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Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by kenkickr, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. kenkickr

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    Looking at building WC setup

    As the title states I've been looking around @ some WC kits. I've checked out two Swiftech kits, the H20-120 Compact and H20-220 Compact, and the new CoolIt Eliminator. I've really been impressed with info and reviews that I've found on the H20-220 Compact mainly due to seeing I can expand the system so in the future I can cool my 4830's, and remove the pump from the block and make the block more appealing:) I would like to see what you WC guru's think but please remember I'm not loaded with money.

    Another question, would that H20-220 Compact perform quit a bit better than my CM Z600R?

    Thanks in advance(you will get a thanks from me with useful info left)
     
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    If her on your avatar is you i would be happy to help you out personally :laugh:

    How much do you want to spend? 200-300? 400-500? I need to go to sleep but later i will post my thoughts
    Remember tha WC is never affordable thats what air is for. ;)
     
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    No, the girl in my Avatar is just a pic I found on google...She is hot though, because of the jersey:)

    I could live with spending $150-200. I just want something that I can use now and build off of later.
     
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    Thanks for the link but most of them are out of my price range besides the H20-120 but I can get the H20-220 Compact on newegg for 139.99(can't provide link right now due to the egg stating server issues).
     
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    Thats a really good deal. I saw the same kit for 40 dollars more at microcenter.
     
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    The compact kits from Swiftech are good. They are not great, the only bad thing I've heard about them is that some people have had issues with the pump/block combo leaking. But it's still ages better than a TT kit.
    The only problem is that the pump is integrated in the cpu-block, so if you want to further expand you are kind of limited.

    A solid and cheap pump is the Danger Den CPX-Pro 12V Inline Pump, tested here.
    All of the swiftech radiators are great performance/price, see test here.
    For tubing and barbs, Mastercleer 7/16 ID is good. For that tubing use 1/2" barbs, the fatboys give a good grip. But you will need to secure it with wormdrive, clamps or zip just for good measure (others swear be 7/16 over 1/2" doesn't require clamps, but I've lost a mobo because one popped off).
    For CPU block, there is a myriad of options. The XPSC Delta 3 is cheap but performs slightly worse than others, see here. There are loads of other cpu block reviews, but I'm just making you aware of the budget alternatives, while still being better and more modular than kits.

    Also, fans are more important than one would think. Great fan-on-radiator reviews can be found here, here and here.
     
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    Dang thanks a lot Zehnsucht Im in the market for a WC kit and was just yesterday inquiring about a kit. Your route would be way cheaper for me :rockout:
     
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    No problem. Just take your time choosing each component and don't rush it.
    Good review pages are:
    http://www.skinneelabs.com/
    http://www.techpowerup.com/MartinsLiquidLab/

    Just remember, it's a slippery slope to spending big money. I've bought around 1000$ worth of water cooling gear. Granted, almost half of it is compression fittings and rotaries, because the look sooo good! {view my rig ;) }

    More hints:
    Loop order is not very significant, the only important thing is that the reservoir is before the pump (NEVER let the pump run dry. IT WILL DIE IN A MATTER OF SECONDS). The choice of res is what suits your build, my recommendations are either the Swiftech micro res or the EK (plus the anti-cyclone add-in). Some kind of biocide to prevent growth is also needed, I use PT-Nuke from petras. For liquid use distilled water. It's the best and cheapest. Nothing is truly non-conductive, don't believe the hype. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-yT7cvfo3o&feature=channel_page
     
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    I think I'm going to try and build my WC kit piece by piece. I saw these, Swiftech MCW60 REV. 2, on TPU's B/S/T thread and waiting for the guy to respond. I've really looked at the Swiftech GTX or whatever it's called buy see nothing about AM2/AM2+ compatibility?

    Also later tonight I'm going to throw up a pic of a radiator I have sitting @ the house to see if you guys think I'd be able to dual rad my system.
     
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    This is the rad I found in one of my bins. It's a dual 120mm Rad and uses quick connects. Is there a way I could get rid of those quick connects cause they look like they will come off. Radator came from a Asetek Waterchill kit from back in the day.
    [​IMG]
     
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    That rad looks wimpy. If i has 1/4 threads you can prolly put some barbs on it.
     
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    This was from back in the day so by today's standards it is probably wimpy. I guess in the trash it goes then.
     
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    It would probably be ok for a single video card. But thats it.
     
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    That rad is fine for the 4830s...OR the GTZ but not both.

    I have a pump, rad and block.. PM me for details...
     
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    I was thinking about going with dual Rad's since I can fit one on the top of my case with ease and mod the bottom for the other rad. Also, would this kit, http://www.petrastechshop.com/pecoba.html, be OK for cooling the CPU and video cards?
     
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    maybe you can get a 2x140mm rad since you have 140mm holes in the top of your rad... and no that kit by itself won't cool a CPU and video card(s). that kit is ok for CPU only.
     
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    KenKickr,I was using one of them rads to cool my oc'd 6750 and my 4850.Also the pump in the apogee drive/compact 220 kit,can be modde into a ddc3.2 and a xspc res top/normal top fits straight on,so it does indeed have upgrade potential.
     
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    Would that H20-220 Compact Kit plus the Swiftech GPU coolers be OK to start with. I ask cause I just don't really have the money to buy all the WC stuff I posted above which is why I'd have to buy one at a time, which for me is going to be awhile.
     
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    Would I have any issues hooking these Swiftech MCW60 REV. 2 up to them?
     
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    I will ask both companies for ya
     
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    Thanks, I appreciate that:toast:
     
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