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post #1 of 66
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Hello, this is my first post so excuse me if I don't include enough information or such and such

I have a budget of around £4000+ and I'm looking to water cool a i7 990x and a Radeon 6990 in a Phantom case. I'm going to be using a EK Supreme (Copper) and a EK block for the GPU. I have a few questions about how to go about setting this up.

First, will there be any problems if the GPU block is nickel and the CPU is copper? I can't find a GPU block that is copper so if there is one could you link me pleaseee

Second, will I need two radiators for the CPU and GPU? I don't know whether to get a BlackIce radiator or a Feser so a suggestion for that would be great.

Last question is, how to setup the loop/s? This is my first try on watercooling so I don't have any experience on how to do the loop, anybody that could guide me through a clean and simple loop would be helpful

Edit:

I'm looking to overclock the i7 to something above 4GHz and I don't mind on the speed of the Radeon 6690
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First off, Welcome to OCN! Hope you like it here.

- Nope, no problem mixing Nickel and Copper, the GPU block would be nickel plated copper anyhow. It's aluminium that you have to look out for.

- A 360 radiator would handle that, RX360 or Black Ice 360GTX would do well if you don't like noise, if you don't mind it then SR1.

- As far as help, you need to read up some stuff first. Click the "Need help with Watercooling? Ask anything, here!" for some info, and then go to the sticky and look at Juggalo's videos, if you can wait a sec I'll link you. (Boom, go here.)



4GHz will be easy, I've seen 980x's go up to about 5GHz, so I don't see why a 990x wouldn't, that's with the right amount of cooling, so yeah, 4GHz will be a breeze.
post #3 of 66
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Thank you fr0st Do you have a link to the 980x going to 5Ghz? :]
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Thank you fr0st Do you have a link to the 980x going to 5Ghz? :]
That's only in rarer cases, like people with $10,000+ rigs and many many rads.

I believe... Mumanco was the most recent person with a 5GHz 980x that I've seen, he's on youtube, shouldn't be that hard to find him, search for "Project Nightmare".

Found him:

I'm sure there are a bucketload of people on this site with crazy 980X speeds, but with crazy cooling too.

Oh, and what will you be using the said rig for? For everyday use, I wouldn't get a 990X, it's a waste of money, but for multitasking (like Video Compiling and rendering) then the 990X all the way if you have the cash.
Edited by fr0st. - 5/28/11 at 5:38am
post #5 of 66
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Well that's pretty cool (No pun intended) What's the best way to do the loop? Should it go from Radiator-Reservoir-Pump-CPU and then back to radiator?
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Originally Posted by fr0st. View Post
That's only in rarer cases, like people with $10,000+ rigs and many many rads.

I believe... Mumanco was the most recent person with a 5GHz 980x that I've seen, he's on youtube, shouldn't be that hard to find him, search for "Project Nightmare".

Found him:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUw5VKi8oQA

I'm sure there are a bucketload of people on this site with crazy 980X speeds, but with crazy cooling too.

Oh, and what will you be using the said rig for? For everyday use, I wouldn't get a 990X, it's a waste of money, but for multitasking (like Video Compiling and rendering) then the 990X all the way if you have the cash.

Video rendering, Photo editing with a tablet, Extreme gaming, coding, emulating os's, stuff like that lol..
post #7 of 66
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Well that's pretty cool (No pun intended) What's the best way to do the loop? Should it go from Radiator-Reservoir-Pump-CPU and then back to radiator?
Well, because of certain things (I won't go into technicalities), loop order won't matter, the only thing that matters is that your pump does not go into your reservoir. Reservoir to pump is fine, but not the other way around.

It doesn't matter which order you have things (beside what I stated above) because the loop temperature with thermally equalise, no matter the order of component/rad.

If you're going to use the 990X for that, then all the more power to you!
post #8 of 66
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Well thanks for clearing that up, what radiator would you recommend for overclocking to atleast 4Ghz+? The phantom can only fit a 240mm in the top and would need to be modded for a 360mm at the bottom. :/
post #9 of 66
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Well thanks for clearing that up, what radiator would you recommend for overclocking to atleast 4Ghz+? The phantom can only fit a 240mm in the top and would need to be modded for a 360mm at the bottom. :/
RX240, Black Ice 240GTX, EK Cool-Stream. Anything really, they're all good.

You might have to check what the clearance is on the roof though, you may not be able to fit some rads in there.
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Ok thanks, would Noiseblocker fans be alright for the Black Ice 240GTX or RX240?
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