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Well I am looking to purchase a new build, will defenetly be i7 for sure but the case I was looking at doesn't look like it would fit a big air cooler and so I though water cooling would be a good idea. Although looking at the results on Swiftech's site the Apogee™ GTZ brought a Q9450 down to 61.50°C which I though was quite a lot for a CPU being as on air some have it at 40 - 50°C so I wanted to ask if water cooling was worth paying ~£200 for?

And if it is good could someone please explain to me how a water cooling system works, what I need, how much would it cost etc...

Thanks,

~ Toonshorty
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Ive been running water now for about 2 weeks and i love it, my temps for both load and idle have dropped by 15c
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so for an i7 920 which is better:

Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme
Apogee™ GTZ and some other water cooling objects.
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Apogee™ GTZ and some other water cooling objects no question
however water cooling is much more expensive and your going to have to find space in your case for the rad
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Well the case has holes for external radiators. What sort of prices would I be looking at?

Could someone also send me a link or explain how water cooling works and what I need.
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prices i cant help you with
water cooling works like this:
pump - pushes water through the loop
radiator - gets rid of the heat in the liquid via a fan pushing air through the fins of the radiator
block - what brings the heat from the cpu or gpu into the liquid of the loop
reservoir - stores extra liquid
tubing - what brings the liquid through the loop
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The Apogee GTZ has my Q9450 idling at 9C. Of course, the rads are outside with 30F air blowing through them.
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post #8 of 22
Chicks dig it!

lol.

I like liquid cooling as I can run faster and in most situations quieter.
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post #9 of 22
That's what you can get for ~200 pounds. (note, I didn't include fans since I assume you already have some)

Will without a doubt beat a TRUE.



From www.watercoolinguk.co.uk
post #10 of 22
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Could anyone tell me how much they paid for there water cooling system?

Ah, thanks TnB, is that I good water cooling system. Here are my priorities:

1) Reliability - well who wants it too explode in your case?!
2) Performance - must bring temperatures nice and low, nothing extreme but something good at least.
3) Noise - would be nice to have an almost silent cooling system although forget it if it compromises on the above.
Edited by Toonshorty - 12/22/08 at 3:25pm
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