I have a window right above my rig. Its a basement window, so its pretty small, and it opens. With a little work and insulation, I could probably build a custom shroud that envelopes the entire PC and leaves only cords coming out from it. With current outdoor temps sitting at -21, with a windchill dropping it to -29 C (they don't mention that part in your picture,
) I'll have some real extreme cooling. The question is if I should. I'm definitely skilled enough (in my own opinion) to do all the construction of it.
Originally Posted by NastyHabits
Water cooling will increase reliability simply because everything will run cooler. I've never done anything but single loop, but then I've never had more than one video card.
When it comes to CPU blocks: Dtek FuZion v2, Heatkiller 3.0, and the Swiftech XT are generally considered the best.
GPU blocks: Don't get full-coverage unless you have money to burn. They are card specific and you don't want to spend $100 per card for something you might toss in a year. A swiftech MCW-60R plus some ram-sinks for the memory chips can be reused from card to card.
Radiators: You'll probably want a triple. Be aware that Thermochill and Hardware labs radiators need high-speed, high pressure fans. Newer models by HW labs and Feser's work well with medium speed fans. Swiftech are a good lower cost radiator to consider.
Tubing. Tygon 1/2 inch. Although I get mine from Home Depot. The black plastic one.
Flow path: Very important. Pump > CPU > GPU(s) > Radiator > reservoir > Pump
There's a great guide in the Overclocking and Cooling forum. It's a bit dated, but most of the advice is good.
Test it by jumping the power supply. Do NOT connect any power to anything but the pump until you've at least run it overnight with no leaks.
Good luck, and feel free to ask me for help anytime.
Saved! I might save the big install for when I can get the GPUs hooked up. I really appreciate the tidbit about the MCW-60R and ram sinks, as I'd likely have purchased full covers out of idiocy. I'm pretty much certain the GPUs need their own loop as 3 GTX 260s almost sounds like too much for one considering the heat they put out. Mind you, that's 'sounds'. It may very well be feasible to have all components together. Anyone have a general guide for how much thermal load I should put on a single loop based on radiator sizes?
I'm thinking right now I'll get a quick fix for the CPU, possibly a Corsair H50 or a Coolit *anything*. I can get a Domino A.L.C. for $100 CAD at a local shop, or a V10 for $150 (is the V10 even worth it?). I really prefer paying used pricing but sometimes you don't get the luxury. I can get roughly the same pricing, but more selection using my preferred online dealer but I'll have a few days turn around time from them.
For that matter, a small loop I suppose would work for the CPU only until I get the balls to do more. Hmm, perhaps it'd be better if I asked if there was anything specifically I should stay away from. Will a Corsair H50 work for 5 hours and then explode in a rainbow of sparks? Will any of the products with a Peltier cooler suddenly reverse polarity (or something similarly stupid sounding) and boil the conductive metals out of my motherboard? Basically I'm asking: any products to stay away from?
P.S. Sorry for my wild eyed questioning, I'm trying to cram 2 weeks of product research into 2 hours. It feels warm and fuzzy when I do it, but I fear that's just an effect of the long term damage I'm doing to my brain.