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For better or for worse, I bought one of these boards (certainly not for $29.00!! lucky @*#&$!!!!) It is probably overkill for my application, but I really wanted to get into water cooling, and I was intrigued by the built-in water cooling capabilities, among other things.

I have been unable to find good information about cooling one of these things, integrating the stock NB block as part of the cooling solution.

I've been confused as to what waterblocks will fit the CPU, as the area looks quite cramped. I have heard reports that the Apogee waterblocks do not fit, and I read other posts that say they do.

Does anyone have one water cooled, or can you suggest some components? I will be overclocking a Q9450. I am starting from scratch. I've been looking at the swiftech components so far - they seem to be well priced, dependable, and have great reviews, even for quads. Ideas? Thank you.
    
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Try the DangerDen MC-TDX. Excellent block for quads, and you can order it with 3/8 fittings so you can loop it with the built-in block on the ASUS board.
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hey mrnemo, did you get your name from that blender movie? "Elephants Dream". lol that guys creepy. well anyway if itd fit the D-tek fuzion is an awesome block and with a nozzle kit gets even better. not a clue if it'll fit but someone here might be able to shed some light on that or you could find some measurements somewhere or just eyeball it lol the swiftech mcp655 is an awesome pump, heard nothing but good things about it and personally use it meself. thats about all i can add to that, gl with your build mrnemo
    
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Any CPU block that is 775 compatible will fit the boad however some of them have large mounting plates which can hit the surrounded areas.

I would grab the EK Suprmeme CPU Block and the 775 mounting plate to rule out any problems installing it.
Use 3/8" so you don't need to bother messing around with any hose reducers.
    
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Im running the Maximus Formula (DDR2 instead of DDR3) with a Fuzion block (nozzled), fits like a glove, and running an MCP655 as well, i love this pump, even when running alone you cant hear it, silent like a flat soda. I did change the standard fittings though, removed the heatpipe and added a further block to the NB, didnt like the 3/8" hoses
As marcus pointed, try using 3/8" all around if possible, i went 1/2" so i had to change everything, hate those reducers!
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Im running the Maximus Formula (DDR2 instead of DDR3) with a Fuzion block (nozzled), fits like a glove, and running an MCP655 as well, i love this pump, even when running alone you cant hear it, silent like a flat soda. I did change the standard fittings though, removed the heatpipe and added a further block to the NB, didnt like the 3/8" hoses
As marcus pointed, try using 3/8" all around if possible, i went 1/2" so i had to change everything, hate those reducers!
All of the blocks mentioned so far seem to be fantastic -

Here's what I have decided on:
MCP655 pump
MCR320 rad
one of the blocks mentioned above

so what other quality components would you recommend to complete this rig?
    
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I'd get the FuZion or MC-TDX with some 3/8" Fatboy (New Dangerden) barbs.

people seem to love the new EK block, but i personally wouldnt get it, due to its extreme restriction.
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Im also using the Swiftech Micro Res, ofcourse that depends if you want to run a T-Line or a res! Word of warning, dont overtighten screws or barbs on an acrylic res, it can lead to cracks and leaks!

Furthermore, im using the rad you are getting and im very happy with it, it cools my Quad, GTX and NB nicely, so if you are using it just for a cpu it should be even better.
It has plenty of room between the fins thus even normal speed fans can push air through it easily.
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