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Planning to build a water loop, just for cooling my 3770k, with a 12v, 960l/h pump I got on ebay for 12 bucks;
a reservoir I'll build out of something cheap, probably 2" rigid acrylic tubing;
some generic clear tubing;
an extremely cheap generic copper waterblock;
and the one thing I'm going to spend money on, a phobya 400mm rad. (Built to support two 200mm fans)



I'd appreciate any input as to whether this is stupid or not. I realize that a nice feature of expensive water loop pumps is their ability to notify the motherboard to shut down if they quit working, where this 12v pump will be rigged up to a generic 4-pin plug. I figure I can get around this issue by having a script running in the background which will shut down the computer if my temps reach 90c+.

Should I also throw in the extra 50-80 bucks to get a nice cpu waterblock? Wondering if anyone knows if you really get what you pay for when it comes to waterblocks.
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With what you plan on doing, you essentially are going to be spending about the same amount as you would with a high end air cooler / mid-range 240mm AIO. Both of which are going to be aesthetically more pleasing, and quieter.

 

Using generic tubing, you are going to most assuredly have plasticizer problems with your loop, and a cheap Chinese no-name waterblock is going to suck because you won't be able to clean out the gunk buildup in it, so your loop will slowly become more and more restrictive until flow is inhibited.

 

With CPU waterblocks, you generally get what you pay for. Cheap Chinese generic blocks are generally not going to have microchannels over where the die is centered, and are just going to be a straight flow design (just pretty much hollowed out). You'd have to spend more to get a good CPU waterblock.

 

 

Honestly, its your money. But if I were you, I wouldn't do it. Only reason I'd ever think about doing it would be just for a fun project, and if I had a lot of money to burn for said fun project. But as an actual cooling system, nope.

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With what you plan on doing, you essentially are going to be spending about the same amount as you would with a high end air cooler / mid-range 240mm AIO. Both of which are going to be aesthetically more pleasing, and quieter.

Using generic tubing, you are going to most assuredly have plasticizer problems with your loop, and a cheap Chinese no-name waterblock is going to suck because you won't be able to clean out the gunk buildup in it, so your loop will slowly become more and more restrictive until flow is inhibited.

With CPU waterblocks, you generally get what you pay for. Cheap Chinese generic blocks are generally not going to have microchannels over where the die is centered, and are just going to be a straight flow design (just pretty much hollowed out). You'd have to spend more to get a good CPU waterblock.


Honestly, its your money. But if I were you, I wouldn't do it. Only reason I'd ever think about doing it would be just for a fun project, and if I had a lot of money to burn for said fun project. But as an actual cooling system, nope.

Ah, I hadn't thought about the waterblock channeling liquid specifically over the die. Sounds like I'll save up an extra 60 bucks. I'm also considering making the entire loop out of copper pipe. It's super cheap and I've worked with copper pipe quite a bit. Any negative effects of copper pipe instead of acrylic or plastic tubing?
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Any negative effects of copper pipe instead of acrylic or plastic tubing?

Nope, in fact there very nice builds out there with copper tubing, even some of them with chrome plating. I would even say that you gain some minor heat dissipation from the copper tubes themselves, but it could just be at near zero levels since runs in a computer build are not lengthy enough, or I could just be totally wrong... haha.
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Nope, in fact there very nice builds out there with copper tubing, even some of them with chrome plating. I would even say that you gain some minor heat dissipation from the copper tubes themselves, but it could just be at near zero levels since runs in a computer build are not lengthy enough, or I could just be totally wrong... haha.

I feel like polished copper pipe could potentially look like the sex. Thanks for the input!
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Nope, in fact there very nice builds out there with copper tubing, even some of them with chrome plating. I would even say that you gain some minor heat dissipation from the copper tubes themselves, but it could just be at near zero levels since runs in a computer build are not lengthy enough, or I could just be totally wrong... haha.

I feel like polished copper pipe could potentially look like the sex. Thanks for the input!

You need to read the 2 guides i have in my sig if you want to hardline.
Yes...it does look like,as you say,sex.....


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You need to read the 2 guides i have in my sig if you want to hardline.
Yes...it does look like,as you say,sex.....

Damn, son. I'm having a hard time deciding between rigid acrylic and copper... Might have to try acrylic, but if I'm too handicapped at bending it, then go with copper. lol.
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You need to read the 2 guides i have in my sig if you want to hardline.
Yes...it does look like,as you say,sex.....

Damn, son. I'm having a hard time deciding between rigid acrylic and copper... Might have to try acrylic, but if I'm too handicapped at bending it, then go with copper. lol.

Its not the easiest thing to do but I wish you all the luck,feel free to post in those threads if you want specific help.
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