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Hello,

I am in the process of building my first wc rig and something popped in my head and I was hoping for some of you to shed some light.

As I have shopped around for parts and one thing I noticed on one manufactures site is they have a drop in card that communicates via USB and it displays and controls stuff like temps, fan speed, pump speed.

Is this a lot of extra stuff for some of the control freaks who must know everything that is going on with their rig?

I have been thinking of using a D5 pump and it has a standard molex connector on it.....does that mean I can plug it in to my PSU and when I hit the switch to turn on my PC, it starts running?

What about flow and making sure that the pump and fans are running....


Basically I am curious as what you folks have done in the power management and temp monitoring side of things.

Thanks and forgive my nooby-ness
post #2 of 9
Can you post a link to that please?

About your question on the D5 vario. Yes, when you plug it into your power supply, the pump will turn on along with the computer. As for temperatures, use core temp for 65nm cpus and real temp for 45nm cpus. And making sure the fans are running is as easy as looking at them. As far as flow goes, you'll know your pump isn't working if your temps are super high. A very easy way to tell is simply by looking in the reservoir and looking for a current or flow of water.

(and yes, I'm a long time watercooler, I'm just using my laptop temporarily.)
post #3 of 9
Imho all the extra control stuff is really, really cool.... but just that..."extra"

Although there is a corallation between the water temp and the Die temp, the Die temp is where the money is; that can be read via CoreTemp, RealTemp, Everest, HWMonitor and a host of other programs.

I'm not sure that I understand your question concerning the pump. As I interpret it: The pump will be hooked up to your system via 4-pin molex, and will power on along with all the other components... or did you mean "jumping"?

The only control mechanisms that I use on loops are fan controllers. The pump is always at max.

If you need advice then post a budget, and there are many members there that will help you.

I would steer away from Kits; build your own as you will still need to assemble it.

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I think he wants to use software based contol...

Try these products:

mCUBED - BibNG


Aquaero Aqua Computer

These products are definately neat, but dang their expensive. Good for "single" loop only IMO. Thought about BigNG, but to control 3 pumps, 15 fans, and lights, found a better way to spend that $$$....

Have fun wasting...errr...spending all that $$$.
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I think he wants to use software based contol...

Try these products:

mCUBED - BibNG


Aquaero Aqua Computer

These products are definately neat, but dang their expensive. Good for "single" loop only IMO. Thought about BigNG, but to control 3 pumps, 15 fans, and lights, found a better way to spend that $$$....

Have fun wasting...errr...spending all that $$$.
That Aquaero's USB 4.0.... where did USB 3.0 go?
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Hi,

The software/hardware interface I was referring to is a product made by Koolance.

http://www.koolance.com/water-coolin...product_id=351

The one posted on their website is discontinued, but they say they are coming out with a new version.
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I'm not sure that I understand your question concerning the pump. As I interpret it: The pump will be hooked up to your system via 4-pin molex, and will power on along with all the other components... or did you mean "jumping"?


I would steer away from Kits; build your own as you will still need to assemble it.

What I ment was this.......do you use some form of control device to control the pump speed such as a 5.25 bay device, or do you just plug it into a molex connector and don't worry about speed.

Also, what do you folks do to monitor the components so they don't overheat and you can shut down in case of a pump going bad or something like that?


Again, forgive my noobie-ness.
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What I ment was this.......do you use some form of control device to control the pump speed such as a 5.25 bay device, or do you just plug it into a molex connector and don't worry about speed.

Also, what do you folks do to monitor the components so they don't overheat and you can shut down in case of a pump going bad or something like that?


Again, forgive my noobie-ness.

I just set my pump to 5 and away it goes. As far as temps and overheating you could use SpeedFan, or so I have read, to shut down your system if it gets to hot, hot being the temp you decide. Seriously though if the pump fails and you overheat the CPU will throttle itself down.
    
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I just set my pump to 5 and away it goes. As far as temps and overheating you could use SpeedFan, or so I have read, to shut down your system if it gets to hot, hot being the temp you decide. Seriously though if the pump fails and you overheat the CPU will throttle itself down.
Thats only if u own a D5 Vario pump.Other pumps are fixed speed. But yea, just let the coolant flow away and monitor temps thru CoreTemp and RealTemp program.
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