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Old 07-05-2007, 05:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Recommend a performance liquid cooling solution

as the title implies, I'm looking for recommendations from those with experience in this sort of thing. I'm still entertaining the idea of Liquid Cooling, and I want to know where to start if I go that route.

My case is a Cooler Master CM Stacker 810. It's big, and has plenty of room for tubing and other components. It also has a spare PSU bay on the bottom, which I think would be an ideal place to put an internal liquid cooling system. Anything that would fit in that space would be great.

What I'm looking for...

1. Reliability - I can't afford to replace anything because my cooling system springs a leak.
2. Performance - I plan some serious overclocking, and the cooler it can keep my components, the better.
3. Expandability - I want something that can be used to cool the CPU, GPU, Northbridge, and up to 4 HDs, in addition to a second GPU if I add one later on.
4. Value - I have a fairly big budget for it at the moment, but I still want to keep it under $300 if I can. I'm looking at price/performance rather than total price, mostly.

Are there any reliable brands or models I should be looking at right away?
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Old 07-05-2007, 05:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Recommend a performance liquid cooling solution

Petra's shop has very good watercooling kits, for the money:
Petra's Tech Shop - Watercooling Kits
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i was thinking about water cooling too.

can most case that support a GTX, fit a water cooling kit?
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Most likely...because people who have a GTX, usually have a full tower case.
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I've got a full tower case. I don't know how people do it, because there's no way it would've fit it my case without fragging some hardware.
Then again, my case seems to have a lot of wasted space, and it's designed to route the tubes outside of the case. That's how I've got it right now. It works fine, but a bit cumbersome to move to the counter when I want to work on it.
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ok...thanks b1gapl!!!
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Default Re: Recommend a performance liquid cooling solution

Forgot to mention LGA775, MSI P6N 8800GTS and all that jazz, but anyway, looks a great place to start! I'll get back to you on that once I get the rest of my system assembled.
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Here's a question... do you know of anyone who makes water blocks for the P6N Northbridge nForce 650i?
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