I've been wanting to use a liquid cooling solution for my CPU for a long time. But most of the early solutions are expensive and not beginner friendly. Then the closed loop all-in-one (AIO) liquid coolers came out. But I find them to be rather plain with black tubing and cooling block. However, when I saw the Raijintek Triton, I was sold. With clear tubing and an acrylic reservoir integrated with the pump, it had the visual appeal of a high end liquid cooling solution, but with the low cost and easy setup of an AIO.
So I set out to upgrade my existing computer to show case Raijintek Triton. First thing I needed to do was find a case with a clear side window, and that it also has room for me to mount the radiator at the top. After reading some reviews, I settled on the Corsair 450D ATX Mid Tower Case. Since I'm planning to keep my ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX motherboard from my old build, I decided to get the red Raijintek Triton to match the color scheme.
For six months, I was happy my liquid cooler. But then, I noticed that the pump/reservoir was quite low. Upon closer inspection, I realized it was leaking coolant onto my graphics card! I promptly turned off my computer and dried off the back of my graphics card as quickly as possible. Thankfully, my graphics card still works. My co-workers joked that this would happened :-(
Nevertheless, I did not give up on liquid cooling. I decided to go all in and build my own custom kit. After some research, I settled on HardwareLabs' Nemesis 360mm radiator due to its slimness and relatively good cooling performance. Then I went with EK's Supremacy EVO CPU cooling block due to its clear plexiglass construction. As for the pump, I chose Alphacool's Light tower because it looks cool :-)