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Thermaltake Bigwater 745 - Tips needed

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I got one today but there is not enough space inside my antec 900 so I whacked the single radiator on the outside and reversed the fan (so it sucks air out of the case through the radiator), looks pretty good.

But yeah, I've seen a truckload of bad reviews about it and I really don't think it's worth sending back, I checked all the connections and they look perfect, any tips you guys have to ensure I make the most out of this?
I have a feeling it involved gaffer tape..

I'm using it to cool a Q6600 when I get one, the triple radiator should work a treat.
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If you can have the rad fan drawing the cooler room ambient air through the rad instead of your case air....That will help a little...
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I have the antec 900 case, with the huge fan on top and a fan attached to the side of the case so any air it draws, it's already drawing the ambient air from the side case fan.
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anyone?
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I have the Big Water SE, basically the same minus the 2x120mm radiator.

1. Lap the waterblock, it will help shave a few degrees off your idle temps. You can get good cheap kits here get the premium kit and the final finishing compound, and lap the CPU IHS (Integrated Heat Spreader)while your at it. Don't worry, just be gentle and you cannot hurt anything.

2. Ditch the coolant ThermalTake gave you, it leaves a bad residue in your radiator.

3. when refilling your loop, power only the motherboard, shut off and turn on the pump repeatedly to get all of the bubbles out, you may have to blow into the reservoir to get them all out.

That is about all I can give you. This kit is a decent cooler, by water cooling standards it is not good, but it is a very good first step into the world of water cooling.
    
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What is a decent coolant I can buy?
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You can go for distilled water (about $5 at your local drug store) plus some anti-bacterial stuff.

I just got some Koolance blue stuff. It has worked well for me, but I have no long-term experience with it, so I don't know how well it does long-term. I chose it because I can see the blue very well in my case, just in case it leaks. Then of course you can just add some coloring that petra's sells and add that to the distilled water along with the anti-bacterial stuff.

Just remember that most everything in the watercooling world can be picked up at your local PetSmart or general aquarium/pet store.
    
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