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Asetek or Alphacool water kit

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by Ka0ticMind, 15 Aug 2006.

  1. Ka0ticMind

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    Hi guys,
    I'm looking to purchase another waterkit...regret selling my swiftech kit :-( anyway with the case i have ( mountain mods bob slay) can only really fit a single radiator externally...so i've short listed these two kits, which out of the following would be the better kit?

    AlphaCool Xtreme Pro 120 Rev.2 12V Water Cooling Kit
    tis the same as the cool answer 2, minus vga block and only has single rad

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatalog/Alphacool.html

    Asetek waterchill High End Cpu cooling kit 120mm/ Radiator fan

    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatalog/Waterchill_Kits.html

    I'm leaning more towards the alphacool kit, but any input would be great.

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. smids

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    Don't get either. Get a single heatercore and use that instead with a nice pump (D5, AqX 50z) and perhaps something like the AqX MP-05 LE.
     
  3. Ka0ticMind

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    Hiya....was looking at a custom kit, but thought it might end up being more difficult to fit, hmmmm looks like it's a custom kit again *l*
    Would the heatercore be better than say a thermochill pa-120 radiator?
     
  4. smids

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    Not sure tbh. The PA's are excellent rads - obviously one of the best but I think a single heatercore might just edge it with a good pump and a decent shroud. Plus the single heatercore only costs £20 so is a fair whack cheaper than a PA120.1.

    Put it this way, a single heatercore is about as good as a normal 120.2 (not the PA's where it's pretty even/PA's might edge it). Put a good shroud, nice fans etc and a heatercore can cool a GPU and CPU to a good level. The PA's are excellent though, but you can't put a heatercore down but at less than half the price.
     
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  5. Ka0ticMind

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    Hi...I like the sound of those heatercore rads :) ok how does this basic kit sound

    1/2 fittings
    single Heatcore radiator
    AquaXtreme MP05 SP LE waterblock
    Alphacool Laing 12v Pump & Resevoir
    10ft masterkleer pvc 7/16 id tubing
    Nexus orange 120mm fan
    1/2 barbs for rad/ pump and waterblock
    Hose clips.
     
  6. smids

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    Sounds good. Is that the Laing DDC+ With alphacool modded top i.e. the good DCC which outperforms the AqX 50Z and D5? If so, good choice.

    You might want some shrouds for the heatercore. I made my own out of cardboard :D but you can get proper shrouds. I prefer custom made though because you can get an exact fit:

    Corrugated cardboard box
    Scissors
    The legendary gaffer tape
    a ruler.

    That's how I did mine :D.
     
  7. AFK_Matrix

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    Also you may want to consider the PA 160 rad from Thermochill. I am not sure on the price of the thing but from the comparisons I have seen it looks like a very nice rad for its size. Just thought I would throw it into the equation.
     
  8. Ka0ticMind

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    Yeah i'm pretty sure it's the laing ddc+ pump and yes can't agree more with the custom built shroud ;-) a touch of blue peter *lol* thanks for all your advice btw.

    AFK_Matrix the pa-160 radiator was originally the rad i was going for...then i talked myself out of a custom kit, now i've had my mind changed again..i need to order before it changes back *l* does look a great radiator though it's between that one / heatercore or pa-120.
    Just need to find a site now that stocks the aquaXtreme MP05 SP LE waterblock in the uk.
     
  9. okimanoob

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    Cant give you the details of where I got mine ;)
    Shhhh - But one of the forum members who specializes in anodised cases is the only UK stockist for AquaXtreme
    :D
     
  10. cypriobrit

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    Another vote for the PA160 here - great rad. Just make sure you can fit it into your case if you are planning to install it inside. Its pretty big along with its shroud. :)
     
  11. smids

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    It also costs £55.... It's an excellent rad but the expense...
     
  12. Ka0ticMind

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    Hi guys...thanks for all the input :)
    Ok...i've finally made my mind up, going to go for a thermochill pa-160, the expense is killing me but hopefully it will be worth it :p
    just looked and the laing 12v pump / reservoir isn't the ultra version...but will it still be sufficient ?
    what 120mm fan should i go for? i'm after a quiet one, but one that provides enough airflow...i've got two led silenX fans..but i've been told the specifications are pretty misleading to what the actual performance is like.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  13. smids

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    Get the D5 or AqX 50Z then. AqX50Z will dump less heat and because you are 'only' using a PA160, might be worth it for the 16W less 'heat'. Fans - have a look at some nexus fans (basically Yate-Loons) which seems to be all the rave at the moment. If you want better cooling whilst maintaining quiet performance, look no further than a Panaflo M1 on a fan controller or an L1. These are 38mm thick and provide more static pressure which is better.
     
  14. welshtom

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    you wont need the static pressure of a 38mm fan with the PA rads, they are so far ahead of the other rads its unfair on the others tbh.

    smids is keeping you on good course.

    custom kits, installed professionally ;) is the way forward.

    I know a certain shop which has yateloons in stock :D
     
  15. smids

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    True Tom, but.... you can run them even quieter for the same pressure/airflow as a 25mm ;).

    And of course I'm keeping him on a good course *scoffs at any suggestion this was anything other than the right course*. :cool:
     
  16. welshtom

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    yea, but i dont have 38mm in stock :p
     
  17. smids

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    You numpty! :D You and your endless supply of bits that I 'require'! Thankfully I have resisted any audio gear in favour of rebuilding my W/C setup!
     
  18. welshtom

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    dude, im opening a shop ;).