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Seriously considering going to water cooling. Suggestions please.

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by JC316, Sep 24, 2007.

  1. JC316

    JC316 Knows what makes you tick

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    Ok, I am tired of the suck ass air cooling and I want to have a water cooler. I like the looks of kits, but I am not against building my own, but I need advice. My budget is $150, give or take a few bucks.

    I only want to cool the CPU and MAYBE the northbridge. The video runs plenty cool already.

    My picks:

    Gigabyte Galaxy II

    Zalman Reserator

    corsair Nautilus

    I want to see yours. I am SURE that d44ve will chime in.
     
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    I just got my Swiftech H20-120 Compact system up and running. Really easy to set up, and temps are awesome. Check it out....
    http://www.swiftnets.com/
     
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    Oh, and Jab-tech has it for $159, and they ship pretty fast...
     
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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835108075

    That's my suggestion. I have it, and I can crank 1.6v thru my 6000+ all day long, no worries. I also cooled my NB with it (until I got the 2900, block no longer fits, 2900 in the way) by adding the Swiftech MCW30 chipset block.

    If you absolutely don't want to go custom, there is nothing better for your money.
     
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    Wile, I struggled between the compact or the premium. I bought the compact version because I could put the rad/res into the case. The performance has been great so far.
     
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    I was looking at that one too, but I didn't see it at the egg. The swiftech looks pretty sweet.
     
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    I put both in the case for my premium as well. But it might be tight in a smaller case. The rad will fit no probs, tho.
     
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    Get the swiftech kit I have the ultra+ kit and it's amazing.
     
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    Bummer. Looks like Swiftech discontinued the Premium. I really believe it's the way to go, imho.
     
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    Yep, the Swiftech kit is a good start. However, if you're not opposed to building your own, try shopping around in the forums for some used hardware. here's some of the stuff I'd recommend:

    Swiftech MCP655 or Danger Den D5 pump - $50-55 shipped used
    Swiftech Apogee GT or Danger Den TDX - $35 shipped used
    2 x 120mm Radiator (swiftech new $40 + shipping, Hardware Labs GT Stealth $50 new + shipping)
    Five feet 1/2" ID vinyl tubing from your local hardware store/ Home Depot - $1 / ft
    Misc fittings and clamps (at home depot) - $5
     
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    Honestly, I'd just go with 3/8" ID tubing. It's much easier to route.

    I'd also rather have a Swiftech MCP-350 or 355 (Laing DDC-1 or DDC-2).

    Not that what you listed is bad at all, because it isn't.
     
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    True, the 350/355's are good, as they tend to heave pretty good head pressure and are fairly compact. I like the idea of volume and the flow rate is higher on the 655/D5 (IIRC) and the barbs are natively 1/2" OD.
     
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    I have the basic Corsair N500, great EASY kit.. works far better than air..
    What is your goal?
    If you are serious about extream oc'ing, get a great more expensive kit.. or build your own.

    I would sell you mine at a around 120.00, perfect condition, have not even used the fluid as I purchased another brand coolant! Also a second set of clip connectors to attach to the board as my last upgrad , lost them and the local retailer gave me an extra set and Corsair sent me ones... I would then take your money and start a scratch kit.. let me know if you are interested.... fyi, kit works GREAT, I am just trying to push the envelope! LOL
     
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    Swiftec, by far the BEST brand. I would seriously consider going with them as they provide you with almost everything. Pretty good price as well only $400 AUD here, with the whole radiator, CPU, NB, SB, and GPU block! (except im sorta angry that they discontinued the premium kit...)
     
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    but he is on a budget.. way less than 400.00
    read some reviews, we have a geat database on this site!
     
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    That 400 Austrailian dollers, which is rather inflated because of the cost to brings parts there.

    I've managed to install the old loop in my new Intel setup, and temps are very good. I'm using a Storm Rev 2 (bought used for $40), a Danger Den D5 pump (bought used for $55), and a Swiftech MCR320-QP rad (bought new for ~$45). Add fans, tubing and clamps, and the system is running cooler than ever. Looking at idle temps around 23C and load temps around 37C at stock. When I OC to 3.6 GHz and up the voltage slightly I get 25C idle and 44C load.

    If you know what you're doing, watercooling is so much better than air :pimp:

    However, if you want to buy new, I'd go with a Swiftech basic kit, which will run about $130 for the loop, plus the cost of the chipset block if you decide to add that later.
     
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    Danger Den or that place dom shops
     
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    www.petrastechshop.com

    Some great stuff in there for good prices.
     
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    I think I'm going to try the Swiftec compact system. There are a couple good reviews around. It's basically the premium kit with the pump on top of the heatsink.
     
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    Yeah, and a res on the rad.
     
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    I couldn't tell you. Sorry. The Infinity doesn't have a way for you to rotate the mounting brackets?
     
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    No. I would have to rotate my motherboard retainer. I went ahead and picked the universal mount, a few l.e.d.'s and some MX2! I also think I may buy one of thier w/c kits.
     
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    What kit/kits are you considering?
     
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    I would probablly go with the lite kit. For $135.00, it's a good deal. I have to see how this retention kit works out first for my Infinity.
     
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