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September 3, 2012 10:37:03 PM

This is the setup im planning on getting

BitFenix Prodigy Case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asrock Z77-ITX LGA 1155 mother board.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel i5 3570k

8 gb ram

one ssd 64gb
one 3.5" 500GB

MSI R7950 Twin Frozr.

So with the size limitations that my case has im trying to figure out the best heating configuration for my case.

I want to be able to overclock my gpu (I think the current gpu cooler msi provides should be able to do that)

I want my overall system to be quite.

I want my cpu to over clock to 4.5 Ghz.

I dont want to spend an arm and a leg on liquid cooling.

I will not be using the optical drive bay for my computer case.

I am currently looking at the corsair h100 due to its size. I understand this is not "true liquid cooling" but it does seem to fit in my case and meet my requirements.(other than the noise that is)

Id like to keep the heating solution to within 150 $.

Thanks for the help
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September 4, 2012 4:36:18 AM

amuffin said:
NO^^

JUST NO.


Have you read the watercooling sticky?
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/277130-29-read-first-...

You can get an XSPC RS kit for under $150 that absolutely destroys the H100!


I have glanced over it. How hard is it to assemble one of these kits. I am lacking on time being in college. Classes are hard. But if it is really not a hard thing to do i can give it a look see.

Id also like to know what the dBa reading on a kit like this would be. If i can keep it to 22 dBa while still having massive overclocking then i think i could be convinced to go this route.

And then lastly im worried about leaks that could come through putting these kits together wrong. Be a major bummer for that to happen

Oh and do you think my Msi gpu willl be fine for overclocking that card and keeping the noise levels low

Thanks for your replys
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September 4, 2012 4:38:50 AM

When you have time read the sticky thoroughly!

I'm not sure what dBa this kit produces, but it shouldn't be that loud.

It's pretty hard to go wrong with these kits, you can always assemble the loop outside of the case and them install it inside.
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September 4, 2012 4:39:55 AM

amuffin said:
When you have time read the sticky thoroughly!

I'm not sure what dBa this kit produces, but it shouldn't be that loud.

It's pretty hard to go wrong with these kits, you can always assemble the loop outside of the case and them install it inside.


Fair enough.

So maybe ill go this route.

Ill let you know what i decide.

All i know is that im not particular to jet engines. =]
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September 4, 2012 4:47:29 AM

bootlessxfly said:
Fair enough.

So maybe ill go this route.

Ill let you know what i decide.

All i know is that im not particular to jet engines. =]

This is the kit:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16891/ex-wat-219/XSPC...

You'll have to buy Distilled water, which is fairly cheap (1 gal=59-89 cents) to fill up the loop.

For reference (particularly your case):
http://www.overclock.net/t/1275419/build-log-liquid-pro...
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/case-mods-worklog-...
http://www.overclock.net/t/1296642/watercooled-bitfenix...
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September 4, 2012 6:41:27 AM

Ive decided im going to get this
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16893/ex-wat-221/XSPC...
Also to keep noise down ill being using these 2 120 mm fans on the rad:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
dBa = roughly 21 dBa (as far as i can tell this shouldnt effect my liquid cooling performance)


Ive decided to go with this for my front intake
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
dBa roughly 19 dBa

And this for my rear exhaust
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
dBa roughly 16 dba

And i do not plan on using a gpu liquid cooling just MSI twin Frozr system.

This will put my gpu being the loudest at 32(sh) dba on a heavy loud. Any ways to get this sound level down? I dont think i can afford gpu liquid cooling. perferably to the 25 dBa area.

Please correct me if anyof this is wrong
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a c 150 K Overclocking
September 4, 2012 7:57:49 AM

I'm not sure if that rad is going to fit...the RX240 is fairly thick!
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September 4, 2012 8:01:37 AM

If that is the case i will downgrade to the RS240. However my case will not have a optical drive in it. But either way. Will the after market fans i chose for the rad work. And after doing a bit more research i dont think im going to be able to get my gpu much cooler with adding a loop to my system. But thats lloking like itll be expensive since just the waterbloack is 100 dollers.
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a c 150 K Overclocking
September 4, 2012 8:09:29 AM

What about the EX240? It's a hybrid of both, but more on the RS side. I've got one myself......


Anyways, higher FPI rads require fans with higher static pressure.


Did you read the sticky?
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September 4, 2012 8:18:46 AM

i did i mis undrstof cfm with static i think. ill keep the stock fans than. But the stock fans give me right around 30 dba so thats no to bad. Better than the h100 anyways. Im gonna go this route unless i can find some air cooler with below 30 dba sound rating that allows me to overclock and fits in my case. Since i dont see that happening it looks like ill stick with this set up. Not to bad seeing as peeople rate 30 db at a night time room. Thanks for your inputs muffin

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September 4, 2012 8:19:33 AM

bootlessxfly said:
If that is the case i will downgrade to the RS240. However my case will not have a optical drive in it. But either way. Will the after market fans i chose for the rad work. And after doing a bit more research i dont think im going to be able to get my gpu much cooler with adding a loop to my system. But thats lloking like itll be expensive since just the waterbloack is 100 dollers.


No optical drive? How are you going to install OS, motherboard drivers that you cant get on net? Plug in a USB disk drive? Good luck with that you will be there forever. I only use my disc drive for installs also, everything else is digital. Trust me its a $20 necessity you will regret later.

As with the water loop I agree with amuffin, the XSPC kits are great. They are the best complete kits out there without going fully custom.
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September 5, 2012 4:30:29 PM

i was planning on using a thumb drive to install wndows. This has always worked with greater speeds for me then the cds with linux. I assumed that this would be the case with windows 7. So i don't exactly see the logic there( although i could be wrong). However i most defaintly do not need an internal optical drive when i can plug one in externally. Esspecially at the cost of quite effective cooling. thanks for you inputs though.

and please feel free to correct me if im wrong. This is a learning process for me

EDIT:
Decently good point on motherboard updates though. Would doing this through a dos bootable medium not be possible. I have only done bios work through a cd. And im pretty sure my board is UEFI which i have never tried a bootable usb medium with before.

However i still stick to the point that all i would need is an external dvd palyer
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September 5, 2012 8:39:41 PM

While Sata & sata 2 connections are much faster USB 2.0 you probably wont see a huge difference in real world read times. The problem is the time it takes to convert a DVD to a thumb drive can take forever. You could put an external drive if you really wanted to, but that just means an extra external part that you have to be moving around and just easier to have a built in one, plus external disc drives are more expensive.

An internal disc drive would not hurt your cooling if that what your are implying. There are small, hardly produce any heat, use little power, and are cheap. So you can build with no disc drive if you reallly want to but to me it would be more trouble than what it's worth.
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September 5, 2012 9:11:18 PM

I think this will be a matter of preference. Ive installed many a operating system through usb though and it is almost always in my opinion faster. I have never installed windows through usb. But, for example, when i run my arch live medeium, theres is less noticible load time through my usb setup then the live cd i used to use. But if space permits ill go ahead and install a optical drive. But right now my space is very limited(its an itx case after all) and i think the fans ive bought wont fit in the with a optical drive. But thanks for your input ill consider this before my final purchase
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a b K Overclocking
September 5, 2012 10:35:58 PM

Just grab hold of the cooling system mate :p  leave the "operating system" thing aside :) 
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