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Ideas for Watercooling a Radeon 8500

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cmcquistion

IT Director Senior
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Tennessee
Has anyone out there watercooled a Radeon 8500?

I'm going to get one this week and I want to be able to watercool it and appreciate any suggestions on how to attach the waterblock to the card.

I currently have a Geforce 2 MX DH Pro with two small holes that I use to attach a waterblock. I've heard that the Radeon 8500 doesn't have any holes, however.

I'd like to not have to glue the block to the GPU, if possible. I am planning on gluing on some RAMsinks with Arctic Alumina, but I'm a little uncomfortable with gluing anything to the GPU.

Please send any suggestions...
 

RainMaQer

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Sure people watercool 8500's... but the methods vary. You can get yourself a GPU waterblock and epoxy it to the 8500 or make something less permanent for mounting. The ram is the difficult part as it's on both sides of the card. The best watercooling on an 8500 HAS to go to Blade...:link.

I don't think this one is finished yet... but it's gettin there :D
 

Starfoxer

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man you should really check out blades setup. if you're gonna
watercool a 8500 that is the way to go! :p
 
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cmcquistion

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I'm not really in BladeRunner's League. I may try something like that, but I don't think I have the stuff to go to that much expense. I have been looking at his website, however, and it has made me wonder about some things.

What does the 8500 use to attach the HSF to the card. If there is some kind of built on system, perhaps I can use it to attach the block. I can build the block myself if I have some idea what to do.

Thanks for the responses. Keep them coming.

Anyone with an 8500 know how the stock HSF is attached? Pictures would be nice : )
 

Silversinksam

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I agree Bladerunner is in a league of his own, for the rest of us Mortals we have to affix our 8500 heatsinks and waterblocks with either Arctic Silver thermal adhesive or if you are also affixing ramsinks, then Arctic Alumina thermal Adhesive should be used.

The IU cooler thats on my Radeon 8500 is heavier than a GPU waterblock and affixed with Arctic Alumina Adhesive and its not going anywhere. I am going to remove this IU heatsink soon by placing the video card in an anti static bag and place it in the freezer for 15 minutes, then I will place a credit card on the videa cards pcb surface butting up to the GPU slightly under the heatsink, and I will place a butterknife on the credit card, you then say a prayer to the overclocking Gods and the heatsink will come off. (just kiddin about the prayer)

Thats also how you remove the stock ATI heatsink, except it will pop right off.

BTW you can get Arctic Alumina Adhesive or Arctic Silver Adhesive

HERE, they dont charge for shipping and they are an excellent vendor


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cmcquistion

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Thanks for the vendor recommendation SilverSinkSam. It's always a pain when you need to order something small and cheap and have to pay shipping on it. They are now on my preferred vendor list.

Any other ideas on that GPU block? I was thinking of maybe using some kind of spring loaded clamp.

Any thoughts...
 

Silversinksam

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cmcquistion said:
Thanks for the vendor recommendation SilverSinkSam. It's always a pain when you need to order something small and cheap and have to pay shipping on it. They are now on my preferred vendor list.

Any other ideas on that GPU block? I was thinking of maybe using some kind of spring loaded clamp.

Any thoughts...

YW, The Radeon 8500 doesnt have any 'pushpin' holes so using springs and bolts are almost impossible.

:(

I am going to use the Silversink waterblock that RainmaQer made for me on my GPU.....Going to affix it with Arctic Silver adhesive.
 
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cmcquistion

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Actually, I wasn't referring to springs and bolts, I was referring to a spring loaded hand clamp like this one from Home Depot.