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Hey guys,

So I've been running with my new build for a little over a month now and am seriously regretting not going with a water cooled setup. My temps just aren't what I'd like them to be...

So I'm thinking I'd do a relatively simple loop, hit the CPU, both of my GTX 580's, and maybe the chipset... Thing is, I'm very new to water cooling, and while I've read all the guides, I'm just not really sure where to start. So I have a few questions...

How big of a rad/res/pumps do I need? I'm running the NZXT phantom, and will probably be modding it to fit in the rads as well as windows.

Also, I'm looking for something of a budget loop, I want good quality stuff but I'm don't want to go nuts. Perhaps someone can get me started on a loop build?

EDIT: Also, as a beginner to water cooling, would it perhaps be better to simply pick up like an H80 or perhaps an Antec 920? I'd love to get my cards under water but the cost and difficulty are somewhat daunting...

Thanks,
GA
Edited by GrandArchitect - 7/25/11 at 12:21am
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you probably need, minimum, 360+240 rad. It won't fit in the phantom without modding so maybe consider a new case like Case Labs or if you are short on funds the Xigmatek Elysium. H80 and Antec 920 are both CPU only cooling solutions so it's not going to help your cards. Just do a custom loop and you will not look back nor regret it.
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I'd really rather not upgrade to a new case... Hmm perhaps I should just wait til my next build to do a water cooling solution. I just can't decide on this, I wouldn't be making the leap for at least 3 months, do you guys think I should do it? Is it really worth it?
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RX360 with push/pull could handle that.

For simplicities sake, grab a RX360 kit and 2 5X0 blocks. The pump can handle it, the rad can handle it and the RASA CPU block is pretty damned awesome.

Oh, and res size doesn't matter, you actually don't even need one. It just makes it easier, filling and bleeding that is.

Oh, and you'll be pleasantly surprised with watercooling. I know for a fact I'm never going back. It's leagues ahead of air.
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You can't seriously expect good temps with that Zalman 9500.

The H80 won't perform any better than a top tier air cooled set up, so there really isn't a point to go that direction for better temps over air. You need a true water cooling set up to surpass the NH-D14 and Silver Arrow.
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RX360 with push/pull could handle that.

For simplicities sake, grab a RX360 kit and 2 5X0 blocks. The pump can handle it, the rad can handle it and the RASA CPU block is pretty damned awesome.

Oh, and res size doesn't matter, you actually don't even need one. It just makes it easier, filling and bleeding that is.

Oh, and you'll be pleasantly surprised with watercooling. I know for a fact I'm never going back. It's leagues ahead of air.
What kind of cost would I be looking at with that kind of a loop? Just ballpark ^^.

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You can't seriously expect good temps with that Zalman 9500.
I thought the same thing, but at 4.4ghz I'm sitting at 30* idle, 55-60 under load. Not too bad imo, however, the cards run hot. Like VERY hot. And I would love to overclock both a ton more.

Thanks,
GA
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post #7 of 15
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I thought the same thing, but at 4.4ghz I'm sitting at 30* idle, 55-60 under load. Not too bad imo, however, the cards run hot. Like VERY hot. And I would love to overclock both a ton more.
Do you have a side fan in your case? 580's run real hot in SLI unless you have air blowing directly on them. I have a 166cfm NZXT fan in the side of my HAF-X blowing directly on my 580's, keeps the temps nice and low even OC'd.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835146003
That things moves some serious air and I believe you can put one in the side panel of your Phantom.

EDIT: May be an option to keep your temps down while putting together a water cooling set up.
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What kind of cost would I be looking at with that kind of a loop? Just ballpark ^^.
Kit.
580 Blocks.

So you're looking at ~$350.
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What kind of cost would I be looking at with that kind of a loop? Just ballpark ^^.


Couple of gpu blocks along with a cpu block, rad, fittings, pump, tubing and a couple of fans.

About $700 atleast.

Gets expensive
    
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What kind of cost would I be looking at with that kind of a loop? Just ballpark ^^.


Couple of gpu blocks along with a cpu block, rad, fittings, pump, tubing and a couple of fans.

About $700 atleast.

Gets expensive

This quote is with buying everything custom.
    
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