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So, after leak testing for around 12 hours I finally have my CPU loop up and running. My temps are good, but some cores are running decently hotter than others. I plan to re-seat the water block soon once I figure a few things out.

First off, what thermal compound(s) are considered to be the best? I have a whole tube (syringe?) of Thermalright Chill Factor sitting here and I'm wondering if it's good or if i should get some AS5 or something.


Secondly, what is the best way to add an easy way to drain my loop? Here is what my loop looks like (note: whenever I get a new GPU I will be water cooling it, and I may even water cool my GTX 260 for the fun of it):



The reservoir is a dual bay reservoir/pump combo and the loop goes like this:

Reservoir > Pump > Rad > CPU block > Reservoir


Thirdly, are Gentle Typhoons still considered the radiator fan kings? The fans I am using now don't seem to be anything special and I'd like to get some 120mm fans that will perform well, but also not be too loud.


Thank you in advance,

Stephen
    
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What res are you using?

To drain your loop you can get the water out of your front res if there are g1/4 fittings in the front. Just use a barb/compression attached to some tubing and lean your computer forward.

As for fans AP-15 are great for rads if you can get a hold of some. If you really want to keep them quiet you can get a fan controller and just lower them.

Oh yeah for tim some Mx-2 or shin etsu works well.
Edited by Kortwa - 3/29/11 at 10:07pm
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What res are you using?

To drain your loop you can get the water out of your front res if there are g1/4 fittings in the front. Just use a barb/compression attached to some tubing and lean your computer forward.

As for fans AP-15 are great for rads if you can get a hold of some. If you really want to keep them quiet you can get a fan controller and just lower them.
The only ports on my res are the in, out and the fill port on the top of it near the front

Edit: Forgot to add that it's the XSPC Rasa reservoir
    
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The first time you drain your loop its probably gonna be a pain to do. I would guess removing your CD drive so you can hook a tube up and drain it by tipping it. I would recommend using a T so you have an extra tube for draining.

Something like Bitspower G1/4 T-Rotary Adapter
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The first time you drain your loop its probably gonna be a pain to do. I would guess removing your CD drive so you can hook a tube up and drain it by tipping it. I would recommend using a T so you have an extra tube for draining.
So just put a T somewhere in the line that's convenient for draining?
    
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Ideally you want it at the lowest point in your loop so you can just let gravity drain your system. But yeah somewhere convenient in your loop.
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you mentioned something about differing core temps?`how much is the difference? what is your ambient temp? what are your temps then @ load? a realtemp and hwmonitor pic would help..
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you mentioned something about differing core temps?`how much is the difference? what is your ambient temp? what are your temps then @ load? a realtemp and hwmonitor pic would help..


my temperatures after 10 minutes at idle (for min temperatures), and then 10 minutes under prime 95 small ffts (not for max temperatures...just to show the difference between cores)

I do feel like I should be getting better load temperatures, and there is a good deal of variance between cores, so I will definitely be re-seating the CPU water block sometime soon.

would removing the dust filter on the top of my case help with temperatures? I do like having a more or less dust free case, but if it would help I would definitely remove it.
    
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