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post #1 of 25
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Hi!

I'm planning to build a water cooled PC.

What would happen if I didn't buy W/C blocks for memory, hard drive and motherboard?
Basically I like Koolance but I don't like their "You have to buy Koolance Water Cooling Block for your mouse too!" attitude.
My current computer (lol) has only CPU cooling and it works fine, so i thought what would happen if I only bought water cooling blocks for CPU and 2x 9800GX2?
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post #2 of 25
Just cpu and GPUs are fine especially when moderate OC. Looks like you need a new PSU.
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Depending on the overclock you are planning you might want to include the SB and NB in the loop as well, but then again, its not like a good active cooling isnt enough for that.
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Don't look at my system lol, yes I know that it isn't a very good PSU.

I'm planning to OC my CPU to 4.5 - 5.0 GHz,
and GPU, well I'm not sure yet.
I think I will buy 4 x 2 GB Corsair 1600 MHz to my new system
and I think I'll OC it to 2000 MHz.

If I do these things will my memory need water cooling?
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post #5 of 25
Just make sure you got a fan blowing on them, that should be enough. Also, ram WC cooling kits usually kill your flow rates pretty badly.
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I've had a positive experience with my Koolance system. It is a bit pricier for a bit less performance than full on custom, but it looks sleek and is designed specifically for its components. I think Koolance updated their CPU block, although the 330 has done just fine for me; I can suicide bench at 4.05ghz, limited by my CPU, not my temps. I also have the plain jane Exos-2 (not the more powerful model) and a CPU<NB<GPU loop. It keeps my temps in line across the board.

RAM/HDD cooling is kinda useless IMHO. I've got several fans on their lowest setting to move some air around in the case, and that is good enough for the RAM and HDDs. The RAM gelblocks add a lot of restriction and heat to your loop..fugghedaboutit.

I added the NB block because I wanted a quiet system and was going to run my FSB up to about 450. If you don't need either of those, don't worry about it.

GPU water block was the same reason: quietness. My card hits the voltage limit waaaay before the temp limit. It'll run all day at 55*C, but it'd be the same clocks as with the stock cooler and at 90*C. The only difference is I don't have to hear the fan.

If you want to watercool 2x GX2s, CPU, and possibly NB, I would think twice about a custom system. You really need more than a 120.2 radiator to get rid of all that heat, otherwise you will be running your fans at 80%+ 24/7 just to keep the temps down.
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post #7 of 25
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OK, thanks!

Is NB north bridge and SB south bridge?
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Originally Posted by JPSarapuu View Post
OK, thanks!

Is NB north bridge and SB south bridge?

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post #9 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by JPSarapuu View Post
Hi!
Basically I like Koolance but I don't like their "You have to buy Koolance Water Cooling Block for your mouse too!" attitude.
lol i liked that!

if it was me then i would just cool the CPU, because most ram comes with ram sinks now, hard disks don't need alot of cooling unless they are in a confined space, plus for every component you water cool, the temps of the other components will increase (slightly).

the reason I wouldn't water cool a GPU is that i change my graphics card too regularly, but if you don't or you don't mind splashing out (excuse the pun) on new blocks every so often then it wouldn't be a bad idea at all.
post #10 of 25
Water cooling the SB is pointless... no if's, and's, or but's. The SB simply does not generate enough heat to warrant anything beyond a nice chipset heat sink. The reason people water cool NB because 1) when you water cool, the airflow provided by heat sink fans no longer exist to cool your motherboard components and so your NB which is hot to begin with, will get even hotter and 2) NB can heat up a LOT when you are breaking the 400mhz FSB. Mosfets, ram, and HD's simply do not need water cooling. Mosfets and RAM just needs heat sinks and a HD just needs a 120mm fan.
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