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Windows 7: Water cooling

16 May 2010   #1
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 
Water cooling

Just went through some more of the boxes of items I bought in a pallet check out this radiator fan setup. Radiatop is bloue anodizxed with 1/2 in tubing 3 cores 2 3/4 inches thick and 11 inches long with 2 120 mm coloer master aluminum fans. Just for kicks I made a cardboard side plate and hooked them up to the side of my case. The temps droped 9c on gpu and 10 c on GFX card. Just crazy thougth I'd share. going to list it on ebay wanted to have some input. Oh the fans are connected together with one cable leading to a MB fan controller the other runs them both. Thanks Fabe
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23 May 2010   #2
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Hey, (resurrecting dead thread)

Could you give any advice on water cooling kits? I was thinking of water cooling my beast, just for the heck of it. However, I cannot find a lot of information on a good starting kit.

I would be cooling my CPU and GPU. I also have a nice spot on the top of my case for a reservoir to fit (cooler master haf 932)/

~Lordbob
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23 May 2010   #3
Everlong

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
Hey, (resurrecting dead thread)

Could you give any advice on water cooling kits? I was thinking of water cooling my beast, just for the heck of it. However, I cannot find a lot of information on a good starting kit.

I would be cooling my CPU and GPU. I also have a nice spot on the top of my case for a reservoir to fit (cooler master haf 932)/

~Lordbob
Check this site out: Watercooling UK - PC Liquid Cooling Shop, Specialist Case Modding and Performance Overclocking

It's an English site, but you can get an idea of what kind of stuff to get. It has some great sets of kits on listed here XSPC, Swiftech and WCUK Watercooling kits - Easy to install, all in one!! >> Watercooling UK

And just for the record, you have space at the top of your case for a radiator, not reservoir XSPC do some of the best pumps, and a lot of them are reservoirs with the pump built in, which saves space.
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23 May 2010   #4
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Everlong View Post
And just for the record, you have space at the top of your case for a radiator, not reservoir XSPC do some of the best pumps, and a lot of them are reservoirs with the pump built in, which saves space.
No, it is most certainly a reservoir.

On the back half of the case, there is a big 230mm fan on top. This can be replaced with 4 120mm fans, which is where I think you could mount the radiator.
On the front of my case (the top front that is), there is a little 12cm by 13cm silicone cover that you pull up. Underneath this is the fillport (it even says that on the cover) where you can fill the resevoir without opening the case.

Perhaps you thought I meant the fan, or maybe I worded it wrong.

Thanks for the links, I will check those out.

~Lordbob

EDIT: I should ask: I found a great site (http://www.frozencpu.com/) that has lots of stuff. Would it be possible to just pick out each individual part? Like buy a reservoir, pump, tubes, radiator, and mounts? I would be EXTREMELY worries about comparability.
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23 May 2010   #5
Everlong

 

I see what you mean with the reservoir space now. Only problem with that is you'd need to find a reservoir that would line up with that fill hole.

There's not that much compatiblity between each part apart from the tubing size. Different tubing size has it's advantages and disadvantages, like 1/2" offers greater water flow, so better performance, and is generally used more, so easier to find components to fit it, but then it blocks airflow more with being physically larger, increased sidewards pressure on sockets, and a higher chance of kinking (though anti-kink coils help this)

Then there's smaller sizes like 3/8" which is easier to bend being smaller, and in some cases can offer greater performance as the water travels faster with it being narrower, but there's less components that use this tubing size.

As for other stuff like the CPU block, you just choose one that fits your CPU socket.
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23 May 2010   #6
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Everlong View Post
I see what you mean with the reservoir space now. Only problem with that is you'd need to find a reservoir that would line up with that fill hole.

There's not that much compatiblity between each part apart from the tubing size. Different tubing size has it's advantages and disadvantages, like 1/2" offers greater water flow, so better performance, and is generally used more, so easier to find components to fit it, but then it blocks airflow more with being physically larger, increased sidewards pressure on sockets, and a higher chance of kinking (though anti-kink coils help this)

Then there's smaller sizes like 3/8" which is easier to bend being smaller, and in some cases can offer greater performance as the water travels faster with it being narrower, but there's less components that use this tubing size.

As for other stuff like the CPU block, you just choose one that fits your CPU socket.
Yeah, there is that problem.

Thanks a lot Everlong, that actually really helps.

~Lordbob
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23 May 2010   #7
Everlong

 

You're welcome, glad I could help
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23 May 2010   #8
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Could you give any advice on pumps? Not sure exactly what I should be looking for in one, besides not being too big.

Also, I really like the compression fittings compared to barbs, any thoughts there?

And I am rather lost on radiators. I would love to have one that fits right where my top fan is now (on the inside), but I am not sure what to look for

~Lordbob
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23 May 2010   #9
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

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23 May 2010   #10
Everlong

 

Well pumps are measured in the head preassure (metres/hour, or ft/hour) and the amount it can pump in litre/hour (or gallon/hour). 12V pumps are better as you connect these to your PSU. AC pumps need an external power connection.

The type of fitting is all down to personal preference really, though I do prefer compression fittings as well, even though you need to take the inner diameter of the tubing as well as the outer diameter in to consideration, whereas with barb you just need the inner diameter, but that's not really a problem to match sizes.

Radiator sizes in length are pretty simly. They're simply sized by the amount of 120mm fans you can fit on one, so a 120 radiator is simply a single 120mm fan, 240 = 2 fans and so on.
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