Originally Posted by CP2
When you say "underload" what exactly do you mean? Like the normal max settings gaming load or under a stress test load? Sorry, Im not familiar with the lingo. As of now, playing my games on a high setting gets my CPU to a max of 45, but it generally stays at about 41 or 42c. So that isn't bad for an OC of 3.69 coming from 3.0 ghz right?
Overall this does seem like a cool project. I'm a tinkerer. If you don't mind me asking, how much did you watercooling project cost you? Don't answer if you don't want to. I'll understand.
Underload is stress testing using prime95, etc. No games will come close to pushing the limits of your cpu and gpu like stress tests.
Hmm, I prolly spent well over $400, but my build was overtime and upgrading along the way. I first started out with the corsair h50(closed-loop), then thermaltake 850i kit, and then finally I moved to custom watercooling because I wanted better temps and OC running 24/7.
Right now, though, you can get a really good kit like the XSPC Rasa WaterCooling Kit for $100+. It's getting great reviews and allows you to upgrade along the way. Also, it has all the parts you need to help you get familiar with them and watercooling. But, it doesn't come with coolant or gpu waterblocks. Most people use distilled water + some biocide. If they had this kit when I first started, I would've gotten it first.
If you decide to give it a try, let us know here and we'll help you along the way.