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post #1 of 10
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Heres what I want to do, now everyone tell me what I should do lol.
I have the Thermaltake Tai-Chi liquid cooled case with the Thermaltake volcano somthin-somthin cpu waterblock. I also have a Thermaltake Aquabay in there for an extra resevior and flow indicator. I'm already not happy with how the pump performs and I plan on adding ram thats going to pretty much require liquid cooling and I'd like to cool my video card and if my motherboard temp goes much over 110 after i get my quad core installed i'd like to take off the cooling thats there and cool teh bridges. Now heres my actual question. Would it be better to just get a stronger pump like one of the swiftech ones that i think is rated at 120 gallons an hour where my pump is I think around 47 gallons an hour. Or, get a bay pump/resevior system and use it to cool a few separate components. Like say, keep this system cooling the cpu and video card and use the bay system to cool the bridges and ram. or something to that effect. Let me know what you all think .
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well first of all it is advised that you do not just go out and buy a stronger pump, just like that. because well if you have one rated at 47 GPH and upgrade to 150 gph thats like a 3x upgrade. you must consider the strain on the water cooling components. meaning you may need to upgrade the tubing and water blocks. I know thermal take Water cooling system work with lesser water flow than Swiftech or Dangerden or etc.

pushing XXX amount of liquid through tubing rated for XX can cause leakage, burst, or some other problems, not only that but the seals on the water blocks can leak, i have seen this before.

if you want better cooling, i would say the TT cooling is average, upgrading the water blocks might do you better, may be not. it best to just get the whole shi-bang. get the whole swiftech WC kit
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Ok, that said what brand would you recommend? I was going with the swiftech pump because it was decent for the price. I'd probably be looking to pay about 400 for a full wc kit. Swiftech has one that looks good, I didn't really like the danger den site. aside from thermaltake those are the only brands i'm even semi- familar with.
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post #4 of 10
*Remove the extra reservoir since it does NOTHING for loop performance.
*Remove the flow indicator since it lowers performance and hurts your flow rate.
*You should be able to add a better pump fine since they should not come into the range that is needed to burst anything. Also, please read my head vs flow FAQ. You need to look at both. One without the other is absolutely useless. I believe the Thermaltake pumps have a laughable 5.5ft head and 47 gal/hr flow rate.
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post #5 of 10
my pc it self is not water cooled, but i've played with water cooling, and water cooled pc's before.

most enthusiast will say go danger den or swiftech or innovatek. most use a acombination of danger den and swiftech components. but I like Koolance brand because, their cases come with a kit, but Koolance doesn't perform as good ad swiftech. but i'd say koolance is more professional while swiftech is more enthusiast.

if your looking fo best water cooling go swiftech, kits can be found:
http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l1/g30/Liquid_Cooling.html

or you can mix and match your own set up.
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post #6 of 10
i agree with duckieHo,

i doubt u need a new cooling system, you can upgrade the water pump and remove some componenets, but i was meaning don't upgrade to a pump too powerful,

upgrading from about 50gph u should not get anything more than 80 gph with stock stuff. if you upgrade tubing and stuff u can do what you want. have u looked at the tubing for TT liquid cooling, look at the small diameter, if u look at http://www.water-cooling.com/ people usually go 1/2 inch tubing with high gph pumps.
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post #7 of 10
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I understand the Head v. Flow thread, so the aquabay really does nothing but hurt performance then. I kinda figured I'd have to upgrade at some point if i wanted to keep making this computer better, frankly I'm surprised I haven't let the smoke out of it by now.
http://www.swiftnets.com/products/H20-220-APEX-plus.asp
Is that worth what they are asking for it, it looks good to me but so did what I've got until i got it.
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Yeah the Apex is a good kit....I would just put together a custom..Custom or kit you still have to put it together...You can get more for your money going custom...
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Does the radiator act as a reservoir? I mean if I build my own system would I need to get a reservoir or no? http://www.dangerden.com/store/produ...1&cat=5&page=1
that is the radiator I'd planned on getting.
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Originally Posted by Sardonicus View Post
Does the radiator act as a reservoir? I mean if I build my own system would I need to get a reservoir or no? http://www.dangerden.com/store/produ...1&cat=5&page=1
that is the radiator I'd planned on getting.
No the rad wont act as a res...Either add a res or a T-Line put it right before the pump...
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