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-How much would a high end watercooling setup cost? I will need it cool a 3770k @ 4.5GHz and an EVGA GTX 680 Classified (stock, but will overclock if I get it on water)
-My current CPU cooler is the H100 and it keeps my 3770k under 80c while running Prime95. How much cooler will my CPU run with a custom loop?
-What are the chances of a self built loop leaking? Is there a special type of fluid that WON'T damage parts if it leaks?
-As far as I know, my current case (CM Storm Trooper) can hold a 240mm radiator and a 120mm radiator. Would a 240mm radiator be enough for my CPU and GPU or will I need two radiators?
-Will transporting the computer up and down stairs while on water cause problems? (My room is too small for me to work on my computer, so whenever I need to modify something, I need to lug it down the stairs.)
-How much quieter or louder would a custom loop be vs the H100?
Edited by Iamazn - 10/17/12 at 5:54pm
post #2 of 16
1. It really depends on your budget and how high end of components you're looking for.

2. You can possibly see 5-10 degrees lower, depending on components used.

3. As long as the loop is properly set up and no parts are faulty, there's little chance for leaking. I have yet to have any leaks in my years of water cooling (knock on wood).

4. A 240mm + 120mm radiator would do fine for that setup, I typically recommend 120mm of radiator space per component cooled, plus an extra 120mm for overclocking headroom.

5. I've moved my full water cooling loop hundreds of miles in a car before, as long as it's set up well and you don't drop it, then there's little chance of issues (apart from weight).

6. Using radiators with a low amount of fins per inch with low speed fans it can be much quieter, it really depends on the radiators used and the fan speeds.
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Most people have average 200-400 dollars in their loop. I have 40 lol. If you shop used you can get great deals. You can even use car heater cores for radiators too.

I never had a leak before. I am careful and check before and leak test. I thought I had a leak once when I lost water and my pump was acting funny. I forgot to put the cap on and the water evaporated lol.

I have took my computer for several car rides and never had any issue.

Loops with out air can be quit depending on the fans used.
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Most people have average 200-400 dollars in their loop. I have 40 lol. If you shop used you can get great deals. You can even use car heater cores for radiators too.
I never had a leak before. I am careful and check before and leak test. I thought I had a leak once when I lost water and my pump was acting funny. I forgot to put the cap on and the water evaporated lol.
I have took my computer for several car rides and never had any issue.
Loops with out air can be quit depending on the fans used.
My loop has reached $700, it really is worth it though, computer is quiet except for that damn humming on the pump!
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The most I want to spend is $400-500... I don't plan on purchasing the parts for at least 2 months, so should I plan my parts out now or wait for newer parts to come out?

Low FPI vs High FPI: Which cools better and by how much?

IF I use non-conductive coolant and it leaks, will my parts be damaged?

I've read that using non-conductive coolant will eventually become conductive because of it picking up ions or something, is this true?
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The most I want to spend is $400-500... I don't plan on purchasing the parts for at least 2 months, so should I plan my parts out now or wait for newer parts to come out?
Low FPI vs High FPI: Which cools better and by how much?
IF I use non-conductive coolant and it leaks, will my parts be damaged?
I've read that using non-conductive coolant will eventually become conductive because of it picking up ions or something, is this true?


Watercooling parts don't change that frequently, I would start planning now.

Low FPI radiators work better with low speed fans whereas high FPI radiators are better suited to high speed fans.

No point in using anything other that water. All the fancy coolants do is clog up your loop with goop (the additives will separate out of the water).
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How often should I clean the radiators/inside of the case for dust?
How often should I swap out the fluid?
Where do you recommend buying watercooling parts from?
What parts do you guys recommend?
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How often should I clean the radiators/inside of the case for dust?
How often should I swap out the fluid?
Where do you recommend buying watercooling parts from?
What parts do you guys recommend?
1. Every 6 months
2. The closest and cheapest dealer in the area closest to you
3. EK Waterblock, EK GPU Waterblocks bitspower COMPRESSIONS More expensive but look better, and 1 radiator for each component and an extra for OC headroom.
SO a 120rad for a CPU 120 for GPU and 120 to overclock.
Use High FPI, haven't really noticed a difference after 1000rpm on my Koolance rads.
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-How much would a high end watercooling setup cost? I will need it cool a 3770k @ 4.5GHz and an EVGA GTX 680 Classified (stock, but will overclock if I get it on water)
Going back to the original post for a sec... You mentioned "high end", then later stated a $400-$500 budget. For a GPU and CPU, that budget should get you set up nicely. When figuring out parts, don't forget about fittings - those suckers add up quick! Secondly, the 680 Classified is a non-reference card. That means EVGA changed the layout Nvidia gave for the 680 series cards, and the blocks from companies like EK and XSPC may not fit it (probably won't actually). The only block guaranteed to work with it (I think) is from EVGA (http://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=400-CU-G680-B2). Technically, I think that block is actually custom made for that specific card by Swiftech. Just something to keep in mind for planning out your loop.
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