Help me set up a water cooling system. Thanks!

Dear all, I have recently bought a decent gaming computer and i need to set up a watercooling system for my video card and cpu. I am looking to spend about 150-250$.

Here is my specs:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 30 Ghz
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 1GB Ram
Motherboard: Asus Rampage Extreme (This motherboard is actually set up so it can be water cooled please see picture and specs here http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131334 )
I have a antec 300 computer case.

Thanks for the help in advance!
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  1. Daniel5478 said:
    Dear all, I have recently bought a decent gaming computer and i need to set up a watercooling system for my video card and cpu. I am looking to spend about 150-250$.

    Here is my specs:
    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 30 Ghz
    GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 1GB Ram
    Motherboard: Asus Rampage Extreme (This motherboard is actually set up so it can be water cooled please see picture and specs here http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131334 )
    I have a antec 300 computer case.

    Thanks for the help in advance!

    Woops i meant to put 3.0 Ghz, Sorry!
  2. I can send you to links of watercooling forums that will give you guidance on what to buy.

    But unless you bump the budget up to $350-400 I won't bother. You'll need to spend:

    70+ pump
    60 at min for a rad, quality is 130
    25-40 for res
    65 CPU block
    90 up to 140 for GPU
    25 hose and clamps

    Thats min costs

    Let me know if you want to continue.

    Only the NB can be cooled, and the block on that mobo is crap.
  3. Conumdrum said:
    I can send you to links of watercooling forums that will give you guidance on what to buy.

    But unless you bump the budget up to $350-400 I won't bother. You'll need to spend:

    70+ pump
    60 at min for a rad, quality is 130
    25-40 for res
    65 CPU block
    90 up to 140 for GPU
    25 hose and clamps

    Thats min costs

    Let me know if you want to continue.

    Only the NB can be cooled, and the block on that mobo is crap.

    Thanks! And yes i would like to bumb the budget up so i have a decent watercooling system. So yes i would like to continue.
  4. Cool!

    I can only give this advice once. Watercooling isn't like buying something at Best Buy. You have to learn the basics, terminology, minimum requirements depending on your heat load etc. It's based on science and physics, but all the hard math work is done pretty much. When you see the work done by Martin, you'll see what I mean.

    Please ohh please take your time. Read a lot, and by a lot, not just browse these links for 20-30 min, become a member at at least OCForums and spend a week or two following threads, going back 30-50 threads and reading it all. Read all the stickies everywhere. Doing this will keep you from asking crazy basic questions that you can figure out on your own with a small bit of effort.

    Once you decide on what to buy, your knowledge and your skills is all you have. Putting water inside a PC isn't that hard, but people do ruin mobos and video cards by silly mistakes.

    Cya at OCForums, and learn, once the stuff is at your house, it's all up to you. You can't take it back to Best Buy. I'm Conumdrum at OCF.
    ....................................................
    ............................................

    For your benefit please spend a few days reading a LOT. At the busiest places for WC masters. Guys who have done it for YEARS at OC forums and xtreme forums. It took me a while (I was OCing on air, aftermarket stuff, bios settings, best chipsets etc etc) to learn the language and the tricks to a easy install.

    Don't expect miracles, or SUPER DOOPER over clocks. What you will get is a quiet system that can handle OC to the max of your hardware IF you buy quality and buy smart. And minor maintenance too, a bonus for the water cooler.

    Also while there please read on case mods etc. The radiators are not for small cases, pumps and hose routing, wire management and other things are important. Google your planned case and the word water-cooled in one line. You might get lucky.

    IF you just cool your CPU and your NB if you want, you can get by with a 120.2 sized radiator (RAD). And MAYBE fit in inside depending on your mod skillz. You want to cool your GPU too, you'll need a 120.3 sized rad, and it probably won't fit inside. The rear external rad really works great. No matter what your adding 15lbs to your PC, maybe 20lbs.

    Once you got an idea of what is good/bad then start getting your system for WC put together and we'll be glad to help.

