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I started this out as a home-brew Franken-Cooler project but as time went on and I fould good deals on parts, it turned into a full blown watercooler! My goals are simple though, equal a TRUE in cooling. A TRUE wouldn't fit into my case so I decided to try water to keep my Q6600 in check. We'll see how it performs!
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I started this out as a home-brew Franken-Cooler project but as time went on and I fould good deals on parts, it turned into a full blown watercooler! My goals are simple though, equal a TRUE in cooling. A TRUE wouldn't fit into my case so I decided to try water to keep my Q6600 in check. We'll see how it performs!
A couple of comments:
Nice work for a first time WC system!
That hose is way overkill. Something more flexible would work much easier.
The Tee at the CPU block is in the wrong place. It's restricting flow unnecessarily. Tee off the pump inlet, then you can get a straight shot to the CPU block.
And the airflow of the second fan on the rad is severely blocked.
Why have the rad air the same air as the case air? I don't know which way your rad fans are blowing, but If the rad is exhausting into the case, that just heats the case. If the case is exhausting into the rad, that just heats up the water. Mount the rad further away from the case so it uses room air. If you still need that case vent where the rad is, just put another fan in the hole.
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A couple of comments:
Nice work for a first time WC system!
That hose is way overkill. Something more flexible would work much easier.
The Tee at the CPU block is in the wrong place. It's restricting flow unnecessarily. Tee off the pump inlet, then you can get a straight shot to the CPU block.
And the airflow of the second fan on the rad is severely blocked.
Why have the rad air the same air as the case air? I don't know which way your rad fans are blowing, but If the rad is exhausting into the case, that just heats the case. If the case is exhausting into the rad, that just heats up the water. Mount the rad further away from the case so it uses room air. If you still need that case vent where the rad is, just put another fan in the hole.
I know the hose is overkill but it's all I had access too. It will be re-plumbed anyway.

I also know the T sucks but the bend couldn't be made with this tubing. Once again, it will be corrected when I re-plumb it.

The fan exhausts out so it pulls air from the case. There is so little left in the case now that the temps stay very low anyway. I'm not worried about the heat being dumped from the case into the rad at all. The back fan actually flows better than the front but this will be fixed when I re-plumb as well. I plan on spacing the rad out an inch or so for extra air flow and to reduce noise from the air turbulence. It's just mounted there for ease and test fitting. This was a learning build and I know I need to make MANY changes!

I will say though that after ~30 minutes of Prime95 at a higher OC than I was on air, my load temps are 11°C lower and the Ceramique hasn't settled in yet!
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3.2GHz with 1.35v in bios, everything else set to auto.
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3.2GHz
3.3GHz
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3.2GHz is tops, won't even boot at 3.6 with 1.45v core and 1.375 VTT. I didn't try higher. 3.4 Boots but isn't stable. Instant reboot as soon as you try to run prime95. After THREE failed OC goals, I'm thinking my mobo may be the culprit.
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Lookin good dude....too bad I can't join ya.....
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I think my mobo is holding me back.
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I think my mobo is holding me back.
Maybe, but have you tried loosening your memory timings until you hit a OC you are happy with. Then try to tighten them.
    
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My ran is not the problem. They are PC2-8000 Firestix and I've had them running 4-4-4-13 at 500FSB. Right now they are 5-5-5-16 at like 400 fsb. I'm getting huge fluctuations after vdroop on my mobo, I just think this mobo doesn't put out enough juice to the chip.
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My ran is not the problem. They are PC2-8000 Firestix and I've had them running 4-4-4-13 at 500FSB. Right now they are 5-5-5-16 at like 400 fsb. I'm getting huge fluctuations after vdroop on my mobo, I just think this mobo doesn't put out enough juice to the chip.
Sorry to hear that. My mobo is holding me back as well. Hitting 3.6 and can run prime for 25 minutes then it dies. Heck it dies just while crusing the net. Voltage is steady through the chip, it never gets over 60C, but the NB and Mosfets are cooking. Time for some mosfet coolers and possibly a better NB and SB cooler.
    
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