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how do i start water cooling gpus?

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Hi,
I am wondering how I get in to GPU water cooling? I have never used water cooling before.

But at the moment I have 3 computers, one with quad-Titan and two with tri-Titan and I am thinking I can get more out of them if I water cool. So how would I go about going from total noob to water cooling these three machines?

1. Does water cooling damage the original cooler? how do i prevent re-sale issues later on?
2. What are the most difficult steps?
3. How do I combine 3 or 4 cards under water? are there adapters that work with multi gpu, what are they called so I can find them?
4. Pumps and all that, how do I pick size and radiator counts?

i want to do it cheap as well so what is like the minimum requirements without going crazy?
post #2 of 5
Wow,
you want to be spoon fed I see.

ill just sum up it up, to get you going in the right direction
Get a pump, get your waterblocks, get your tube and barbs that fit the tube and as many radiators with fans, as you can fit in your case.
job done.

last point, it will NOT be cheap.

you dont damage anything unless you spring a leak or break something yourself. your original coolers are removed.
Edited by singh_shady - 12/18/13 at 4:59pm
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thanks for the overview its a start. i dont want to be spoon fed. some links to tutorials would be a great help. i just dont know where it is available for beginners.

would there be a site that explains how to pull apart a titan and install a waterblock? i know there are some tricks to keeping the VRMs cool. do i just buy a good waterblock or do i need to buy little thermal pads to add in there as well to get better performance? I think there is a lot to this unfortunately and i dont want to **** it up.
Edited by Luke212 - 12/18/13 at 5:15pm
post #4 of 5
Waterblocks come with instructions and thermal pads. Its all laid out nowadays so its easy.
back in the day we had to make our own blocks and mounts, even use heater cores as radiators.

nowadays, just buy the product follow the instructions, its quite easy. Get a good block for your cpu socket and graphics cards and you'll find it easy to install.

the MAIN part is planning where you want to put your radiator, pump, reservoir and how to route the tubes. That's the most difficult part to watercooling.

youtube videos on watercooling beginners, youll find everything.
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I'm just here to confirm that any waterblock bought today will come with detailed, illustrated instructions on a) how to remove the GPU's stock cooler and b) how to mount the waterblock to the GPU. Screws included. It's pretty much idiotproof. The only bit of brain exercise is making sure that you have the right model card for the block. And all that involves is viewing the specs of the waterblock you want.

That said:
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at the moment I have 3 computers, one with quad-Titan and two with tri-Titan and I am thinking I can get more out of them if I water cool.
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i want to do it cheap

No such thing. First, if you have 10,000 American dollars worth of GPUs you want to cool, do it right for God's sake. Second, you'll need a lot of fittings to get all those cards cooled, and proper compression fittings are 20 dollars a pop. You'll want a pump (or two, like I use. I recommend any D5 type pump) and some seriously expansive radiator area. Multi rads mandatory for this, two 360mm rads is a good start. Since you're going down the watercooled-SLI path I can make you a really good recommendation for how to link the GPU blocks together neatly and easily:

Use this:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10744/ex-tub-669/Bitspower_SLI_Crossfire_Crystal_Link_Tube_Set_-_2_Slot_Spacing_BP-CLTAC-S2.html

And these, in the colour of your choice:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10741/ex-tub-666/Bitspower_SLI_Crossfire_Multi-Link_Adapter_Pair_-_Silver_Shining_BP-WTP-C47.html

This way you can keep them tight together and neat. The crystal tube just slips into those adapter fittings and is sealed with two O rings. Works a charm, I use it in my rig now. Look at my build log pics for it up-close.
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