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post #1 of 6
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Hi everyone,

I am planning to build my own PC and use water cooling. I like the NZXT Sentry 3 Fan controller and I am wondering if it is possible to connect the temperature sensor to monitor the water Temperature instead of the CPU temperature.

Have anyone here done this before? I would appreciate some guidance.

Just to clarify, I know that Fan Controllers are not necessary to control the fans on the RAD, I want to use this type of device for aesthetic purposes and also to use the alarm controls features to prevent my system from overheating while I learn and play how to overclock my CPU & GPU.

Many thanks in advance,
R.
post #2 of 6
generally when you have water running over a block the water will mirror the temps of the part being cooled to a certain degree. but monitoring the water temps really wont get you the reliable information you need versus monitoring the temps from the onboard sensors.

to effectively monitor the water temps you would need the probe to go through a compression seal into some point on the loop as youll have differing temps across the system. itll always be warmer after the cpu/gpu and always cooler after the rad. so unless you have those propper fittings, and multiple sensors along the system you wont get reliable data.


my advice: monitor the cpu/gpu temps from multiple sources (hwmonitor pro/oc software/mobo utility) to get your averaged temps and make your judgement off of that instead of the water temps. otherwise you wont get accurate and reliable data and that right there can cause serious issues for you in the short term
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post #3 of 6
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Jaad,

Thanks for the advice, I understand your points.

I am using the EVGA Z170 K which have a CPU temperature sensor on the board so I would be able to see the real temp of the CPU already on the board, so do you thing that if I connect the temperature sensor using a fitting like this it will display the water temperature on the FAN controller?:

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I think I would connect it after the RAD so I can monitor the "fresh" water temperature that is being delivered to the CPU so if such temperature rise above certain level an alarm will start to alert me that something might be wrong (Pump failure, fans failures, leaks failures, etc.)

Thanks,
R.
post #4 of 6
the fitting would definitely work, but I am not positive the controller would read the probe. to get that info it would be best to contaxt nzxt directly. otherwise the best option would be to experiment.
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I opened a support ticket with nzxt, lets see what they think..
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