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I've got $500 to spend on Water Cooling... I was wondering if anybody could help me build a good kit?

I've been playing with the stuff at DangerDenStore.com and they have a custom A8N-SLI cooler I'll need for my Geforce 6800 cards and my Asus motherboard.

But I don't know anything about water cooling. So I could use some ideas and some help...

First things first...would this case work for my water cooling?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811133143

Next thing....If you had an AMD X2 4400+ and SLI video cards how would you spend $500 on water cooling?
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$500 could buy you entry-level phase change, why bother with water?
    
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I wouldnt spend anything on watercooling, i would get a phase change kit, or something like that.
But, if you did have 500 bux to spend on watercooling, dangerden is the way to go... (TDX kit is good, but search the fourms, i know that people build custom kits, and there worth taking a look at)
    
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you dont have to spend ALL of it...

try thermaltake bigwater instead of custom, its easier and works well. everyone thinks they suck because the pipes are thin, but you don't need to hook up a pool pump to make it even cooler....the water needs to exchange the heat between the core and the water, if the water is flying by, it doesen't make a difference because then the heat will just blow through the pipe

get a good radiator and hook up some massive fans to it. then get some copper water blocks for everything, but watch out so they aren't too big. the ones on the video card need to be thin, unless you have a big space in the middle

EDIT: or just get a thermaltake typhoon, and get upgrades, if you already have the best. phase change
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I know nothing about phase change either just what google says..lol...would phase change last as long as water? Will phase change cool video cards SLI and my cpu also?
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I know nothing about phase change either just what google says..lol...would phase change last as long as water? Will phase change cool video cards SLI and my cpu also?
well, they do make SLi phase change kits and cpu kit, but there expensive (around 1k) and probably aint worth it.. The best you could do is, get a phase change kit for your cpu and then get zalmans for your gfx cards.
    
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well, they do make SLi phase change kits and cpu kit, but there expensive (around 1k) and probably aint worth it.. The best you could do is, get a phase change kit for your cpu and then get zalmans for your gfx cards.
i like the way you think
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well, they do make SLi phase change kits and cpu kit, but there expensive (around 1k) and probably aint worth it.. The best you could do is, get a phase change kit for your cpu and then get zalmans for your gfx cards.

Hmm which Zalmans are you refering to? I'm thinking a phase change cpu kit and video cooling is going to run me more than $500...

If you guys where going to buy stuff for water cooling what else would you get? I've looked at that bigwater sounded ok for the money...but seemed to cheap.

Also is that thermaltake shark case I posted good enough for water cooling?
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post #9 of 40
$500 on water? I don't think I've even spent that much on my setup and I have the most expensive block money can buy. Save it for phase change.
    
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I know nothing about phase change either just what google says..lol...would phase change last as long as water? Will phase change cool video cards SLI and my cpu also?
Nope. That is why water is the best option for you. In my opinion phase change is pretty much overkill. I mean its alright if you have money to kill but its not practical. You have to spend a ton of money on a decent one, and then do lots of work to keep condensation down. Also, you run the risk of killing components due to pin rot and condensation etc. You also pretty much cant turn the system off because the cpu will dethaw causing water to form. You cant just turn it on and off like watercooling.

Now if you want to spend $500 on watercooling. I'd go with the following parts:

DD Silver TDX block - $125 (the copper version is great too and is $53)
http://dangerdenstore.com/product.ph...&cat=22&page=1

2 DD Maze4 acetal blocks - $90
http://dangerdenstore.com/product.ph...&cat=18&page=1

2 pack of OCZ ramsinks - $40
http://dangerdenstore.com/home.php?cat=57

Hydor L40 pump - $52
http://www.marinedepot.com/md_viewIt...roduct=HD10141

DD Double heater core with shroud - $49
http://dangerdenstore.com/product.ph...&cat=14&page=1

2 100+ CFM fans - ~$20
www.newegg.com

DD 5.25 bay acrylic resevoir - $30
http://dangerdenstore.com/product.ph...&cat=27&page=1

DD tygon tubing 15 feet or so - ~$30
http://dangerdenstore.com/product.ph...7&cat=7&page=1

Zerex additive - $4.50
http://dangerdenstore.com/product.ph...&cat=11&page=1

Distilled water - ~$2
Grocery store

Total = $442.50 before shipping.

On the bigwater idea, I definately wouldnt buy that if you have $500.
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