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Well, summer is here and my temps have skyrocketed. I have not been able to obtain even an idle temp below 40 since the first heat wave. Loads are near 70C, which is just too high for my comfort. I even lapped the CPU and it didn't help at all. So here we are and I am picking parts for my first dive into PC water cooling. This is what I have decided on so far[UPDATED]:

Petras Order:
Tubing - $5.90 (10'x 0.59)
Clamps - $6.00 (10x 0.60)
t-joints - $3.98 (2x 1.99)
t-line plugs - $3.50 (2x 1.75)
Fuzion v2 - $64.99
Quad Insert - $4.25
Rad Barbs - $4.60 (2x 2.30)
Total with shipping: $105.84

Newegg Order:
Pump - $74.99
Radiator - $35.99 (a 360 wont fit, I WILL NOT go external)
Total with shipping+tax: $128.39

Grand Total: $234.23

Let me know if anything should be changed (but PLEASE do not suggest more expensive parts for the sake of better parts, unless something else can be lowered, I am at the limit of my budget ATM)
Edited by noldevin - 6/14/08 at 11:13am
post #2 of 34
Id suggest getting a mcp655 vario. Just my 2 cents.
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post #3 of 34
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Do you really think I'm going to need that much extra power on a 1 block, one dual-rad loop with no res? This is kind of an emergency semi-budget loop to get my temps down for summer, so I don't need top notch, just good bang for the buck.
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Well my sig rig, with said pump but not the vario on a single block loop, I get 32c idles and 43c loads at 1.47 vcore. Now you're using a quad, all the extra horsepower is well needed. By the way, room ambients of 80f.
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My ambients will stay under 80 most of the time. (I hope)
I appreciate the input, and no offense but if I'm going to spend another $20 or more I would rather it be on something like a better block or rad, as I believe those are slightly more important to performance than an uberpump in such a small loop.
Edited by noldevin - 6/12/08 at 10:07pm
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You don't need the MCR655. Get the MCR350/355 and just pick up XSPC's DDC top for $20. It will perform the same/better than a 655.
    
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Bump. Anyone on the rads?
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I believe many here would give you the same advice as to spend a little more and get high quality gear. Going to WC'ing with only mid-range components will only result in temperatures and performance of a high end air cooler.

Most users here suggest a 360 rad, but the 240's are great rads too from what I've read around here. I've seen many suggest the black ice ras or the primochill rads.

I'm not sure if that pump would effect your temps any, but why not spend a little more and get the Fuzion v2.0 cpu waterblock. If the point is to drop you below temps what you are right now, I think it would be worth the little extra $$.
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That fuzion does look pretty high quality. How much of a difference do you think it would make?

Also, once I get a bit more money I may mount an extra 120mm rad on the rear exhaust instead of a fan. Should be >95% equal to a 360mm, just the slight resistance of a bit more tubing.
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If you can put an A/C in the window, that might be a good. ;-)
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