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hello peeps

So i have a P4 3.8Ghz currently running at 4.3Ghz on air cooling. I also have a Geforce 7800 GTX. I also have mushkin xp6400 DDR2 memory.

I really like the look of air cooling setups, but i am a total newbie and dont know anything about it.

If you experts could help me answer the following questions i would really appreciate it:

- can you water-cool any part of a computer or is mainly for cooling the CPU? can you cool the memory, the graphics card, hard drives etc all in one system?
- how is it done (briefly) - do you have a load of pipes filled with water, a huge radiator to cool this water and fans on the radiator to cool it?
- how does the system cool the components? For example with heatsinks and fans the heatsink takes the heat and the fan cools the heatsink, but what's the process with water cooling?
- does the radiator have to be placed inside the case?
- i have an antec p180 case. Is this a good or bad case to fit a water cooling system into? Has anyone got this case with pics of a water cooling system?
- what are the leading makes & models in water cooling systems?
- how much do water cooling systems cost?
- is it just a case of buying a system and placing in the case, like you do with heatsinks and fans, or is it much more of a customisable process?

any help is much appreciated,
J
    
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Check out the FAQs and if you care to read a small book click the link in my sig--it might help--yes you can cool it all--the more you cool the higher the priice aqnd the wore tubing an etc...

EDIT: the best way to cool HDDS is with a massive aluminum heatsink--no air or water required-- but koolance makes some soft packs that are awesomeRAMsinks are available for WC but seem like over kill as the heatspreaders don't even seem to make a diff--the Chipset and mosfet would love to be WCed--and you can find parts for this in any major vendor of WC part (Xoxide, FrozenCPU, Cooltechnia)--the CPU and GPU are the usual suspects and receive all the attention--no need to cool opti drives--there is even a WCed PSU if you feel the need. It's up to you what you want to spend--about 150 for a DIY cpu rig--the rad can be as simple as going to the Autoparts store or as complicated as making some sort of Bong Cooler out of acrylic and copper--I am sure you will find plenty of advice soon enough....
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If you experts could help me answer the following questions i would really appreciate it:

- can you water-cool any part of a computer or is mainly for cooling the CPU?
- how is it done (briefly) - do you have a load of pipes filled with water, a huge radiator to cool this water and fans on the radiator to cool it?
- how does the system cool the components? For example with heatsinks and fans the heatsink takes the heat and the fan cools the heatsink, but what's the process with water cooling?
- does the radiator have to be placed inside the case?
- i have an antec p180 case. Is this a good or bad case to fit a water cooling system into? Has anyone got this case with pics of a water cooling system?
- what are the leading makes & models in water cooling systems?
- how much do water cooling systems cost?
- is it just a case of buying a system and placing in the case, like you do with heatsinks and fans, or is it much more of a customisable process?

any help is much appreciated,
J
You can water cool the CPU and the GPU

Basicly yes, and theirs a pump and cpu waterblock

the water cools the waterblock thats connected to the socket and touching the CPU

Either/Or, dependings on the size of radiator or case

Yes, you could also mod the case so it would fit water cooling nicely

DangerDen makes good water cooling hardware go to frozencpu.com for compnents

For a good one maye 400-500

Well you have to make sure everything perfect, no leaks or anything, run a leak test, and then set it up and have to maintain it a lot....its a lot of work


good luck on the water cooling
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hmmmmm it sounds like too much maintenance. I dont really have the patience when it comes to things like that. I usually open up my case like 3 times in 6 months to clean the dust out!!!!!


EDIT: Are there any systems out there you can buy 'all-in-one' to cool the CPU and GPU? thats all im bothered about really. I dont really want something too customisable as i wouldnt have a clue what i was doing!! I would like something to fit inside an Antec P180 case. Something with instructions that i can follow step by step to install.

Something like a WaterChill Xtreme CPU/VGA/Chipset Cooling Kit - are these recommended or am i just being boring wanting a full kit???
    
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I totally disagree with Orange. It is easy to set up...and needs very little maintenence. I have ran mine for months without touching it. As long as you get the correct fluids to prevent algae buildup and possibly get non-conductive fluid then there is almost no worries.
You can cool the CPU/GPU/Chipset and about anything else you want. Installing isn't that hard...just takes the time to plan out and plug it together. A leak test is a must.
PM me or hit me on msn and i'll set ya up with info and parts list.
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cool busa i have added you to my MSN list i will give ya a shout soon :-)
    
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