock: The Swiftech Apogee (pick your model) are some of the the best performers, but have a relatively higher head loss. I chose the Dtek Fuzion myself - for the lower head loss.

Go with 1/2" tubing, and go with Tygon if it fits in the budget you've got.

Keep the number of fittings to a minimum, each one constricts slightly, adding up to head and flow loss.

For safety, I'm cannibalizing a Koolance controller (which I'm still using in my old setup while I build my new). It monitors the temp of the waterblock and has fan ramp-up capabilities. But the best part about it is the safety switch, it will shut the system down if the waterblcok temp reaches 120 deg f (or somewhere like that). That's the ultimate protection. If the waterblock temp is above that, something is seriously wrong.
 
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I wasn't sure, and confused, it's my first WC, so to be sure, I went ahead and order this kit:

http://www.dangerden.com/store/product.php?productid=378&cat=65&page=1

Included:

MC-TDX
DDC 3.2 Pump
Tubing 3/8" ID with DDC.
Black GTX480 Radiator
4x Yate Loon Medium Speed Fans
1 Bottle Feser-One Non-Conductive Coolant
10 Feet (2.1 meters) of Tygon Tubing
Ceramique CPU Thermal Paste (non-conductive)
Delrin Tee with Fittings
T Line Tubing Plug
12 Hose Clamps
I think they ship the item from OR right?

If lucky i'll be here tomorrow.

I will post some pictures, and my experiences with it.

Thanks for the suggestions.
 
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Kick ass looking list... that radiator will likely dissapate 1500 - 2000 watts!

Post pickies!
 
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that radiator will likely dissapate 1500 - 2000 watts!
:wtf: what? i need proof of this! AFAIK they are only capable of dissipating roughly 700w-800w....
 

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I wasn't sure, and confused, it's my first WC, so to be sure, I went ahead and order this kit:

http://www.dangerden.com/store/product.php?productid=378&cat=65&page=1

Included:



I think they ship the item from OR right?

If lucky i'll be here tomorrow.

I will post some pictures, and my experiences with it.

Thanks for the suggestions.
Good choices. Also, to help you out there are several threads in the project log section where some of us set up WC for the first time, including me. :)