Avg. Idle temps = 40, 35, 34, 39
Full load Temps = 72, 68, 67, 71
These temps are without the q6600 being overclocked, and would like them to be alot lower before I overclock.
As I said I’m a total noob and have no idea what I need or how to go about building a watercooled system. My budged is around £150 ($247).
I’ve had a look and seen full kits like the Zalman RESERATOR 1 V2 or the Thermaltake Bigwater 770, but have no idea if they are any good, upgradeable or worth the money. Or do I start from scratch and build a custom system (but I have no idea where to start or what I need).
I would like to mainly cool the CPU, but i would love to be able to upgradeand have the option to cool everything
1) Read Conumdrum's sticky at the top of this forum, and I mean READ everything. All the guides and links he has are invaluable. READ them all carefully. Then check out his links to skinneelabs ratings, where you will find a head-to-head comparison of several different 120.3 radiators. Depending on your GPU you may or may not need that much cooling, but now you know approximately how much heat they can dissipate and what fan speeds you will need.
2) Before you spend hundreds (yes hundreds!) of dollars on a good watercooling system, are you sure you can't get the temps you need with air. You have a good case, the Antec 900 should give you plenty of internal airflow. Your Heat Sink is NOT a performance heatsink, it is designed for low-noise operation.
In short, your cooler is pretty poor... very quiet, better than a stock cooler, but not a great performer...
Before you drop hundreds of dollars into water cooling, there are many cheaper ways to a increase your cooling performance:
FREE: Make sure you case is in a relatively open-air environment. If it is inside a cabinet or closed space, it will not be able to get good airflow, and your performance will suffer
$15-$25: Swap out a better fan on your existing heatsink. The fan it comes with ranges from 600 - 1500 RPM (which is rather slow) and pushes 35.7 CFM, which isn't very much. Once again, this heatsink is designed for low-noise operation, not performance cooling. I am hoping that it is a standard 120 x 120 x 25 mm fan, but before you order a replacement fan, please please please double-check the existing fan's thickness. If it is a standard 120x120x25, then something like this Delta AFC1212D would be a good choice for pure performance as it pushes nearly three times the amount of air (but it will be loud). Other fans may run quieter, and still push respectable amounts of air. Just remember to measure the thickness of the existing fan first, and then remember to get a 120mm "PWM" fan.
$40-$65: Get a whole new heatsink designed for better performance. See this website for reviews: http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm. It is a little out-dated, but it is an excellent place to start your search.
If all of these won't work, or if you truly are looking for a silent system, only then you should consider watercooling. But READ Conumdrum's sticky first!
I’ve done some research and created a mini list of what i think could be a good start in the world of wc. I know it’s all from one site but I just want to put it up and ask advice before I spend endless time on the net searching for cheaper prices.
Please let me know if you know of cheaper bits or better ones, also if i have missed anything out...