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post #31 of 40
It's only scary after you do your leak test and start using your PC. I was paranoid for like a week before I trusted my PC to be on without me beside it peeking in the window
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I still peek through the window from time to time and it's been 3mos since I set it up...lol.
post #33 of 40
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Originally Posted by triangle View Post
Water cooling is safe.
You just have to leak test.
Or as safe as you make it.....
this.
post #34 of 40
It's like saying is overclocking safe.

**** happens.

But yes, if you do it correctly, the risk is minimal. If all the hoses are tight, leak tested for 6-12 hours, then checked at least once a year, the risk is almost neg.
post #35 of 40
If you take your time, assemble everything properly without rushing, use pt nuke or kill coil with distilled water, there is really very little room for failure.
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post #36 of 40
Most leaks are caused by user error. The only leak I experienced was due to a misplaced o-ring that I somehow forgot to install. That was it..reared its head during leak testing.

Take your time and leak test for 12 hours or so with power only to your pump and you should be good to go.

Also: flush your radiator with boiling water and distilled white vinegar (one part vinegar to 9 parts water) It will dislodge loads of flux left over from brazing/soldering.

Oh...and don't overtighten fan screws onto your radiator, and make sure they are the proper length and not too long (according to specs relevant to your radiators)


Edited by Mongol - 4/11/11 at 5:44pm
post #37 of 40
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I am purchasing all of the cooling pieces first, to have plenty of time to engineer a good system. My build will be with a 2600k/ Gigabyte board, only one GTX 260 card ( enough for Lightroom 3 and Photoshop) This rig will be overclocked, hopefully between 4.4-4.8Ghz, depending on what feels safe as the OC is in process. ( I am basing this guess on other peoples results with similar setups.

As I said earlier, Heatkiller 3.0 CPU block, Heatkiller GPU block, still unsure about reservoir. I think that at least a temp sensor with a display is a decent idea.

Is a radiator with 3 120 fans sufficient? I would like it to be in the case, but wonder about the added efficiency from having the fans/ radiator outside the case.

Radiator/s outside? or inside? I have a HAF 932 case. There will be 7 drives ( one Vertex 3) and the others spinning discs. ( does anyone know what the SAS SATA ports required by the Seagate 15,000 rpm Cheetah drives are? I still cannot figure this out, unless it is a serial connection, which I think the new board I am getting does not have. I would really like to use one of the Cheetahs for my Lightroom Library.) Also wish I could find a USB 3.0 internal card reader that reads CF cards. I see them being advertised by manufacturers in Asia, but none retailed here, or available)

I like the compression fittings, probably will go that route unless I do not like their feel after they arrive.

Distilled water and a biocide sounds best, so far.

I do not care about the LED bling, actually it creates a problem when I am shooting photos in my studio, as any stray light can affect the pics/ processing, though I do see aesthetic beauty in many peoples builds.




I will test the system, probably with air, putting a pressure guage on it, plugging all the ends, charging it with 20 psi or so, and watch the pressure overnight. I have done a lot of plumbing, so I do not anticipate any problems.

I will definitely be posting pics!

Thanks for all the comments!
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post #38 of 40
I did my first WC loop about a week ago... let me start off by saying its the only way to go. period.

I made a stupid mistake and filled my res up to the tippy top, and realized the funnel was also full. like an idiot i took teh funnel out and dumped h2o all over the PC. but it was oof, not plugged in, and luckily nothing but the case got wet.

Anyway learn from me, take it SLOW and make sure to flush, leak test, and leak test some more.
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post #39 of 40
I've had my watercooling for 4 months now with zero problems.

I also had another kit on another PC for a solid 8 months, with zero problems.

I also haven't topped up the water / done any maintenance on it either on my sig rig.

Watercooling is safe, easy, and fun right martin?
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post #40 of 40
Part of what makes some hobbies fun including watercooling is the risk involved. Good practices can avoid frequent occurences, but like anything...we are only human and mistakes will happen with enough experiences. I've made my share of mistakes...it happens...I have shorted out a few things now and always learned from those experiences.

The best learning comes from making mistakes...consider the risk an educational opportunity...

Water cooling has never caused me any physical harm..I can say that much, and it has earned me a few unintentional upgrade opportunities following education...how is that a bad thing..
    
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