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Hi all!
I'm going to build a pc to hold me over for the next 8-12 months until I get some cash for a monster gaming rig.
The box I'm getting now will be used to game on and will eventually be moved over to the role of a multi-purpose server. i.e. multi-media work, rendering, file sharing, web-hosting, etc. At that time I will run it, as my current box is, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Any recommendations on a reliable cooling solution that will get the job done if never turned off? It'll be cooling a q6600 and single 8800gtx. (Both of which I wouldn't mind getting a little extra speed out of, but nothing excessive. ~10% OC on each.) The case I'm planning on getting will be a full tower (or super tower as I've seen some labeled) with more then adequate airflow.
Now, I've overclocked cpu's and gpu's and built my fair share of boxes, but I've never stepped into the realm of watercooling. Then again, I'm not afraid to jump right in and get my feet wet. (pun intended.)
Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Oh, and assume I don't mind shelling out the cash for a decent cooling system providing I don't have to sell my first born to afford it.

Thanks in advance.

- J.J.
    
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post #2 of 21
What case do you plan on getting?
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post #3 of 21
Hmmm a water cooled server...

Me thinks simple after market air cooling would be more suited for a server. Water cooling requires more maintenance and i'm sure you don't want to be messing with that server.

My suggestion, water cool this PC, then take the water cooling off of it and put it in your monster rig when it is ready. Then cool the server with a nice after market cooler.

Just my thoughts
post #4 of 21
here's some parts. when Ira-K comes by he should have some interesting stuff to read.

http://www.petrastechshop.com/hwlablicegtx.html
http://www.petrastechshop.com/dfuuncpubl1.html
http://www.petrastechshop.com/ekgtxfucowaf.html (currently out of stock)
http://www.petrastechshop.com/laddcwpeddto.html
http://www.petrastechshop.com/7id5odmagepu.html
http://www.petrastechshop.com/swmchire.html

instead of full coverage 8800 block this is also possible
http://www.petrastechshop.com/dgfxcof88gt.html

id get the 480 rad since you're going to cool both GFX and a Qcore, but the Thermochill PA120.3 should be able to handle it too. (out of stock now though)
post #5 of 21
Do air cooling, and get a small AC unit for the room. That way when you upgrade to a new computer the ac unit will still work for the new computer. I could not imagine adding liquid to a server while it is running
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if your planning to only oc them 10% then i'd say ditch the water and grab some air cooling, the GTX's cooling is more then sufficent and for the Quad i'd grab a Tuniq, its a little overkill for such a small OC, but it will definantly keep those temps down and support any overclocking you feel like doing.

Dont put your money into WC for a server, especially if your not going to be overclocking it very much
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post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by odie View Post
Do air cooling, and get a small AC unit for the room. That way when you upgrade to a new computer the ac unit will still work for the new computer. I could not imagine adding liquid to a server while it is running
its often used for 1U servers that produce more heat than simple 1U sinks can handle.
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Most server rooms I have gone to, have massive AC units, and excelent filters to keep dust from building up in the server.
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post #9 of 21
ive been wondering about it myself, but the equipment exists, so surely it gets used somewhere.
post #10 of 21
Here is some good stuff for a new WC'er to read...



...Water Cooling in English

...Assembling your Custom Watercooling Setup

...Bleeding my WC setup...

...D-Tek Fuzion install tip! (Or Why You Should Clean New Blocks)

...Part 1-Temp's With and With-Out Shrouds

...How To: Build A Performance Shroud

...Cooling - An In-Depth Look

...PC Water Coolant Chemistry - Part I
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