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Hi guys, so I have had a wc loop for 6-8 months now. I know most of you guys are probably thrilled/happy with it but Im not so. Okay, so I have an e6600 (planning to upgrade to a q6600) and an 8800gts 640 (also planning to upgrade to a hd4870). If I water cool these components, I have several new problems.

1. Space, right now my loop is in an p180 with the rad sitting on the top, i know there are much bigger cases but this is where my 2nd point comes in

2. cooling capacity or thermal transfer (ie cpu --> water --> air) I know a dual rad can suffice for a e6600 and a 8800gts but i dont think a dual rad could even suffice for a q6600-correct me if im wrong but i think the preferred rad just for a q6600 is a triple version

3. noise, considering that I aircool my e6600 or future q6600 and use a single fan is it possible for 3 fans (or more) on a wc setup to make less noise- this is one of the problems with my current setup as well

4. maintenance, i dont have much time and really cant be bothered to maintain my loop every 6 months, but if i do get good gains in noise/oc than i can overlook it. Im also noticing water loss out of my loop but cant see a leak, ie. long term water loss

5. cost, im a student so skint. i cant mutilate another case like ive already done and i know rads, fans etc. are pretty expensive especially in the uk

6. finally overclocks, i also know i can get pretty nice ocs on a water loop but right now with my e6600 i havent bothered to go upto 3GHz

My main issue is noise right now, my pc is in my bedroom and although not that loud it still bugs me especially when there is no other noise to drown it out, its driving me nuts!

Finally can watercooling be quieter than air cooling considering a q6600 setup?

Thanks
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Hi guys, so I have had a wc loop for 6-8 months now. I know most of you guys are probably thrilled/happy with it but Im not so. Okay, so I have an e6600 (planning to upgrade to a q6600) and an 8800gts 640 (also planning to upgrade to a hd4870). If I water cool these components, I have several new problems.

1. Space, right now my loop is in an p180 with the rad sitting on the top, i know there are much bigger cases but this is where my 2nd point comes in
You can still keep your rad there.

2. cooling capacity or thermal transfer (ie cpu --> water --> air) I know a dual rad can suffice for a e6600 and a 8800gts but i dont think a dual rad could even suffice for a q6600-correct me if im wrong but i think the preferred rad just for a q6600 is a triple version
a dual rad will work for a quad. so no worries.

3. noise, considering that I aircool my e6600 or future q6600 and use a single fan is it possible for 3 fans (or more) on a wc setup to make less noise- this is one of the problems with my current setup as well
Yes it is possible for a water setup to be quiter than that. I would have to ask what rad do you have?

4. maintenance, i dont have much time and really cant be bothered to maintain my loop every 6 months, but if i do get good gains in noise/oc than i can overlook it. Im also noticing water loss out of my loop but cant see a leak, ie. long term water loss
The water loss you are experiencing is that your water is evaporating. just check water levels every now and then. rememeber to add a biocide... ie: silver or pt-nuke.

5. cost, im a student so skint. i cant mutilate another case like ive already done and i know rads, fans etc. are pretty expensive especially in the uk
cost..
the cheapest build i have is for around $220. (but its with a triple rad.) i'll make a new list with a 240 rad for you.

6. finally overclocks, i also know i can get pretty nice ocs on a water loop but right now with my e6600 i havent bothered to go upto 3GHz
you should be able to OC it a good amount.

My main issue is noise right now, my pc is in my bedroom and although not that loud it still bugs me especially when there is no other noise to drown it out, its driving me nuts!

Finally can watercooling be quieter than air cooling considering a q6600 setup?
what kind of fans are you using? everyone is different with their limits on sound. so it'll help knowing what kind of fans you are using.

Thanks
CPU: Enzotech Sapphire - $54.99
Pump: MCP-655 $74.95
Rad: Swiftech 220 rad $38.95 or Swiftech 320 rad $48.95.
T-block: Enzotech Brass T $8.99
Tubing: 7/16"ID Durelene $0.45/ft - 20ft=$9
Barbs: DD/BP Fatboys $2.50/each - 5x=$12.50
Fans: 88CFM Yate Loons $3.30/each (Pricing for 3-9 fans - 3x=$9.90

Total: $209.28 or $219.28



I do know that you said you were in the UK. the one i would recommend is watercoolinguk. my list is just a reference for you and to show that it can be done for an affordable price. i hope this helped. i'm sure some people from the UK will drop by and help too.
Edited by nafljhy - 12/14/08 at 4:37pm
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I just ordered this kit http://www.petrastechshop.com/pecod4.html its $129 American so don't know what that is in the UK

The reason I went water is because I live in a desert and its normally hot so my ambient temps suck hoping water can keep me closer to ambient during load and from what I have heard with low rpm quite fans it should be less noisy than high rpm air cooling.
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I have a q6600, OC to 3.2ghz w/ 1.29v and I dropped from 59 C load temp on air to 32 C load temp with water. As for noise, my MCP-655 pump, the loudest thing in my loop, makes about as much noise as my mousepad.
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