Best Water Cooling System

Read up on some forums, including the ones in this topic. I have been looking into getting a water cooling system by Swiftech and I am finding that overall this one looks right. http://www.swiftnets.com/products/H20-220-APEX-ULTIMA-plus.asp . I just want to make sure that I am reading everything correctly before I make a finalized purchase and confirm that it is compatible and no other purchases will be necessary to make it compatible (adapters, fittings, etc..)

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202
Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188046
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145224 x2
Chassis: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146051&Tpk=nzxt%20whisper
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136296 x3
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130442 x1 right now but x2 in the future
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139007&Tpk=HX1000W

Thanks
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  1. Ugh, I had a post going and hit refresh...got rid of it all.

    Need a bigger rad...esp if you are adding in that GPU to the loop. That radiator will only work (at stock speeds) on your i7. Add another radiator of equal or greater size if you want the loop to include that 280.

    http://martin.skinneelabs.com/index.html

    Read up on rads/cooling/watts/fans/pumps/flow rates.
  2. Read all of this too, don't rush, read a LOT!

    Guides
    http://forums.extremeoverclocking.com/showthread.php?t=282232 Pretty up to date info and buying guide
    http://gilgameshreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=75:hokiealumnus&catid=40:overclocking-and-cooling&Itemid=86 Another good guide
    http://forums.extremeoverclocking.com/showthread.php?t=312743 What to do once all the stuff is in the door
    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=223835 Many build logs on MANY cases, great learning tool.

    My latest rig:
    http://www.ocforums.com/showthread.php?t=604016

    Forums
    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.over-clock.com/ivb/inde [...] opic=20277 A GREAT Europe site
    http://www.overclock.net/water-cooling/ Decent site

    Tests on equipment, not reviews, truly scientific tests
    http://translate.google.com/transl [...] n&ie=UTF-8 Info on rad testing
    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=220593 More rad testing
    http://skinneelabs.com/ Host for Martins lab and some newer tests
    http://www.skinneelabs.com/MartinsLiquidLab/ Test results, very technical


    Stores
    http://www.dangerden.com
    http://www.petrastechshop.com/
    http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/
    http://www.jab-tech.com/
    http://www.performance-pcs.com
  3. WOW, conundrum.

    Those seem extrodinarly smilar links from the last post you made about watercooling.

    (=
  4. ^They are the same ones. We end up answering the same questions over and over again. That's why 'read/research' is heavy on our to-do list for new WC'ers.
  5. ^^
    Thanks that was the joke...Like i said the last time he posted those:

    I have things already typed out for when people ask a vriety of questions about overclocking.

    (=
  6. I read it too! The reason I asked was I wanted your direct opinions on the exact setup I had
  7. Mandelevi. If you plan to cool a i7 and the NB AND a GPU you better be looking at a MINIMUM of a 120x3 rad, possibly a 120x4 rad. That rad is just way too small. But, it is able to easily add another 120x2 rad to the loop. The pump can handle it.

    So buy another 120x2 MCR220, fittings, some hose your okay.
  8. Yeah, definetly need atleast a 120x3
  9. Go to a scrapyard and check out car heater cores or motorbike radiators. Look for ones that have lots of fine channels and dense fins. Oil coolers also work okay, if you can find one small enough.

    Those suckers tend to dissipate a lot of heat. They work best when coupled with impingent blocks and a high-pressure pump.

    Note that you'll need a largish case - the Golf core I'm using measures at 140x200x50mm, on an i7 940 at 4.4GHz and two 4870 1GB cards. The coolant temperature (separate electronic probe, software can go stuff itself) is a constant 39ºC after it's warmed up. Speedfan claims the CPU temp is 46ºC at high, but it's known to lie.

    Incidentally, don't ask what blocks I'm using, since both the VGA blocks and the CPU block are custom built.
  10. awesome thanks! just looking to have a set-up like this on my cosmos 1000 http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showpost.php?p=3713280&postcount=486 . What kind of pump set-up is he using on that? I looks like a DD Laing type of pump with an acrylic top and an acrylic reservoir attached to the pump.
  11. Looks like a MCP355 with a XSPC top...that would be my guess...
  12. swiftech apogee gtz cpu block : swiftech mcr320 rad : swiftech mcp355 12 vdc pump w/ xspc reservoir top: DD-GTX285 gpu block

    More research, more research, more research. I love research! =D

    Opinions on that WC set-up for a cosmos 1000 chassis
    : The only thing I have worries about is that the 120mmx2 fan mounts located at the top of the chassis won't fit a 120mmx3 rad on it

    Once again: http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showpost.php?p=3713280&postcount=486 going for that look only with my mods.

