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Hey guys I just got my new custom water cooling setup and I need some tips. (New to WC)

To start off, here is my WC setup specs:
ClearFlex 1/2in ID, 7/8i OD tubing
DD D-5 pump with bracket
DD Clear 3" Cylinder Reservoir
DD TDX Lucite Top Universal CPU block
Zalman Anticorrosion liquid.
HW Labs Black Ice Extreme II Radiator w/ Dual Antec 120mm tricool fans.


Ok now to the question part:

Would the configuration of my WC parts make a difference? I'm currently using this config:

Pump>CPU Waterblock>Radiator>Reservoir

Would it make a difference if I were to switch these around?

A little off topic, but are these temps normal for my setup?:

Load 66-67*C (core temp) @ 3.51GHz + 1.5v

These temps are horrible if u ask me. I use to use a scythe ninja, and it was only 3*C hotter.. am I doing something wrong?

-Thanks in advanced
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post #2 of 12
The order of the loop doesn't matter too much as long as the reservoir (or t-line) is before the pump.

As for the temps, those are quite high. You might want to try re-seating the block or something.
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how gar did you tighten the retention bracket and water block? Try bottoming it out, to get a flatter, firmer contact point with the TDX... I tightened mine just an hour ago and lost 3C... Dunno if that matters. The acrylic on the tdx hold downs seems to flex a bit...
    
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I run mine res-pump-rad-cpu...I have in-line temp sensors right before the rad and right after and I drop 1.5-2.5C across my rad...That order will get the coolest water to the cpu first...

If you have to have a couple extra feet of tubing to do it in that order just do it however...The extra tubing would just hurt your temp's there would be no point in it...

Yeah those temp's are way to high...Is your loop bleed well? And I would try a re-seat for sure....
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Well, there are still some funny looking stuff in my water... air bubbles i suppose. (I've ran it for 5Hrs without the comp on)

Another thing is that the water is making a huge swirling in my reservoir.. is that normal?
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Well, there are still some funny looking stuff in my water... air bubbles i suppose. (I've ran it for 5Hrs without the comp on)

Another thing is that the water is making a huge swirling in my reservoir.. is that normal?
It takes it a while to bleed...The swirling in your res is normal...
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Wow, after day 2 of my WC setup the temps have noticeably lowered... A LOT. After running 24hrs of Orthos at 3.5Ghz and 1.5v Vcore, the cpu temps went from 68*C (First hour of Orthos) to 58*C (24hrs later of orthos)... wow, I'm impressed. Now at 3.6GHz and 1.5v, the temps are only 59*C with orthos.

Anyhow, I've got another off-topic Question:
Would lapping my cpu's IHS drop my temps by a lot?. how bout lapping the waterblock, or both?
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Those temps are high even for water cooling.
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Wow, after day 2 of my WC setup the temps have noticeably lowered... A LOT. After running 24hrs of Orthos at 3.5Ghz and 1.5v Vcore, the cpu temps went from 68*C (First hour of Orthos) to 58*C (24hrs later of orthos)... wow, I'm impressed. Now at 3.6GHz and 1.5v, the temps are only 59*C with orthos.

Anyhow, I've got another off-topic Question:
Would lapping my cpu's IHS drop my temps by a lot?. how bout lapping the waterblock, or both?
wow thats way too high...did you set block right?
i think you should re-set it. Those temps are way too high
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Would lapping my cpu's IHS drop my temps by a lot?. how bout lapping the waterblock, or both?
Yes, if nothing else running the IHS very briefly on a honing stone will show you just how rough or unflat it is. I did a small amount of lapping on my IHS and now thinking I'll finish it off. My first impression of lapping the first time was "Wow I think Intel is using 40 grit drums on a dremel to finish the IHS" it was really uneven and rougher than I would have expected. Most people will say it's good for a couple of C drop in temp.
    
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