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Boxed kit or custom loop with transmission cooler

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I have started overclocking my 1090T, and am running out of cooling capability with my air cooling. I have done tons of reading up on water cooling and would like to build a custom setup, mainly so I can expand it later if need be.

I have picked out the Rasa CPU block and Danger Den CPX-Pro pump. For the radiator, I have an 11x9.5x.75 inch stacked-fin transmission cooler, found here

http://www.jegs.com/i/JEGS-Performan...ductId=1032941

It works out to 20 square inches more surface area than a "normal" 3x120mm PC radiator. I know that doesn't mean squat without the ACTUAL surface area or thermal properties, but I know firsthand that the stacked fin type is more efficient, at least in automotive applications. Plus, it is big enough for me to use my 600 cfm fan, which trounces these little ones we are used to.

http://www.jegs.com/i/JEGS-Performan...rentProductId=

My question is, I have read up a lot but have no experience yet with water cooling. Does anybody know if I would really see a benefit to doing it like this as opposed to just buying a kit?

Not related to my question, but I also have ideas of getting this



http://www.jegs.com/i/JEGS-Performan...oductId=760008

and sinking it in an ice-water bath for kamikaze runs or when I can babysit it
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Aluminum in your loop isn't going to be good
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Good catch, I missed that. I think both those heat exchangers are aluminum. Bummer. Know of any Aluminum blocks?
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Sorry afraid not, even koolance have copper blocks.

The koolance waterblock is nickel plated though, that should be fine with some galvanic corrosion inhibitor.

I believe koolance sell a corrosion inhibiting coolant, but it's half the thermal efficiency of water, otherwise you could use distilled with an inhibitor from say a garage, like water wetter.
    
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That water wetter is great. I put some in my car and saw a 17 degree drop in coolant temps. Actually, the copper radiator is about to come out of one of my cars b/c of leaks at the trans cooler fittings. Which won't be a problem in a low pressure cpu cooling setup, I guess I could use that.
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