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February 22, 2010 1:42:25 AM

So I've read through the "New to liquid cooling" stickied thread, but I am still fairly noob-ish to the whole thing.

I was wondering if anyone here could offer some specific advice for me....a grocery list of convert my system to liquid cooling. I'm just tired of all of the fan noise....

The more specific you could be, the better. And links would be a god-send!

I have:

Cooler Master HAF-922 case
1366 i7-975
XFX 5970 (not a priority)

If you need more details from me, don't hesitate to ask, but most of it is in my sig. I know I could theoretically spend a fortune on it, but I don't really want to. I'll stay with air cooling if the price is too high.

Thanks in advance!

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a c 86 K Overclocking
February 22, 2010 4:12:16 AM

Try to figure it out yourself. There are forums listed in the sticky at the top and many guides. It's up to you to make the effort. Every rig is different, everyones need are different. You don't have to watercool if your not in the 'mood' to spend a few weeks or months doing you homework.

Your stuff, your effort, your results. You'd be looking at $500 min if that helps.
a c 128 K Overclocking
February 22, 2010 7:29:46 AM

watercooling wont make your PC silent if thats what your after, even if you use 800RPM fans. The pump produces noice. I can just hear my mcp350 over my 22DB fans. Its still very quiet but not silent.
Check out some other forums like

You'll need roughly $300 for a CPU loop and $500 for a GPU and CPU loop Not cheap.
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February 22, 2010 2:45:00 PM

There's a few things you need to know/decide before you go watercooling:

1) Watercooling can only lower your temperatures to an equal or greater temp than the ambient air. Even though liquid will be cooling your components, the liquid itself still is cooled by fans (which generate noise). The fans can only cool the liquid to the temperature of the ambient air that the fans are pushing.

2) You need to decide whether to build your own system or buy a prebuilt system. Prebuilt systems are cheaper and easier to install, but are not as efficient. If you build it yourself, you'll get a much better performing system that has a bit more versatility.

You should be looking at:

A pump with decent CFM around $70 - $110. 3/8ID tubing and nozzles.
A radiator (heat exchanger) with 2x 120MM fans, preferably copper and dual-pass
A small reservoir that matches your systems design.

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a b K Overclocking
February 23, 2010 1:34:37 AM

I have to say liquid cooling my graphics card really lowered noise because graphics cards unlike CPU coolers have really small fans that can create a very annoying whine. (There isn't a rad that gives anywhere near as much $/performance than this one) (very good pump, though the MCP355 is also very good. (beat CPU waterblock according to benchmarks) (you need like 6 of these doesn't have to be this one or the same diameter. The one linked is 1/2". Go for that or 3/8". Both tubing is fine, 1/2" has higher flow rate but 3/8" is easier to work with.)

Newegg doesn't have tubing or reservoirs but you can find those anywhere. Just wanted to give you links so you know what you are looking for.
February 23, 2010 11:26:14 AM

Best answer selected by mtnboydl.
February 26, 2010 5:45:29 PM

instead of the enzotech ones get some danger den fat boys from jab tech. they have cheap stuff then new egg you can get that same pump for 60. i just got a whole system from them and i saved about 100 over newegg. thats and the first poster is right its best to figure it out your self