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Is it possible?



Here's the deal, the rig in my sig is running at 3.92Ghz (stable) idles at around 45c (+/- 2c) and loads at 61c. I've been leaving my side panel off to keep temps under 60c but this is NOT a permenant solution. I know part of my problem is the design of my case, it just can't handle the air requirments for this setup (OCing and soon 24/7 folding).

Now, been looking at buying a new case with bigger fans, but after upping my budget for a new case from $60 to nearly $100 and a little over, I have started to wonder if water is achievable at this price? If I am going to spend $100 or so to get a 5-10c drop in temp from air, why not try to spend the same and get 10-20c drop from water?

I know some good kits run about $150+, with the best in the $250+ range........these are NOT an option.


Is there a good budget "starter" kit out there? Maybe buying different componants seperatly to make my own but stay on budget? Upgradability would be a bonus, I don't want to have to throw this away in 6 months or a year when I can afford better. Maybe a good pump that will last and a average radiator and block that I can plan to replace in a few months??


If not, I guess I'll just buy that case with the 250mm side panel fan
post #2 of 8
I got you all excited about that 920 didn't I ?

If you do a lot of custom stuff then you can do it for about $150, but $100 is pushing it. You never want get cheap with with watercooling!

'77 Bonneville: $20
Custom Rubbermade Res: $4
Swiftech MCP350 $75
Apogee $44
10FT clearflex 1/2ID 3/4OD $8.90

(you will need 2 to 4 120mm fans)

Total: $155

Don't get crap now, and upgrade in the future. Either get quality parts now, or wait and save up. I think you should just get a Big Typoon for $45
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If you want to see what my largely custom system cost here are some pictures. It cost me around $175:






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post #4 of 8
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LOL, i am excited about pushing this 920, but mostly I'd like to be able to feel safe running it 24/7.



Well, not "cheap", inexpensive LOL


That's an insane setup man. LOL


Looks pretty cool, and like it was a decent amount of work. But I'm old (30 in 2 months! ) so I have to have it look 'respectable', and this needs to sit in my living room without looking out of place.
post #5 of 8
Here are some popular kits that can fit entirely inside of a case:

Gigabyte 3D Galaxy $140 - newer item, doesn't look bad, not easily upgraded

Thermaltake Big Water 745 $169 - By far the most popular kit, the 745 is an upgrade from the SE, but this also, is not easily upgraded.

Swiftech makes the best parts (most customs are Swiftech and DD), these are easily upgradable, high quality, but more $$:

Swiftech H20-80 MICRO $179

Swiftech H20-120 H20-120 PREMIUM $195
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Guess I'll just be getting THIS then

And I'll just plan to go water next year. I need to do something now to cool this thing down (a BT won't fit without major modification to the side panel and the 9500 already lowered it 12 degrees).......I just need some intake air since I have 80mm of intake air and 300mm of exhaust air right now and I can't do that with this case.
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That is a nice case, I am going to be getting a new one soon, and I am looking at the aurora, but that is cheaper with a HUGE fan!

Why not one of these (Thermaltake Armor)
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post #8 of 8
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The armor is cool, but I do kinda like the "turbine" look of the AreoCool's.


Man, I am so tempted to sell a couple stocks and just grab the H20-80.......

Trouble is, I have to look for a new place as the development I was renting a townhouse in has been sold, new owners want to sell, not rent (and I ain't buying this place LOL). So it kinda depends on what my new rent is and how much the deposit is.......


I have been wanting a new case though.....kinda tired of my old one.....


I'm gonna sleep on it, but I think I'll buy a new case now and then reward myself with the H20-120 after I move, I should get at least $200 of my deposit from here back LOL and waiting will make the wife happy too, so it's good all around


Thanks for the advise and pointers paul +rep
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