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What 30mm 360 rad should I buy? Is there other good options besides Alphacool ST30? I would pair it with XSPC RayStorm D5 Photon AX240 WaterCooling Kit.

I have had one of these http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=WC-024-BX for over a year now and though I can't provide endless comparison tables it has never let me down. thumb.gif
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Ah I think I got it, the "your baby threw up on my white Polo" green.



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This is probably how my rig will sit for a few weeks until I get the expendable income for CPU block, top rad, new pump, reservoir accessories, and of course some new more appropriate colored coolant.
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Actually, no. With the 200mm fan blowing -10C air into the case it keeps everything cold. Then the exhaust fans take that air back to the outside so my room stays a nice comfy 19-20C.

Condensation comes when there is a large temp difference. Like a cold beer on a summer day. The beer bottle (or glass) is like 3-4C and the surrounding air is 35-36C so condensation forms on the outside of the bottle.

If everything in my case is 3-4C then the water can be as low as 1-2C. As long as the pumps (2x DDC 3.25's in series with a Swiftech hi flow top) keep the water flowing and the cpu is loaded a little I wont freeze the loop. Just for good measures, on really cold nights (-10C or less) I mix in 25% grain alcohol. That lowers the freezing temp to -25C. Plus the alcohol keeps the blocks all shiny and new.

Well that is slick, taking advantage of the cold lol. I'm assuming that alcohol evaporates off so you have to add it again as needed? Your post made me think of using antifreeze, but that probably has some issues, or maybe just overkill for pc watercooling in general.
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Ah I think I got it, the "your baby threw up on my white Polo" green.



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This is probably how my rig will sit for a few weeks until I get the expendable income for CPU block, top rad, new pump, reservoir accessories, and of course some new more appropriate colored coolant.
It's kind of grown on me (the color).
Would look GREAT in some kind of a "Bio-Hazard" build wink.gif
 
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It's kind of grown on me (the color).
Would look GREAT in some kind of a "Bio-Hazard" build wink.gif
Agree.. nice green color! thumb.gif
 
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Any condensation issues with it? Sweet temps biggrin.gif

Actually, no. With the 200mm fan blowing -10C air into the case it keeps everything cold. Then the exhaust fans take that air back to the outside so my room stays a nice comfy 19-20C.

Condensation comes when there is a large temp difference. Like a cold beer on a summer day. The beer bottle (or glass) is like 3-4C and the surrounding air is 35-36C so condensation forms on the outside of the bottle.

If everything in my case is 3-4C then the water can be as low as 1-2C. As long as the pumps (2x DDC 3.25's in series with a Swiftech hi flow top) keep the water flowing and the cpu is loaded a little I wont freeze the loop. Just for good measures, on really cold nights (-10C or less) I mix in 25% grain alcohol. That lowers the freezing temp to -25C. Plus the alcohol keeps the blocks all shiny and new.
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Well that is slick, taking advantage of the cold lol. I'm assuming that alcohol evaporates off so you have to add it again as needed? Your post made me think of using antifreeze, but that probably has some issues, or maybe just overkill for pc watercooling in general.
 
Why use antifreeze or grain alcohol over Mayhem XT1? Just curious.
 
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Rigid acrylic tubing doesn't have plasticizer or dye issues. Many people use acrylic tubing from suppliers like USPlastics or McMaster-Carr in their builds. It tends to be a LOT cheaper. As long as it fits the type fittings you want to use there's little-to-no downsides to using their tubing instead, except it's not usually available in colors like some of the watercooling companies' acrylic tubing is.

 

I can't speak from experience cuz i haven't got to plumbing my rig up with acrylic yet, but i've seen people mention how alot of the "Hardware" companies don't keep their acrylic tubing to the same perfect spec that WC companies do. Don't know if there's any truth to that, cuz i'm really just regurgitating stuff i've read on here. But i've seen people say that tubing from places like McMaster/Tap/Delvie's doesn't always fit perfectly with acrylic fittings.

 

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Ah I think I got it, the "your baby threw up on my white Polo" green.



thumb.gif

This is probably how my rig will sit for a few weeks until I get the expendable income for CPU block, top rad, new pump, reservoir accessories, and of course some new more appropriate colored coolant.
 
Hehe, your res definitely puts me in the mood for some Split-Pea Soup :D

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I can't speak from experience cuz i haven't got to plumbing my rig up with acrylic yet, but i've seen people mention how alot of the "Hardware" companies don't keep their acrylic tubing to the same perfect spec that WC companies do. Don't know if there's any truth to that, cuz i'm really just regurgitating stuff i've read on here. But i've seen people say that tubing from places like McMaster/Tap/Delvie's doesn't always fit perfectly with acrylic fittings.

I've used the clear acrylic 3/8x1/2 tubing from Primochill, Monsoon, S&W Plastic here in CA, and McMaster, and using my calipers and micrometers I use for ammunition reloading measured samples from all makers/sellers, they ALL have the same dimensions ID/OD and runout, all the same margin of error....... My personal opinion, it's probably all being made by the same OEM or two, unless you are set to use a colored tubing instead of clear, sure, go with Primochill or Monsoon, if your looking to run clear tubing, go with the "bulk" supplier, it's way cheaper and it heats bends and forms the same as far as I could tell..... thumb.gif
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I'm using Mayhems XT-1 even though my W/C loop is at ambient but the bottle says its good for temps below 0C depending on the mixture. Works great for me and the color is perfect (unlike the pastel grape red which was a terrible pinkish purple monstrosity)...
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Well that is slick, taking advantage of the cold lol. I'm assuming that alcohol evaporates off so you have to add it again as needed? Your post made me think of using antifreeze, but that probably has some issues, or maybe just overkill for pc watercooling in general.

I don't like antifreeze as it too thick (even cut with 50% water) and kills the flow of my loop. I built my loop to be very high flow and antifreeze would be counte-rintuitive to that goal.

Alcohol, on the other hand, thins the water out and allows it to flow more easily as well as dropping the freezing point of the mix. My loop is pretty well sealed. I replace about 1oz of fluid every three to four months if I don't drain it in the meantime to accommodate a cold weather run.
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Why use antifreeze or grain alcohol over Mayhem XT1? Just curious. .

See above. Grain alcohol is cheap...it gives me better flow and has the potential to drop my mixture's freezing point to -75C.
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Here's a question, where does the coolant go??? Seriously, every month or two I have to fill my reservoir back up (usually about half an inch or so) but there are no leaks anywhere so where does the coolant go? Does it evaporate somehow? Just curious...
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