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I'm starting to really push the clocks on my 940 (Which I finally got 100% stable on 3.8GHz) and It's getting too hot to hold the clocks I'm aiming for; I was pushing for at least 4GHz on air, but it looks like a no-go.

So I'm trying to look into a water cooling setup, but I'm a total noob in that department and I have no idea what I'm looking for. So I'm coming to you OCN guru's and asking for help; what would a good water cooling setup be for my sig rig? Preferably including good blocks (I know a few terms )for my vid cards, too.
    
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For something that you can upgrade later in the future, I would suggest something like an MCP355/Laing DDC pump, D-Tek FuZion v2 waterblock with LGA 1366 mounts, Swiftech MicroRes, and for radiator I would choose either the Feser 360 radiator, or Thermochill PA120.3, or even the MCR320-QP. This setup would cost you +/- 200 bucks. I haven't looked at prices lately, but I kow the MCR320-QP is really good bang for the buck.
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post #3 of 26
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So, these?

Pump
CPU Block/Mount
Reservoir
Radiator

What about stuff like the tubing and actual coolant? And do you know of any guides on setting up a water cooling system?
    
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I would suggest something cheap for tubing, I forget which are the good brands. But good tubing would be 7/16" and for barbs, get 1/2" OD (outer diameter). Yes, those two are not the same, but to ensure that you get a tight fit as you don't want to get water on any components, you want to ensure that you get the best fit. Hose clamps are suggested. Coolant usually goes in the way of not performing as well as distilled water, believe it or not. Regular distilled water, with dye and PT Nuke (from Petras Tech Shop) is your best bet to ensure good temperatures.

For guides for watercooling, be sure to read through almost all of these.
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post #5 of 26
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Wow, you're really helpful, Smokey. Good at preventing CPU fires too, aint'cha?
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Well I took a look at Petra's water cooling kits, and I found this li'l guy in there. What do you think of it?
    
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lol MY BAD! I totally was zonin' out before I checked out what CPU you had, and it is definately not Core i7 lol. Hang on, I think that uses a Socket 940 or something, which the D-Tek FuZion v2 comes with I believe. You may have to ask another member about that, but you don't need the LGA 1366 (i7 socket) mounting hardware, or any mounting hardware I don't think.

That kit is not a bad kit, but if you were to get a kit, I would suggest one of Petra's kits, or the Swiftech H20-220. The Swiftech H20-220 is an overall better package for about 60 more dollars (on NewEgg it can be found for 140). As far as the Apex kit goes, I don't really know, but around that price point, building your own would be a good idea as well. Doesn't justify the cost of upgrades also and cost of initial setup and time. Just go after what you want first, than you won't need to upgrade
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post #7 of 26
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Lol yeah, the additional i7 mount kinda made me scratch my head when you suggested it, but i kinda figured you meant I could somehow use it on my 940 for better contact after some tweaking or something

As for the other kits, they're all sold out, the kit I found and the H20 was the only one they still had available. But I think I've got everything I'd need together:

Pump
CPU Block
Reservoir
Radiator
Tubing
Coils
Clamps
PT Nuke
Dye

That look about right? With the distilled water, that's just something you can get at a local grocery store, right? And with the tubing, it says it comes in one length, do I need anything special to cut it or can I do it with run of the mill scissors?
    
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post #8 of 26
Tubing is tubing from my experience, scissors will probably work. That list looks all in order. Don't forget to add these to the package Danger Den 1/2" OD fittings

Add that and maybe some cold cathode lights. Yes, you can get distilled water at the grocery store.
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post #9 of 26
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Sweet. I need some thermal compound too, any suggestions there or will, say, this tube do? And assuming I eventually get some blocks for my GTX280's (Which probably won't be for a while, they're sold out, and are apparently expensiiiive), how many of those fittings should I get?

EDIT: And how many clamps?
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post #10 of 26
Yes I believe that TIM (thermal interface material) should do just fine. If you really want the best (as according to recent tests, nothing set in stone), you could try this TIM IC Diamond 7. As for fittings, it should be 2 per each part. I believe the block comes with 2 barbs, the reservoir comes with 2 barbs, not entirely sure if the radiator comes with 2 barbs, it should. Also for the pump, you may want to check this out XSPC Laing DDC pump top. Will enhance the performance of the pump, as well as giving you G 1/4" fitting holes, so you can put 1/2" OD fittings on it
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