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December 1, 2010 5:15:38 PM

I'm not sure if this is the right forum but I assume it is since water cooling is a mod..

So the relevant parts for my build to water cooling.. I have a HAF 922 with SLI GTX 260's, an Asus p7p55d pro, 3 hard disks, and a cd drive. I would like to install a water cooling system on my graphics cards because I live in a dormitory and the high GPU temperatures can raise room temperatures pretty significantly after even an hour of gaming.

This is my question.. Do you think I need to get a bigger case for water cooling? I've tried to do wire management with my Corsair tx950w porwer supply, but most of the cables are not quite long enough to be wrapped around the case, so I'm having a hard time figuring out if I'd have room to implement the water/liquid cooling system. If I were to implement a liquid cooling system I'd like to look into removing all air cooling also to make the case silent...

any feedback would be amazing! thank you greatly in advance, joe.


Edit: As an aside, I am open to recommendations for better cases for water cooling.

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a c 164 ) Power supply
December 1, 2010 5:27:21 PM

the HAF is a very good case and has plenty of room of water cooling up top



FYI, most water cooling set ups I have seen have been rather loud compared to air coolers.
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December 1, 2010 7:08:31 PM

The noise from a Watercooling setup depends on the fans you use and what rads you have for the loop/build.

A guide to look into - http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/256607-29-watercoolin...

the CPU block will already have a good polished surface but you could always look for a better finish by lapping - not exaclty the same but similar - http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/259902-29-heat-sink-l...

case - depends on whether you want the rads to be inside the case or outside the case.

Edit - take a look at the Swiftech H20-220 EDGE/H2-320 EDGE watercooling kit

Site - http://www.swiftnets.com/products/h20-x20-edge.asp

Review - http://www.overclockershq.com/cooling/swiftech-h20-320-... (the same details in info but with a video of the device)
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December 2, 2010 6:22:39 AM

Thank you both for your feedback! I did not realize that water cooling was going to be a noisy alternative.. Ah well. I'll have to weigh the pros and cons some more. Also thank you for the reccomendations Lutfij! Great help.
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a b ) Power supply
December 2, 2010 7:21:58 AM

you can mount the 220 rad to the top of the HAF922 internally :)  or any 220 rad out there. Fan recommendations - all of which are 120mm
1 Yate loons
2 Sharkoon Silent Eagle
3 Scythe Gentle Typhoon
4 theres a huge metal fan that draws more than 12V of power (i can't put my finger on its name) but its CFM is so high and the blades spin so fast you can't put anything to it...it justs blows everything out of the water - I'll post it when i remember :)  it also has good static pressure but its very noisy!

but options 1~3 are quiter options.

a thumb rule can be, if you'd want a quieter setup - get a larger rad or maybe 2 loops running 2x320 rad.
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December 2, 2010 7:47:41 AM

joethegreek said:
I would like to install a water cooling system on my graphics cards because I live in a dormitory and the high GPU temperatures can raise room temperatures pretty significantly after even an hour of gaming.


The best that can do is transfer the heat more efficiently to the room: it won't cool the room down unless you have the radiator(s) outside. Have you tried opening a window?
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December 2, 2010 10:43:42 AM

Andy2008 said:
The best that can do is transfer the heat more efficiently to the room: it won't cool the room down unless you have the radiator(s) outside. Have you tried opening a window?

+1

It would cost more to watercool those cards than they are worth, if I were a student with money to blow like that, I'd buy a new GTX460 and sell the 260's to fund another 460.
Cooler running , higher performance cards with less money out of pocket.
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December 2, 2010 4:52:47 PM

delluser1 said:
+1

It would cost more to watercool those cards than they are worth, if I were a student with money to blow like that, I'd buy a new GTX460 and sell the 260's to fund another 460.
Cooler running , higher performance cards with less money out of pocket.


I just buy one component at a time ;) . And yes, I generally play with my window open but that doesn't help during the summer when it's really hot. I totally forgot the way that cooling systems work as well.. I was hoping that I could get a cooling apparatus that didn't warm up on the other side but that defies physics.. heh..
So SLI GTX 460's would be awesome, but that means I'd need to sell both my 260's and then buy the 460's when the performance boost isn't justified.
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