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    Time to make the jump to water cooling?

    So I'm okay with my temps at 4.7 (hits ~88C under IBT but never goes over 75C under normal usage that averages 75%-95% usage 12+ hours a day) but I want to go the extra mile to water cooling (Have an H100 now) -- I have about ~500 to play with, obviously the less I spend the better but I can work in there.


    Any suggestions on where to start or what to buy? Feel like it's time to up the ante a bit :P

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    This thread will make for an interesting read for me also. I'm thinking of upping the ante soon myself.
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    i was looking into it, allot of planning is needed. One thing i did learn is always design the loop with a drain hose, easier maintance. You have to decide if you want all parts inside the case or outside like with an external koolance unit.
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    This one looks very good cooling effect

    Zalman Reserator 1 V2 Water
    http://video.answers.com/tech-review...ling-148027803

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    I personally would not go with the Zalman Reserator.. I had one of their products in recent years and ever since its been a headache.. Since that first project I then went fully custom water cooled setup. I have the room so I like everytyhing outside the case.. makes for better air flow of the RAD and better cooling I think.

    Anyhow the first thing I would look at if you go with a pre built w/c setup or build your own is to use ID: ½” OD: ¾” water tubing. Anything smaller is to restrictive I think.. look at getting good quality Barbs and quick disconnects are good too.. I did not worry about a drain pipe on mine. I've only drained it once in 18 months and then I put a smaller pipe into the RES drained what I could and then just took the hose off the RES n drained the rest.

    Just a few suggestions:

    1. Buy good quality Pump - Speed Controlled is good
    2. Invest in a good quality Radiator
    3. Push / Pull fans for Radiator.. again good quality Fans

    Cheers

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    Don't forget to either add a VRM cooling block, or a "full-board" WB too.
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    Loads of options for water cooling guys. Good rad and 1/2" ID hose as mentioned is important imho.

    Been my experience that if you use good fans on the rad you do not need push pull, just push will suffice. You can always bump it up if you feel you can do more. Gentle typhoon fans are awesome in rads if you can find them.

    I have not yet seen any need to water cool either the vrm area or the mobo in general, not that you cannot, but i just think the money is better spent elsewhere. On x58 mobo's I used full mobo blocks but none since for either p67 or x79.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HalloweenWeed View Post
    Don't forget to either add a VRM cooling block, or a "full-board" WB too.
    I've not seen one of those before. Are they expensive?
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    be smart, keep it kinda simple, and dont let the price-tag get hughe

    There are no real need for a pch/vrm block.. unless going higer than 5,2 ghz, and a 150-180% extreme LLC

    g 1/4 threads, 10/13 or 10/16 tubing, compression fittings. Pump, balancer, tubing, cpu block rad...

    Thats it..

    You can always add things later on, to the loop.. if you feel that this was interesting..
    Last edited by WhitePaw; 01-22-2013 at 08:16 AM.

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    These guys have a good selection...

    http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ath=59_971_498
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