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/index.php? Not a noob site, but great stickies
    http://www.ocforums.com/ My fav, good peeps, know their stuff, less hardcore
    http://www.skinneelabs.com/MartinsLiquidLab/
    http://www.over-clock.com/ivb/index.php?showtopic=20277 A GREAT Europe site
    http://www.overclock.net/water-cooling/
    http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.effizienzgurus.de%2Fmain%2Findex.php%3Fcontent%3Darticle%26action%3Dview_spec_article%26article_id%3D222&langpair=de%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8 Info on rad testing
    http://skinneelabs.com/

    Stores
    http://www.dangerden.com/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1
    http://www.petrastechshop.com/
    http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/
    http://www.jab-tech.com/
  5. Conumdrum said:
    Cool!

    I can only give this advice once. Watercooling isn't like buying something at Best Buy. You have to learn the basics, terminology, minimum requirements depending on your heat load etc. It's based on science and physics, but all the hard math work is done pretty much. When you see the work done by Martin, you'll see what I mean.

    Please ohh please take your time. Read a lot, and by a lot, not just browse these links for 20-30 min, become a member at at least OCForums and spend a week or two following threads, going back 30-50 threads and reading it all. Read all the stickies everywhere. Doing this will keep you from asking crazy basic questions that you can figure out on your own with a small bit of effort.

    Once you decide on what to buy, your knowledge and your skills is all you have. Putting water inside a PC isn't that hard, but people do ruin mobos and video cards by silly mistakes.

    Cya at OCForums, and learn, once the stuff is at your house, it's all up to you. You can't take it back to Best Buy. I'm Conumdrum at OCF.
    ....................................................
    ............................................

    For your benefit please spend a few days reading a LOT. At the busiest places for WC masters. Guys who have done it for YEARS at OC forums and xtreme forums. It took me a while (I was OCing on air, aftermarket stuff, bios settings, best chipsets etc etc) to learn the language and the tricks to a easy install.

    Don't expect miracles, or SUPER DOOPER over clocks. What you will get is a quiet system that can handle OC to the max of your hardware IF you buy quality and buy smart. And minor maintenance too, a bonus for the water cooler.

    Also while there please read on case mods etc. The radiators are not for small cases, pumps and hose routing, wire management and other things are important. Google your planned case and the word water-cooled in one line. You might get lucky.

    IF you just cool your CPU and your NB if you want, you can get by with a 120.2 sized radiator (RAD). And MAYBE fit in inside depending on your mod skillz. You want to cool your GPU too, you'll need a 120.3 sized rad, and it probably won't fit inside. The rear external rad really works great. No matter what your adding 15lbs to your PC, maybe 20lbs.

    Once you got an idea of what is good/bad then start getting your system for WC put together and we'll be glad to help.

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/index.php? Not a noob site, but great stickies
    http://www.ocforums.com/ My fav, good peeps, know their stuff, less hardcore
    http://www.skinneelabs.com/MartinsLiquidLab/
    http://www.over-clock.com/ivb/index.php?showtopic=20277 A GREAT Europe site
    http://www.overclock.net/water-cooling/
    http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.effizienzgurus.de%2Fmain%2Findex.php%3Fcontent%3Darticle%26action%3Dview_spec_article%26article_id%3D222&langpair=de%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8 Info on rad testing
    http://skinneelabs.com/

    Stores
    http://www.dangerden.com/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1
    http://www.petrastechshop.com/
    http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/
    http://www.jab-tech.com/

    Thank you very much for the info. I will read up and learn all about water cooling and when i find all the pieces i think i will need ill post them and make sure u think it will work. Thanks again! Ttys
  6. Hey i have been looking at the threads and stickies and i know most people say not to buy a watercooling kit. But i just have to put this one out there. http://www.thecoolingshop.com/product_info.php/cPath/33_34/products_id/2157 Tell me what you think when u get a chance :) Thanks!
  7. Absolute junk. Buy it be disappointed, in a year you'll have all of it on ebay and no one will buy it. Trust me.

    Sites I POSTED for your info sell quality kits. Notice NONE of them have any TT stuff? There is a reason for that.

    http://www.dangerden.com/index.php [...] e&Itemid=1
    http://www.petrastechshop.com/
    http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/
    http://www.jab-tech.com/


    You haven't spent more than 30 min at any of the links I posted if you found a TT kit for sale. Cya once you get a clue.
  8. Please, please, please....no Thermaltake kits.
  9. ^+1 and +1 for Conumdrum & Rubix for the rest of the thread.
  10. He's moved onto OC forums. Quite a fun excitable in a rush fellow..........................

    Learning tho.
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