The first thing you need to be certain of before deciding what method of cooling (or how involved in water cooling you want to get) is what you goals are that require cooling. That is, are you a heavy o'clocker or just a mild one? Are you water cooling because of the hot ambient temps in the enviroment or does your rig run hot? If o'clocking, do you also ramp up your GPU as well? Do you intend on water cooling other components and why? What kind of budget do you have for w'cooling?
Getting into water cooling can be an expensive venture. In some cases, getting a high quality HSF (like, say, the Tuniq Tower) can prove just as effective in controlling heat as a cheap water cooling product.
water cooling should be designed from the ground up - adding after you build the system always is more money and not as good if you planned it from the beginning.
typically you cool the north bridge and gpu - forget the memory add a fan - forget the hard drives ask google the hotter the better
check out the new koolance mobo cooler that goes behind the mobo to cool all things - that is state of the art!
i set this system up last week!
water cooled cpu qx6700 3.55ghz 45-55c, 8800gtx, nb and sb! air cooled 10 hdd dual raid - raid0 os drive on the mob, areca 8 drive 4tb raid 5 all air cooled. silverstone 1000w Olympus psu - 8 cold cathods uv and green
Thanks for the link. A friend was told to just use antifreeze instead by the prepackaged stuff so I was wondering if anyone had tried it.
I suppose that you could use antifreeze in the cooling loop, but unless your rig gets that hot or is exposed to freezing temperatures, it doesn't make much sense. Antifreeze does three things: it lowers the freezing point, it raises the boiling point, and it provides some corrosion resistance, especially for engines with iron blocks/water jackets and aluminum radiators. If you're just cooling the CPU, you should never get near 100 C, so the boiling point is not a problem. Likewise, you'll probably never freeze your computer, either. Corrosion may or may not be an issue, but a very slight mixture of antifreeze to water (10-15%% Et(OH)2 to 85-90% H2O) is enough to halt corrosion. Now a GPU can create some serious heat, so perhaps a stronger solution is needed. A regular 50/50 mix will not boil until about 130-140 C, so figure in the temp of your GPU and add 20 C or so for safety, mix accordingly. There usually is a table on the side of the antifreeze jug.
The big issue in water-cooled systems is leakage. Water with antifreeze dissolved in it is a very good conductor and will trash your system if it leaks. Mainframes and data centers that use liquid cooling generally use a nonconductive coolant liquid like Fluorinert instead of water. Electrical transformers are cooled with a similar liquid. I'd suggest this stuff over water if it were my box, although I haven't tried to find any of it.
Website say: Replacement coolant for the Thermaltake Bigwater, Aquarius Series, and any liquid water cooling system. Please follow all Waring labels! As per manufacturer’s instructions, it is absolutely imperative that you Do Not Dring this product!
I must say very nice builds!
I have just bought a Thermaltake AquaBay M3
now i need advice on what CPU & GPU waterblock to invest in. I have a Geforce Nvidia 9600GT 512mb with a Zalman fan. My AMD 6000+ is in need of overclocking i am currently running Stock speed 3Ghz. I want to overcolock my cpu before i upgrade to the AMD Bulldozer (16core), when it is released. then i want to use my watercooling system on the bulldozer. Any Ideas?
ASUS M2N-MX SE board, AMD 6000+ x2 64,3Ghz 2GB ddr2 667, geforce 9600GT, Overclocked. Compro T220 hdtv card.
42\" PLASMA & 17\" LCD
500GB SATA, 250GB SATA, 20GB IDE
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