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Mith192
07-02-05, 01:31 AM
Is water cooling a good idea?
How dangres is it?
Does the non-conductive coolent really work?

Iwas just thinking about buying a water cooling setup but dont want my comp. fried. I also go to LAN partys(weight is not an issue)

jAkUp
07-02-05, 01:37 AM
I have taken my system to lan party's plenty of times and had no issues. As a matter of fact, I have used this water pump and block for over a year with 0 issues. I'm not using the best, just a basic Koolance setup, but it works for me :)

Mith192
07-02-05, 01:41 AM
that new Storm waterblock looks really nice and i have been thinking about geting watter cooling for a while

But i am still worried about frying my system

jAkUp
07-02-05, 01:42 AM
Hehe well as long as you do everything correctly you won't have any issues.

You test the water cooling system for leaks before you turn on the system, so any leaks would be no issues at the beginning.

Mith192
07-02-05, 01:49 AM
yea I know i was really wondering about that non-cunductive coolent that claims it wont hurt your computer if there is a leak

ricercar
07-02-05, 02:46 PM
Sloppy me, I spill occasionally working on my water-cooled SFF. Never damaged anything. I've used GlobalWin, Koolance, and Inovatek water treatments with distilled or ionized-distilled water, and none of these combination have caused electrical problems. However, blue sediment is very unsightly. Don't spill if you have a window case.

Buenamos
07-02-05, 03:47 PM
I have a koolance setup

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v725/jaredkortje/My%20Computer/MyComputer3.jpg

and it has treated me very well. Everything runs very cool and I've never had any spills. It was my first time using watercooling and it was rather simple really. Just make sure you get the right blocks and it's basically just plug and play. In my pic you can see that the tubes are a little long, that's because when I was measuring the distances for the parts, I figured it's better longer than not long enough.

I'll tidy it up here pretty soon once I get my new parts and I'll only have my cpu cooled then since I don't have enough blocks for both of the 7800gtx's.

GOOD LUCK!

LBJM
07-02-05, 08:28 PM
what are the best places to buy water cooling parts from? cheapest place for quality parts.

gram_vaz
07-02-05, 08:29 PM
frozencpu.com

jAkUp
07-02-05, 09:07 PM
frozencpu.com

:werd:

LBJM
07-02-05, 09:59 PM
Good answer. anybody know where I should get a kit for SCA hard drive bay? I've got 6 hard drives I'd like to cool down a bit.

GlowStick
07-02-05, 10:24 PM
http://www.nvnews.net/reviews/watercooling_polarflo/index.shtml

After you read, you can buy teh kit for a huge discount here

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=52688

mx125race
07-04-05, 12:09 AM
pretty cheap

water kit (http://www.frozencpu.com/ex-wat-28.html)






:afro2: :eek:

ricercar
07-04-05, 03:19 AM
That GlobalWin SilentStream was a disappointment for me. It was dead silent (spouse didn't know it was turned on!) until I changed the tubing from "regular install" to "Pro install," and then it became louder than my 5800 Ultra fan.

If you get the GlobalWin SilentStream, don't do the pro install!

mx125race
07-04-05, 02:25 PM
so if i bought the silent stream, would it replace my bran-new power supply (im a noob at this ****) ???? wat exactly does it do. Does it replace your fans and you still keep your power supply?


confused

Darth Rancid
07-04-05, 03:49 PM
I've been watercooled.... or my computer has been watercooled for six months now with zero-problems... Its quiet and cool.... VERY quiet, especially since I removed the silly flow-indicator that had a tendency to rattle... stupid thing :D

Clay
07-04-05, 04:24 PM
that new Storm waterblock looks really nice and i have been thinking about geting watter cooling for a while

But i am still worried about frying my system
Contrary to popular belief, water isn't actually conductive...it's the sediment, minerals, metals, etc that are in the water which are conductive. If you use distilled water, reverse osmosis, etc then you can spill it and be fine (still a good idea to be careful though). :)

ricercar
07-04-05, 06:40 PM
so if i bought the silent stream, would it replace my bran-new power supply (im a noob at this ****) ???? wat exactly does it do. Does it replace your fans and you still keep your power supply? confused
The SilentStream replaces only the fan+heatsink on your CPU.

Other water cooling items are available to replace the fan+heatsink on video cards, plus you can get water cooled blocks to cool down your hard drives, but they don't "replace" any parts.

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In addition to http://www.frozencpu.com , I enjoy shopping at http://www.highspeedpc.com . The owner is named Scott, and is VERY helpful with pre-sales information.

mx125race
07-04-05, 07:13 PM
i wish i knew how to install the Silent Stream...ill probably be spending an additional 40 on the installation >:| I'm saving up money for it and another stick of 1g RAM. I'm going to get the RAM first, and possibly the water kit for my birthday on nov 30, or ill wait til christmas...(is RAM installation fairly easy?)







:afro2: :eek:

FierceDeityLink
07-04-05, 11:58 PM
On the water cooling topic (I haven't received everything I need yet from FrozenCPU), is it really necessary to have the CPU first in the loop?

I went with the Koolance EXOS 2 (http://www.frozencpu.com/koo-48.html) and all 3/8" blocks (PolarFLO TT CPU, MAZE4 chipset, NV-68 GPU). I actually bought the EXOS 2 from Xoxide. They take longer to ship and generally seem to cost more for shipping, but they tend to have lower prices when compared to FrozenCPU.

Clay
07-05-05, 12:12 AM
No, it's not necessary but it is the most standard approach. Water has a very high specific heat. Going from...say a CPU to a GPU waterblock will only raise the temperature of the water by a degree Celsius at the most. So, the order of your circuit isn't critical, just try to keep it as short in length as possible to maintain as a high a flow rate as possible.

I touched on two typical circuit routing approaches in my watercooling article, near the bottom of this page (http://www.nvnews.net/reviews/watercooling_polarflo/page3.shtml).

FierceDeityLink
07-05-05, 01:43 AM
Thanks. I had read over that before, and I thought it was very helpful. I purchased some CoolSleeves and zip ties after reading it. Very useful information. :)

Hopefully, I'll get everything here in the next few days and will report back with temps/pics.

nutball
07-05-05, 03:36 AM
I've been watercooled.... or my computer has been watercooled for six months now with zero-problems... Its quiet and cool.... VERY quiet, especially since I removed the silly flow-indicator that had a tendency to rattle... stupid thing :D

I've had no end of trouble with rattling pumps in my Res 1 (I'm on my fifth pump). It does a good job of keeping the computer acceptably cool (I don't overclock, and only game occasionally) and is very quiet when the pump behaves, but I (and a lot of others I'm aware of) have had big issues with the Res 1.

jAkUp
07-05-05, 11:25 AM
He was talking about flow indicators... not the pump.

nutball
07-05-05, 01:41 PM
He was talking about flow indicators... not the pump.

Yeah, but the pump(s) were the cause of the problem in my system (I didn't fit the flow indicator, because I heard that they rattled :))