Chris K.

Chris K.

Joined on 07/26/04


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Most Favorable Review

Time consuming to build, but worth it!

Swiftech H20-220-APEX-GT CPU Liquid Cooling Kits
Swiftech H20-220-APEX-GT CPU Liquid Cooling Kits

Pros: I was previously using a Tuniq Tower 120 CPU cooler, but found my temperatures would climb very high when running 4 instances of Prime95 of a Q6600 B3 stepping CPU. I figured I would give this a try and it hasn't took 10 degrees Celcius off of my load temperatures and that is with the radiator mounted inside the case (Thermaltake Xaser VI case). Kit has everything needed to install and works great!

Cons: As others have stated, you need to read the manual and make sure you plan everything out before installing. This will not be a fast install. This is not a big con in my opinion as you should know this if you have done your research. I spent days researching water cooling before I decided to purchase this and I am glad that I did. I spent a good portion of two days getting it installed as I took my time to do it right the first time. One note, follwing the mixing instructions on the bottle of Hydrx as the manual does not match. I called Swiftech to verify mix the entire HydrX bottle with .5 Liters of distilled water.

Overall Review: My setup is Thermaltake Xaser VI case, Thermaltake Toughpower 850 W Power Supply, ASUS Maximus II Formula Motherboard, Q6600 B3 CPU, Swiftech 220 Apex GT Liquid Cooler, 2x2GB G Skill PC8500 DDR2 Memory, Patriot Vortex Memory Cooler, BFG 8800 GTX 768MB GPU, 4x500 GB Hard Drives, Vista Ultimate 64 bit, Hackintosh Mac OS X (Yes, it works)

It's size and in options

Thermaltake Xaser VI VG4000BNS Black /  Red Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Thermaltake Xaser VI VG4000BNS Black / Red Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Pros: The options in how this case can be used are pretty much limitless! The case comes with mounting options all over the place to allow you to customize it down to the smallest details. Due to its large size, there is plenty of room to work inside the computer and add items such as a water cooling system if you choose to. Plus, you can pull out the motherboard tray which makes it even easier to build the computer. I really do LOVE this case!!

Cons: The red panels on the case might be a turn off for some people. I do prefer either the silver and black version or the new all black version to the red, but the prices seem to be much lower on the red (plus mine had an $80 rebate on it). Some might find the Blue LEDs contradict the red panels. It is HUGE. This was not a con for me, but please note the dimentions on this case as it is certainly the largest case I have ever owned.

Overall Review: Thermaltake Xaser VI Case, ASUS Maximus II Formula Motherboard, Q6600 B3 Quad Core, G-Skill 2x2GB PC8500 DDR2, BFG 8800 GTX GPU, Thermaltake Toughpower 850W Power Supply, Swiftch H20 220 Watercooling Kit (Due to the space available in the case, I have the kit mounted internally and only lost 3 drive bays).