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About to upgrade my case to the LD V10 // Insulation/TIM/Other advice?

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So for about a year now I've been comfortably running 5 GHz on a 2700K with some heavy duty air cooling (1.40V in BIOS if you're wondering). Heavy duty meaning six 60 dB delta fans running full speed in an Antec Lanboy Air with a Zalman CNPS10X FLEX. Obviously, it's loud, and that's about to be an issue since I'll be living on a college campus with a roommate who probably won't like having to wear headphones whenever he walks in the room. Anyway, I've been running a cumulative average of 2 hours a day. I usually only use it for about 6-8 hours 2 days a week, but it all depends on how busy I am and what I want to play. Since I'll now be able to run all my fans on low speed, I plan to run 24/7 to avoid the 5 minute wait for the phase change unit to start. I've read some mixed things about insulation for 24/7 use, some people suggest petroleum jelly and some do not, etc. So, for 24/7 use, I would like some advice on insulation on an LD V10 Phase Change case. Also, I'm still not entirely sure what thermal paste I want to use. A few people on the EVGA forums have recommended me Gelid GC Extreme, but I want to make sure there isn't something better for 24/7 sub zero. On air I'm currently using IC Diamond, and have a lot of that left as well as some NT-H1 and ZM-STG2, but I'm assuming the GC Extreme would do better than all of those. Any other advice is also welcome since this is my first time ever going sub ambient, as I have always previously just used air cooling.

Thanks in advance,
DrLejos.SyntraGen
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Hello friend. If you are dead set on having a 24/7 phase change cooled 5ghz gaming rig in the dorms, then ignore this spoiler. More power to you thumb.gif I unfortunately cant comment on phase stuff. I'm know nothing about it really wink.gif
Warning: My boring practical thinking (Click to show)

Instead of investing in phase for the dorms, you could always look into a nice insulated sound reducing case, and a better dual tower heat sink (phanteks, silver arrow, etc) If i turn down the fans on my phanteks, I can hear my ceiling fan over it and it still will cool like a beast. even at full speed, its super quiet.

And as far as I know, you really can't tell too much of a difference gaming at 5.0 compared to 4.7 or even 4.5 (maybe a tiny bit) but that is just my experience.

Also this could all be temporary. I moved around a lot in college. I couldn't imagine moving that big thing around all the time, small form factor would have been a god send when I was in school.

Anyways, if you still want to have that beast of a machine, then awesome. I wish you the best of luck smile.gif
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With proper insulation I guess you can. I got linked an amazing page once upon a time with over 30 different models of custom phasechangers even powdercoated
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With proper insulation I guess you can I got linked an amazing page once upon a time with over 30 different models of custom phasechangers even powdercoated

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I would not recommend running the unit when the computer is off.
Depending on how its tuned you can end up with a lot of refrigerant flooding back into the compressor in liquid form which will damage your compressor.

Also depending on the size of the compressor and fans its going to be loud...as in keep you up at night loud.
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opinion:
The case you mentioned has a integrated timer that starts and stops the unit after the pc closed or before it opens and is pretty much automated for a reason as sdumper was pointing out. I don't really see why you would profit from phase on a gaming rig tho, wouldn't a WC system be much more simple/cheap/easy for playing video games ?

insulation:
for 24/7 use what you were asking about insulation is the problem that humidity/condensation builds up, so at some point you can have a puddle of water or some frost on the insulation, I see vaseline as more short term, L.E.T is pretty much amazing for me, you should always have armaflex and consider "if it drips, where is it falling".

TIM:
id check with the guys in LN2 section that have to deal with cold tim too, here is an example of a discussion on it: http://www.overclock.net/t/1283090/time-for-new-thermal-paste-for-ln2-what-to-buy

other advice:
before you buy a 1500$ phase unit to gain a few % more power, did you consider a more powerful CPU instead ? Im saying so since you mentioned having this idea to play games and it's not for OC on multiple CPU's that switch often...
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I run phase 24/7.. have done for years now and never had a problem with condensation or anything......... Only thing has been my power bill...



My 2500k is at 5.5Ghz @ 1.5v and is as reliable as the day I bought it.

In terms of insulation just give everything a good coat of liquid tape before you apply the kneaded eraser/neaprene and you'll be fine.... Heck liquid tape alone is enough for the job as demonstrated below with the ice build up!!

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wow almighty i really want that, Id like to see what I can lock my 3930k to, that phase changer is so damn cool!
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good,Also depending on the size of the compressor and fans its going to be loud...as in keep you up at night loud.thanksw-pM
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