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a1cnolan

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yeah so i was planning on watercooling and then i said nahhh.. ill just open the backdoor. my system temp dropped down to 18c and my cpu temp dropped to 26...i was like wow... so then i decided to overclock some more and check for stability... guess what im finding out really quick.. cooling matters a lot.. i knew that before but i never really had any proof. i went from a 9.5 by 175 up to 10X 185. and im still stable an hour later. im gonna continue to test but wow. im happy..but now for some realy questions.

adjustable speed fans and unlocking them.. do they run quicker than normal.. haven't realy seen much about this but i know ive seen it once or twice. is it worth it? just wondering cause i got this enermax powersupply with an adjustable speed fan and im wondering if i should upgrade that fan..
 

Milkman

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It doesn't cost $200.00 to setup a quality watercooled Pc, I don't think I even have $150.000 into mine, Also by watercooling you can maintain that overclock year round and still stay warm while doing it,Although things do get better when the temps drop outside for watercooling too.

mamer
 

SemiCycle

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Hamburger said:
Kinda makes droppin 200 bucks on H2O a little useless doesnt it? lol

Does he live an Anartica year around. Nope. ONLY very aggressive air cooling can come close to medium level water cooling. Is your ears and insanity worth the price of that air cooling though.
 

Daemonfly

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You can easily make simple closed loop system consisting of waterblock, pump, and a heatercore. Personally, I wouldn't add a res for a LAN box, but it's possible.

- Pump - I got a Danner MagDrive 500GPH for $45 at PetSmart
- Heatercore - Got a new one at AutoZone - 84 (or was it 87) Ford Escort for , if I remember correctly, $35.
- Tubing - not expensive at all, especially since you will be using under 4' in a LAN box closed loop system.
- Block - made mine out of ~$20 in materials - but commercial blocks are reasonably priced. I'd go with solid copper for a LAN box, rather than a plexi top one.

Mount everything well, and you shouldn't have a problem.

Weight? perhaps a few pounds more at the most, but I've seen people carry in full 11-bay towers :p and most 19"+ monitors weigh more than the cases.
 
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a1cnolan

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well lets see...nope not logical to do it all the time but its good for maxing out your system to see what your weakest components are..my power supply and my ram.
also my temps were under full load 40c with my volts at 1.9
with the door open last night i was running at load with a fan blowing the cold air in. after an hour 192X10 at 2.10 v i was looking at a nice 26c...gotta appreciate that.. yes i still plan to watercool but for now. it seems like a good solution seeing as how im only on my pc at night..or atleast gaming at night. so that extra memory bandwidth definitely helps in those situations. i got a week or so until they are gonna let me make my waterblocks at work and then god know when until i can get the heatercore and silversolder thats stuff. hey is phosporous conductive?i was looking at the msds for our silver solder and it apparently has phosphorous in it... along with the silver and copper.as far as taking my computer places. i get the feeling im gonna have to get another computer for those long trips up to pa every now and again.watercooling is gonna be awesome but i still have that natural fear that i will fry all my components.knock wood. doesn't make sense to water cool until i get a power supply that can power me..damn
 
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a1cnolan

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it still find it funny that you guys don't think that 100 dollars isn't expensive to pay for anything. i wish i could just throw 100 dollars into my computer on a whim. but i digress. im horny...i mean jealous
 

JoeCrappa

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Hey if you plan on buying watercooling stuff, I just ended my watercooling journey (almost 2 years) and now I'm back to air. If you're interested, I have a Maze2 and a heatercore for sale.

$25 shipped for heatercore (3/8")
$30 shipped for the maze2 (3/8")

I have all the mounting hardware. The block is insulated though, because I did refridgeration cooling with it.
 

eli

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I have an AX-7 and a Vantec tornado combo, and I hate it. It is so stinking loud, not to mention all the fans for exhaust/intake. The power draw is probably substantial. I can't wait to get my watercooling stuff.

I hate hearing my rig through my headphones!
 

mfpmax

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Cold Air + Water Cooling = Heaven

Combine your back door cooling and you'll get even lower temperatures.

And yes, you can Lan and watercool. If you don't think its possible, you must like that rock you live under.
 

Hamburger

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slipknot said:


Does he live an Anartica year around. Nope. ONLY very aggressive air cooling can come close to medium level water cooling. Is your ears and insanity worth the price of that air cooling though.

Did you think that I was implying that air cooling is better than H2O? .......rofl, nope.


If hes running those temps on air, HE doesnt need water.
 

wildfrogman

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I think Hamburger summed it all up with this that he said,
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Did you think that I was implying that air cooling is better than H2O? .......rofl, nope.

If hes running those temps on air, HE doesnt need water." end quote.

Yep, it all depends on your ambient temp, the noise you are willing to stand, if you can afford and want a watercooling setup more than what the money would buy if put to some other use etc. I have been putting together a watercooled setup for the last few months, basically scraps for free mostly. I can live with air, the trick is for most people to not overvolt to much and air conditioning is nice also. Upkeep on a watercooled system IS a bit more than just plain air cooling but in the long run it may or may not be the right thing depending on the person. Water cooling can also be just as loud, it all depends on the fans,pumps,vibrations etc. I hope this wasnt to long and drawn out and helps sombody think about the reasons why they are spending money on cooling. In the end it will be better understanding the true goal and wether or not it was accomplished.