What liquid cooling to get

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trying to build a budget pc and was interested in getting liquid cooling. I wanted to see what I could get for a good price but will still be effective. This is what I have so far.

CPU: Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor ($187.00 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master - Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.64 @ OutletPC)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver - 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($5.19 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - Z370 AORUS GAMING WIFI (rev. 1.0) ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($109.89 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Video Card ($164.89 @ OutletPC)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - EVO Edition 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($39.90 @ B&H)
Total: $652.39
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-09-20 12:57 EDT-0400
DEEPCOOL MATREXX 55 ATX Mid-Tower Case Full-size Tempered Motherboard SYNC Control RGB Lighting System
SanDisk SSD PLUS SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SDSSDA-240G-G26
 

animemangamer

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You have a pretty good amount of spacing for liquid cooling radiators. How many fans did you install already?

Are you trying get into custom liquid cooling or just an AIO (All-in-one) closed loop like Corsair's:



Since you have a non-overclocking CPU you don't really need liquid cooling tbh but if you want to, you can. How much is your budget for this?
 
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There's no need for any sort of liquid cooling in your planned system, it will run cool enough, even with just 3 fans ( 2 front intake, 1 rear exhaust ).
I would suggest you put the money towards a stronger graphics card.

As an additional suggestion: With a non overclockable CPU and planned DDR4 2400 RAM, I'd look to save some extra cash by using either a 'B' or 'H' chipset motherboard, if you really want the 'Z' 'board, treat it to DDR4 3000 or higher RAM.
 

animemangamer

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I revised you're build into something that makes sense:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor ($249.00 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair - H60 (2018) 57.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - Z370 AORUS GAMING WIFI (rev. 1.0) ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($109.89 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($93.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: SanDisk - SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($49.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.49 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Video Card ($164.89 @ OutletPC)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - EVO Edition 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($39.90 @ B&H)
Other: DEEPCOOL MATREXX 55 ATX Mid-Tower Case Full-size Tempered Motherboard SYNC Control RGB Lighting System ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $872.12
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-09-20 14:53 EDT-0400

CPU: There's absolutely no point investing more in a better liquid cooling solution if you're not overclocking your CPU and this is the K version that can go up to 5.0GHz+
CPU Cooler: You're on a budget and you want something from a reputable brand that will actually work so a 120mm is fine but going for 240mm/280mm or 360mm will cost you more.
Memory: You want a decent speed memory module with a Z370 system.
Storage: You can easily get 2TB HDD for a small price difference. Not worth spending $45 for a 1TB anymore.

 

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