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My first water cooling system is now up and running.

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Soong

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Joined
Dec 7, 2005
Location
Walnut Creek, CA
It took pretty much all day including the modifications I had to do to the case it self. I feel like I should be charged with a sex crime after the way I had to treat some of my hardware.

I’m very pleased so far. I have been able to achieve a stable over clock of 3.38GHz from a stock speed of 2.8GHz (P4 dual core) with no trouble at all. I am running two [email protected] clients; one for each core of course. I will try pushing it more in the morning.

My system is quite but I have realized something. A lot of the noises I didn’t like from my system before where not from all the fans. The loud ones were for sure, especially that wretched GPU fan. A regularly timed, uhm… groan, seems to be coming from some of the hard disks I have in the system (there are 5). I think the vibrations from all the drives kind of synch up every 15 seconds or so and kind of whine (?) it’s a really hard sound to describe.

Also the Panaflow fan I got for the radiator sounds slightly off balance and makes a bit of a buzzing sound. I had a Delta tri-blade that I was going to use but didn’t because it actually vibrated as it was off balance. The Delta didn’t actually make any noticeable noise because of it though. I might switch back.

My temps are jumping between 36C and 38C. I bumped the memory voltage up by 0.2v because my CMOS told me to (I was surprised as well); and the CPU voltage up by ~0.02v because I was going from 3.2GHz to 3.4GHz and figured it wouldn’t hurt. The CMOS reset jumper is now thoroughly nested and hard to reach, I’m thinking about rigging a toggle switch on the front of the case so I can short that jumper without opening the case and performing microsurgery in the future


Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-8I955X Royal
Processor: Intel Pentium D 820
Memory: Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400 2GB Kit DDR2-800 XMS2-6400
Video Card: ATi X1800 XL
Sound Card: Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum
SCSI Controler: Adaptec 29160N
Primary HDD: Cheetah X15 36LP
Secondary Storage: RAID 5 Array comprised of 4 drives (4x Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 SATA - ST3120026AS)
Optical Drives: Two Plextor PX-716A DVD±R/RW CD-R/RW 6x DL DVD burner
Power Supply: Antec Phantom 500


Cooling
Swiftech Storm CPU Waterblock
Danger Den Acetal MAZE4 GPU
Danger Den MAZE4 Chipset Block
CoolingWorks CoolRad Radiator w/ Shroud
Laing D5 pump

Thermaltake HardCano 13

[email protected] Stats (These will look better soon.)
 

NGL_BrSH

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Joined
Dec 9, 2005
I did the whole Get a Scsi mobo, and a cheetah 15krpm 36 gig drive recently.. on some games in contrast to my raptor drive it added load time.. not much but a little.. So i turned around and ebayed it all after about 2 weeks of trying to find optimum settings. On video programs no doubt it was better.. but for BF2 and CSS it added 3 seconds of load time for BF2 and about a 1 second in CSS.. NOT WORTH IT
i got most of my money back and it was worth it for the 30 dolla experiment.
 
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Soong

Soong

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Location
Walnut Creek, CA