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post #11 of 25
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Originally Posted by OC'ing Noob View Post
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.
I sorta disagree with you there, watercooling your SB is good when you live in a furnace AKA sydney, Australia... 45 degrees during the summer... or going pure overkill in the case of marcus000 builds.

But apart from that, i don't think you are going to O/C your raid controller! now that would be extreme
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post #12 of 25
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I sorta disagree with you there, watercooling your SB is good when you live in a furnace AKA sydney, Australia... 45 degrees during the summer... or going pure overkill in the case of marcus000 builds.

But apart from that, i don't think you are going to O/C your raid controller! now that would be extreme
LOL... contradiction for the sake of contradiction. Ever heard of air conditioning? Also, it still wouldn't matter if ambient was 45. That means the coolest your SB would be would be 45C, higher actually since you are cooling the CPU as well.
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post #13 of 25
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I think I'll buy 3 x 1TB hard drives and I will configure them as RAID5.
I think that shouldn't need water cooling.

What is meant under custom W/C kit?
Do I have to buy all parts separately or do I have to
make it with a garden hose?
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you need 4+ hard drives for raid5 if im not mistaken...unless you already have 1
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post #15 of 25
RAID5 will work on three drives but I think you will find that RAID5 without a dedicated, quality controller (one that takes parity calculation duties away from the CPU), you will find is slow. I was thinking about building a RAID5 array and that's the information other OCN members gave me.
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I will get 790i Ultra,
that has built in raid controller.
Do you think that it is too slow?
What would be better then?
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post #17 of 25
There are a couple RAID-savvy guys on the forum that will hopefully chime in here. In a nutshell, RAID5 requires the calculation of a parity bit. Some motherboards will allow RAID5 but that parity bit calculation is the responsibility of the CPU; bogging the system and causing HDD performance to suffer. A standalone RAID controller will efficiently calculate parity, leaving the CPU to better things.
post #18 of 25
Raid built into any motherboard is not proper raid, it is artifical raid (I'm no RAID buff but i have read into it) as stated you need a dedicated raid card to have proper raid. And they arn't cheap...
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post #19 of 25
Without a dedicated raid card with onboard memory, you will be essentially doing all the calculations through the cpu and the insufficient raid controller of the SB chipset. There is a reason that decent raid cards are a few hundred bucks.
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post #20 of 25
Watercooling Memory and Hard Disks is really pointless so i wouldn't worry about that. Watercooling the chipset on the other hand can be required as the NB and SB do get very hot even on moderate overclocks. 2x 9800GX2's actually make the chipset even hotter.

I would certainly consider watercooling the chipset.
 
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