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Okay so my configurations are :-

Processor – AMD Phenom II X2 555 BE
Motherboard – Biostar TA890GXE (ver 5.2 only) (Micro ATX)
Cabinet – NZXT Phantom White – 8400
Fan Controller – NZXT Sentry LX
PSU – Corsair HX650w

Now i want to overclock the hell out of this and from what i have been reading on this and other forums as well, water cooling is the way to go to achieve maximum OC, but i am totally new to water cooling, can you guys point me in the right direction here ?

Should i go for a custom build, or should i opt for a factory made water cooling option like Corsair H70 etc ?

Also what are the best alternatives in both of the above cases considering my conforgurations.

PLZ HELP !!!
post #2 of 13
The all in one liquid cooling solutions like the h70 and the kuler shouldn't even be compared or labelled as water cooling since they have less performance than say an air cooler such as the Noctua nh-d14 or the Silver Arrow. If you plan on putting alot of volts and sustaining a higher overclock 24/7 the h70 and it's counterparts aren't going to be giving you much headroom.

For a beginner i suggest buying a custom liquid cooling kit like the xspc 750 rx240 or rs360kit.... it has everything you need to get started and is basically self explanatory on installation, but you can always come back here if you need any help
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Which of the above kit will fit the phantom Case ? any idea ?
post #4 of 13
You could probably fit a 240 rad on top. Maybe even a 360.

If this is your case
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...tml#post484675

That's a 360 rad.
Edited by huhh - 4/15/11 at 5:56am
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post #5 of 13
looks like a 240 no problem... from the pics though i can't tell if the bolt pattern will natively fit the bolt pattern of 2x120 rad. Check the distances of the screw holes and check back.

EDIT: maybe a fellow OCN'er has the case and a custom loop that could enlighten us?
Edited by badatgames18 - 4/15/11 at 6:02am
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post #6 of 13
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Well this is my cabinet http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/crafted_series/phantom

and it barely fits the H70 radiator at the back end fan position, the Fans are also supposedly smaller than the regular 200mm fans i will check and report back on the bolt pattern

Was going through the official phantom thread and found this http://www.overclock.net/11610004-post159.html the pic shows a 240 rad, if i am not wrong, and the Op says that it has the required bolt pattern for this kind of mount ...
Edited by preet27 - 4/15/11 at 6:07am
post #7 of 13
Ok, so you basically have a basic system.

Radiator for cooling down the hot coolant.

Pumps to circulate the coolant through the system

Resivoirs to hold excess coolant and to make sure fresh coolant is in your system

Waterblocks to physically cool the CPU and GPU's. Sometimes even ram and hard drives.

Hoses to connect these components.

Hope that kinda helps
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by preet27 View Post
Well this is my cabinet http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/crafted_series/phantom

and it barely fits the H70 radiator at the back end fan position, the Fans are also supposedly smaller than the regular 200mm fans i will check and report back on the bolt pattern

Was going through the official phantom thread and found this http://www.overclock.net/11610004-post159.html the pic shows a 240 rad, if i am not wrong, and the Op says that it has the required bolt pattern for this kind of mount ...
LOL! is it being help up by superglue?
take the two fans off and see if it fits a normal bolt pattern for a 2x120mm fan (this is for your 240 rad) otherwise you can always get out the power tools and make them fit

EDIT: well the guy says it has the mounting holes for it so i guess it does, but i suggest to not mount it that way regardless. go push pull or just push
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post #9 of 13
btw that looks like a 480 radiator.. i can't quite tell.

you can buy one of the kits i mentioned and replace the rad with a 480 if you have the extra cash... for just a cpu loop... it will be way overkill
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post #10 of 13
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Okay so it's been a few days since i posted back in this thread since i was searching for my cooling options, and after all the little reading that i could do whenever i got the time, i have come to these conclusions

a conventional factory made water cooling solution provides a lesser risk option but compomises on the cooling provided

a WC kit is better than a all in one water cooling loop and hits a balance between risk and performance.

A custom made WC is costlier but provides the best bang for your buck, but risk factor is considerably greater than above 2 options.

So i am thinking of getting my own custom made WC setup made and i need suggestions for the following

- CPU Waterblock
- Radiator ( seems like XSPC RX rad's won't fit my case especially 240 and 360 so i might have to go for the slimmer rad's i.e. XSPC RS one's).

Also need suggestions for
- Pump
- Reservoir
- Fittings

I have gone thorugh a few of the guides but all are pretty much outdated and i was hoping to get some suggestion on the current piece of hardware available.

Thanks in advance !!!
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