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So I'm a water cooling noob and I'm considering water cooling for a Q6600 when the price drops. Its hot here in the summers and I don't know if my Tuniq can keep it cool enough during the summer.

I have an Antec 900 currently and I don't want to change my case, so that is the restriction I'm working with. I wouldn't go custom or anything crazy, so mainly I would probably look at the Swiftech H20-220 if I wanted to try to do all the internal stuff.

But an external solution such as the Koolance Exos interests me as well since its such an easy package, all I have to do is run hoses into my case. I realize the Exos doesn't come with any blocks and that would add costs, but I've heard the 900 can be a pain to have internal water cooling in - right now mine is pretty messy with wires, etc.

I would probably put my 8800gtx in the loop as well, depending on how much it effected the temperature. As I'm mainly concerned with the cpu temp.

I have a pretty heavy air-cooling system right now, with a Tuniq tower, 4x 120mm fans, the 250mm fan on top and a few 92mm inside of the case... would either of those 2 solutions above actually yield better performance than the air cooling I have setup?
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post #2 of 7
I've heard mixed things about the Exos II, but mostly bad about the original one due to low flow rate and 1/4in tubing. An Exos would likely not be powerful enough to drive a CPU and 8800 cooler but you should probably read up elsewhere.

I do however have the H20-220APEX and it's been great, good flowrate and pump, but I only have my CPU in that loop. It gave me much better load temps than the original heatsink but I hear the Tuniq towers are good and your results may vary. I was a bit apprehensive about having a 2lb monstrosity hanging off my motherboard though. If I had that air cooling setup I might as well just be inclined to keep it, although here we have 3 cats and not requiring as much airflow is a godsend.


However, the Exos is probably going to be an easier install. It took me around 8 hours to get the APEX in because my case had non-standard fan mounts and I had to drill holes to mount the radbox on plus drill the case for the tubes, but once it was hooked up and running it went well.


But uhh, remember to WRENCH TIGHTEN your hose barbs... always.,,,
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exos II are 3/8 not 1/4
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If you want external I would recommend a watekeg, you can put your own parts in there or buy with with good components then you can put a much higher performance radiator and pump in there to cool your quad with good flow rates and a 1/2" line system.

A quad and an 8800 should get a good quality triple rad to dissipate that much heat. My 8800 dumps more heat into it's own loop than my E6600 overclocked, and that with a GPU only block without all the extra coming from the memory, HSI, and Vregs.

You could go internal though, seen plenty of examples with that case, rad could go on top or on the back and the rest internal, pump works well in the bottom next to the PSU. If you like to tinker and upgrade parts, you'll be much happier with good individual parts, or get the waterkeg because it's made with good parts to start with. The Exos is a unit, not a whole bunch you can change except water blocks
    
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The Waterkeg III Extreme would probably cool your quad and a single GTX.
http://www.externalpccooling.net/Page6.html
It uses a Thermochill PA 120.3 instead of a Swiftech(MCR320).
Email or call Seth, he'll be glad to answer any of your questions.
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post #6 of 7
The only external I would use is a custom made or the Waterkeg...I really like the looks of the Waterkeg and it has good components in it...You can always make your own custom one all you need is an enclosure for it...
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exos II are 3/8 not 1/4
Yeah I know that but he said exos, not exos II. I didn't click the hyperlink.
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