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i currently have a zalman reserator, and im not too impressed with it. I recently swapped the coolant that came with it for feser one orange stuff, its good but i cut corners with the thermal compound and used the cheap stuff that comes with VGA blocks.

Can I just ditch the radiator + pump + reservoir and get a separate soulotion by adding my own radiator and pump (+ t line or previously)

Thinking of getting a 2x120mm rad on the back of my P180, only thing is im not sure what to have in my loop. Obviously i would have CPU but are there any other components worth cooling? i have a spare North Bridge cooler lying around , its not on my current setup because my motherboard has a heatpipe from the Northbridge to the Left of the processor socket by the IO at the back (think its the mosfet) the heatpipe/heatsink is designed to come off but would i have to add a mosfet cooling block then?

Also, can i fit 3/8 barbs to the radiator? my understanding is that you can fit any size but larger increases the flow. i could change to 1/2" but it would mean buying a new CPU and NB block?

and does anyone know if it is worth upgrading to 1/2" tubing. does it give much performance increase?

Thanks
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you should be able to do that, but try not to mix metals.

Eg don't use an aluminum rad with a copper block. For some reason (which is known by other members here) they mess up your coolant or something like that.
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Actually you can mix metals. So long as you use the correct coolants. Usually a mixture of 20% PG (Propylene Glycol) and 80% Distilled Water holds a good ratio.

The PG coolant works better than the EG (Ethylene Glycol) coolant. The PG is pet/child safe and will help lubricate the pump. PG is more forgiving if any leak happens. All you need to do is rinse with distilled water and air dry the components. EG isn't that great if a leak happens.

Many of the green coolants sold on the OC enthusiast website is a mixture of PG and other forms of water.
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It all depends on you $ flow, but rather swop out that whole system, doing the Cpu block last(its ok for now)
and with metal mixing, stick to one metal, eg copper or Ali they deposit on each other, check out the danger den site...
from my shopping so far, id suggest a D-tek fusion/swifttech gt, and a blackice rad, bigger the better, and the best pump i know of is a D5.
http://www.dangerden.com/store/
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