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Hey guys! I built my system as air-cooled several years ago and I'm looking at taking it liquid. My temperatures have been getting quite high lately (I'm thinking thermal paste needs to be reapplied on my GPU and CPU heatsinks). I'm planning to bite the bullet and do what I've been hoping to do in the past, which is liquid cool. My temperatures with my air cooling system idle around 46 or so Celcius for each. When it's being stressed however, temperatures skyrocket. Running the prime95, my CPU temps pushed past 90 before I killed it off to prevent any negative effects. When I run Battlefield 3 which I recently purchased, my graphics card starts showing small white dots in dark areas and gets artifacts if I play for a bit. Things are fine outside of the games, so I assume high temperatures are just getting to it to cause these.

So then, here is what I've found so far.
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14...GA_Block_.html
I'm going universal because I'm hoping to upgrade to a new nVidia card for Christmas (Currently running an 8800GT), but want to be able to play games before then!
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11...1156_1366.html
Eventually I plan to upgrade from my Q6600 CPU, but that's further down the line. Hopefully I'll do that once the Ivy Bridges are released and have all their kinks worked out

I'm not sure what pump,radiator and reservoir to go with. I found this thread: http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...-beginner.html but want to get definitive answers on what should work best at the cheapest price for my system. I'm hoping to keep budget down low. If I could work at about 200 USD or under, I'd be ecstatic! I don't need my temperatures to be frigid, but I'd like them to be at least in the region of causing no harm (90* C on stress test and rising? Lord knows what's going on in GPU to cause artifacts) I'm willing to go past that price by a small margin though if it's absolutely necessary. What pump,radiator, and reservoir would you guys recommend for this budget and system? (Side note, my case is this: http://thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?C=1277&ID=1404 )

Also, when I order my blocks, I assume I should choose the option to include the "barbs" with it for whatever hose size I use, correct? (I'm planning to go with 3/8ths - I've read there's little appreciable difference between that and 1/2)
Thanks for the help

Also, forgot reservoir in thread title! Oops !
Edited by brandonman - 11/2/11 at 7:40pm
post #2 of 17
hey Id just say go with a rasa kit add the gpu block
if your doing cpu and gpu id do the rx 240 with high speed fans (if your ears dont care)
but id more go for the rs or rx 360 kit rx being greater than the rs or if you have a little more coin buy the ex 360 the xspc 750 pump rez combo and the raystorm cpu block add 1/2 barbs and 7/16ths tubeing as it makes a nice tight seal
post #3 of 17
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I'm really digging the price on the Rasa 750 RS240 kit. How effective would that system be if I also added a GPU block into the loop? Would the temperatures come out pretty good do you think?
post #4 of 17
rs240 kit wasn't able to cool my i7 870 to a satisfactory level so I would say hell no.
    
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Hm, any other suggestions then? I did a bit of googling and the one with a triple-radiator seems to be a bit more fitted to my purposes, but given microman's experiences, I'm feeling a bit hesitant now
post #6 of 17
the rs line of xspc radiators arent the best(more for budget builds). but i've heard many good things about the rx series of radiators. so if your case can fit it. i would go for the rx 360 kit and buy a universal gpu block. kits would probably be the cheapest option.

just a heads up, its recommended to get atleast triple rad for cpu and gpu loops for todays current cpus/gpus. for the sake of future proofing for the ivybridge build, i wouldnt get less than a 360 rad or equivalent of rad space.

also what kind of case do you have? or will this be mounted outside the case?

edit: if you look at jab-tech. the rx360 kit with a gpu gfx chip is gonna run you about $230~. idk your willing to go over that much. plus the cost for good fans so the total cost will be more. might have to go with a 240 rx or a 360 rs kit
Edited by brute maniac - 11/2/11 at 8:21pm
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post #7 of 17
yeah if adding a gpu id most def say a rx 360 should keep you chilly
and yes the rs 240 kit isnt that great hints why i said the rx
post #8 of 17
What is your case and how willing to mod it are you?
I would go with 1/2 tubing.
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If you dont have room in your case for a rx360 you can get a rx240 and a rx120
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As I said, this is my case: http://thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?C=1277&ID=1404
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