So over the Summer, I'll be upgrading my current rig.
NZXT Tempest EVGA 750i FTW QX9650 TRUE 4GB OCZ Reaper DDR2 nVidia 6600 (was a GTX 280)
I'm looking to upgrade to a full watercooling setup. My goal is to have my CPU, GPU, and motherboard northbridge, southbridge and MOSFETs under water.
I'm planning to work in Canada over the Summer, so that'll mean I'll have Newegg.ca and other US/Canada sites open to me to order parts from. Thing is, I'm Irish, the the only one I really know of is Newegg. Suggestions of other good sites would be a great help.
I've got a few things chosen already. My new case - my Tempest is falling apart - will be the ATCS 840 from Cooler Master, and I'll be using a Thermochill PA120.3 as my radiator. I'll also of course be getting a new video card. As I'm waiting until the Summer anyway, it'll probably be the best single GPU card out at that time.
I'm looking for recommendations on, possibly, a new motherboard, as the 750i, as far as I can tell, isn't a great watercooler. The southbridge block ends up blocking video cards (is this still the case if the video cards are watercooled as well I wonder...) I was looking at the Asus Striker II NSE, but I've heard a lot of bad things about instability with that board. The EVGA 790i mabye? (Yes, I know it's DDR3, but buying new RAM doesn't really bother me).
Questions, comments, suggestions?
Wait until summer and then look again. AMD will release their 6-core processors, nVidia will have their 3xx series released, and hopefully the RAM will be cheaper at the time. Lots of things happen in 6 months.
For board, see if you can find a Rampage Extreme, P5Q-E, P5Q-Deluxe, or UD4R. Anything using an nvidia chipset is going to be a bad idea considering how poorly they overclock and how hot they run in comparison to intel chipsets. For stores to look for watercooling stuff, look at jab-tech, petrastechshop, svc, ncix (not so much). Most US stores will ship to canada for a little more(esp. jab-tech and petras).
Thanks for those sites. If you were to recommend an nVidia chipset board, any idea on what would be the easiest to water cool? I'm planning to run multi-GPU at some point - whether SLI or CF I don't know - so it'd be nice to have an option either way.
Well, if thats the case you might want to pick up a P55 setup then. IMO its the way to go since you can most likely still get around $400USD for your QX chip which should cover any upgrade you end up doing.
FYI, intel chipsets can be cracked to allow for SLI on P45/X48 boards. But if you absolutely MUST run an nvidia chipset based board... I would go for a striker, maybe. Really though I'd say go for P45/X48/P55 since anything else is going to be too much trouble finding blocks. Not many companies made (good) blocks for nvidia-based stuff so your options will be quite limited. Not to mention that finding an nvidia 775-based board at the moment in time would be pretty hard (finding blocks would be a PITA too). IMO your bet bet would get some high-end air like thermalright stuff for the NB and mosfets/ enzotech low-profile for the SB.
I'll look into the X48 crack. I would love to go P55, but I spent the equivilent of around 1200USD for my processor - crazy prices - so I want to get some use out of it.
The reason I'm wanting to watercool everything is for silence, so getting high end air coolers isn't really an option.
I've had a look at a few blocks... Do EK make good stuff? I think they're the ones that make blocks for EVGA's Black Pearl boards.
Well, either way you're going to have to use some fans and a thermalright setup would be your best bet. Just slap a dead-silent 60mm fan on there and you're good to go.Thermalright HR-05 IFX SLI Something like that should be fine for your NB. These for your mosfets Thermalright HR-09S Mosfet Heatsink And one of these for your SB Enzotech - Low profile Chipset block -SLF-1
And yes, EK makes great blocks.
btw, what fans are you thinking of getting for your rad?
Interesting, interesting... I think I'm still leaning towards water though. I've found nice EK blocks for 750 boards, as well as 790 ones.
As to fans, I'm not sure, possibly NF-P12s. I'm looking for something around the 15dBA mark.
15dba isn't really a REAL number since most fans are rated to the lowest possible amount of noise when lowered to 5v, not their "actual" speed. I'd go for some yate loon L fans and hook them up to a fan controller. Anything less and you wont get decent temps. Remember, water isn't magic. Its just a more-efficient way of taking the heat away. You still need to get rid of the heat thats going to come from the rad.
Yup, I know. I won't be needing amazing temps. In all honesty, if all the watercooling did was keep everything at the same temps the stock coolers did, I'd be happy. Of course I'd like good cooling, but hey. I'll be noise damping the case, and I'll half half the fans I do now, and they'll be quieter, so.