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I've never used WC in my life, so I'd like to know some more about it.
Is it easy to install? Is it likely that it leaks? What sort of temps would I get?
Lets assume I had an overclock of 4Ghz and I would hit 70C on my Noctua U12PSE2 w/ 2x SS FM121's what sort of temps would I hit with XSPC Rasa 750 RS360? Oh and if I'm going to uprage to S2011 / S1155 are the blocks costy? Thanks!
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its pretty easy to install. just be careful
you should get temps around 15c on your cpu with a good setup.
no you would not hit 70c

not all blocks are priced the same. try the forums, look around for a nice WC kit someone is dumping. WC is niiice
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its pretty easy to install. just be careful
Right. As long as you put everything together right, the risk for leaks is minimal, assuming your parts aren't defective.

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Originally Posted by Darqside View Post
you should get temps around 15c on your cpu with a good setup.
no you would not hit 70c
Umm, no. Water-cooling won't yield below-ambient temperatures, and an i7 puts out a lot of heat. Whether or not he'll hit 70c depends on the CPU voltage and several other factors. Likely not since watercooling should knock a few degrees off the results of a good heatsink.

Also, there is a wide selection of high-end CPU waterblocks that cost from between $50 to $100 USD. The XSPC Rasa, which is included with the XSPC kits, is the best block at the lower end of that price range.
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I think what the second poster was trying to say is that he'll shave 15C off the 70C load temps, which is about right.

I just put together my first loop and it was easy, no leaks. I'd say the install difficulty is purely based on your case. Although my gpu block was a bit of a pita to put on.
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I did my first WC setup this past weekend, I'll give you some info on how I did.

1) Had/have no leaks. Regardless of what fittings you use, just take your time and do it right. Cutting corners and doing it in a rush to just get it done is when problems arise.

2) Time; took me a few hours to cut 10ft worth of tubing, route between 3 rads/4 blocks and fill my res/loop. You want to make sure you have no kinks here, and also just enough room to move a piece just in case of emergency.

3) Temps; Although my idle temp is roughly the same (about 36c), my load temps for my CPU is where it works. With my old fan/heatsink I hit around 70c running Linx with a lower OC/Volt that I am now. My load temp doesn't go above 50c now.

With my GPU, I don't go higher than 50c on full load with all three cards. Before, running 90% fan usage, I'd run into almost 90c in some games with just one card. My cards idle around 33c.

4) Price; blocks, fittings, tubing, etc, they all run in different price ranges. Depending on what you want to WC, depends on what you'll buy. They have some "beginner" type kits that run amazing for the price. I believe they are the Rasa and XSPC kits (correct me if I'm wrong on the names).
post #6 of 8
As long as you use good quality parts and install everything correctly, you shouldn't have any leaks. Check around for the best prices on everything.

Be sure to take your time and setup your loop in the most efficient way possible.

Watercooling is the best thing I ever did for my computer!
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post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by xsf View Post
I did my first WC setup this past weekend, I'll give you some info on how I did.

1) Had/have no leaks. Regardless of what fittings you use, just take your time and do it right. Cutting corners and doing it in a rush to just get it done is when problems arise.

2) Time; took me a few hours to cut 10ft worth of tubing, route between 3 rads/4 blocks and fill my res/loop. You want to make sure you have no kinks here, and also just enough room to move a piece just in case of emergency.

3) Temps; Although my idle temp is roughly the same (about 36c), my load temps for my CPU is where it works. With my old fan/heatsink I hit around 70c running Linx with a lower OC/Volt that I am now. My load temp doesn't go above 50c now.

With my GPU, I don't go higher than 50c on full load with all three cards. Before, running 90% fan usage, I'd run into almost 90c in some games with just one card. My cards idle around 33c.

4) Price; blocks, fittings, tubing, etc, they all run in different price ranges. Depending on what you want to WC, depends on what you'll buy. They have some "beginner" type kits that run amazing for the price. I believe they are the Rasa and XSPC kits (correct me if I'm wrong on the names).
Very good temps. Is that your loop temp or core temp.
post #8 of 8
Go for the RX360 RASA kit if you plan to add your two gpu(s). The rasa kit has everything you need to get started to wc your cpu. temps should around 60c @ 100% load but it may vary. every chip is different and your loop may affect (very little though) it once you add additional water blocks.

For your gpu(s) you can go full cover (check if its compatible w/ your pcb design) or universal blocks. Buy some extra barbs, clamps, and a bit of tube to go along w/ the Rasa kit. I would recommend a push/pull setup on the RX360 in your 932.

My i7 loads in the low 60s @ 4.2
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