I've upgraded my system 7-8 months ago so I'm still sticking with it, but I am seriously considering going with full water cooling for my next rig. This should happen some time by the end of the summer, more or less. Since I have my old Chieftec server case that I've been waiting to replace for well over a year, and I will be doing that in the following months, I first wanted to make sure that whatever case I get is fully compatible with water cooling and that I will be able to mount a radiator inside the case. I've been considering the Antec P193, the HAF932 and the Cosmos S. Any suggestions in that regard would be greatly appreciated.
My general water cooling questions:
- Will I be able to fit everything inside the case (reservoir, pump, radiator)? Or will some if it have to be outside? I would much prefer to have a clean install with everything inside.
- Another upgrade I will be doing soon (before the full rig upgrade to Nehalem) is the GPU. The question here is should I go for an air cooled model, and later on fit the water blocs myself, or start thinking about pre-rigged models for water cooling, like the ones from PowerColor (for example). My next GPU will probably be a double one (295 or 4890x2 if it comes out) and I've heard some horror stories about taking these apart for fitting them with water blocks.
- Is it worth getting RAM with fitted blocks too?
- Is it worth it to fit blocks on the chipset and the northbridge? What about the HD, are those HD water cooling enclosures worth it? If I go water cooling, I want to eliminate EVERY SINGLE fan from the case (except the PSU one of course). I have a Raptor X and I will stick with it, it is currently at 37ºC with a fan blowing directly on it. For comparison, my WD7500 AAKS, which has no direct fan blowing over it, sits at 42ºC.
- Are the full kits worth purchasing (like the ones from Swiftech) or should I pick and choose (Swiftech pump, Dragon Den blocks, whatever). I prefer it simple. Don't mind some DIY but I don't want to get into huge micromanagement of pieces and whatnot.
- Will I gain anything by lapping the CPU / GPU (can the GPU be lapped at all?) and will I need to lap the blocks?
Oh, I am planning to overclock the **** out of everything, btw.
I am considering getting all this before the new rig and testing it with my current rig to get some practice (and avoid harakiri if I mess something up
EDIT: That place that is not heaven is censored lol?