I recently built a gaming system (first one for a number of years), and I am now in the process of adding a second video card to run in SLI. However, after reading various posts in the forums it has come to my attention that sufficient cooling in SLI would require space to be left free between the 2 video cards for airflow. This is where my first problem is, I have a motherboard which only supports 2 video cards, and they are quite close together so I cannot leave any space to allow the video cards to cool.
Therefore I have decided the best option for me would probably be to go down the route of water cooling. This is where my second problem comes in, I have no experience with or previous knowledge of water cooling, or what I would need to buy for my system.
My System is:
Case: Coolermaster Haf X 942 Motherboard: Gigabyte Z68-UD3P Processor: Intel Core i7-2600k 3.40GHz (Sandybridge - 1155) - Overclocked to 4.40GHz Processor Cooler: Corsair H60 Memory: 16Gb Ballistix DDR3 PC3 - 12800 Graphics: Zotac GeForce GTX 580 (1536Mb) SSD: Corsair 120Gb Force GT Series 3 HDD: Western Digital 1Tb SATA 6Gb/s (7200rpm) PSU: Cooler Master 1000Watt
Would anyone be able to provide advice on the varous parts I would need to buy, and a trusted retailer (online preferably) that I could buy them from. As I said previously I have no knowledge of water cooling and could really use all the help people have to offer.
To be perfectly honest Proximon, I would like to weigh up all possible options available before I make a definite decision on the route to take. You make a valid point when you both say a new motherboard would be the simplest and cheapest option, on the other hand however, a water cooling mod would be much more silent and would allow for more overclocking options.
Below are a selection of the top motherboards which are available to me, in your opinion would either of these cards be suitable to run dual gtx 580's in sli with just sufficient airflow? If not, yes Proximon I would greatly appreciate your help with the water cooling.
I have just compiled my list of parts for a CPU & GPU water cooling setup, would I be able to get some people's opinions please.
XSPC Raystorm RX360 Extreme Universal Water Cooling Kit
Tigon R-3603 7/16" ID (5/8") Tubing
PrimoChill Anti-Kink Coils (5/8")
Distiller Water (Unsure about The best choice)
GTX 580 Heatkiler Water Blocks
I know i may have missed the odd items out, if I have could someone please recommend them.
I like the D5 and res combo in theory, but the only one I tried so far leaked badly. Make sure the XSPC has good reviews (I think it does). There is also a Koolance version I'm sure is better, or the best.
Have you verified the GPU blocks fit the GPUs? remember, not all video card PCBs are identical.
For a 2 GTX 580s and a 2600K, all overclocked well, plus WC and a bunch of fans... It would depend on your specific PSU. I count 4 or 5 different CM 1000W PSUs you might have. Most of them should do fine, so long as you aren't running everything at max with synthetic benchmarks for long periods.