Water cooling

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CTV59
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what is the best water cooling i can get wich has a descant price wich i may use to cool down all of the computer components: Ram, motherboard, CPU and video card.
I have been researching a little bit and thought that i should by the Swiftech Maelstrom 5 1/4 with a external radiator but i'm not sure if this is the best choice so if any one has a tip pls replie.

Nb i have a price limit on 250 USD and the raidiator need to be easy to fitt in a full tower case as the CM storm trooper. (without having to mod the case.)

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You have no option. You are looking at around $250 in just water blocks alone. To be honest, the RAM does not need water cooler. New DDR3 RAM makes very little heat. So, don't do it. Water cooling the motherboard is also un-needed unless it's an old machine or you are planning to push MAJOR overclocks. As in pushing a socket 1155 i7 to well over 5Ghz. This leaves us with the CPU. The easy way to do this is just get a cooler like the H80 or H100 from Corsair. Or a water kit from one of the companies that make water cooling gear, like XSPC. The loop I am building as we speak will be about $400-500 just for the CPU alone, but will have a pump strong enough to cool my video cards later. Part of the high cost is the cost of fittings. I use compression fittings and they tend to cost a lot. Anywhere from $5 to $25 a piece. Custom water cooling is not cheap. And not worth doing on the cheap. Just get one of the self contained systems for around $100. Or save more cash and do it right.

CTV59
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sorry i might not told you that the price of 250 is just for the Radiator and the pump system the water blocks and fittings are not included in that price limit.
I do know that it's un-needed to cool down the mother board and the ram but that is for later time just to give the computer a cool lock with all the water tubes, + this is for the future and then i'll most likely have some more money to spend.
The reason i thought about the Swiftech Maelstrom 5 1/4 was because i wanted to have some kind of info viewing in the front witch shows the temperature and liquid level.

But where can i fit the radiator?

Tanks for the tip about the H80 or H100 i might consider it. :)

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Not a fan of the maelstrom. It's a bit cheesy to me. I only use Lang D5 based pumps. Like the MP655 from Swiftech. It's rock solid and more than enough pressure for your needs. It can handle a couple blocks and a couple lard rads with no problem. If you plan to do mobo, RAM, and CPU this is really the only good pump option at a "normal" price point. That Maelstrom unit has a pretty crap pump in it for that many blocks plus a rad. You will get crap flow.

As for rads, any Swiftech rad will be a good starter option that is 240mm. As for fitting it, well, that depends on the case. Some cases have mounts already. Some you need to get creative.