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Upgrading an H50 for Performance Gains!!

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Lately, I've been thinking of ways to get the most out of the H50.
Theoretically the Mod to add most drastic change in performance is to exchange the stock rad for a 120 with lower air flow resistance, perhaps a single 140 or even a 120x2/140x2..

I believe the first step is to find out how many GPH the stock H50's pump is capable of, I couldn't find any specs of the pump itself. Its important to figure out if the stock pump has enough "ummph" for these different configurations...

I sort of consider the H50 the "poor mans" WC setup. However if we are able to make improvements to the flow/pump/ and Radiator. Advancements such as these could make this an even more incredible and yet still a very practical and efficient unit. We have a excellent and simple building block to work with...

Whos with me??

Dutch
Edited by Dutch - 12/15/09 at 2:02pm
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post #2 of 57
I dunno, if you start going nuts with the modifications, you'll end up spending a custom loop's money on upgrading an all-in-one unit.
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post #3 of 57
Wouldn't be worth it. If you want an actual loop, then get an actual loop.
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Originally Posted by Chunky_Chimp View Post
I dunno, if you start going nuts with the modifications, you'll end up spending a custom loop's money on upgrading an all-in-one unit.
I'm not so sure about that, a WC setup is a bit involved and is typically pricey.

We have the advantage that its a CPU water block/Pump hybrid, and a Rad/Res combo...I believe we can keep costs significantly low while keeping performance remarkably high.

Whats a basic single loop, single 120 rea, pump and res cost?? ballpark...

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post #5 of 57
The best way to get more performance out of it is to either add a powerful 38mm fan or do push/pull on it.

If it's mounted in the back of the case, corsair actually recommends using it as an intake rather than exhaust. Finding a place in your case where it gets the coolest air is going to help. Anything other than location or adding fans is not worth the money and defeats the purpose of buying a simple, ready to go solution.
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Ignore the people who thinking neg /or doubt it. They fear about modifiy their case, water cooling. they like to leave their stock in rig.. Anyway I am with your side, and faith in your creative idea and evil genius!
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post #7 of 57
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Wouldn't be worth it. If you want an actual loop, then get an actual loop.
What I've always thought. Either buy a full loop and spend the money, or be happy with either minimal all in one-s like the h50, or stay with air.

Intel stock cooler isn't that bad, until you start to OC>
    
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post #8 of 57
Wait, you can upgrade the rad on an H50? Aren't all the tubes permanently attached?

IMO it's not worth it. The weak pump and thin tubes will bottleneck the performance.

I wouldn't consider the H50 a poor man's water cooler. Even though it technically is a water cooler, it acts and performs more like an air replacement, considering that everything is permanently attached.
A poor man's water cooler would be more like a heater core, aquarium pump, T-line, and a used water block.

Edit: Just looked it up, and it seems that you can remove the tubes.
Edited by /Fail - 12/15/09 at 2:26pm
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Before you do anything with it, remember that it's not filled with water, it's summat like ethyl glycene (I think), because someone decided to put aluminium and copper in the same loop.
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post #10 of 57
This is a great idea imo and one I greatly thought about before I went all out with a custom loop. Yes you will need to find the gpa first and perhaps change the tubing. If everything is planned out correctly, I don't see why you couldn't add a bigger rad to it. For what it is though, the H50 does a fine job.
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