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Ok, so I have come to the conclusion that i might get away with pretty good cooling if I build my own setup out of components that i hand select. So this is what i have come to:

- APOGEE GT or ZALMAN WB-5 - block
- Hardware Labs Black ICE GT 120 stealth or 240 lite - rad
- 3m 9/12 Silicon Tubing (will this be enough?)
- Tubing connectors etc. x6 (is 6 enough?)
- Thermaltake UV/Anti-Corrosion Coolant
- Alphacool AGB-EHEIM 600 II - res+pump

Here's a pic of the back of my case, which is a modded modecom active mid-tower (has only 92mm fan slot), so will i be able to install the rad here on the back: (sorry for the low quality, its a cell phone pic)



What kind of cooling would i get out of this set up and would it top a TRUE in performance?
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The holes on those 120mm radiators won't match up with the holes on your 92mm fan slot. They do make 92mm radiators though. Here is one, but I don't know if they ship to Finland.
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What is your budget?
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Hmmm... I thought you could put a 120 rad on a 80mm or 92mm. The budget is around 200€. The main thing i want to know will i get more performance out of a setup like this than i would from a TRUE?
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post #5 of 14
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Yes they ship to Finland and it comes out to 60.25 $ with shipping, which is reasonable, but i found this Magicool X92 rad http://www.coolputer.fi/non-ses/tied...=1946&lang=eng. I don't know how it would perform...
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post #6 of 14
I would say the setup in the OP would perform mildly better than the TRUE. Try to find this stuff in Finland.
Cpu: http://www.jab-tech.com/Swiftech-Apo...k-pr-4246.html
Rad: http://www.jab-tech.com/Black-Ice-GT...r-pr-3612.html
Pump: http://www.jab-tech.com/Swiftech-MCP...p-pr-2982.html
Res: http://www.jab-tech.com/Swiftech-MCR...2-pr-4312.html
Edited by Dar_T - 12/14/08 at 5:33am
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Originally Posted by overclockerfx View Post
Hmmm... I thought you could put a 120 rad on a 80mm or 92mm. The budget is around 200€. The main thing i want to know will i get more performance out of a setup like this than i would from a TRUE?
You can get a 92mm to 120mm fan adapter, then attach the radiator to the adapter I guess. You just have to make sure you won't be blocking ports on your motherboard.
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post #8 of 14
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This is the best i could do: they don't have the GTX rad's only Stealth and Extreme, but i think the lite will fit better as its only 122mm wide opposed to 133mm.



It's pretty expensive... Is that pump really a must since it is rather expensive and whats the difference between the apogee gt and gtz?

Now in terms of building such a set up what does the order of the loop have to be? I was thinking Reservoir+pump(at bottom of case) --> Radiator -mounted outside of case --> CPU block --> Reservoir+pump

And do you think it would be possible to cool the NB also with this setup? I have no intentions of cooling the 8600GTS since i'll probably either keep its cooling as it is or grab a Zalman GV-1000 or Cu-700 GPU cooler...
Edited by overclockerfx - 12/14/08 at 6:23am
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post #9 of 14
Don't mention Zalman and swiftech in the same sentence unless you want to be roasted LOL. I would get a the following:

CPU: D-Tek Fuzion V2
Rad: Swiftech MCR-240
Res: Swiftech Micro Reservoir
Pump: Swiftech MCP-650 (On sale for a limited time at PT for $30)
Coolant: Distilled water with biocide
Tubing: Masterkleer 7/16"
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post #10 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by overclockerfx View Post
It's pretty expensive... Is that pump really a must since it is rather expensive and whats the difference between the apogee gt and gtz?
The pump is the heart of the system. You do not want to just get the 'cheapest one'. If the pump fails, or does not move enough water, then your system will fail or not perform well.

The GTZ is a better block than the GT. The GTZ is as good as the D-Tek fuzion v2 block. There is no performance difference between them. At least according to the results from Martin's Liquid Lab testing. There is a flow restriction difference, but that did not seem to affect temps.
http://www.martinsliquidlab.com/Swif...TZ_Review.html
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