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July 5, 2010 7:46:59 AM

So I inherited some good stuff about a month ago. A Asus P5Q Deluxe and a Q9650. I know, it's older technology. But I think I can make something nice out of it. At the moment I have it in a old Raidmax Smilodon case (one of the few I've owned with a removable hard drive trey, but piss poor for cable management). I installed 2 thermaltake 74CFM fans (intake and exhaust, although for intake I think its not working very well since it has a front door panel) and put in my 500W TruPower 2.0 500W PSU. It's about 2 years old, but hardly used. I also installed my 2 4770's in crossfire. According to the Antec PSU calculator And at 25% aging I get a total required wattage of 425W.

Also I put in 8GB of Patriot Viper DDR2 1066. And lastly I installed a Zalman 9900ALED cooler, since this thing tends to run warm. Initially I planned to overclock the machine (hence the Zalman) and got it to over 4 GHz and it was pretty stable. This being older tech. there are dozens of ways to "cookbook" the overclock. I plan to do that.

But for this machines last Hurrah! I want to water cool and overclock this beast to it's breaking point. I will not be using my current case or PSU. And I would consider watercooling the chipset, the CPU and strongly consider water cooling my twin 4770's. But since they run relatively cool I may just as well not do that.

I was thinking that I would use a Corsair 650W or 750W modular PSU and strongly consider a Corsair D700 (same as the D800, but no hot-swap drives). I want to run a water cooling setup that will keep the CPU to no more than 50C at 4.1Ghz. I know this is older tech, and the death knell has rung for the 775 platform, but I want to try this. Not so much for the over clock, but for the experience. If I fry this setup I will be a little sad, but since it was hand me down and last gen's technology. But if I can get this running well, and make it looks REALLY nice, I can take that experience and eventually create a monster 1366 system next year, or better yet OC my AMD setup (after I get a better motherboard, my 890GPA-UD3H is NOT the best board, I think.)

Any suggestions on what route to take on this project?

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July 5, 2010 8:28:06 AM

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it's older technology


Heh, no, socket A is old technology. You can still buy both those parts new. A Q9650 is about the same speed as an i7 920, just a hair slower.


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500W TruPower 2.0 500W PSU. It's about 2 years old, but hardly used. I also installed my 2 4770's in crossfire. According to the Antec PSU calculator And at 25% aging I get a total required wattage of 425W.


Sounds fine as long as the PSU in question can actually deliver it's rated wattage and enough of that wattage is available as 12V amps... I don't recall much about that PSU tonight.


The LGA 775 and LGA 1366 sockets are not so different, and any water cooling setup you buy for the first will easily make the transition to the second.

Do you realize that you will have to spend money on this? Water cooling is not cheap. It's also not like building a PC in that you really need the knowledge up front before you order parts. You can't take a shortcut.

There is only one place to get a real education about water cooling, and it's not here. It's here:

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=...

Read the stickies, read the posts, but don't post on the forum until you have some clue... not so newbie friendly as TH ;) 

Minimum cost to WC your Q 9650.... around 300 bucks, but that will be an expandable loop that will accommodate later CPUs.
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July 5, 2010 9:38:11 AM

Proximon said:
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it's older technology


Heh, no, socket A is old technology. You can still buy both those parts new. A Q9650 is about the same speed as an i7 920, just a hair slower.


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500W TruPower 2.0 500W PSU. It's about 2 years old, but hardly used. I also installed my 2 4770's in crossfire. According to the Antec PSU calculator And at 25% aging I get a total required wattage of 425W.


Sounds fine as long as the PSU in question can actually deliver it's rated wattage and enough of that wattage is available as 12V amps... I don't recall much about that PSU tonight.


The LGA 775 and LGA 1366 sockets are not so different, and any water cooling setup you buy for the first will easily make the transition to the second.

Do you realize that you will have to spend money on this? Water cooling is not cheap. It's also not like building a PC in that you really need the knowledge up front before you order parts. You can't take a shortcut.

There is only one place to get a real education about water cooling, and it's not here. It's here:

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=...

Read the stickies, read the posts, but don't post on the forum until you have some clue... not so newbie friendly as TH ;) 

Minimum cost to WC your Q 9650.... around 300 bucks, but that will be an expandable loop that will accommodate later CPUs.


Honestly the $300 price tag doesn't phase me at all. I've gone through $50 for a H50, $70 for the Zalman 9900A and $30 for a CM Hyper 212+ so spending money isn't a huge deal. Hell, I anticipate having to spend $250 for the Corsair 700D and another $100-$125 on a good Corsair modular PSU. I just figured this was a good sort of "Test" machine to see if I can do it and make it look presentable. I've been building computers professionally for about 10 years, but the only water cooling I've done was the fake WC that is the H50. It's not a bad setup, but only good for a small OC in my opinion. The 120MM Rad just isn't enough to get the kinds of speed I wanted at the time. But I appreciate the leg up, pal. Thanks!
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July 5, 2010 9:48:13 AM

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July 5, 2010 7:58:38 PM

The Swiftech kit, while not exactly the way I did it, is a good example of a proper starter loop:
http://www.petrastechshop.com/swh2ulcpulic.html

Here is a few shopping links that I have used and like:
http://www.frozencpu.com/
Big selection but not great prices

http://www.jab-tech.com/
Nice selection, good prices, and one of the best sources for fans

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...
Lots of excellent parts, stuff you might not see elsewhere, some great prices

http://www.koolertek.com/
I found very good prices here on tubing, and they delivered in a timely fashion

http://www.petrastechshop.com/
A favorite among water folks. Very high rep.
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