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April 20, 2009 12:18:57 PM

Hi I am going to build an Intel i7 940 system but want to direct to water cooling than normal air cooling. Since I have never gone down the road of water cooling before, which would be the best all round water cooling kit to buy for my build?

The main components to cool would be the intel i7 940 cpu and the xfx gtx 285 gfx card.

Thanks for reading and your help.

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April 20, 2009 1:26:26 PM

A prebuilt kit would be a good start. This kit has good reviews. Also, the Apogee GTZ CPU water-block is better than the one in the H20-220 kit.

H20-220 Apex Ultima Plus
http://www.swiftnets.com/products/H20-220-APEX-ULTIMA-p...

The specs say i7 LGA 1366 is compatible, but I don't see the part. Ask the seller or get this as well:

Apogee-GTZ-Ci7
socket 1366 hold-down plate

Find Apogee-GTZ-Ci7 on this page for pic:

http://www.swiftnets.com/products/APOGEE-gtz.asp

The GTX 280 & 285 PCBs look identical to me. I think the bundled VGA waterblock will fit:

http://www.overclockers.ru/images/news/2009/01/10/285-p...

If not, wait for the 285 waterblock to be out shortly. Yes, you can hook up only cpu to w/c for now. Or even both cpu & chipset.

http://www.swiftech.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1002

Lastly, the kit comes with cpu/chipset/gpu blocks & everything else except coolant. The bundled bottle is an additive. Mix it with distilled water for about $2 at most supermarkets. Do NOT get deionized water. It's not as good as distilled for this application.
a c 90 B Homebuilt system
April 20, 2009 1:28:59 PM

What case do you have?
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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
April 20, 2009 1:30:12 PM

And while you're at it - list all your parts so we know what's in the case that might conflict with the different water cooling kits.
April 25, 2009 8:12:17 AM

Hi, the parts are -

Antec Black Twelve Hundred Tower Case
Gigabyte S1366 Intel X58 DDR3 ATX Audio 2GbE Lan 3 Channel
Intel Nehalem i7 940 S1366 2.93GHz
Enermax Revolution 850W PSU - 91% Efficiency Certified
XFX GTX 285 1GB DDR3 Dual Link DVI Black Edition 690/2.6Ghz
OCZ 6GB DDR3 1600MHz Triple Channel Memory Kit CL8 1.65V
Samsung 1TB 7200RPM 32MB S300 3.5"
Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series Soundcard


Thats the lot for the case. I was told by another member of this forum that the case would be too much bit I was thinking of space inside, and it has had a lot of good comments about it. What do u think?

Thanks for all your help and advice.
April 25, 2009 9:18:50 AM

the PSU may be hit and miss but I don't know if enermax has improved or not so have another PSU in mind.

and if your overclocking then save yourslef the money and get a i7 920 D0 since they currently overclock the furthest out of the i7's.
April 25, 2009 10:17:24 AM

What do you think of the gfx card? Do u think it makes a difference to the manifacturer of the card when choosing one? I have never used XFX before so Im not too sure how good it will be.

Thanks again for all your advice :) 
April 26, 2009 11:48:27 AM

WR2 said:
And while you're at it - list all your parts so we know what's in the case that might conflict with the different water cooling kits.


Hi, the parts are -

Antec Black Twelve Hundred Tower Case
Gigabyte S1366 Intel X58 DDR3 ATX Audio 2GbE Lan 3 Channel
Intel Nehalem i7 940 S1366 2.93GHz
Enermax Revolution 850W PSU - 91% Efficiency Certified
XFX GTX 285 1GB DDR3 Dual Link DVI Black Edition 690/2.6Ghz
OCZ 6GB DDR3 1600MHz Triple Channel Memory Kit CL8 1.65V
Samsung 1TB 7200RPM 32MB S300 3.5"
Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series Soundcard


Thats the lot for the case. I was told by another member of this forum that the case would be too much bit I was thinking of space inside, and it has had a lot of good comments about it. What do u think?

Thanks for all your help and advice.
April 26, 2009 11:53:53 AM

Helloworld_98 said:
the PSU may be hit and miss but I don't know if enermax has improved or not so have another PSU in mind.

and if your overclocking then save yourslef the money and get a i7 920 D0 since they currently overclock the furthest out of the i7's.



Hi I have changed the power supply to this one - Coolermaster 1100W UCP (Ultimate Circuit Protection) PSU - 80% Bronze Certified Efficiency

I hear that the 920 can be overclocked to 3.2 from a 2.6. Do u think that I will have enough powe with this one?

Thanks again for your help and advice
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