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    Water cooling advice/options

    I was thinking about water cooling my system and was wondering if it's better to go with a custom loop or just a closed loop?

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    A custom loop is more expensive but the performance is greater. It also needs maintenance. A closed loop is a lot cheaper and is maintenance free but the performance isn't as good as a custom loop.

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    So it's more personal oppinion?

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    More than personal opinion, the key factor here is cost. If you have the money and you want the best water cooling can provide, custom loop is the way to go. But if you're limited economically but still want water cooling, then close loop is for you.

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    So I have a MVF, is it better to use a custom loop on it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asasen5 View Post
    So I have a MVF, is it better to use a custom loop on it?
    If you can afford it, yes. A good custom loop is going to cost > $300(USD). Because your board comes equipped with barbs you can run a custom loop right into it. A sealed system like the Corsair ones isn't going to let you take advantage of that built-in water cooling ability.
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    Depends on what you want to do, if you only want to cool the CPU and have no intentions of cooling anything else with water. Then an AIO is the best bet.

    If you want to cool the mobo and the GPU's, you'll need a custom loop.

    My advice would be to take the same road that I did, I started with a "kit" for the CPU and expanded later.

    You can find decent kits from Swiftech, XSPC, EK. The advantage of the kits are you get everything you need to cool the CPU (rad/res/pump/tubing/fittings and sometimes cooling fluid as well)

    Depends a lot on your case too, whether or not you can get decent sized rads inside or not.


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    Well I have a NZXT Switch 810 case so I've got plenty of room in it for water cooling.

    I was thinking of getting a kit, but I only think I'll be cooling the mobo and CPU. Might just be the CPU though

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    Well, if you aren't sure and want the option to add on later then a custom kit is good for that. I'm still using parts I bought for builds I've long since parted out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xeromist View Post
    Well, if you aren't sure and want the option to add on later then a custom kit is good for that.
    Agreed. You never know when you'll need to cool the router too.
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