water cooling parts?

planning to install a 240mm radiator and water cool my i5 6600k, could someone list all the parts required? as cheap as possible please.
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  1. usually watercooling is expensive, can i ask why you need watercooling that cpu?

    if budget is a concern, i would get a air cooler instead
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  2. LiamTheTurtle said:
    planning to install a 240mm radiator and water cool my i5 6600k, could someone list all the parts required? as cheap as possible please.


    If all you want is cool your CPU, I recommend a 280mm or 240mm AIO closed loop cooler. Some suggestions : NZXT Kraken X61; Corsair H100iv2. But I generally recommend good air cooling in your situation as cpu temps will be good and it is much more quiet. P.S. I have a Dark Rock Pro 3 with an i7 6700K OC 4.6ghz and it is around 55-60C during gaming, 74-76C max while stress testing over long periods of time. You only need custom (not AIO) water cooling if you have a more extreme setup including sli/xfire gpus, power hungry cpus (like the new Intel chips on the X299 lineup etc.) and that will get expensive fast.
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  3. For as 'cheap as possible', just go with a good air cooler.
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  4. rubix_1011 said:
    For as 'cheap as possible', just go with a good air cooler.


    by cheap as possible i mean in the 150-200 bracket im being realistic i dont want to fork out another 100-200
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  5. Swiftech H220/H240 or EK Predator.

    I would not even recommend a normal AIO cooler. Cheap parts, poor flowing pumps.
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  6. rubix_1011 said:
    Swiftech H220/H240 or EK Predator.

    I would not even recommend a normal AIO cooler. Cheap parts, poor flowing pumps.


    If I woiuld go watercooling that would be the best place to start (H220/H240) as you have the possibility to expand as the pump is powerful enough. In my opinion AIO coolers should be much more common on gpus than on CPU so you can get the heat out of the case more effectively.
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  7. 300$ is minimum I would give parts for. Anything else is super sketchy. Sorry. Maybe a EKWB predator or gaming fluid with aluminum?

    https://www.ekwb.com/news/ek-fluid-gaming-sets-new-standard-for-water-cooling/
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  8. there are very few PRACTICAL reasons to do liquid cooling.
    there is no such thing as cheap liquid cooling that beats decent air coolers. The bare minimum, you'd pay for a decent CPU loop is ~250$. And even that would probably involve getting either used pump or a basic decent pump.
    So to start with, getiing high end HW first - i7 class CPU + something like GTX 1080 for a GPU. making sure MB is 150$ or more and the PSU is at least in 80-100$ range. After adding a 500GB-1TB SSD storage, it's reasonable to start thinking about liquid cooling.
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  9. Yes, we see a lot of 'I'm sacrificing good parts to afford a liquid cooler' which completely negates the reason of it in the first place.

    If you are buying liquid or water cooling just to say you have it, then just buy something and move on to telling your friends you watercool, when you really have no idea what you're doing. This accounts for probably 90%+ of all liquid cooler purchases.

    If you intend to actually have a purpose for what you wish to accomplish, then this is where you need to devise a plan if you have budget constraints.

    To restate what many have said - if you aren't spending more than $250 on liquid cooling, you are only wasting your own money. Just buy a good air cooler and apply your extra cash towards better hardware. Going cheap on watercooling is going to net you poor results with less-than-optimal cooling hardware.

    Edit: when we get the new watercooling/liquid cooling/cooler section, this is going to be a priority of mine - a list/chart about what should you spend for what result. Also going in the watercooling sticky when I do updates soon.
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  10. ^ poke me when you going to do it - will be glad to help :)
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  11. I need to re-source all the images that Photobucket broke when they decided to go to a $400 pay model per year. Working on getting everything in Imgur to re-link.

    Done - for now. Need to go through and perform some re-writes and edits, but will likely keep the overhaul in the same format.
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