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June 16, 2004 8:04:57 PM

I'm looking into water cooling, it is quite warm in my room

I was thinking I use a Danger Den - TDX Block and a Black Ice Micro II Radiator.
I'm not sure about which pump to use. I suppose this is very important since I wouldn't want it to fail, but I also don't want it to be too loud or takeup too much space. I've seen some relay switches I can use so it turns on with my computer, are these reliable?

the other question I have is if it is necessary to have a resevoir. don't these just keep more heat in the box?

I plan to setup all this internally.

I'm also unsure about the fittings wand which size to use. Is there a nice article about this?

I've and browsed a few other sites, so I think I got the basic idea, but there are still many specifics I am not sure about.

Any suggestions?
June 16, 2004 9:39:05 PM

Look at the resorator from Zalman. It seemed to be a nice, quiet, unobtrusive water cooling solution.

"If I owned this place and hell, I'd rent out this place and live in hell" - Toombs
June 16, 2004 9:51:53 PM

Well, I'm sticking with internal water cooling for sure. so that would not be an option.

I'm just curious if a resevoir is needed and some suggestions for a sufficient/reliable pump that isnt too big (or loud)

and what kind of difference there is between the different size of fittings
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June 17, 2004 2:06:27 AM

it looks cool, if you get a clear 5 inch bay one.

...just a thought.

Not the Official Sicko of THG.
June 17, 2004 6:37:43 AM

yes thats true, but, if it will not be useful I'd rather not put it in. I think I've decided on the waterblock and radiator I will use. (dangerden tbx and dual blackice micro)

I'm just not too sure about pumps and the size of tubing. I was thinking the hydor L25 or something similar and 1/2 or 3/8 in tubing.

I haven't seen too many articles that talk about specific stuff though.
June 17, 2004 7:23:22 AM

You are still talking about getting rid of 100 watts of heat inside your case.
May I suggest a beer fridge, with a built in water cooler, and a 1/2 hp circulating pump.
June 17, 2004 1:06:25 PM

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the other question I have is if it is necessary to have a resevoir. don't these just keep more heat in the box?

If used right the resevoir is very useful for keeping air out of the lines and makes the bleeding process unnecessary. It makes filling the system with water quite easy. It also allows more water to be stored so that temperature changes are more gradual and is a good place to drop in a thermometer. (Especially if you're using temperature-controlled fans.) And of course for people who do all sorts of case mods it opens up a whole new world of neato-keen possibilities. :)  Personally I wouldn't build a watercooling system without one, but that doesn't mean that you have to. One can certainly be built without.

<pre><b><font color=red>"Build a man a fire and he's warm for the rest of the evening.
Set a man on fire and he's warm for the rest of his life." - Steve Taylor</font color=red></b></pre><p>
June 17, 2004 1:20:09 PM

What about a <A HREF="http://www.dangerden.com/mall/Radiators/thermochill.asp" target="_new">ThermoChill HE120.3</A>, three 120mm fans, an <A HREF="http://www.dangerden.com/mall/Pumps/Pump_eheim.asp" target="_new">Eheim 1260</A>, a <A HREF="http://www.dangerden.com/mall/Misc_Hardware/floppy.asp" target="_new">Typhoon-Quad DUAL Reservoir</A>, and 1/2" ID tubing? It's not a beer fridge, but it'd kick arse.

<pre><b><font color=red>"Build a man a fire and he's warm for the rest of the evening.
Set a man on fire and he's warm for the rest of his life." - Steve Taylor</font color=red></b></pre><p>
June 17, 2004 2:28:38 PM

well, I'm pretty sure I will use the dangerden tdx or whatever its called.
and the maybe the blackice microII because I happen to have a space with two 80mm fans but have no 120mm fans. (actually I have two places with two 80mm fans, one at the top of my case and one right next to my cpu. I wasn't sure if putting the radiator right next to my cpu would be a good idea.

but anyways, now I just need to choose the pump. I was thinking a hydor L25 or something, I'm not sure exactly how much gph I need. I don't want to spend too much, but of course I want to get something reliable and that will be sufficient

Then decide which size tubing to use (and if I need a resevoir) With the resevoir I was worried that it may be unnecessary and might keep more heat in. But if this is not the case I would have no problem with getting one.

Thanks for your help
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