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January 8, 2010 1:12:29 PM

Hi there, I am going to be building my first rig in the coming months.

At the moment, I have an ATCS 840 and 850w Corsair HX power supply on the way.

I will be going an i7 920 rig, with two ATI cards (5850 most likely, maybe 5870 ;) ).

I want an internal cooling system, without requiring complicated modification such as cutting the case and so foruth. Using up drive bays etc is not a problem, as I will really just need 2 hard drives max and 1 blu-ray driver.

I want both GPU's and the CPU watercooled. What would be the best components to buy for this, considering components and the case?

Also, is chipset cooling worth it, or is that just going overboard? :p 

Thanks for all advice.

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January 8, 2010 2:00:15 PM

U can have a look at this:

CPU COOLERS:

LIQUID COOLER :

CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I prefer very good air coolers than liquid cooling! So..these:

AIR COOLERS:

Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V10 Hybrid
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE:

Cooler Master HAF 932
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Antec Twelve Hundred
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I think both of these cases have liquid cooling support and the v10 is a very huge air cooler!


When coming to chipset cooling,It may reduce the chipset temps,I dont know more abt gpu cooling

So i think this will help u.......
January 8, 2010 3:02:57 PM

If you want to go WC that I recommend buying a case that already is designed with WC'ing in mind.
Such as the Antec 1200 as listed above and the Gigabyte Sumo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And please read the following thread: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/253958-29-watercoolin...

Once you have read the thread you will understand that you will get better performance and reliability with a custom build WC loop than with a kit or all in one unit like the H50.

-ouch1
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January 8, 2010 3:05:06 PM

Pretty sure the ATCS 840 is more than good at handling a WC setup, definitely more so than an Antec 1200.
January 8, 2010 3:07:08 PM

Also, I was not looking for any kits and cheap things like H50 etc.

Was looking for components.

I know I will get a 3x120mm radiator for the top - but which brand?

Since I plan to do the GPU's too, should I use the 3x120mm for the GPU's and get 2x120mm radiator for the CPU's?

How about the reservoirs, are the tubes required or will the 5 1/4'' bay reservoirs good enough?

Which pump? What type of tubing etc?

That is what I was looking at, at the moment.
January 8, 2010 3:55:41 PM

Mash,

I seriously recommend reading the thread I linked in my previous response. It has alot of information that will seriously help you when it comes to picking water cooling components.

I myself prefer to buy my components from either of the following sites:
DangerDen
Petra's Tech Shop

But the link will give you alot of information that will help you out.

-ouch1
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January 10, 2010 1:17:27 AM

^ Thank you.

@OP: Look at the guide ouch1 linked to.

For an i7:
320 rad
MCP655 micro res
Swiftech XT

For GPU:
320 rad
D5 + micro res.

Make 2 seperate loops. The 920 runs HOTTTTT

Also realize you will need to mod the case.
@Aneesh@4GHz:
WTF are you recommending the HAF 932/Antec 1200,etc when OP has a ATCS 840 (a quite popular case for modding and water cooling)? And the H50 is NOT WATER COOLING and NO BETTER than a $40-50 (ie Rosewill FORTE)air cooler!
January 10, 2010 1:08:08 PM

Shadow703793 said:
^ Thank you.

@OP: Look at the guide ouch1 linked to.

For an i7:
320 rad
MCP655 micro res
Swiftech XT

For GPU:
320 rad
D5 + micro res.

Make 2 seperate loops. The 920 runs HOTTTTT

Also realize you will need to mod the case.
@Aneesh@4GHz:
WTF are you recommending the HAF 932/Antec 1200,etc when OP has a ATCS 840 (a quite popular case for modding and water cooling)? And the H50 is NOT WATER COOLING and NO BETTER than a $40-50 (ie Rosewill FORTE)air cooler!


Thank you, this is very informative!

Do you know what kind of modd'ing I am looking to do on my case? I am up for anything :bounce: 

Also, is the Swiftech XT better than the Heatkiller v3.0? I hear that is seen as the king of i7 blocks?
!