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Hey guys...
I've had my Big Water and Armor for awhile now but as i've been reading threads i've noticed people seem to have lower idle and load temps then me...
If i run Prime 95 for like 5 hours load is 44 but idle is usually 38.....

But if i'm playing like battlefield 2 or other games i've seen it at like 50 load...

I would think with WC...even if it's not that high end it would be alittle better then thiss...

Not sure but do i need to change my coolant after a certain amount of hours or something?
I thought my waterblock might be too tight..loosened it but didn't notice much...

And with the case giving MAD air flow i would think it might help as well...

Is there something possibly wrong or am i just expecting too much?

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I've got a BigWaterSE and have it set up with two 120mm fans, one each side of the radiator. I scrapped the stock fan that came with the kit and used 2 120mm SilenX fans (rated at 64CFM each) instead.

Since my AS5 has cured I have been seeing full load temps of 54°C (running Prime95 & Super PI simultaneously) on my 3GHz Prescott, overclocked to 3.6GHz.

I'd say you're temps are OK for a P4 (Northwood?) 2.4GHz @ 3.2GHz. If you want better temps, try (If you haven't already) adding a second fan to the radiator and make sure you have a decent 120mm fan (or two) on your case side panel to feed the radiator fans with cool air from out side of the case. This should help cool things down a bit more. Also, I have been advised (although I haven't done it yet) to get a shroud or two for the radiator as this is supposed to improve cooling too and as such it might be something you may want to consider.

Hope this helps.

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I was actually thinking of that too..
but perfect thanks alot..
in terms of the Shroud..my raidiator is onlly the size of one120mm fan soo how would that actually help?

but ya did u ever change ur coolant or add soemthing else.?
because i don't know if i need to change it or anything...


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I was actually thinking of that too..
but perfect thanks alot..
in terms of the Shroud..my raidiator is onlly the size of one120mm fan soo how would that actually help?

but ya did u ever change ur coolant or add soemthing else.?
because i don't know if i need to change it or anything...

thanks so much alot of help..
I think (and I'm not an expert) that the shroud/s fit where the fan/s would usually go and the fan/s fit onto the shroud/s. Supposedly this cancels out the "dead spot" in the middle of the radiator where very little air flow goes because that’s where the motor is on the fan/s.

I drew a little diagram of what I mean below, have a look .

If anybody wants to correct me on my understanding of shrouds and their use with water cooling radiators, please do so as I'm no expert .

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EDIT: In answer to your coolant question, yes, I did change it, but only because I moved my whole set up to a new case so I drained the system. I don't think you need to change it very often, maybe once every six months or so? Best to start a new thread asking "how often should I change my coolant" or something like that .
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Apparently the bigwater that has three fans on it performs a lot better than its 1-fan counterpart. Then again, I would say that you need to add better fans to it.
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The shroud allows the fan to push or pull air better by keeping the blades back from the rad--the shroud also seals the flow so more air is fed through the rad. The noise will be less with a shroud--a simple shroud can be had from any of the online vendors that deal with WC supplies (FrozenCPU, Xoxide, Swiftech, Danger Den) or you could make one from some acrylic or wood or even tupperware.
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My temps are 35/46C, stock except for low-flow Nexus 120mm fans, so I'd say you are right in line.

The 3 fan bigWater 475 also has 3 times 120mm of radiator area too--a big difference. That' where I'm going to start upgrading--I'm thinking of adding a blackice 3x radiator, and see where that gets me.

So in brief, I think your temps are about as expected, and I'd suggest adding radiator area for the biggest (and quietest) bang for the buck.

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