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Hey everyone!

I am currently the owner of a ThermalTake Big water SE, but I was wondering, what kind of results are other people getting with their TT BG SE's?

E6400 @ 3.0ghz 1.3V
idle:48
load: 52
Koolance fluid

have any of you tried using different water blocks, pumps etc.. what were the results?
    
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I get less than that with a quad on air. My guess is try a better pump.
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I had the bigwater 745. It has a bigger pump so I cant comment on your pump, but I would change out the CPU waterblock for something like an Apogee GT Extreme. They run $49 at newegg. With ambient temps of 75°F my idle temps went down to 35°C and load went down to 46°C. I've since changes out with a custom Swiftech system.
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whats room temp?
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I lapped the water block and that helped my load temp a bit, but by room temp was about 29 degrees celcius during the test. My room yesterday was 26 and my temps dropped about 2-3 degrees.

I was thinking about a new pump, but I wasn't sure, the TT BG SE uses 1/4 ID tubing, I just assumed that was my problem and getting larger tubing would solve the problem.
    
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I heard the TT systems lose the pump after few month so be cautious and those aren't horrible temps. I almost want to get one cause they are so cheap and easy to assemble.
    
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whoah, something's wrong. I lapped my block too, and had some temp problems as well initially. If I were you, I would check my AS5 thermal compound application. I ended up using a very small dot in the middle and then pressing it firmly down to get it spread around. This worked for me with the same system and I get 28C idle and 40 load. Try reapplying the paste.
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post #8 of 35
The TT bigwater SE is a great little system for a quiet HTPC or the likes. Your best bet would be to find a better pump, the one in the kit is quite weak.

I know when I had a bigwater, I idled at 27c =p. I'm 78% sure that you used too much TIM after lapping.
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post #9 of 35
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Yea, with the exception of the fluid its pretty good. Make sure to get a different fluid, my VGA cooler I got to go with it (very bad idea, don't add any more blocks) was covered with this green stuff, I soaked it in alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, and it still wont come off.

The pump that comes with it is a 90 liter (23 gallon) per hour pump.

this is a bad idea (showing a possible bargain), but hey what the heck, would this be a good water block to use?

http://cgi.ebay.com/Water-cool-cpu-3...QQcmdZViewItem

Or would I need a new pump to use this waterblock?

I was thinking about getting a 1/4 -> 1/2 adaptor so I could use this water pump

http://americanaquariumproducts.com/ViaAqua1300.html

would this work?
    
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post #10 of 35
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Quote:
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I'm 78% sure that you used too much TIM after lapping.
I think I did, considering I also lapped my IHS, I will reapply it this weekend.
    
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