    Thanks
  13. Mandlevi said:
    swiftech apogee gtz cpu block : swiftech mcr320 rad : swiftech mcp355 12 vdc pump w/ xspc reservoir top: DD-GTX285 gpu block

    More research, more research, more research. I love research! =D

    Opinions on that WC set-up for a cosmos 1000 chassis
    : The only thing I have worries about is that the 120mmx2 fan mounts located at the top of the chassis won't fit a 120mmx3 rad on it

    Once again: http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showpost.php?p=3713280&postcount=486 going for that look only with my mods.

    Thanks



    Now that you found a really top notch forum to post at, why the heck are you still here? Be careful at XS, no stopid questions.

    I'm the same name there.....................
  14. Hey... i post on XS and overclockforums and oc.net (under the same name)

    But i still post here to (=
  15. LOL me too, I'm the same name on XS and OCForums. I come here to help, I dunno why. OCF is diff than the one you frequent. It's kinda my homie place.
  16. I like overclock.net...

    but ocf is alright. I just like how helpful people like nol are on overclock.net
  17. post more....LOL
  18. Quote:
    damn u guys post wayyyy too long and on different forums too! holy..thats like 1k+ posts?
    btw how to get more points?



    We don't care about points etc, we care about what we do to help the community. kapich noob?
  19. Yep, its almost entertaining to me...

    I logg into the computer in the morning grab a bowl of popcorn and start lmao at peoples stupid questions

    and i like answering them (it gives you that warm fuzy feeling inside that says
    "i just contributed to the community, because of me THF isnt going to die")

    LOL
  20. What are these 'points' to which you refer? Are they cash redeemable?
  21. Mugz said:
    What are these 'points' to which you refer? Are they cash redeemable?



    No, they are not cash redeamable but you can go to the "toms store" and spend your points on a plethora of EXTREME prizes! [:jaydeejohn:4]
  22. Oh. Damn.
  23. Do they have those plastic-hinged snakes, paddle balls and cheak Jax sets?
  24. Quote:
    Go to a scrapyard and check out car heater cores or motorbike radiators. Look for ones that have lots of fine channels and dense fins. Oil coolers also work okay, if you can find one small enough.

    +1 on the heater core. HOWEVER, unless you buy a brand new oil cooler most(if not all) of the oil coolers in the yard are used meaning they have oil. Oil can easily damage the pump/block,etc.
  25. Conumdrum said:
    We don't care about points etc, we care about what we do to help the community. kapich noob?

    I don't care much about the points too, but I DO CARE about when people like you,me,zorg,et al are given crappy titles. ie. wtf is up with "wannabe"?)
  26. I want my old title back. 'resident a$$hole"
  27. You, sir, have been Knighted...Sir Conumdrum, Tom's Resident A$$hole.

    :)
  28. ^^ HAHA

    ANd i hate how all the people who just joined get so much more points than us

    like i saw this one guy who had 13 posts and like 260 points and i was like WTF?!?!
  29. Makes no sense...kind of a stupid concept to me.
  30. yeah, i liked the old way much better.
  31. Yeah, maybe they would get response from users if they gave them gold stars or stamps on their hands after recess.
  32. ^LOL

    Why did they need to change a system that was put in effect like 10 years ago and it worked fine?

    Seams odd to me.
  33. To make what you once knew completely irrelevant. That's all I can think of.
  34. *sigh*
  35. rubix_1011 said:
    You, sir, have been Knighted...Sir Conumdrum, Tom's Resident A$$hole.

    :)



    Sir Conumdrum, Tom's Resident Watercooled A$$hole. I am chilled where it counts..........
    I like that better, I'm not on the other subforums.

    I never payed too much attention to the names they give us anyway.
  36. I remember the old format. Fondly. I remember the old people too. Very fondly.

    Oh, well... every time a working system gets taken over it gets replaced by the shiny new crap that doesn't work but makes the people in charge feel all important and stuff.

    Discuss.
  37. Conumdrum said:
    Sir Conumdrum, Tom's Resident Watercooled A$$hole. I am chilled where it counts..........
    I like that better, I'm not on the other subforums.

    I never payed too much attention to the names they give us anyway.


    LOL...your choice...works for me. I'll admit, you do come off rather rough around the edges, but seriously, I have seen myself getting that way with people that refuse to do even a little homework first.

    "Hey guys, I was thinking about putting a computer in a mini-fridge, I am positive it will work. Here is why I am right regardless all of you have seen/heard/experienced otherwise...and how I will be a complete jerk about it..."
  38. You would think they would credit the users with the most postings here with a better title and a spike in points since they have obviously earned them.

    I agree the points dont mean anything but it is a slap in the face to have noobs floating around here with more points than the regulars.

    Anyone out there with their hands in the website reading this?...
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