anyone know anything about this liquid cooling system? It seems like a good deal. 3 120mm fans, dual pumps, and a giant radiator. can anyone recommend anyhting better for the money - $230?
Can't see any reason to take the thermaltake (or Zalman) watercooling kit. In fact given a choice between mediocre/poor watercooling and quiet, high-end quality air cooling, I'd go with the air cooling 100% of the time. Will probably outperform a poor watercooling setup for less grief.
But depends on what you want.
If your objective is silence, I wouldn't get anything that had external fans or external pumps.
If your objective is performance, I would get a custom watercooling system and avoid anything that says Thermaltake or Zalman. (Some say the Zalman reserator is ok for sound, but it's a weak watercooling system in terms of performance.)
If you're looking for power and a queit system, then the custom route is also the way to go.
BUT, if your real objective is to get something easy and convinient to implement as a beginner's watercooling system, then I suppose a kit would be reasonable. But avoid that thermaltake kit. For a similar price the Swiftech Apex ultra is considered to be a decent kit and will outperform the Zalman or Thermaltake. It is internal however.