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Water or air cooled case?

post #1 of 6
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This is my first post so sorry if its in the wrong section...

This is the spec of my build so far:-

qx6850 core 2 extreme
2x 2GB Reaper OCZ pc9200 (or similar)
2X GTX 460 Palit Sonic Platinum in SLI
ASUS P5N2 SLI E PLUS
Coolermaster 1000W PSU

I have a Silverstone Temjin 09 case which I could use for air cooling but I have also acquired a Lian Li Koolance Case. Kind of like this but aluminum.

http://www.thecoolingshop.com/produc...um-_24104.html

Right now its only cooling an 8800GTS card and I dont think its ever been used for anything else. I have picked up a second hand Koolance 350 AT Waterblock as well but no other parts.

I guess if I go down the water route I will need to run the GPU with a universal water cooling kit or it will run too hot in that case?

My question is is it worth it? Im estimating about £200 for the kit I need but I may have overlooked something, or should I ditch the Lian Li case and stick to air? I should point out I have NO experience with water cooling OR overclocking and right now Im looking at the case figuring out how to drain the water out of the existing set up. I know its been mistreated by its previous owner though by using water instead of coolant. Afraid to say I dont know if thats really a problem though.

Possibly going to move to an i7 s1366 setup as a future upgrade and was thinking I could have a ready made water cooling setup to drop a new mobo, ram and cpu into. The Silverstone case seems to have great ventilation though and I dont want to spend £££s on a watercooling setup which will give me no or little performance gain which I could put towards another system.
post #2 of 6
As far as I know, using water is actually better than to use coolant. If he used water (assuming distilled) than it is good.
Let me make sure I understand - the Lian Li case already got water cooling but is only cooling a 8800 GTS? That is a nice case though.
Do you know what components are in it? Like what radiator, pump, res, etc.
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Distilled water is the weapon of choice in water cooling (coolant holds less heat than pure water). So not necessarily mistreated.

If you're using a poor ventilated case for water cooling, you're going to have to put everything underwater. Motherboard chipsets, GPU, CPU. This results in costly upgrades but if you're looking at maximum overclocking potential then this is the way to go.

Performance is not necessarily worth the cost (depending if you're a performance nut or not) but that is up to you.

A quality/custom water cooling loop (CPU only) will provide 5 - 10 degrees of extra headroom over top tier air-cooling (depending on what fans/noise you are willing to live with).
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Im 99% sure it is tap water. We are talking about someone who jammed 2 HDDs in a caddy the wrong way round so it clogged up with dust and got all scratched instead of using the rubber mounts and screw holes to mount it vertically as the £300 case he bought was intended. (The silverstone case).

I dont know for sure but I think its the same spec as the case I linked to, theres 3 120mm fans on top and a long rad so I think the 1000w. I need to dismantle the case and strip out all the parts hopefully there will be some numbers somewhere.

Yes theres an EVGA 8800 GTS with a waterblock built in thats the only thing in the loop. Why spend all that money and then use the stock Intel cooler I dont know.
post #5 of 6
Either go watercooling if the case has good airflow for other components, or maybe get a case that is made for both, so you can go either way. But you would probably only want to water cool it if you were gonna overclock. 200$ is a decent amount to drop if you're not overclocking.
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post #6 of 6
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Thanks for the replies,

I will see how the GTX 460's run on air in the case and set it up for Water cooling the CPU. I want to overclock the processor and if im water cooling the graphics I might as well do them too. It will be my first overclock though so will start out on the CPU and watch the temp of the GPU to begin with before I make any decisions on spending on more water cooling blocks.

Oh yeah. Could tap water have damaged the radiator/pump/reservoir etc. ?? How can I check?
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