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[Core i7] Watercooling discussion thread

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by mudkip, May 17, 2009.

  1. mudkip

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    Talk about watercooling + i7 here.
     
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    Ok .

    I'm going to start.

    Let's say I'd like a watercooling setup for my core i7.

    How much should it cost in total?

    I've no knowledge about watercooling at all
     
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    Should cost? Depends. Depends heavily. What do you want to cool (just CPU, or every chip there is), how much space do you have, and how much are you willing to spend. For comparison, My water setup consisting of a triple rad, a single rad, two GPU blocks, a CPU block, res, pump, and all the little things needed was well over 700$ (note that water cooling gear in Switzerland and hardware in general is more expensive than in the US or anywhere else). Quality has its price, so you have to calculate enough budget to spend.
     
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    Well. I want to cool my CPU and GTX 280.

    I don't think I'd need to cool other components
     
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    You may want to ask yourself if you want to cool everything in one loop, ore make seperated CPU/GPU loops. Of course, latter is more expensive, but certainly more effective. However one loop for all is also okay with the right parts and loop layout. Do you already have parts in mind?

    Do you overclock much? Or what is your reason to go water, besides its obvious awesomeness? :D
     
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    Thanks for the new thread Mudkip, I know the other i7 thread can get bogged down with LC questions quite a bit.
     
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    i do overclock , sometimes ;)

    But i want to overclock my GTX280 without getting it over 100 degrees :)

    I've no idea what I should buy..

    what's the best core i7 block ? , or which one has the best price/performance ratio.
     
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    no one needs water. im serious. some if not most of the high OCs were done with a TRUE.

    YES i have water, 2 different setups, but neither give me any better performance over my xigmatek DK.

    take that extra $200+ and get something more worth while.
     
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    I just want to try it for once ;)
     
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    So true... I have a water setup too, and its great... but that extra 10C doesn't make a whole lotta difference IMO. Maybe for an i7 its not a bad idea though.
     
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    was it from reading hundreds of posts about it in the other thread?
     
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    I beg to differ here. A buddy of mine and I have done some testing with his TRUE against my water cooling setup. He consistently gets 5-6 degree higher temps than I do at 3.8ghz full load. This is with reseating the TRUE several times on both of our chips. Both of our setup were in the same room on open benches. Also, WC does not have to be all that expensive, especially if you are smart and find some good used parts. My current setup cost me about $160 total.
     
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    yes, temps are different but there isnt any advantage in the long run.

    i can bench all day on water at 4.4ghz but i can do the same exact benches on air at the same settings all day as well.

    all im saying is...

    for the price... there is no benifit really other than a few C cooler. you are not going to get a higher OC from water. most of you wont even try a higher OC because you are afraid of voltage it seems.

    im not trying to be a dick but this isnt like 775 setups where you could get 400-600mhz more OC on water. you can reach max OC on air with i7 because it is limited by the BCLK not temps.
     
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    I do see your point. I prefer the lower temps. Reasonable temps makes me want to try higher voltages. So, for me this is peace of mind.
     
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    Not really, I just wanted to overclock my GTX 280 with a voltmod , this is not possible on air, trust me lol.
     
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    get a block for the gpu and a pa120.2/feser240/hwlabs gen2 240gtx for it. pump is up to you. anything with a bit of flow will be fine for that setup.

    i wouldnt mix cpu and gpu in the same loop unless you get a massive loop setup. cpu and gpu have different heat outputs.
     
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    anyone know what to use on a GB ud5? ima do full board water.
     
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    I'm only cooling the CPU. I have a 240mm fan blowing over my tech station, and the NB is cool to the touch. I can't justify water for it, and I haven't seen many universal 1333 NB blocks.
     
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    well i have some store credit and need to use it.

    i just bought a few new things that i will leave untold for now.

    basically im going all water on the gb ud5
     
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    thoughts?
     
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    this will be interesting to see. has anybody full watered the UD5 before?
     
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    oh lord, thats some pretty nice stuff :toast:
     
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    i think it would look better nickle plated what do you think?
     

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