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just a few ?s.i just want to water cool my cpu.what parts would i need and recomdendations like a combo packs? also is it worth it? it looks like a big job. but i just want the CPU water cooled?
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post #2 of 10
So, pretty much everyone is going to recommend you build your own from separate parts (waterblock, radiator, reservoir, pump, and tubing). Stay away from "kits" as they aren't worth the money you pay. You can use a GPU waterblock for your videocard if you so choose. I recommend Danger Den and Swiftech products for any watercooling build. It's always worth it to have watercooling, and it's not as difficult as you think.
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well what do i need for the CPU? which one do u recomend?
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well what do i need for the CPU? which one do u recomend?
CPU waterblock - Swiftech Apogee.
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THe usual suspects... Apogee or Storm Waterblock from Swiftech (available through FrozenCPU.com ) a D5 or MP655 (?) or AquaXtreme 50Z DC12V (all the same pump) from Cooltechnia.com or Danger Den and depending on how you would like to install the WC set up you might want a firly small radiator like the Black Ice Le 120--but if space permits go for a 2 X 120 or 3 X 120 or even a heatercore (check the For Sale threads....) that has already been adapted to 1/2" tubing.

You will nee some tubing--I would say Tygon is the best 1/2" I.D. from SideWinderComputer.com and some good clamps *(non-metallic preferred). For a simple loop with no resevoir add a barbed tee fitting and improvise or purchase a cap--this will allow you to fill and bleed the air from the system through the filler cap. Depending on how tight you are going to bend the tubing you night also want to put CoolSleeves on the tubing to ensure that it bends without kinking.
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If you just want the CPU cooled, you would probabally be fine with with a CSP or DangerDen Mag pump. ANthough they may seem to lack in GPH, they work quite well, and disburse heat well because they are made out of aluminum. I've got one, it swapped my Hydor L35 hour for one, and I'm actually quite impressed. Since my CPU temp sensor is messed up, I cant tell you what my CPU temp is, but I can tell you that it keeps my x1900XT (at 680MHz/1580MHz) under 41C at load (same temp that my 6800GT would idle at with an L35).
I think an MCP650 is slightly overkill for just a CPU block.
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It's what I use.
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post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by CyberDruid
It's what I use.
You use an MCP650? I hear it's a great pump. I was just suggesting the MAG because of it's price and size.
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post #9 of 10
I use an AquaXtreme 50Z DC12V http://www.cooltechnica.com/Merchant...e=AQX-50Z-DC12

Which is the same as the D5 or Swiftech MCP650
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No worries--the MAG is a great pump for the system in question...I have been running mine for a year now 24/7...I only wish it was revision 2--the current pumps for sale are much quieter than mine (I have been told)
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