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Water cooling replacement -- can a novice DIY?

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February 29, 2012 7:19:43 PM

Hi all. I need your sage advice.

I have a desktop system I bought from Velocity Micro a few years ago. The system still works reliably and is fast enough for my needs, but the CoolIt Domino ALC unit just failed. I need to decide whether to try to replace it myself or take it in to have it done (for about $200 labor and materials).

I am fairly handy with the computer -- I have installed hard drives, graphics cards, RAM, and power supplies -- but messing with a liquid CPU cooler seems trickier than those. So I need advice -- is this something I should take on myself or leave to the experts?

Thanks,
Jim G.
a c 330 K Overclocking
February 29, 2012 7:47:49 PM

For $200 you could move to an actual watercooling loop that would perform much better.

Price/performance benefits.
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a c 100 K Overclocking
February 29, 2012 7:55:30 PM

IMO scrap it and buy a good air cooler.
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a c 330 K Overclocking
February 29, 2012 7:56:46 PM

^Yep, also a viable option.
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a c 78 K Overclocking
February 29, 2012 7:57:00 PM

^ +1, wow @200 really? that is one huge rip off for a service center to charge. good thing you came here first :) 

anywho - yeah the kit route would be a good option.

* it might cost you a lil over $200 but the experience,knowledge + satisfaction you get is priceless.
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a c 190 K Overclocking
February 29, 2012 7:57:06 PM

Yup, I reckon you are ready for some modding and a real loop
Here to help if you need :-)
Moto
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a c 78 K Overclocking
February 29, 2012 8:10:51 PM

hey moto - ever considered going byt the name mod-o-psychojdn :D 
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February 29, 2012 8:19:30 PM

Thanks for all the input, folks. $200 did sound steep to me, but I need to get more detail -- perhaps they are installing a much nicer unit than the one that died.

As for a real loop, I am tempted, but . . .

1. Isn't that even more of an installation challenge than an all-in-one unit like the CoolIt? My wife will kill me dead if I spend days on end tinkering with this -- it's our main household computer.

2. The system is starting to get long in the tooth, so I don't know if I want to invest that much in it (time or money). I'll likely replace it before too long.

So maybe wolfram's idea of an air cooler is the better way to go? (I know, that's heresy in an overclocking forum! :D )
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a c 78 K Overclocking
February 29, 2012 8:25:11 PM

heresy?!

overclocking forums - nnnnnnoooouh
watercooling section :D  - yeeeas

* welcome to the forums, newcomer!
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a c 100 K Overclocking
February 29, 2012 9:25:26 PM

The better air coolers perform as good as an all in one liquid cooler (if not better).
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a b K Overclocking
February 29, 2012 10:11:00 PM

If you're looking for cheap and good replacement, I'd go no further than the Hyper 212+. Does a dandy fine job for only $30 and can handle some pretty beastly OCs if you need it to.
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a c 190 K Overclocking
February 29, 2012 10:25:52 PM

+1, may as well throw a cooler on that rig, don't pay $200 to the shop, thats dead money
Save what you can and maybe have water on the next build
Moto
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a c 78 K Overclocking
February 29, 2012 10:28:03 PM

from 200 - to nearly 20 dollars... wow what resource skills :) 

+3 to hyper 212
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a c 330 K Overclocking
February 29, 2012 10:57:24 PM

If the discussion is either $30 for the Hyper 212+ (just installed one on my bro's rig last week) or dropping 2 bills on that LCS repair...it's a no brainer.

Edit: Who the $#$%(*&(*&$^%$# charges $200 to repair an $80 (retail price) cooler?
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March 1, 2012 5:30:08 PM

Thanks, all. I'm gonna take your advice and just get a Hyper 212+ and install it myself. Dealing with thermal paste scares me a bit, but I'll muddle through!
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a c 330 K Overclocking
March 1, 2012 5:38:52 PM

Thermal paste application is incredibly simple.
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a c 78 K Overclocking
March 1, 2012 5:54:48 PM

single line application is one easy method
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a c 190 K Overclocking
March 1, 2012 6:01:02 PM

Miss Hoover?
My thermal paste tastes like catfood....
:p 
Moto
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a c 78 K Overclocking
March 1, 2012 6:09:30 PM

modo - much coffee you had today me thinks - hrrrmph!
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a c 100 K Overclocking
March 1, 2012 6:22:41 PM

I ate my red crayon!

Tastes like... buuuuurning
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a c 78 K Overclocking
March 1, 2012 6:26:06 PM

bad kitty bad kitty! belly thrust time!
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a c 190 K Overclocking
March 1, 2012 6:30:37 PM

Erm, wolves being subgenus canus lupus, how exactly is he a bad kitty?
:-)
And dare we ask what is a belly thrust?
Moto
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a c 78 K Overclocking
March 1, 2012 6:56:50 PM

:lol:  i didn't look up the name, spurt of the moment. Belly thrust - look up bollywood pelvic thrusts. Belly thrust is a voluntary action to induce vomiting.

sorry that also came to mind - i used to live in the middle east :p 
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March 8, 2012 1:36:36 AM

Best answer selected by mrjimi.
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