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Hi all

Well its the time of year to splash a little cash and while I have a Core Duo Quad on my wish list I think I will wait to the summer and hopefully some price drops.

So having reached the limits of air cooling its now time to dip the toe into watercooling and after some research I have 2 options in mind. As I have an Antec 900 case I am favouring an external setup as i dont want to butcher the case.

I hope to cool CPU - Chipset - RAM - GPU and later GPU SLI

Option 1 :- Zalman Resorator V2
Option 2 :- Koolance Exos-2 LX

I appreciate that the Zalman is the much cheaper option but would worry that as it is passive it will have its limits. If I am to spend cash now on W/C i dont want to have to change it and this is the reason for looking at the Koolance setup.

My question with the Koolance would be the issue concerning 3/8 to 1/2 as this seems now to be the popular choice for CPU and VGA. I know Koolance and other do step-up adapters and the like. Will this be a successful setup offering flexibilty whilst maintianing good flow rates and thermal performance.

Yours thoughts, ideas, recommendations and flames welcome and appreciated as always.

Cheers

Tes
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Not sure about the Zalman, but I know the Koolance Exos does not perform well at all. You'll spend more money on it and get much less performance.

If you're looking for an external setup, and good performance, just build a custom box for a rad, res, and pump, then run the tubing inside the case for the water blocks. The worst you'll have to do to your case if you did this would be cutting out a PCI slot separator or removing a fan.
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The Zalmans aint worth it. I've read a review some time ago and they were able to cope at stock speeds but it went downhill from there.
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For the price of either, you can get much better performance for less.
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If you want a kit look at this one...I would get the highest cfm fans with it....http://www.petrastechshop.com/pecoel.html
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If you want to go external with it just make you own enclosure for it...We can help you piece together a loop if you would like to go custom you will get more for your money going custom......
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Listen whatever you do, DO NOT go with zalman in watercooling. I use to own the Zalman Reserator 2.... Waste of money. With the Zalman Reserator 1 & 2 you will still be getting the same or higher temps as air. Not to mention the pump on the Reserator sucks....
    
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Thanks folks.

Tbh I was hoping you would come fwd with those responses. As its my first go a "Custom" setup scares me abit. But as usual the help here is second to none so I will now go and look at some components and post back with my selection.

I know u guys see these Noob post all the time and I certainly appreciate u taking the time to comment.

EDIT :: Ok this is what I can find from UK suppliers so far

Resevoir
Thermaltake AquaBay M3 5.25" Reservoir
DangerDen Single Bay Resevoir

Radiator
ThermoChill PA120.3 120mm Triple Radiator (Can this sit flat on the desk beside Comp?)
Swiftech MCR320-QP Triple 120mm Radiator
Black Ice Xtreme PC Radiator

CPU Block
D-TEK FuZion
Danger Den TDX 775 1/2
Swiftech Apogee GTX

Chipset
Swiftech MCW30 Northbridge
Danger Den Maze 4 DD-680i 1/2"

GPU
EK Water Blocks EK-FC8800 GTX
Danger Den NV-88GTX 8800GTX 1/2"

Pump
Laing D5-Pump 12V D5-Vario 1/2
Swiftech MCP655 12 VDC Pump 1/2

Memory
Thermaltake Aqua RX Series-R1 Memory Cooler
Koolance RAM-30-V06 Dual Memory Cooler

So this is what i can find from my usual UK online dealers. Is this correct approach for a custom system and will i get 1/2" in and outlets on the Resevoir. Site isnt that clear.

Cheers

Tes
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No problem man. If you need anymore help let us know.
    
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Thanks folks.

Tbh I was hoping you would come fwd with those responses. As its my first go a "Custom" setup scares me abit. But as usual the help here is second to none so I will now go and look at some components and post back with my selection.

I know u guys see these Noob post all the time and I certainly appreciate u taking the time to comment.

EDIT :: Ok this is what I can find from UK suppliers so far

Resevoir
Thermaltake AquaBay M3 5.25" Reservoir
DangerDen Single Bay Resevoir

Radiator
ThermoChill PA120.3 120mm Triple Radiator (Can this sit flat on the desk beside Comp?)
Swiftech MCR320-QP Triple 120mm Radiator
Black Ice Xtreme PC Radiator

CPU Block
D-TEK FuZion
Danger Den TDX 775 1/2
Swiftech Apogee GTX

Chipset
Swiftech MCW30 Northbridge
Danger Den Maze 4 DD-680i 1/2"

GPU
EK Water Blocks EK-FC8800 GTX
Danger Den NV-88GTX 8800GTX 1/2"

Pump
Laing D5-Pump 12V D5-Vario 1/2
Swiftech MCP655 12 VDC Pump 1/2

Memory
Thermaltake Aqua RX Series-R1 Memory Cooler
Koolance RAM-30-V06 Dual Memory Cooler

So this is what i can find from my usual UK online dealers. Is this correct approach for a custom system and will i get 1/2" in and outlets on the Resevoir. Site isnt that clear.

Cheers

Tes












Cheers

Tes
That res is to restrictive it would just kill your flow..Look for a plain bay res or just use a T-Line....No need to WC ram it would just be a lot more unneeded restriction...Put a fan on it..I have hot running over-volted Micron and a little 60x25mm Sunon keeps it cool...
The rest looks pretty good...I wouldn't WC the NB but thats up to you...That little Swity one isn't real restrictive...You might want to think about getting the Swifty 60 for the GPU its not as restrictive as the full coverage blocks and you want have all the ram heat going in your loop...


EDIT: I forgot to leave you some reading material...


http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...g-english.html
Water Cooling - In English - Overclock.net - Overclocking.net

http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...ing-setup.html
Assembling your Custom Watercooling Setup - Overclock.net - Overclocking.net


...http://www.overclockers.com/articles993/
PC Water Coolant Chemistry - Part I

...http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...stall-tip.html
D-Tek Fuzion install tip! - Overclock.net - Overclocking.net

...http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...diators-2.html
Poll: Push or pull configuration for Radiators - Page 2 - Overclock.net - Overclocking.net
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Hi there

When you say plain bay res would a DangerDen Single Bay Resevoir fit the bill better ?

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