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Hey all. New to the forums. Hoping to get some advice from you guys.

I'm putting together the first rig i'm going to install WC.

Heres a list of components I've chosen, but not yet purchased.

System(in brief):

Board: EVGA 780i
CPU: q6600
Video: 2x BFG 9800GTX
RAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
PSU: Zalman 1000W PSU

Case + Cooling:

Case: Cooler Master COSMOS 1010
WC System: Koolance Exos-2.5 External Water Cooling Kit
CPU Block: Swiftech Apogeeâ„¢ GTX CU
Northbridge block: EK 780i EVGA Northbridge Chipset Liquid Cooling Block - Acetal (EK-NB 780i Acetal)
Southbridge block: EK NB / SB 6 Northbridge / Southbridge Chipset Liquid Cooling Block - Acetal (EK-NB/SB 6 Acetal)
Thermal compound: Arctic Silver 5 (High-Density Silver Thermal Compound) - 3.5 Grams
Coolant: Feser One Non Conductive Cooling Fluid
and 3/8" tubing


Does all the water cooling here make sense?

Also is it a good idea to water cool the GTX's as well?
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Done. Thanks
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post #4 of 22
Case: Cooler Master COSMOS 1010

WC System: Koolance Exos-2.5 External Water Cooling Kit
I have no experience with this kit, but if you are looking for a pre-built WC kit this looks adequate to me, it would be better to build your own with selected parts, but due to your own reasons you might prefer this.

CPU Block: Swiftech Apogee™ GTX CU
My personal preference is the Fuzion block, and now theres a v2 which is slightly better.

Northbridge block: EK 780i EVGA Northbridge Chipset Liquid Cooling Block - Acetal (EK-NB 780i Acetal)
I have no personal experience with Nvidia mobo's, my NB gets pretty hot on my Intel X38 chip thus i decided with WC on it, you might not need it.

Southbridge block: EK NB / SB 6 Northbridge / Southbridge Chipset Liquid Cooling Block - Acetal (EK-NB/SB 6 Acetal)
SB does not get warm enough to necessitate a block on it, you can easily cool it using a small heatsink/fan combo.

Thermal compound: Arctic Silver 5 (High-Density Silver Thermal Compound) - 3.5 Grams
There are a few better options, such as the Shin-Etsu thermal compound or the Arctic Cooling MX-2 compound.

Coolant: Feser One Non Conductive Cooling Fluid
Others prefer home brewed distilled water with additives and anti-corrosives, but personally i'd go for the Feser One.

and 3/8" tubing
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post #5 of 22
I notice a bad thing right away. Koolance radiators use aluminum, which is gonna cause galvanic corrosion with your copper apogee GTX and other blocks. I recommend dumping the koolance system and getting the GTX copper top.

Second. With all those blocks, you're gonna need a powerful pump. I recommend a D5 vario.
post #6 of 22
Wow looks like somebody got rich or has a big budget for a computer. Since your WC setup is most likely 1 loop. i'd dump the SB waterblock and go with at least a passive heatsink(maybe 1 with fan adaptable). the Thermalright HR-05 is good enuff but not sure if it'll fit the 780i board. Pointless adding heat to the loop ur CPU's on. If u dont care too much bout temps (1-2 degrees) u can save a couple bucks and go with the D-tek fuzion instead of the Apogee GTX
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post #7 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by lilsquirtle View Post
Wow looks like somebody got rich or has a big budget for a computer. Since your WC setup is most likely 1 loop. i'd dump the SB waterblock and go with at least a passive heatsink(maybe 1 with fan adaptable). the Thermalright HR-05 is good enuff but not sure if it'll fit the 780i board. Pointless adding heat to the loop ur CPU's on. If u dont care too much bout temps (1-2 degrees) u can save a couple bucks and go with the D-tek fuzion instead of the Apogee GTX
Fuzion will actually give better temps than the GTX, and you won't have to worry about galvanic corrosion. If you already have the GTX, then just buy the copper top for it, problem solved. I agree with using a regular heatsink for the south bridge, it doesn't need wc'ing.
post #8 of 22
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Thanks for replies.

I haven't invested anything into WC system yet. I am going to hold off until I can get the D-Tek Fuzion V2 CPU block.

From other things I've read, and your posts the Koolance isn't a great way to go considering performance + $$.

So far I should pick up:

Pump: D5 vario
CPU Block: D-Tek Fuzion V2 CPU block
Northbridge block: EK 780i EVGA Northbridge Chipset Liquid Cooling Block - Acetal

Is the northbridge block okay? What should I use for the reservoir?
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post #9 of 22
If you are going the Res route, i personally like the Swiftech Micro Res due to its small size, or you could go with a T-Line which would make filling/emptying the system faster.
But personally, i like the looks of a res, so i went for it.
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post #10 of 22
I would ditch the northbridge block, unless you really want to keep it in there. I would also go with a t-line instead of a reservoir. Also, if you're really set on getting a pre-assembled kit, I would go with Swiftech kits instead.
Edited by Melcar - 5/11/08 at 11:06am
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