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post #11 of 28
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Ack, no more LEDs!!!!
Between the ones that came with the Gigabyte, the cheapo Jaguar 45o PSU has its own window and leds......

Just read this WC FAQ here http://forums.extremeoverclocking.co...d.php?t=282232
and looks like I should drain the system and run some distilled through it too really clean it out. In addition to lapping the HS this week, I think I'll get the iron out and replace with some UV leds I have and see what it looks like.
post #12 of 28
Uhm,you saying I have too much led light here ?
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post #13 of 28
If your hitting 50C with 2.6ghz I wouldn't recommend adding a 8800GT into the loop by any means...

My advise would be keep the case, fan controller and fans by all means if possible, but put in a custom watercooling loop.

Do you think you could fit a slimline 120.3 into the top of the case if you ripped out the existing watercooling? Then you could put the pump on the floor of the case and buy a XSPC Delta or D-Tek FuZion...you'd see massively improved temperatures and you'd be fine to add in your 8800GT
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post #14 of 28
Those temps do seem a little high for that setup. THe gigabyte block has good idle temps but the load temps aren't so good because the base is so damn thick. I would lap it just in case. The tubing and fittings gigabyte uses are 7/16" even though they say it is 1/2". I threw a rad into my gigabyte loop w/CPU+GPU and it dropped my temps a lot. It might be worth a try to get a 2x120 or 3x120 rad and some 7/16" tubing. If it doesn't drop your temps just throw it into another project. If you are going to be adding a GPU to your loop now would be the time to add a rad. You could just hang it off the back of the case if need be. If you want a really simple way to add your gpu into the loop you could use wither gigabyte's block or an MCW60 with 1/4" barbs, and then connect them to those valves that come in the case.
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Ahh, the block is too thick.......

That actually answers a couple of questions I'd had about WC'ing.
I am going to lap the block this week, wonder how much I can take off of it manually...

If I wanted to simply replace the block with a medium priced one from here:
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/waterblocks.html
aside from simply picking the most expensive, what do I need to know about the Mercury 3D pump to pick the right block?
Restriction, velocity, etc are required to be known right?

I'd hate to buy a block thats high restriction and then find out the Mercury is a low volume, or viceaversa.

Hopefully I can resolve this by simply lapping it, and finding the right seating.
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Originally Posted by dk8100 View Post
Those temps do seem a little high for that setup. THe gigabyte block has good idle temps but the load temps aren't so good because the base is so damn thick. I would lap it just in case.
post #16 of 28
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Sorry, I borked the explanation.

At idle, with speed step throttling to 2600 6x450 20-22c
At Prime Torture, speed step unthrottles to 3600 8x450 50-51c

If I remember right, stock 2600 Prime Torture Small FFT is 41-42c

I'm hoping its just the block needs lapping, or the crappy Gigabyte goop.
Worst case, I buy a name brand block.

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by prosser13 View Post
If your hitting 50C with 2.6ghz I wouldn't recommend adding a 8800GT into the loop by any means...

My advise would be keep the case, fan controller and fans by all means if possible, but put in a custom watercooling loop.

Do you think you could fit a slimline 120.3 into the top of the case if you ripped out the existing watercooling? Then you could put the pump on the floor of the case and buy a XSPC Delta or D-Tek FuZion...you'd see massively improved temperatures and you'd be fine to add in your 8800GT
post #17 of 28
50 deg C at 3.6 is spot on with this system..Ive lapped cpu to water block and stressing comes out at 47 to 50 deg c ..all on the std single rad Mercury 3 D..
Early days stressing at 3.2 G temps were an astronomical 35 deg C !
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post #18 of 28
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Originally Posted by fkoehler View Post
Ahh, the block is too thick.......

That actually answers a couple of questions I'd had about WC'ing.
I am going to lap the block this week, wonder how much I can take off of it manually...

If I wanted to simply replace the block with a medium priced one from here:
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/waterblocks.html
aside from simply picking the most expensive, what do I need to know about the Mercury 3D pump to pick the right block?
Restriction, velocity, etc are required to be known right?

I'd hate to buy a block thats high restriction and then find out the Mercury is a low volume, or viceaversa.

Hopefully I can resolve this by simply lapping it, and finding the right seating.
if you want a free flowing block, take a look at the MC-TDX from dangerden. but you may see more of a difference in temps from a bigger rad.
post #19 of 28
Sorry I missed the memo. What's a mercury 3D? Google search is iffy.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by fkoehler View Post
Ahh, the block is too thick.......

That actually answers a couple of questions I'd had about WC'ing.
I am going to lap the block this week, wonder how much I can take off of it manually...

If I wanted to simply replace the block with a medium priced one from here:
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/waterblocks.html
aside from simply picking the most expensive, what do I need to know about the Mercury 3D pump to pick the right block?
Restriction, velocity, etc are required to be known right?

I'd hate to buy a block thats high restriction and then find out the Mercury is a low volume, or viceaversa.

Hopefully I can resolve this by simply lapping it, and finding the right seating.
I would recommend just trying for a flat surface and not worrying too much about the thickness of the base. I haven't done any testing with reducing the base size on that block. Making it too much thinner may even make temps worse, but lapping should improve temps some. If the mercury pump is anything like my gigabyte galaxy II pump it has about 6ft. I would suggest just picking up a good cpu block, though i don't think the gigabyte stuff would respond too well to a large high restriction loop. There is no sense in investing in cheaper parts just because your pump will be a little sluggish though.
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