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May 26, 2012 9:34:20 PM

I am looking for the best possible setup to convert my system to liquid cooling. Size/shape doesn't matter because I am going to rebuild my homemade chassis to accommodate the new setup. I have never installed or owned a liquid cooling setup, so any help would be VERY appreciated. I would like to cool as many of the following components as I can. Here is my setup:

Motherboard: Asus Rampage III black edition R.O.G.
Processor: Intel Core i7 975 Extreme
Memory: 6x 4gb Corsair Vengeance
Video Cards: 2x MSI Twin Frozr II 560ti
Power Supply: Ultra X3 1600 watt
Hard Drives: 1. WD Velociraptor 300gb 10k rpm
2. 3x Seagate Barracuda XT 2tb
Optical Drives: 1. Sony Optiarc BDRW
2. Sony Optiarc DVDRW

On a side note, I saved quite a bit by not going with the 580 series cards instead, and just thought I would mention that I do not regret it. I am VERY impressed with the performance of these cards. I just couldn't see paying 200 bucks more per card without giving these a try first, and I am glad I did.


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May 26, 2012 9:55:16 PM

On a sidenote I need to add that I have been running CoreTemp, and all 4 cores are reported as running mid 60'sC, which by what I have researched is extremely high.
Right now I am running a Thermaltake spinQ which dropped it to mid 50's. But I think that is still high. When I am gaming it only raises by around 2 degrees. I correctly applied the thermal paste, which I have done many times. I cannot seem to find the "shut it down cause its gonna blow up" temp though. If anyone knows how hot it can get before it could cause damage please let me know.
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May 26, 2012 10:35:51 PM

Intels tend to have a 72'C roof, although going higher is possible but with an exponentially increased chance of BBS,
Water wise, whats the budget?
And realistically you only need to cool the Cpu and Gpu's, although a secondary loop for chipset and ram could be an option, its not strictly necessary
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May 27, 2012 12:45:14 AM

Motopsychojdn said:
Intels tend to have a 72'C roof, although going higher is possible but with an exponentially increased chance of BBS,
Water wise, whats the budget?
And realistically you only need to cool the Cpu and Gpu's, although a secondary loop for chipset and ram could be an option, its not strictly necessary
Moto







I don't know what the cost of an average complete setup is, but I guess around $700 or so as far as the budget. Thanks very much for the temp info and the quick response btw... And I would probably want to cool the chipset and ram, mainly because this is the computer I have always dreamed about building lol, so I want there to be no areas left bare so to speak.
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May 27, 2012 9:13:54 AM

$700 for a W/c loop is tidy,
Homemade case indicates a willingness to mod am I correct?
:p  I'm liking this already....
Chipset can benefit from cooling but the blocks are very restrictive flow-wise, and ram runs so cool these days its not worth doing, but I'll draw in a separate loop for those for you that way it won't affect the flowrate of the main loop,
back in a bit with a potential shopping list for you.
Meantime, heres some sites you can scope out, and our beloved Toms W/c sticky for you to go through
www.frozencpu.com
www.performance-pcs.com
www.petrastechshop.com/
www.aquatuning.us/
www.jab-tech.com/
www.sidewindercomputers.com

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/265776-11-read-firs...
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May 27, 2012 9:47:12 AM

Ok, I've grabbed these from Petra's mostly, but check around to get cheaper prices if you can obviously,

Cpu block http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p... $50
Graphics card blocks, http://www.petrastechshop.com/swmcungpuwa1.html (two of) $100ish
You will also need ramsinks, these cool your Vram (and possibly mosfets depending on your specific card model)
Radiator, http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p... $109

Dual pump reservoir http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p... $84
Two D5 pumps for the above, $99 each
Mobo waterblocks are about $160 for your plate, but I did find this, maybe worth considering http://www.aquatuning.us/product_info.php/info/p9763_MI...

You will also need to select tubing size and fittings, the D5's I linked are for 1/2 tubing but you can get variants with 'normal' G1/4 threads, allowing you to use any size fittings you wish
Thermal paste for mounting blocks,
Have a look about on those sites, see if anything grabs your attention and ask us for opinions/help when needed,
I selected that radiator as it will handle anything your have there, overclocked or not, and with the assumption that we can work two loops onto it, this will require some lateral thinking but read my sig :) 
if you went for some more traditional radiators we would simply put the Ram/Mobo blocks on their own radiator for a true separate loop
I haven't listed any ramblocks, I'll let you have a look around for those, and research whether or not you still want to include that and the Mobo,
I'm not against doing things because you want to, I'm all for that in fact, I just want you to realise that its not going to have a massive effect on cooling, only an aesthetic one
but including that Mobo block, we're at around $580 there, leaving you plenty for tubing, paste, fans and fittings etc
And I know the other (U.S.) guys will chip in and help once they come on,
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May 28, 2012 6:04:32 AM

Motopsychojdn said:
Ok, I've grabbed these from Petra's mostly, but check around to get cheaper prices if you can obviously,

Cpu block http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p... $50
Graphics card blocks, http://www.petrastechshop.com/swmcungpuwa1.html (two of) $100ish
You will also need ramsinks, these cool your Vram (and possibly mosfets depending on your specific card model)
Radiator, http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p... $109

Dual pump reservoir http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p... $84
Two D5 pumps for the above, $99 each
Mobo waterblocks are about $160 for your plate, but I did find this, maybe worth considering http://www.aquatuning.us/product_info.php/info/p9763_MI...

You will also need to select tubing size and fittings, the D5's I linked are for 1/2 tubing but you can get variants with 'normal' G1/4 threads, allowing you to use any size fittings you wish
Thermal paste for mounting blocks,
Have a look about on those sites, see if anything grabs your attention and ask us for opinions/help when needed,
I selected that radiator as it will handle anything your have there, overclocked or not, and with the assumption that we can work two loops onto it, this will require some lateral thinking but read my sig :) 
if you went for some more traditional radiators we would simply put the Ram/Mobo blocks on their own radiator for a true separate loop
I haven't listed any ramblocks, I'll let you have a look around for those, and research whether or not you still want to include that and the Mobo,
I'm not against doing things because you want to, I'm all for that in fact, I just want you to realise that its not going to have a massive effect on cooling, only an aesthetic one
but including that Mobo block, we're at around $580 there, leaving you plenty for tubing, paste, fans and fittings etc
And I know the other (U.S.) guys will chip in and help once they come on,
Moto



Wow, that's exactly what I was lookin for, thanx a bunch for looking into to all this for me. I love modding btw lol, and now I have exactly what I need to get started on the phase of this build. Ill get these parts ordered next payday. Now I just gotta figure out my chassis...I want something really unique. I would really like to build something that has a couple actuators that bring the optical drives out from underneath or something like that. I dunno, I'll figure something out. Thank you again for the help! :D 
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May 28, 2012 6:23:33 AM

No problem man, I don't often do 'shopping list' replies, but I think you have a future moddingwise and will research/learn as needed, which a lot of folks won't, this is just a start point for you and I reckon most of our regular W/c guys will welcome a new nutter into the fold just as readily :-)
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