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galaxy2x4

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Couple questions about your setup. First off would you recommend both the water block and radiator over the DD ones, taking in consideration for a tight budget. Is it ok to mix and match between the 2 companies? Second, i know you built youtr own moutning kit, but i'm not sure if thats the best option for me, any thoughts on DD new mounting kit? I'm just wondering how difficult you think this would be for a beginner, what are the major mistakes i could make going with your setup? Also do you feel the fan rpm switch was worth putting in? Sorry about having so many questions, this just seems a little more risky to me than most other things.
Thanks
Doug
 

AMDGuy

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Don't sweat the questions. I was new once myself and hounded quite a few people.

Yes you can mix and match the pieces of the system. Just be sure to stay with all copper to avoid the "battery" effect. I'd highly recommend a DangerDen waterblock Maze 2 for it's quality and mounting system. My BECOOLING block performs well, but it's quality was not up to par. I'd also go with the Aquacoil radiator from BECOOLING unless you have a huge amount of room in your case for the DangerDen Cube. The smaller BECOOLING radiator works great and is very compact. From what I've seen the cubes (huge) only give about 1-2 C more cooling than the little BECOOLING one.

The DangerDen Maze 2 has the mounting system built into the block so that would avoid your mounting concerns. Check it out at www.dangerden.com . The BECOOING radiator I used can be found at www.aquastealth.com .

Let me know if you need more help.
 

rugby

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I have the entire aquastealth setup and while I like the reservoir/pump and the radiator, the waterblock definitely is a tricky pony to set up. I broke off a lug on my socket and toasted a tbird the first time I tried this. I then got smart and decided to use the diagonal lugs for a better fit. I would go with the dangerden block and mounting kit if possible.

AMDGuy, did you get your new temp monitor from Crazypc? I'm looking to get one because MBM can't be right with these temps of my cpu.
 

AMDGuy

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rugby (Jun 27, 2001 02:47 p.m.):
I have the entire aquastealth setup and while I like the reservoir/pump and the radiator, the waterblock definitely is a tricky pony to set up. I broke off a lug on my socket and toasted a tbird the first time I tried this. I then got smart and decided to use the diagonal lugs for a better fit. I would go with the dangerden block and mounting kit if possible.

AMDGuy, did you get your new temp monitor from Crazypc? I'm looking to get one because MBM can't be right with these temps of my cpu.

Yep, I picked up one of those little 1.5" x 1" LCD temp probes at crazypc.com. It's a great unit and quickly responds to temp changes (less than 2 seconds). Mine was defective and was reading 6 degrees C lower than actual temp, so I sent it back to crazypc and they have already shipped me a new one. Should be here today. They are very helpful. I feel comfortable recommending them.
 
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galaxy2x4

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Hey thanks for your help, few more questions though. I found the Maze 2 at this link http://www.dangerden.com/mall/maze2.asp there are 3 different ones there, i think they each have different mounting systems. If i don't plan on using a pelt, which one should i get? does it matter what kind of tubing is used, are there better quality ones than others? Also do you think its necessary to make your own ide cables and such?
Thanks for all your help
Doug
 

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galaxy2x4 (Jun 27, 2001 04:43 p.m.):
Hey thanks for your help, few more questions though. I found the Maze 2 at this link http://www.dangerden.com/mall/maze2.asp there are 3 different ones there, i think they each have different mounting systems. If i don't plan on using a pelt, which one should i get? does it matter what kind of tubing is used, are there better quality ones than others? Also do you think its necessary to make your own ide cables and such?
Thanks for all your help
Doug

You'll just need the plane Jane Maze2 for $42.00. The other two are for using pelts.

Any vinyl tubing works fine. These aren't high pressure systems. I picked my 3/8" ID tubing up at Home Depot for like .15 cents a foot.

Every little bit of airflow helps. That's why I rounded my cables, but I had dozens of them laying around so it was no big deal. You can buy professionally pre rounded cables from www.crazypc.com for about $16.
 
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galaxy2x4

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One more thing.... Do you need to put anything to seal the 3/8" tubing to the brass nipples? and is there a substantial benefit from having the fan speed switch on there, does it get noticably quiet and is it tough to wire?
Thanks a lot
Doug
 

AMDGuy

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I used stainless steel hose clamps (as detailed in my article) to secure all tubing connections. The rheostat for the fan allows varying the fan speed. It's pretty loud at full speed. Mine stays at about 50% for normal use. I crank it up to full speed if I'm doing something that is going to be highly intensive (compressing video for instance). It's easy to wire up, the link to the wiring instructions is in my article as well as the relay wiring instructions for the pump.