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June 17, 2005 10:52:49 PM

Since almost everyone here has watercooled pcs, I was wondering if it was worth it. Is there just a few degree drop in temperature when water cooling is used? Or a huge one? I can see that with a water chiller the difference is huge, but it sounds troublesome and risky with condensation problems...

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June 17, 2005 11:53:25 PM

If he will DIY it can be done for around $100.00 but I dont know if the first time should be a DIY.

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June 18, 2005 12:02:53 AM

I know you were. Go answer my question in the motherboard section.

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June 18, 2005 6:37:34 AM

if you don't realize the benefits and significance of water cooling, don't do it =]

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June 18, 2005 6:39:48 AM

Yes I think its worth it, I still use the aquarius 11.'Out of the box hooked up' I was getting temps around 34 to 42 core temps. I was in the mid 50 to 60 even higher if I overclocked while using a stock heatsink. On the other hand a good heatpipe may do almost as good with less hassals but I don't think so unless you have a real good custom made case that has the best air flow and space.
I have never had a condensation problem when using watercooled system,not untill I chilled the water did the condensation start.
I have used this water cooling setup almost 3 years and it has been a real treat being able to overclock ever machine because the system is cooler.A cooler processor all the parts work better, frame rates increase, system runs smoother and faster refresh rates in higher resoulations.
June 18, 2005 6:54:38 AM

Might be, but it still works and still getting 34 temps overclocked 235fsb vcore 2.0 for three years
June 18, 2005 3:34:24 PM

an xp3200
June 20, 2005 12:04:11 AM

umm... wusy... YOU GO SERVED! XD

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June 20, 2005 4:58:55 AM

didn't he say that he used those specs for three years? lol, again, you got served =P.... dammit, i can't wait until i actually buy my new comp.... stupid intel and locked willamette -_-

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June 20, 2005 5:47:40 PM

The chip date on my process says 2002 and it was bought I think in aug of that year so I am a few months short but I still have been using this water cooling for over 3 years and my other processor the 1700 ax1700dmt3c was at 2 volts I
'v even had the xp at 2.2
June 21, 2005 7:12:02 AM

For my setup I'm getting:

CPU
Idle = 33c
Load = 37c

Case
Idle = 30c
Load = 35c

Ambient
x = 25c
x = 27.8c

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Thermalright XP-120
1GB PC3200 Corsair
ATI x800XT + Silencer 4
Antec Neo Power 480W
Antec SOHO file server case
4 Panaflo 80mm case fans
Acousti Pak Deluxe + Dynamat


I personally feel that with this setup watercooling definatly isn't worth it for the cost, hassle and risk. My system is whisper quiet often times I've had to look at the LED's on my case just to make sure it's still on and downloading files etc when I have the monitor off. Runs almost as cool if not cooler then most moderatly priced water cooled setups. I've even had the CPU overclocked to 2.8Ghz and the temp only went up to 40c

Only reason you should want to do watercooling imho is if you intend to do some serious overclocking of both the CPU and video card and water cool both. Or, if you're just really into modding and have the money.

<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by zarlaan on 06/21/05 03:15 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
June 21, 2005 1:29:00 PM

ya dude, with those specs, you don't need to Watercool.

the only real reason for watercooling is if you're using a Prescott. those things are BEASTS!

i was runnin mine with boxed cooler >55c on idle. woudl hit 65 easily when loaded. I decided to get a watercooling kit.
my scotty now runs <40 idle and aronud 45c load.

just my vid card now hitting around 80c when on load
June 21, 2005 7:10:01 PM

YOU GOT A KIT???!!! =O

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June 21, 2005 7:15:19 PM

it's called not KNOWING WHAT THE FUXX I'm doing :p 

first forray into watercooling. and for what it does. i'm impressed. easy to instal. simple design. and it works and very reliable too.

as I stated. My Scotty on boxed cooler was running around 55c when idle and was near 70's on load. with the kit i did get on load it gets to about 45c. and stays idle < 40. I'm sure if i built everything myself i COULD do better.. but since i'm not an overclocker. works good for me
June 21, 2005 8:40:28 PM

lol.... w/e, if you wanted easy installation, a good HSF like xp120 would do just fine

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June 21, 2005 8:44:20 PM

yes... but what sounds cooler :p 

I got this MONSTER fan and block.

or, Watercooling kit
June 21, 2005 8:53:57 PM

dude, the xp120 looks so much better than most blocks, unless you have like a G5 or something

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June 22, 2005 2:48:37 AM

I poured my on waterblock and its ugly has shite but ive hit 5.6Ghz so if it gets the job done then I say BLING BLING to my ugly arse waterblock.

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June 22, 2005 9:40:54 AM

Who ever told is wrong my sales slip says different not only that my 3 year warrany is over for the xp3200 I logged into my account it has expired.
June 23, 2005 2:57:08 AM

what block do you have mozz?

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June 23, 2005 9:24:29 AM

I used the shape of a Thermaltake Bigwater Waterblock but changed the flow channels and made it much thicker. I have a pile of copper pipe so I melted some down and poured it myself. I bet you wouldnt guess in a million years what I used for the mold.

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June 23, 2005 1:09:23 PM

A Dildo...please let it be a dildo.

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June 23, 2005 6:45:49 PM

umm.... i think it needs to be a rather rectangular dildo -_-

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June 23, 2005 8:11:37 PM

I could cast a replica of my penis if the moneys right.

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June 23, 2005 8:39:31 PM

woudlnt need a lot of coper then
June 23, 2005 9:52:38 PM

li agrees

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June 24, 2005 12:57:34 AM

0.o
June 24, 2005 7:31:25 PM

Your exactly right. The last time a woman told me to give her 12" and hurt her, I screwed her 4 times and then hit her in the head with a brick.

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June 25, 2005 2:25:49 AM

he said WOULDN'T

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June 27, 2005 1:17:07 PM

....

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