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I've been running air for a while and with much success. I thought for sure my quad would have needed air when I got it but that wasn't the case. I want to see how much a difference my temps will be if I got back to water again. I'm trying to decide how I should build my next WC loop.

My current WC components:
-Storm G5 silver CPU block
-MCP350 pump with delrin top
-Dual heater core
-Several 150cfm delta fans for the rad
-1/2 ID tygon tubing

There are 2 areas of concern that I want a second opinion on. First, I don't have a GPU block for my 8800 Ultra. Again, on air it overclocks better than just about all I've seen on OCN so I don't need it to go on water. Second, if I add a GPU block to my loop how badly will I need a better performing radiator?

If I end up getting new parts I'm looking into the FuZion-GFX GPU block and a ThermoChill PA120.3 or 120.2 radiator... or maybe another dual heater core. Thoughts are much appreciated.
    
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I've been running air for a while and with much success. I thought for sure my quad would have needed air when I got it but that wasn't the case. I want to see how much a difference my temps will be if I got back to water again. I'm trying to decide how I should build my next WC loop.

My current WC components:
-Storm G5 silver CPU block
-MCP350 pump with delrin top
-Dual heater core
-Several 150cfm delta fans for the rad
-1/2 ID tygon tubing

There are 2 areas of concern that I want a second opinion on. First, I don't have a GPU block for my 8800 Ultra. Again, on air it overclocks better than just about all I've seen on OCN so I don't need it to go on water. Second, if I add a GPU block to my loop how badly will I need a better performing radiator?

If I end up getting new parts I'm looking into the FuZion-GFX GPU block and a ThermoChill PA120.3 or 120.2 radiator... or maybe another dual heater core. Thoughts are much appreciated.
if i were you id get a swiftech MCW-60 and a second heatercore.
the fuzion GFX is pretty restrictive, as is your G5. the MCW60 is pretty free flowing, leaving more pressure for the G5.
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The G5 is a great block but I don't think they are working to well on the s/775 with-out milling them around the edges so it will sit dead in the center of the IHS and miss the outer edge all the way around...If you do use it or any block really I would get a back-plate for s/775 WB to help your mounts, takes the flex out of the mobo..Dtek FuZion Intel 775 Pro-Mount set....You might be better off to just grab a Fuzion and a jet kit.. FuZion CPU Block...D-Tek FuZion Accelerator Nozzle Kit...I guess the quad nozzle in it would be the one to use with a quad.......

...D-Tek Fuzion install tip! (Or why you should clean new blocks)

That Bonnie with your delta's should eat a quads heat dump fine, if not stick another one on it in series....No need to buy another rad unless you have to...

GPU I would just leave on a good HSF...If you do want to stick in in the loop the Fuzion GPU is a jet impingement block just like the Storm and pretty restrictive...

The Swifty 60 is one of the best and is pretty free flowing..Swifty 60 G80 & ATI 2900...

These Enzotech ram sinks are pressure sensitive and really stick on well...Enzotech BMR-C1 Forged Copper BGA Ramsinks..I had to take some off a mobo I RMA'ed and I like to of never got them off....
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Sorry for the late reply, the most practical solution would be to cool the CPU only for now. GPU temps are already nice on air. So I'll go with the D-Tek FuZion w/ quad nozzles and stick with the dual heater core. I hope temps are still good, I was loading at 44C the other night at 1.3625v with my CPU fan on low and ambients around 18C. Thanks again and let me know if I should or could do more.
    
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Sorry for the late reply, the most practical solution would be to cool the CPU only for now. GPU temps are already nice on air. So I'll go with the D-Tek FuZion w/ quad nozzles and stick with the dual heater core. I hope temps are still good, I was loading at 44C the other night at 1.3625v with my CPU fan on low and ambients around 18C. Thanks again and let me know if I should or could do more.
Those are pretty decent temp's, you must have it tuned up pretty well..I would think you should be able to push your OC more on water and get around the same temp's once you tune it up....If nothing else it will be more fun to play with...

My 5000BE x2 I can only hold at 12-14C over ambient with a 1.46 v-core and 3400 something OC...My loops set up for TEC though and I just have it on water right now and my pump is right before the block, so if it was pump-rad like for water I could probably knock off another 2C or so....I just got my mobo back from RMA and I'm staying on WC'ing for a month or so before I put another $40 bux worth of condensation proofing on it again...
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Sorry for the late reply, the most practical solution would be to cool the CPU only for now. GPU temps are already nice on air. So I'll go with the D-Tek FuZion w/ quad nozzles and stick with the dual heater core. I hope temps are still good, I was loading at 44C the other night at 1.3625v with my CPU fan on low and ambients around 18C. Thanks again and let me know if I should or could do more.
Let us know how it turns out Trans
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My mistake, it was actually 37C load LOL.
    
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Thats only a 19C cpu to ambient delta....Thats pretty good...I don't know if water would knock that down much...Do you have much of an OC on it now? If your happy with your OC now I don't know if its even worth putting it on WC...
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Not bad for a quad huh. Last I checked I was around 13C over ambient on water but that was waaaaay back with my socket 939. Low temps are nice but better temps give me more headroom. More headroom = more voltage = higher overclock.
    
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Not bad for a quad huh. Last I checked I was around 13C over ambient on water but that was waaaaay back with my socket 939. Low temps are nice but better temps give me more headroom. More headroom = more voltage = higher overclock.
Those are great temp's on a HSF...Thats the way I look at it to,its all about the v-core, and its so much fun to play with....Summer is coming to, that never helps...

I'd just strap your Delta's back onto you Bonnie and try her first, then if you need a little more look at another rad then...Modders Mart still has those killer quad HC's for $80 bux, I bet it would pretty well out cool any rad....I need to get one of those to before they quit selling them or something...
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