Our new pre-configured water cooling bundles are meant to provide new water cooling users with a reliable system water cooling solution that uses only standard parts with no proprietary connectors or components.
In configuring these kits, our primary focus is quiet, reliable operation with the best performance possible. Running at full-throttle, the Essentials 250 is no louder than 2 standard case fans, and can even be undervolted for near-silent operation.
Here's a brief run-down of what's included in the Water Cooling Essentials 150 kit:
D-TEK Customs FuZion CPU Water Block: This is the piece that replaces your CPU heatsink. The heat from the CPU is transferred to the copper base, then transferred to the water
Dual 120mm Quiet Radiator: The radiator dissipates the heat captured by the water into the air. By eliminating small, noisy fans, and using only 120mm fans on radiators, your system can run much quieter.
Larger radiators are effective for dissipating larger amounts of heat into the air around them. A dual 120mm radiator would be sufficient for a CPU/chipset/VGA loop with some overclocking.
D-TEK DB-1 Water Cooling Pump: This is responsible for cycling the water through your CPU block and radiator. The DB-1 is near-silent and rated for 50,000 hours MTBF when most water cooling kits in this price range include pumps with a 20,000 hr MTBF rating.
2 Yate Loon Sleeve Bearing 120mm fans: With excellent static pressure and quiet operation, Yate Loon fans are the number one choice of water cooling enthusiasts.
Included Swiftech MCRES-MICRO reservoir: A reservoir simplifies filling, draining, and bleeding the air bubbles out of your water cooling loop. A reservoir also adds aesthetic appeal if you choose to use coloured water additives, as well as a quick and practical way to check your coolant level.
Swiftech MCB-120 "Radbox": The Radbox is a convenient way to externally mount your radiator anywhere a 120mm fan would mount (assuming enough clearance - please see the product description for the included radiator for dimensions)
The Radbox is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for this product due to the difficulty of mounting a dual 120mm radiator. You can also mount the radiator in any other number of creative methods, but the Radbox is the simplest
Swiftech MCW30 Chipset Water Block: The MCW30 is an easy way to add chipset cooling to your water cooled system. Please check compatibility with your motherboard before ordering this item
D-TEK Customs FuZion GFX: The FuZion GFX will use your water cooling system to cool the GPU on your graphics card. It is recommended when adding this upgrade that you also add Zalman ZM-RHS1 VGA RAMsinks
Zalman ZM-RHS1 VGA RAM sink 8 pack: When you cool the GPU with water, you may also need additional cooling for your video card memory. This kit includes enough RAMsinks for X1950/7900 series video cards and below. It may be necessary to purchase an additional kit, or fabricate a couple extra heatsinks for an HD2900/8800 series video card.
Swiftech HydrX & Fluid XP+: Due to the all-copper design of our water cooling systems, additives are not necessary, but some additives have additional advantages. HydrX lubricates your pump and gives your water a UV green glow effect under a black light. Fluid XP+ is a non-conductive formula that will not short out your components even if it is spilled.
*Special Note Regarding nvidia 8800 series video cards and ATi HD2900 series video cards*
There are components on these video cards that need to be cooled *besides* the GPU and video RAM. It may be necessary to buy additional MC21 or MC14 heatsinks to cool these other components.
There are also water blocks available that have that advantage of cooling all components on the video card. They are called full coverage blocks. The disadvantage of these blocks is that they tend to be only compatible with a single model or series of video card, and they tend to be a little bit more expensive.