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post #1 of 10
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Hello everyone, this is going to be my very first thread on Overclock.net! I made this account here because I want to expand my knowledge and I also am ignorant of TEC coolers.

A little back ground information about my abilities.

I've built 4 computers in my lifetime. I am 20 years old and I want to advance into TEC cooling.

My first build was air cooled, and the other three builds including this one is water cooled. I don't own a camera, I wish I could show everyone my current build. Here is a list of components in my current build.

Corsair 800D
Corsair 1200w PSU
Asus Rampage Extreme III
Intel Core i7 980x @ 4.2ghz
12gb Mushkin DDR3 1600
(3) PNY XLR8 GeForce GTX 580 1.5gb
(2) Velociraptor 600gb in Raid 0
2 tb Seagate Barracuda HDD

Cooling Loop:
This is a dual loop set up. The CPU is connected to the 240 rad and the 580's are connected to the 360.

All 1/2in tubing, Clear, Mayhem Pastel White Coolant.
Black Ice 360 Radiator
Black Ice 240 Radiator
Scythe Gentle Typhoon 3000RPM push pull configuration with both rads
EK HF CPU block acrylic top
(2) Swiftech 655 Pump
EK 580 block acrylic + 3 way sli water block bridge
EK Dual Loop 5 1/4in. Bay Reservoir.
All Bitspower compression fittings.

Here is the thing. Ivy Bridge is supposedly coming out by April, and I want to start purchasing the TEC equipment NOW and be prepared. The problem is that I have no idea where to begin. I know i'll be going for Radeon cards, their flagship at the moment, gunner2.gif three 7970's.

So, what will I need for three video cards and a CPU?

Can the wonderful people of the forums point me to an in depth and extreme guide? Pretty Please? biggrinsmiley.gif
Edited by Velict - 1/27/12 at 8:40pm
post #2 of 10
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Originally Posted by Velict View Post

Hello everyone, this is going to be my very first thread on Overclock.net! I made this account here because I want to expand my knowledge and I also am ignorant of TEC coolers.

A little back ground information about my abilities.
I've built 4 computers in my lifetime. I am 20 years old and I want to advance into TEC cooling.
My first build was air cooled, and the other three builds including this one is water cooled. I don't own a camera, I wish I could show everyone my current build. Here is a list of components in my current build.
Corsair 800D
Corsair 1200w PSU
Asus Rampage Extreme III
Intel Core i7 980x @ 4.2ghz
12gb Mushkin DDR3 1600
(3) PNY XLR8 GeForce GTX 580 1.5gb
(2) Velociraptor 600gb in Raid 0
2 tb Seagate Barracuda HDD
Cooling Loop:
This is a dual loop set up. The CPU is connected to the 240 rad and the 580's are connected to the 360.
All 1/2in tubing, Clear, Mayhem Pastel White Coolant.
Black Ice 360 Radiator
Black Ice 240 Radiator
Scythe Gentle Typhoon 3000RPM push pull configuration with both rads
EK HF CPU block acrylic top
(2) Swiftech 655 Pump
EK 580 block acrylic + 3 way sli water block bridge
EK Dual Loop 5 1/4in. Bay Reservoir.
All Bitspower compression fittings.
Here is the thing. Ivy Bridge is supposedly coming out by April, and I want to start purchasing the TEC equipment NOW and be prepared. The problem is that I have no idea where to begin. I know i'll be going for Radeon cards, their flagship at the moment, gunner2.gif three 7970's.
So, what will I need for three video cards and a CPU?
Can the wonderful people of the forums point me to an in depth and extreme guide? Pretty Please? biggrinsmiley.gif

not gonna lie you might want to add an SSD then this would be a seriously fast build!!

the PSU you have now will do great on 7970s as they use less power then 580s and as your using 3-580s it should transfer fine smile.gif

also are we talking money no object build rig from ground up or yeah transfer from older rig?

cos for tri fire etc id probly recomend an intel 2011 instead of 1155.
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
Money is not an issue.

I'll be building a machine from the ground up once motherboard with ivy bridge support are released.

For now though, I have no clue how to apply TEC cooling to anything. In general, i'd like to know how to apply that cooling to this current project and future projects alike.
post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by Velict View Post

Money is not an issue.
I'll be building a machine from the ground up once motherboard with ivy bridge support are released.
For now though, I have no clue how to apply TEC cooling to anything. In general, i'd like to know how to apply that cooling to this current project and future projects alike.

honestly with a tri fire setup go for 2011 socket, forget ivy go x79

355

sandy bridge-e on that setup. but as for phase change i have no clue sorry! frown.gif
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
Alrighty. I'm a little disappointed that ivy bridge isn't going to be as powerful as I thought it would. I'll just buy a Rampage IV.

I still need information on how to build a TEC machine. Hopefully someone will notice this post applaud.gifwheee.gif
post #6 of 10
I'll try to help some here.

tecs require a lot of cooling means lot of radiator to cool the water or use a water chiller.
i cant remember exact clamping pressure for tec to transfer heat properly but its quite high
basically its like any other cooling apply paste to cpu lid place tec apply past to top of tec seat water block
tighten down to spec. and with a tec make sure you get all the air out of the water loop otherwise you can
cook the tec and the cpu.

oh and tec pull a lotta power most good ones run in the 15 to 24 volt range and pull 16+ amps

only reason i know is I had to get mindchill to help me find one to cool my processor FX-8150
the tec i gotta use is 24.8volts at like 25amps to max it out.

if you really need lots of help get in touch with mindchill on the forums here hes good at that stuff
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
Mindchill? Alright i'll hit him up.

I know that TEC cooling usually needs an external power supply at high volts and amps. In my apartment there is a wall socket rated for 120v 100 amps so I think I should have enough power lol.

Question: Do I need a cold plate in between the TEC and the CPU? So it would look like this:

CPU-->cold plate--->TEC---->waterblock?

Also how would I properly insulate my socket and mobo, and even my video cards properly so that I don't have a condensation dilemma? confused.gif

EDIT: Found a link http://www.overclock.net/t/410339/info-how-to-insulate-your-mobo-for-tec-peltier-cooling
post #8 of 10
I've never used a cold plate went strait cpu to tec yes you would mostly likely need to insulate them properly depending on the temps you are shooting for.
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
Well, considering, I think I would be comfortable with an idle temp on my CPU to be no more than 25c on a 3960X.
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
Great help overclock.net!
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