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Old 04-14-08, 01:35 AM   #1
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Question Good watercooling?

I'm going to invest in a water cooling setup now. I don't know what to get for sure. I don't want to be looking around for separate parts such as blocks, pumps, reservoirs, tubes, and nozzles. I was looking at the Gigabyte water cooling setup. It's good to go out of the box and it looks pretty badass. It's pretty cheap and it seems to work well. I wanted to know if anyone here has it or had an experience with it. Can anyone shine some light on me?

I'm looking into getting the Gigabyte Galaxy II and 2x Gigabyte Blue Eye VGA blocks which are compatible with the Galaxy II.

VGA Cooler:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835128016

Galaxy II Cooling kit:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835128015

Here's a review on it, too:
http://translate.google.com/translat...&hl=en&ie=UTF8


Here's a pic of the Galaxy II with 2 Blue Eyes in the circuit. It's all LED, so it looks pretty badass.


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Old 04-14-08, 02:45 AM   #2
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Would advise against kits like those unless, its the zalman one. Reserator XT

I was recommended to build my own after doing research. It's a bit hairy for a noob but, I managed to get it done and I am pleased with the results. I have watercooled the CPU (Q6600) and northbrigde on my ASUS Maximus formula.

At present, my Q6600 is overclocked to 3.2GHz using 1.35vcore (BIOS setting-my G0's VID is 1.325v so my overclocking vs temperature is not going to be good) and even with the northbridge in the loop, my temps at around 51-55 degrees celcius (between cores) at full load with Prime95 or OCCT. The temp readings were taken with realtemp

To achieve this, I have used a D-tek Fuzion CPU block, swiftech 655B pump, swiftech MCR-220 radiator, swiftech micro-res, ASUS's supplied north bridge water block.

I have also attempted 3.6GHz but that required 1.6V (BIOS) to be stable!!! The temperatures were about 70 degrees celcius!!! So to err on caution, I am sticking with 3.2GHz
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U need a good pump to deliver optimum performance...especially if you want multi component cooling like you want ie CPU + VGA...and only ones from Liang or swiftech deliver the goods apparently.

To optimally cool your VGA card, it is apparently also better to cool the GPU separately from the memory.
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Swiftech H2O 220 Compact Kit. I got the 120 version but I wish i'd got the 220 so I could cool my NB too. Superb starter kit, very effective, cheap and easy to install
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Ive been thinking of going water cooling too, summer is coming now and Ive already noticed higher temps due to higher room temperature

But dang is this a jungle or what. Ive seen good looking setups in with the thermal take cases (i use the kandalf) but I cant figure out if those setups would fit in mine or not
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Swiftech H2O 220 Compact Kit. I got the 120 version but I wish i'd got the 220 so I could cool my NB too. Superb starter kit, very effective, cheap and easy to install
OK let me rephrase....any kits are cap but, those from Zalman and Swiftech!
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OK let me rephrase....any kits are cap but, those from Zalman and Swiftech!
But those kits cost well over $300 USD and they are usually a single block loop and the Swiftech one look like it's only the radiator and a single block. I want something that can fit in my case and not bust my wallet.
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How about this kit? It's all Swiftech stuff that I just put together on Newegg.

Radiator: Swiftech MCR-120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835108085

CPU Block: Swiftech Apogee GT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835108093

GPU Block: 2x Swiftech MCW6-0R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835108095

VRAM block: 2x Zalman ZM-RWB1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118040

Pump: Swiftech MCP355 12VDC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835108097

Liquid: Thermaltake CL-W0044 Bigwater UV sensitive coolant
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835106060

Does that seem good? Where do I get the reservoir and tubes?
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I would pay the extra and get the 655 pump. High flow, low noise. One of the best you can get.
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I would pay the extra and get the 655 pump. High flow, low noise. One of the best you can get.
Meh, might as well. What about the reservoir and the tubing, do I get that separately?
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Meh, might as well. What about the reservoir and the tubing, do I get that separately?
Get them at the same time

Try frozencpu.com or petra's tech shop.

You get a fill port and make a t-line...or get the micro res from swiftech that I have. The difference is, it takes (apparently) shorter time to get rid of the air etc with a resevoir.

Following links will help you;

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/...ad.php?t=54331

http://forums.extremeoverclocking.co...ad.php?t=71321
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I was considering watercooling also but my current setup gets me a very good stable OC on my Q6600 @ temps on par with many watercooling solutions...

my temps @ load are similar to MUYA ~50 - 55 degrees.
YOu may have a better chip than me. It's always luck of the draw. There are people in xtremesy forums with similar systems with their Q6600 at close to 4 GHZ with less than 1.5 vcore. The VID of my CPU is high, 1.325V to be exact which apparently means it doesn't do well in terms of coverclocking and temperature.
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