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Hi all - this is my first post. I've just finished a new build and I'm thinking about water cooling it. I'm running an i5-2500k in a Rosewill Thor V2 case. Currently, I have it at 4.5 ghz stable on air (Evo 212). Also running a GTX560 TI (Galaxy). I have a great 750 watt silver power supply, but a crummy Gigabyte Z68 motherboard that I may replace, but I haven't decided yet. I'd like to get it up to 5ghz stable. If the motherboard gets in the way, I'll grab something different.

Before starting, I have a major concern. This PC operates as both a gaming PC and media center. It wakes up from S3 sleep at all times of day to record television shows. So, I'm concerned that the pump might die when I'm at work, and I'll come home to a fried computer. I'm planning on keeping my turbo-mode overclock (it's the only way I could get S3 to work), so it might not get that hot, even with the pump off (it'll usually sit under 2ghz while recording). Still, is it a bad idea to run a water cooling setup on a rig like this?

As far as the build, I've done a bit of homework. Since it's my first build, I'm planning on working from a kit. I'd like to build a single CPU/GPU loop. I'm pretty sure I want to start with an XSPC kit. Thinking the Rasa RX-360, if I can find one anywhere. Also looked at the Raystorm. Looks like a great kit, but it's quite a bit more expensive. It almost seems better, at that price point, to just go straight custom. Regardless, I also plan on grabbing a universal GPU block (non-reference card -- figure a universal plus ramsinks should be fine, though), probably from XSPC, and I've decided to mount my rad to the back of the case (there's not enough headroom, unfortunately). So, is it worth it to spend more on the Raystorm, and are the kits a good fit for my hardware?

Thanks in advance for any responses!!!
post #2 of 5
most modern motherboards have auto shutdown when the CPU gets too hot.

also, if you're cooling gpus, i'd recommend the frozencpu.com RX360 extreme, it has a way better pump (d5), the Raystorm, and compression fittings.
Edited by 1rkrage - 3/23/12 at 10:32am
 
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Honestly, as long as you don't disabled the Thermal Protection settings in your BIOs your computer will manually shut off once it hits a certain temperature. Not too mention that Sandy Bridge throttles at 97*C I do believe to try and get the temperature down, and if it can't get it down, it'll shut off once it hits a certain temperature.

 

On my P67 MIVE I can manually set the temperature of which I want my rig to shut off once my processor hits a certain temperature. Just make sure you leave the thermal settings on and you should be good. :thumb:

 
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Thanks guys. I had forgotten about the temperature cutoffs. I've never had to mess with them, so it didn't even occur to me. One more question. With the Raystorm kit, some decent fans, a GPU block, and a couple of other items I'll need, I'm looking at $400+. Is it worth just going entirely custom, or is the kit on par with comparable custom solutions? If not, what parts would you recommend? I'm not easily intimidated, so I think I can handle it either way.
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Hi Reshesnik, Welcome to OCN. biggrin.gif

I used to think like you before whether to get a complete kit or a custom one. Yeah, complete set watercooling kit is a very good start for a beginner but I'm pretty sure that we will end up buying another stuff(which is different from stock) for example fans because I heard a lot about problems that xspc stock fans might produce. Yeah, no doubt, going to custom might take you some time to do research but I would say, now, it is not that hard as long as you know what you are doing.

These links might be really useful for a kick start. I'm new to watercooling build but after I read these stickies, I act like a pro..tongue.gif

http://www.overclock.net/t/226970/updated-water-cooling-essential-threads
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/265776-29-read-first-watercooling-sticky

Good luck with you watercooling setup mate!!thumb.gif
Feel free to PM me if you have something to ask, I will help you as far as I could. biggrin.gif
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