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post #11 of 40
I was hesitant at first myself, considering I wouldn't much like to spend £400+ on watercooling equipment and have it leak over a £140 motherboard or £200 graphics card...
Anyway, I went for it. However, I did read A LOT on this forum of other people's builds (looked at lots of photos, too, to get an idea of how it all fits together), asked questions, etc, etc. Once I decided to go for it, I asked around for the best parts and then when I listed all I wanted to buy, I again asked for verification to see if I went wrong somewhere or if I should change one part to another, etc, etc.

In the end I settled on what I have (see link in my signature for my build - photos and equipment list included). I can never go back to a simple air cooling solution or a semi-watercooling solution (Corsair H50, H60, H70, etc). The performance on a custom build is stunning when you choose the right things and the looks are a killer!
Love it.

So yeah, don't cheap out on equipment and definitely invest in safety. By investing in safety I mean stuff like buying 7/16" tubing for 1/2" fittings (extremely tight seal) and on top of that, adding compression or wormdrive clamps to each fitting (no leak, guaranteed). Also, buying good tubing, a good reservoir, good blocks, etc.
    
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As long as you do it right, it's perfectly safe.
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Just picked up a heatkiller cpu block.... more to come. Trying to decide on radiator configuration right now. I have a coolermaster HAF 932 case. Probably go with 2 radiators.

More research....

Thank you all for the help.

Any recommendations on pump?

And, what are opinions on a dual bay res, or what is YOUR favorite.

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I am WCing this summer. So excited. Sure I could spend a million other things on my PC that would give me more in price/performance, but badassery comes second to none!
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My rig is on all day every day. I even had a pump fail. The rig gets to 90C and shuts down. You run to microcenter and get a new pump. The end.

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Don't buy cheap crap. I have had a thermaltake reservoir crack on me lucky didn't leak on top of my components. And i have had a super expensive water cooling kit, but i made the mistake of hooking it up to a cheap fan controller that decided to stop working. Lucky the thermal halt on the cpu worked otherwise i'd have a super expensive worthless cpu/gpu. Even the radiator would burn me when I touched it the water got so hot! Also use non conductive coolant if your a noobie that way if it spills it won't short out anything.
post #17 of 40
It's incredibly safe if you do even a half assed job at putting it together. I always use 2 pumps in serial for extra flow and redundancy, just in case one fails. If they both fail then the comp just shuts down after it hits its thermal peak. No big deal. Won't hurt anything. I've even had water spray all over my system (pressure problem I had with 2 reservoirs while filling the loop while the comp was on). Nothing was damaged and was back on like nothing had happened within an hour. WC is great. I will always WC my rigs from now on. That being said, quality watercooling gets expensive. You're looking at $1000+ to wc your entire rig with high quality parts (not just the cpu).
 
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post #18 of 40
It is very safe if quality parts are used and everything is tightened properly. Most bios' have built in heat protection on the cpu. Most of the time it is adjustable. I set my cpu power off at 57c. With my water cooling, I haven't gone above 28c.

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post #19 of 40
safe if u take the necessary precautions.

For the first few days, if im leaving the comp, i just turn it off and disconnect everything- in case it leaks when im not here.
    
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post #20 of 40
triple check all fittings and connections. leak test by jump starting your psu and only powering on the pump. its helluva fun too
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