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Big names in water cooling?

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by barney, 26 May 2006.

  1. barney


    Joined: 22 Mar 2006

    Posts: 260

    Location: Kent

    Looking to watercool my X1900 cards and for the moment my CPU too but not sure which makes are the best ones to go for.

    Ideally looking for performance and as queit as possible. Budget around £200-250 (will be aiming to get 2nd hand kit where i can). Must outperform a sycthe ninja and good (but very loud) air system.

    Will be custom building my own case too so size, etc isnt important as i can work around it.
  2. Kesnel

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Jan 2005

    Posts: 1,651


    Radiators: Thermochill, HW Labs (Black Ice series)
    Blocks: Danger Den, D-Tek, Alphacool
    Pumps: Laing, Ehiem, Iwaki

    Looks out for those and you can't really go wrong. :)
  3. barney


    Joined: 22 Mar 2006

    Posts: 260

    Location: Kent

    nice one thanks :)
  4. PureAppleJuice

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Dec 2005

    Posts: 1,419

    Location: Londontown

    If you want a kit as opposed to custom building go for a Waterchill kit. But I'd highly recommend a custom kit :) Remember not to mix copper and aluminium :p
  5. jellybeard999


    Joined: 7 Feb 2004

    Posts: 7,725

    Location: NE

    Swiftech, LittleRiver (very unlikely you'll get one tho), and AquaXtreme to add on top of those :)
  6. Captain Kirk


    Joined: 25 Aug 2005

    Posts: 717

    Location: Derbyshire

    Fans for Radiator = Panaflo!! the 38mm jobbies. And get a heatercore from your local car breakers
  7. meths


    Joined: 12 Mar 2005

    Posts: 3,960

    Silverprop Cyclone Fusion blocks are good quality and great for coolling the GPU.

    I'm happy with my Swiftech Storm CPU block. :)

    Don't know about chipset blocks though.
  8. weescott


    Joined: 25 Feb 2004

    Posts: 9,394

    Location: Heckling for change

    What what? Noooooo!!!!

    Swiftech at the minimum, custom is better!
  9. gr1mey

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 10 Apr 2006

    Posts: 1,006

    Location: Southampton

    yeah id say the Apex is the best "off the shelf" kit.

    custom is more expensive, but performs better, and along the way you learn LOADS more about how to get the best out of your setup!
  10. matt100


    Joined: 31 Jul 2004

    Posts: 12,300

    Location: Surrey

    you have to go custom... there isn't one mfr who does the best all round..

    cpu-swiftech, aqua extreme, alphacool(?)
    gfx-dangerden, aqua extreme, silverprop, swiftech
    pump-laing, dangerden, swiftech (all the same just rebadged)
    rad-thermochill, hardware labs black ice
    tubing-xspc (pretty much as good as tygon for a fraction of the price), tygon, dangerden

    There are some pretty funky chipset blocks from italy which I forget the name of but for mainstream kit I reckon those are the best. Given the choice I reckon I'd end up with...

    cpu swiftech (maybe aqua extreme, they look good and seem to perform well)
    gfx dangerden
    pump swiftech (for cost)
    rad thermochill
    tubing xspc

    Point is, no kit is going to give you that sort of flexibility.
  11. johnnyboy32


    Joined: 31 Dec 2005

    Posts: 29

    Yate Loon fans - no comparison for the price on a weel known auction site - I got 2x 120mm for about £9. Silent!
  12. weescott


    Joined: 25 Feb 2004

    Posts: 9,394

    Location: Heckling for change

    CPU - Aquaextreme, Cathar Storm/ Swiftech Storm, and alphacool XP

    GPU - Silverprop (hard to get hold of) DD...etc....no tests to say which is bets last time I checked - which was a few months ago)

    pump - DD D5 (also badged as swiftech) - reliable, small, still best IMO

    Rad - Thermochill PA series

    tubing - 1/2" or 7/16" for ease of fitting.
  13. MikeTimbers


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 6,970

    Location: New Eltham, London

    Swiftech kits also come with Masterkleer 7/16" which is considered the best size to buy.
    Swiftech kits also come with their own very good rads which are at least the equal of HWLabs.

    Add the innovative Radbox for easy rad mounting and Swiftech appear to have the entire range covered.

    So, as one who's gone both custom and kit, the Swiftech kits are within a whisker of the best of the custom options, with ease of supply and guaranteed inter-compatibility.
  14. Creidiki


    Joined: 11 Nov 2005

    Posts: 199

    Location: Edinburgh/Milan

    Rad: Thermochill PA > Swiftech MCR/HWLabs BIGT > BIP
    CPU: AquaXtreme/Swiftech
    GPU: AquaXtreme/Swifteck, EKWaterBlocks, Watercool.de GPU-X
    Pump: Laing DDC with top inlet (alphacool top or custom mod) 10W or 18W. Pwns everything else into deep space.
    Tubing: 7/16 Masterkleer.
    Fans: Yate Loon D12SL-12