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I'm currently peicing together my new rig and I need to cover cooling still. I've read alot about TEC and know I definatly want liquid cooling but i dont know if I will need the TEC. (If i got one i would get a TEC waterblock obviously)

Here is the rig:
Nine Hundred Case
Asus Striker Motherboard
Intel Quad Core Processor
4GB Corsair Dominator
2 SLI NVidia 8800GTX 768MBDDR3

I'm also looking for suggestions on the best liquid cooling setup to get because this will be my first, I've always been hesitant about liquid and electronics but I dont think im going to be able to keep this thing cool without it.


Thanks Much-
Inferno
post #2 of 15
TECs bring the technical level of the project up quite bit and you need to seal around the CPU and socket as well as fill the socket with dielectric grease to protect against condensation. Whether or not you need one depends on how far you want to push your system.
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Yes also need to worry about the power issues. Don't get a TEC waterblock. There is only one that is worth it and it is a custom block. Otherwise, just use a normal waterblock and a cold plate.
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Yes also need to worry about the power issues. Don't get a TEC waterblock. There is only one that is worth it and it is a custom block. Otherwise, just use a normal waterblock and a cold plate.
Can you provide a link to that block, please?
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Can you provide a link to that block, please?
Arctic Web by WintschLabs
http://www.wintschlabs.com/ArcticWebPage.html

PC capable TECs are 40x40mm, 50x50mm, and 62x62mm. Most normal waterblocks have around 52x52mm base so they can easily fit the two smaller TEC. Only the Arctic Web is big enough to fit a 62x62mm (437w) TEC. You can use a hotplate with a normal block but they are not efficient.
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Thank you.

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so ok then let me ask you this. Should I even go to liquid? or should I get a good fan+sink

If liquid cooling, what setup would keep this thing cool while its overclocking
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so ok then let me ask you this. Should I even go to liquid? or should I get a good fan+sink

If liquid cooling, what setup would keep this thing cool while its overclocking
On a CPU, air can do something like 10-15C over ambient loaded. Water can do something like 5-10C over ambient loaded while still being quieter. On a GPU like the 8800GTX, air can get you to like 70C loaded while water can get you to 50C. It varies a lot and these are generalizations but good water beats air.
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so ok then let me ask you this. Should I even go to liquid? or should I get a good fan+sink

If liquid cooling, what setup would keep this thing cool while its overclocking
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Bear in mind that High-end Air-cooling > Low to Mid-end Water-cooling.

If you want to stick with air I would recommend one of the tower coolers; Tuniq, Scythe or Noctua, Expect to pay US$ 50-65.

For Water cooling I expect to pay US$200-300. Swiftech makes excellent components. Danger Den, SVC, and Frozen CPU are good places to start.
  • Pump: Laing (D5)
  • Radiator: Swiftech 2 x 120mm
  • Use 1/2" ID hosing. Using 7/16" will work also and will make the fit nice and snug
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your only allowed to play with TECs after you have 1000 posts

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