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Water Cooling Help, PLEASE!

imddg69

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Have read a lot of threads on water cooling here and at several other forums, and researched specs on a few components, but am still in question as to the best I can buy. I plan on having 3 separate cooling systems in my rig, and am requesting advice on what the community thinks is the BEST water block for the LGA-1366 CPU and the Radeon 4870X2. I have checked out Danger Den, Koolance, Thermaltake, Swiftech, and Aquaxtreme but I want to know what manufacturer truely has the best, most reliable hardware you can buy. This is my 6th build, and I know it's cheating somewhat, but this will be my first liquid cooled system, so I'm hoping for some forgiveness. The i7-965 will be on its own loop, both vid cards on a 2nd loop, and the NB, SB, and power grid on a 3rd.
 

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the best? No such thing proven yet, but I know what I'm getting ahold of.

 

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Thanks Binge, looking it up right now. So far, I can only find it in Germany, and it only scores about 1-3c cooler than Swiftech GTZ. Also, I haven't seen any comparisons with Koolance items. With Koolance I know I can get a complete package from voltage regulators to NB/SB and CPU to HDD. I don't mind piecing together different manufacturers if the stats warrent it, but does 1 to 3 degrees c dictate a $95 price tag? Does anyone know if I can get this Stateside and save the additional shipping charge?
 

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EK are good for the 4870 x2 block. I am getting a EK 4870 x2 water block very soon as I'm water cooling my PC next week.
 

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I also just found the Innovatek G-flow for the i7. Does anyone have any experience with this manufacturer? Again, money is no object IF I'm truely getting my money's worth and getting the best quality product out there. If I can get a one manufacturer solution, the better, but not mandatory if one component really is better than anything else. Thanks
 

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Thanks Binge, looking it up right now. So far, I can only find it in Germany, and it only scores about 1-3c cooler than Swiftech GTZ. Also, I haven't seen any comparisons with Koolance items. With Koolance I know I can get a complete package from voltage regulators to NB/SB and CPU to HDD. I don't mind piecing together different manufacturers if the stats warrent it, but does 1 to 3 degrees c dictate a $95 price tag? Does anyone know if I can get this Stateside and save the additional shipping charge?
This is not available in the US normally. Most of the time the best water blocks come from Europe :-/ Don't totally quote me on that, but it certainly seems that way unless you know someone who does private blocks here in the US. I'm getting mine through a group buy where a bunch of people are chipping in to buy the same block. :)

It will perform more than 1-3C on the i7 because the GTZ doesn't work well on the i7. It does alright, but it's not the best possible layout for a water block. If you want quality, then the HK is a thing of beauty and functionality.
 

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Memory 3x2GB Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D
Video Card(s) 2 X GIGABYTE GV-R487X2 in CrosfireX
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Case OLD!!! X-Alien Extreme-Green, researching custom acrylic
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Power Supply Cooler Master 1250 Watt
Software WinXP Pro 32, Win 7 Ultimate Beta, sometimes Vista 32
Benchmark Scores Need to run again with new drivers.
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What about the Innovatek

Do you know anything about the Innovatek?