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    Default Watercooling set up

    I have nveer looked at customer water cooling before so i decided to price one up, i appreciate someone with more experience can probably shred this up and give better suggestions but based on everything I have read, I think i have everything needed for a basic CPU loop.

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    1 x Hardware Labs Black ICE Radiator SR1 240 black 340619 46.93 46.93
    1 x Watercool HEATKILLER Rev 3.0 Socket 1156 and 1155 Processor Waterblock 180002 43.89 43.89
    1 x Watercool DCC LT Resrvoir Suitable For Laing Pumps 180139 28.04 28.04
    1 x Laing Original DDC-1T 12v Pump 180084 56.01 56.01
    2 x Feser Aqua Ultra Pure Coolant 1L 179913 2.81 5.62
    2 x Feser Tube UV Reactive Clear 2.5 Metre 10/13mm 195798 5.98 11.96
    1 x PrimoCHILL Dye Bomb UV Blue 3ML 179811 2.80 2.80
    8 x Bitspower Connection 1/4 Inch To 13/10mm Shiny Black 191918 8.15 65.20
    2 x Scythe Gentle Typhoon 120mm 5400rpm Case Fan 312587 16.35 32.70

    Total with delivery comes to just over 360, which seems an awful lot of money to spend on a cooling system.

    So, any suggestions for changes to be made to the above set up that would bring the price down but still give a reasonable cooling performance? currently i am looking at adding the H80 or H100 to my system and wanted to see what can be done if i went custom.

    I might look to add a GPU block to this loop in the not to distant future once the GTX680 blocks become available.
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    Ridiculous isn't it? watercooling is a curious legacy from the late 90's and early 00's when cheap chips (single core!) could be made to operate faster by changing the voltage and bus speeds. I doubt even the most avid PC Gamer needs a multi-cored i5/i7 clocking over 4GHz and this can be achieved really cheaply with air cooling and a large heatsink.

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    Try contacting this group, they know what they're doing when it comes to WC loops.
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    get rid of the feser liquid and the uv dye..both are absolute waste of money and the dye will clog up all your parts.
    Buy coloured hosing if you want colours then use distilled water, comes in at like 1 for 4l or something from tesco.

    And wtf are you spending 65 on this for?
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    That's compression fittings I assume? You can do it with barbs and jubilee clips for like..10 or if you have a look around you can get compression fittings for around 3 each, under 25 for compressions all round (from experience compression fittings are easier to work with).

    The EK Supreme HF will be a better block for the CPU

    You can get a decent CPU loop for about 250 but really..from experience..just don't bother, massive cost for absolute minimal gains. I've been there done that been suckered in 3 times

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    Like I said, this was my first "attempt" at creating a watercooling set up and at the very least, it has proven that i had the basics right, if a little misguded. I will probably stick with something like the h100 for nwo then look at a WC set up further down the line if and when i need it.
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    can look amazing when done well, but 300+? just get a d14 and a nice case with the money
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    Quote Originally Posted by computernoob View Post
    Ridiculous isn't it? watercooling is a curious legacy from the late 90's and early 00's when cheap chips (single core!) could be made to operate faster by changing the voltage and bus speeds. I doubt even the most avid PC Gamer needs a multi-cored i5/i7 clocking over 4GHz and this can be achieved really cheaply with air cooling and a large heatsink.
    Water cooling still has a place, overall looks, a really well modded case with a neatly intergrated loop can look great, but isn't cheap.
    But I think the key areas are when you're cooling more than the cpu, graphics cards are still one area that greatly benefit from water cooling, esp when using multiple high end cards.
    The down side is of course that gpu blocks are not cheap and you need to buy new blocks every time you change card.
    Another advantage is the movement of volume, something like the D14 is a massive in both volume and mass, hanging that much weight off the motherboard does put added stresses on it eg D14 = 1240g with two fans
    Before anyone jumps in, Yes, things like back plates help spread the load and probably the most bending to motherboards I've seen done is by intel stock coolers and yes if the weight of the heat sink is enough to cause fracturing of pcb traces or solder joints that's more likely an inherent fault/quality issue with the motherboard but dangerous levels of stress, additional stress and no stress are not the same things.
    A water cooling block weighs less than a stock cooler and sticks out less so that leverage force is also less.
    For most people the main benefit is the volume not the mass, a big air cooler such as the D14 takes up a lot of space in a fairly critical area where as the total volume of a watercooling loop is more spread out around the case and away from the more important areas.
    Yes, there's also the down side that the tube can get in the way. which you don't get with air coolers and so have to be planned for, that's on top of the high cost, higher maintenance and set up time.

    Overall I agree that for the majority of users Air cooling is plenty, more practicable and overall water cooling is less of a big thing that it was (this is also connected to improvements in case design and air coolers) but it does still have a place, granted a less important and common place but still a place.
    The success of these all-in-one water cooler units has shown this.
    again before anyone jumps on me saying "but high end air coolers perform better" it's not just about the performance, again the way a water cooler breaks up the volume of space taken up by a large cooler it does actually make them more flexible, easier to mount and they still provide plenty of cooling for the majority of users

 

 

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