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Please no flamage..

I am buying a tai chi, simply because I've never watercooled before and this looked the easiest option, plus I needed a new case and figured with this I would probably be satisfied for a long time, it's being delivered hopefully this week sometime

I'm also buying a new asus p5n32-sli mobo and some corsair xms pro2 pc5400 RAM, but that's a different story.......

anywho,

anything special I should know?

I plan on cooling (once I buy it..) my Sapphire x1900 XT 512 using this system, I assume this will require me to buy a VGA water block to add somewhere into the system,

a) is this true?
b) is this easy?


I tinker a fair bit with systems (build, overclock, upgrade, repair) so I can find my way around fairly well, just dont know what to expect. Is leaks anything to worry about considering I bought this case all setup (i hope..) ?

ps: Dont laugh, but I'm putting my current 775 p4-3.0e in there. I have gotten 4.05GHz from it so far on air, and want to see how far I can take it, before buying a Dual Core to complete the setup! I will probably come back with results / photo's / screenshots, etc once this is done.. it's kinda exciting

Please no comments about Intel VS AMD..
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it is kinda exciting, if I were you and getting a new vid card just see how it performs before you start pulling it apart and putting a very easy to install water block on there assuming you can get them to suit that card. Not sure what the deal is with water cooling a 1900 and getting the parts to suit but my experience is that the water cooling on the vid card has not improved anything too much at all, they are built to take the heat so its all good when it is warm.(sli ight be different for there is twice as much heat and the top card can get pretty hot) Oh sorry this is overclock . net and I am supposed to help you mod the crap out of your expensive gpu. OK then get a water block and mount it, it is relatively easy if youve done it before and even if you havent, just take your time and get clocking it up and always remember to take photos and enjoy what you are doing. Got any water blocks in mind yet?
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post #3 of 10
check out the following FAQ...it will give you a few good pointers to build a good one...also check out the FAQ by Cyberdruid

http://www.overclock.net/faqs/70838-...how-can-i.html
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Yeah your right, I want to mod the crap out of it even if it doesnt help much, I may aswell have water running through the x1900 than that noisy ass fan that whines at me while I try and blow people up in Bf2...umm anyway

I saw a 'bigwater VGA block' on the thermaltake website which I'd say would be a nice match, I think they said universal. http://www.mittoni.com.au/thermaltak...ck-p-1934.html

I know this isnt about watercooling, but is there ANYTHING else I could do to upgrade my system (other than the CPU which is coming), I'll brieflty list my specs below - I'm talking in terms of performance or OC..

ASUS p5n32-SLI Motherboard
P4 3.0e 775 (Same one in profile, has gone 4.05 GHZ so far on air)
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250 GB WD SataII/300 Drive 8MB Cache
Thermaltake Tai Chi Case w/ Watercooling & VGA Water Block
500w PSU w/ Fan Control & Blue Neon LED (Same one in profile)

I will use onboard sound, it looks aight'. I have an audigy but it crackles a bit, i'll see, I've never had a major issue with sound quality.

Keyboard, Mouse & LG SQ1750 17" LCD (8ms Response) <-- Next item to upgrade..

Any suggestions while I'm at it..?

I am considering going SLi but not yet. I believe soon ATi will release drivers to just allow two similar cards to be used on nForce boards, it will just be a matter of time until it becomes a bit more mainstream. Otherwise I will sell the x1900 XTX and upgrade to the new generation dx10 compatible nVidia chips (two of em!!) when they come out,..anyway thanks for your help, I will post more when it arrives I suppose..
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Originally Posted by tuchan
it is kinda exciting, if I were you and getting a new vid card just see how it performs before you start pulling it apart and putting a very easy to install water block on there assuming you can get them to suit that card. Not sure what the deal is with water cooling a 1900 and getting the parts to suit but my experience is that the water cooling on the vid card has not improved anything too much at all, they are built to take the heat so its all good when it is warm.(sli ight be different for there is twice as much heat and the top card can get pretty hot) Oh sorry this is overclock . net and I am supposed to help you mod the crap out of your expensive gpu. OK then get a water block and mount it, it is relatively easy if youve done it before and even if you havent, just take your time and get clocking it up and always remember to take photos and enjoy what you are doing. Got any water blocks in mind yet?
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As a beginning watercooler to another

Even if you are using a brand components don't forget to seal the tubes connectors with silicon sealant. It'll save you many hours of drying your mobo.
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post #7 of 10
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Quote:
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As a beginning watercooler to another

Even if you are using a brand components don't forget to seal the tubes connectors with silicon sealant. It'll save you many hours of drying your mobo.
You've earnt yourself a rep.. : ) I didnt think you'd need to getting this tai chi case as a 'system' however duelly noted....I assume I need to buy this seperate....I'm fairly hopeless with handy man stuff (can build a nice pc tho, heh) but ive got a friend who I think has tinkered with w/cooling before so I might grab him when I do this..

what do I do if my mobo gets wet....let it dry overnight and hope for the best? I spose this means I better read the FAQ guides..
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Originally Posted by PhireX
You've earnt yourself a rep.. : ) I didnt think you'd need to getting this tai chi case as a 'system' however duelly noted....I assume I need to buy this seperate....I'm fairly hopeless with handy man stuff (can build a nice pc tho, heh) but ive got a friend who I think has tinkered with w/cooling before so I might grab him when I do this..

what do I do if my mobo gets wet....let it dry overnight and hope for the best? I spose this means I better read the FAQ guides..

I would let it dry for at least 24 hours.
     
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Yeah, last time I just left it dry over night.

Аnother possible problem is once the water dries, the minerals in it crystallize and it could affect conductivity of PCB's lines. So the best answer is keep your mobo away from the water
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nice choice in case. Im lookin to pick one up as well for my fx60 setup. Be sure to post back as soon as you recieve everything. I also wanna know how good the water pump in this thing is, and if i should get another one.
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