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I want to cool my 480, Q9650, and if it's worth it maybe my motherboard as well (790i).

My case should be able to handle it Antec 1200, don't really know anything about whats best for this so all help is needed.

I'll post some parts I've found that could work:

HeatKiller Rev. 3.0 775 socket http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/heatkillerlt775.html

backplate
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/hk775plate.html

NB/SB
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/81...tl=g30c313s803

gtx 480 block
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10...tl=g30c357s922

This is all I could possibly think of, if theres better quality blocks for reasonable prices please show me a link. Thanks
post #2 of 10
here: http://i50.tinypic.com/345ngaa.jpg
post #3 of 10
imo the 790i is not worth water cooling with x58 out and well used not to mention the block is over priced and should be half the price. the other blocks you have are fine just make sure when you order the gpu block that you request the gasket for the cpu retintion plate.
    
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Is it really worth cooling the motherboard? the parts you picked are restrictive so remember that when picking out pump and radiator etc. You can also go with a universal block for the card and use pure copper heatsinks for the rest. but your choice. not sure whats out there for the femi. Good luck and have fun
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I wouldn't worry watercooling that motherboard, as I'm sure the great venilation in that particular case is more than enough, as motherboards are designed to be cooled by indirect air currents via the various case fans and CPU heatsink anyway, much the same as RAM sinks do.

Aslong as you have a couple of fans on intake, and a couple on exhaust, your mobo will be fine. If you are heavily overclocking, you might need to direct a small fan towards your north and south bridge, but I doubt it.

The heat killer waterblock is a great component, definatly one I would go for myself.

What radiator are you thinking of? the Q96xx and gpu is going to be a big heat dump.

Munky
Edited by SgtMunky - 6/9/10 at 6:23am
post #6 of 10
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After getting my 480 there is no way I can go x58 now (or do anything else), and the way I see it my quad does everything I need it to currently on air, moving to water would just be a bonus.

Was thinking of a 120.3 rad and mounting it on the back, if cooling this motherboard really isn't worth it then I won't get the block for it (CPU and GPU are more important) don't know what pump I should get, want one that will bring good performace.

http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/sicumclad5wi.html

3/8 ID

Wish I could look more but have to go to Santa Rosa today :-/
post #7 of 10
Not to be a downer, but you can go X58 for the difference, I would...
You can probably get what? $300 for your mobo/cpu?

That will net you a $100 difference going i7-930/920 @ 200 dollar cpu and motherboard...
That will no doubt net you more performance, and I bet it will be more fun. You can always WC later!

Also, check the FS threads for cheap wc gear! Similarly for the CPU and or motherboard, if you choose to go the X58 route, which I really hope you do!
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post #8 of 10
Getting that motherboard under water is a good idea. Those Nvidia chipsets all get ugly temps.
Cpu block is good and the 480 block is really down to style or taste.
( Why not go full EK? )

You got a lot of heat going into that loop, how you plan to cool it? (A good 360 with great fans will work)

I dont like that MB block though, they are very pricey.
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post #9 of 10
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Thing is I never buy used products, never have never will.

To me the jump to x58 is useless and seeing how x68 and Bulldozer is on its way just doesn't seem worth it, plus if I can play all the games I have now @ maxed settings so waters the only route for me.

I have 3 extra Scythe Slipstream fans at home (110 CFM @ 1900 rpm) should be good enough.

New block for the 480 perhaps? http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10...tl=g30c357s922
post #10 of 10
To be honest, if I was in your position, I would move to a i7 930.

But if you want to watercool, don't let anything put you off, as you could move to an i7 and think 'Hmmm its good but I wish I'd watercooled'

OT: I'm not too sure about the slipstreams as a rad fan, but what you need to look for in a fan for rad's is a high static pressure (that is, how 'hard' the fan forces the air through a rad/heatsink etc). Generally, 38mm fans excel at this task, however they can come with a higher price and noise increase.

Again though, this depends on the rad, as some fin layouts are more dense than others. If you are using a low CFM fan, you would want a lower restriction air flow design.

~Munky~
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