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post #1 of 6
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I've been looking at getting a water cooled system for a while and will be running into some money soon that would allow me to do it. My main two issues are:

How much will it reduce current temps from an average air-based cooler?
(41-37-40-38 @ current setup)

What would I have to spend to start seeing improvements?

I am also not quite sure as to all of the parts that I would be needing. I know that I need a radiator, tubing, and a waterblock, but that's all I know that I would need. I will only have one GPU, but I would like to water cool it as well.
post #2 of 6
You might want to post what you're getting as your load temps as idle temps are fairly useless - If you're thinking of adding in your video card to the loop, you'll want a minimum of a 360 radiator, preferably more.

I would first check to make sure that your case can handle a water-cooling setup, and then note that water blocks are usually ~ $100, so most likely you're looking at a $400+ setup.
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You're gonna need a bigger case that can fit a 360mm rad, a good cpu waterblock costs around 50$ and gpu waterblock cost from 80 to 100 $, tubbing is cheap ( 10$) and I recommend you get 3/8 size and barbs, for the pump get one that is incorporated into a Bay res theyre cheap and take 2 5;25 bays, for fans get Gentle typhoons 2000 rpm best fans for watercooling with very high H20 pressure, Coolant you can choose distiled water and an adictive or some premix fluid dont buy coolant with dyes. If you choose a watercooling kit its very simple and they come with everything you need in one box but a custom loop can cost you a lot more money and sometimes wield better temps.

Link:http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=30281

Gpu waterblock:http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=27812
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I had 45c in idle with the stock AMD cooler
I now have 35c idle and 47c full load 2h of prime95
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post #5 of 6
You don't technically need a larger case you could always go with an external rad box.
If you do want to get a liquid cooling specific case I would recommend going with a Case Labs case as they are the best on the market.
post #6 of 6
If you are tight on budget and will only cool the CPU, it is possible to mod your current case to be able to fit a 240rad inside

The OCN member Striker36 has done it

Link to the post :http://www.overclock.net/case-mod-wo...l#post11082029

Beyond the CPU loop you will have to either mount externally or buy a new case because a 240 will not suffice
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