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I'm thinking of going water cooling soon, and overclocking. I'm hoping for 3.2GHz 24/7. I have three Antec TriCools left over from my P180B and I'm thinking of using them. I am currently thinking of putting my radiator on top of my case and having the pump inside. I'm also looking at getting a Reservoir + Pump Bay Device. I don't have a fixed budget so I am open to ideas.

The Antec TriCools put out 39 / 56 / 79 CFM on Low / Medium / High, respectively. I'm thinking three on Medium for ~165CFM of cooling would be enough.

Oh! And I am probably going to get a D-Tek FuZion or Fluid XP Vortex (rebranded FuZion).

Discuss.
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I'm sure someone will come along and help you with parts...This Swifty bay res you can put an 18W or 9W DDC pump in..


...Swiftech MCRES-1000 - Bay Reservoir


They are hard to find anymore you may need to find a used one if it interests you...Just take your time and look around a little before you start buying parts and you will be able to put together a good rig for less $$$$...

Good stuff for a new WC'er to read...

...Assembling your Custom Watercooling Setup

...Bleeding my WC setup...

...Water Cooling in English

...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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I'm sure someone will come along and help you with parts...This Swifty bay res you can put an 18W or 9W DDC pump in..


...Swiftech MCRES-1000 - Bay Reservoir


They are hard to find anymore you may need to find a used one if it interests you...Just take your time and look around a little before you start buying parts and you will be able to put together a good rig for less $$$$...

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...Bleeding my WC setup...

...Water Cooling in English

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...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
Thanks! I'm thinking of having a loop like this:

Reservoir --> Pump --> CPU Block --> Radiator --> Reservoir

I look at Jab-Tech and I'm thinking of getting:

-10 Plastic Tube Clamps ($3)
-Primochill ICE Liquid Coolant ($20)
-D-Tek FuZion CPU Water Block ($60)
-10 Feet of 1/2" ID Clear Tubing ($10)
-Danger Den Black Ice 360GTX Radiator ($130)
-Swiftech MCRES-1000P Reservoir and Pump ($95)
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I like to run mine res-pump-rad-cpu....That way the coolest water will hit the CPU first...I used to drop 1.5-2.5C across my rad with plain water...I had 108cfm Sunon fans on a BIX....However you do it do just like you said put the res or T-Line right before the pump...In the case of a T-Line so it will fill and bleed easier and in the case of a res so you wont starve the pump for water, it would give you crap temp's....I like to keep my res at the highest point to so it will bleed easier...
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I like to run mine res-pump-rad-cpu....That way the coolest water will hit the CPU first...I used to drop 1.5-2.5C across my rad with plain water...I had 108cfm Sunon fans on a BIX....However you do it do just like you said put the res or T-Line right before the pump...In the case of a T-Line so it will fill and bleed easier and in the case of a res so you wont starve the pump for water, it would give you crap temp's....I like to keep my res at the highest point to so it will bleed easier...
I don't like T-Lines, I'd rather have a Bay Reservoir. So, I should stick to a small, simple loop to improve temps and run the loop:

Reservoir ---> Pump ---> Radiator ---> CPU Block ---> Reservoir

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I don't like T-Lines, I'd rather have a Bay Reservoir. So, I should stick to a small, simple loop to improve temps and run the loop:

Reservoir ---> Pump ---> Radiator ---> CPU Block ---> Reservoir

Thanks!


Yeah thats the way I would run it....I like to put my pump in the bottom of my case under the bay res that way your pump will be gravity fed it will help to prevent dry starts...


If you are wanting to run quiet fans the Thermochill PA series is a good one..The Swifty Quiet power and Black Ice Pro would be less expensive rads...I like to use at least a 240 rad for a CPU...A single might cool it but you would need higher cfm fans and your temp's would likely spike more...A shroud will help you temp's also...If you put them on just one side I would do a pull with it..

...Radiator Page......


For a pump the Laing D-5 is a good one or the same one is the Swifty 655 its just a re-brand...I would get one with a rheo on it, the cheaper one with-out is not as powerful....

...D-5

This is another good pump...Its not quite as powerful as a D-5 but its a good one...It doesn't have as much heat dump as the D-5 which is always a good thing..

...AquaXtreme™ 50Z


I like the Stinger CPU blocks that fstfrddy here makes...For a commercial block I think the D-Tek Fuzion is about the best one out now...


...Stinger Water Blocks

...Fuzion CPU Block
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Yeah thats the way I would run it....I like to put my pump in the bottom of my case under the bay res that way your pump will be gravity fed it will help to prevent dry starts...


If you are wanting to run quiet fans the Thermochill PA series is a good one..The Swifty Quiet power and Black Ice Pro would be less expensive rads...I like to use at least a 240 rad for a CPU...A single might cool it but you would need higher cfm fans and your temp's would likely spike more...A shroud will help you temp's also...If you put them on just one side I would do a pull with it..

...Radiator Page......


For a pump the Laing D-5 is a good one or the same one is the Swifty 655 its just a re-brand...I would get one with a rheo on it, the cheaper one with-out is not as powerful....

...D-5

This is another good pump...Its not quite as powerful as a D-5 but its a good one...It doesn't have as much heat dump as the D-5 which is always a good thing..

...AquaXtreme™ 50Z


I like the Stinger CPU blocks that fstfrddy here makes...For a commercial block I think the D-Tek Fuzion is about the best one out now...


...Stinger Water Blocks

...Fuzion CPU Block
I already have Three Antec TriCool 120mm Fans from my Antec P180B. I'm going to use more fans at lower RPM for less noise, for example:

3 39CFM (at 20dBA each) Fans instead of 1 100CFM Fan (at 45dBA).

About the radiator, the Black Ice Xtreme GTX cools the best.
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I already have Three Antec TriCool 120mm Fans from my Antec P180B. I'm going to use more fans at lower RPM for less noise, for example:

3 39CFM (at 20dBA each) Fans instead of 1 100CFM Fan (at 45dBA).

About the radiator, the Black Ice Xtreme GTX cools the best.


I like the GTX or a BIX but they work the best with 100+ cfm fans...Using really low cfm fans like you want to I don't think they would work to well...You need a rad with a real low fin per inch count so low pressure and low cfm fans will still cool them OK...I like to use 120x38mm fans I think the higher air pressure will cool a rad better then 120x25mm fans do...
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