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ok, so my new build is:
i7 950/haf 932/12gb gskill/2x caviar black/2x 6850 (or 1x 6970...on the fence atm)/3x 21.5" acer LCD monitors for eyefinity/noctua d14/x58 sabertooth...

so my goal is too get a radiator to custom fit on the case somewhere...probably on the side panel givin the configuration of the haf 932 that seems to be the best location, the objective is to get radiator/fans blowing cold watered air throughout the case, the delimma is i've got absolutely no experience with water cooling systems so if i could possibly get somebody to give me a complete parts list required to do this setup and possibly even a rough ballpark $amount i'd be extremely greatful not lookin to spend more than 150-200$
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post #2 of 22
Wait you want to just push cold air into your case?? Why don't you just pick up the XSPC Rasa kit for a $130 or so and use an actual CPU water block? The air going through a watercooling radiator won't be below ambient.
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Not sure what you mean, as above, you want to use the water to cool the parts directly, ie through blocks, instead of cooling the air that then cools normal heat sinks... : We can certainly help you get a loop in a HAF though, no problem!
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Originally Posted by Rhenzinger View Post
ok, so my new build is:
i7 950/haf 932/12gb gskill/2x caviar black/2x 6850 (or 1x 6970...on the fence atm)/3x 21.5" acer LCD monitors for eyefinity/noctua d14/x58 sabertooth...

so my goal is too get a radiator to custom fit on the case somewhere...probably on the side panel givin the configuration of the haf 932 that seems to be the best location, the objective is to get radiator/fans blowing cold watered air throughout the case, the delimma is i've got absolutely no experience with water cooling systems so if i could possibly get somebody to give me a complete parts list required to do this setup and possibly even a rough ballpark $amount i'd be extremely greatful not lookin to spend more than 150-200$
Blowing watercooled air, my friend, will do nothing for you. As stated, get the RS240 kit (http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11..._Hot_Item.html)
It will cool your CPU. Enter pcapex at checkout for 5% off.
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post #5 of 22
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i guess i figured if i was drawing air off a radiator it'd be cooler than the air in my case...seems logical to me...how much cooler? i have no idea, i use a noctua CPU cooler so would a 130$ kit be any better than that? i know 900 series i7's naturally run hot but i'm @ 35-40*C @ 4.2gig OC idle...would really like to get that to 30-35
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post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by Rhenzinger View Post
i guess i figured if i was drawing air off a radiator it'd be cooler than the air in my case...seems logical to me...how much cooler? i have no idea, i use a noctua CPU cooler so would a 130$ kit be any better than that? i know 900 series i7's naturally run hot but i'm @ 35-40*C @ 4.2gig OC idle...would really like to get that to 30-35
A Rasa kit will do that, and it's about as cheap as a custom loop with the same parts. What are your ambients? Idle temps also don't mean much, where are you loading at? 35-40 idle is pretty good for an OC'd i7 on air, it may not be worth the investment now unless your load temps are >60ish. And trying to pre-chill the air is frankly a horribly inefficient use of the watercooling hardware. The parts just aren't designed for that, and a good block/rad setup will have more surface area and heat-capacity than any aircooler. Plus they won't be as succeptable to case temp fluctations.
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ok thanks for the informal posts...if i may ask...ne1 here use a simliar setup on a 950 cpu and if so what temps do u get? my temps are 35-40*C idle and 60-65*C gaming on BFBC2 (my most demanding game) under prime 95 i'm sure it'd be alot hotter but since i've never loaded this CPU past 50% i think its "ok" right now but i would definately like to take 5-10 * off...this rasa kit you reference salt...would it do the trick u think? i mean a noctua aint no joke i'd just be really dissapointed if it was the same/worse
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ok thanks for the informal posts...if i may ask...ne1 here use a simliar setup on a 950 cpu and if so what temps do u get? my temps are 35-40*C idle and 60-65*C gaming on BFBC2 (my most demanding game) under prime 95 i'm sure it'd be alot hotter but since i've never loaded this CPU past 50% i think its "ok" right now but i would definately like to take 5-10 * off...this rasa kit you reference salt...would it do the trick u think? i mean a noctua aint no joke i'd just be really dissapointed if it was the same/worse
You may not see much difference in idle, but I would say you'd drop that 5-10 off load at least. The search box is your friend here, I don't have an i7 so I don't know for sure, but I know the rasa kits are solid performers. Also, you've never loaded to 100%, not even to check if your OC is stable...?
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The RX240 is probably your best bet. Without having some sort of air conditioner you can get under ambient temperature with air. The noctua is still a great cooler but it just can't beat the Rasa
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The RX240 is probably your best bet. Without having some sort of air conditioner you can can't get under ambient temperature with air. The noctua is still a great cooler but it just can't beat the Rasa
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