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First Watercooling Attempt

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Apr 10, 2001
I'm just about ready to delve into watercooling. After reading so much my eyes are crossed, I've decided on my system. I'm going to custom build it using a BE Cooling MAZE Copper block with 90 degree nipples 3/8". I'll be using the RIO 180 pump and BE Cooling 5X5 radiator. The resoviore will be made from an underground 4x4x4 electrical box from Home Depot. I have been working with .25" plexi glass as a hold down for the water block. I liked the Danger Den design but decided to make my own. It took for ever to find nylon thread stock. Making it will be more fun, not to mention I got enough stock to make 10 of them for the price Danger Den wanted for just 1.

What are my chances of hitting 1Gig with this setup? I currently am at 800 (6x133) and 1.625 Volts. MBM temps show 28 oC at Idle and around 45 oC full load. Using a Radio Shack digital indoor/outoor themometer I determined (roughly) that my current C/W is over .50. This is terrible (Globalwin FEP32 w/ 26CFM fan). I thought this HS Fan combo would do much better. I could actually get 900 out of this chip but it ran to hot for my tastes. I'm hoping with water I'll get 1000.
you have a decent chance, nix the rio 180 and go with a 350 though, other than that you may want to consider a larger radiator than the small one, possibly even two in tandem. Summer is coming, the more cooling the better
Where do I find the RIO 350? Is it expensive. My goal is for a cost effective water cooling solution. I looked at EHEIM pumps but at $50, I decided they were just too much. The RIO 180 is only $14.