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Agent_0range

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#1 12 years ago

I recently saw a Volt mod technique for a 7900GT which can be achieved by using only a conductive pen. I decided that if I did buy a 7900 and do this then I would definitely need a water-cooling kit for both my CPU and GPU to keep it cool while heavily overclocked during the long summer months. I am fairly sure that the Swiftech H20 Apex Ultra, or a Waterchill Power kit would suit my needs. However I have a few general questions about the use of watercooling kits in computers.

For many years I have been a firm believer in air cooling which is cheap and effective for moderate overclocks, I have always managed to get a respectable overclock on my CPU out of high end aftermarket Heatsinks, but the warm air still remains inside the case and my components do get uncomfortable during the Summer. There aren’t too many VGA cooling solutions that will be a great deal more effective than the stock cooling. Arctic Silencers, I have noticed from my experience with them in the past, only cool about 5-6 degrees lower than the stock coolers. My main focus on buying myself a water-cooling kit is to reduce the overall noise and temperature of my computer. It isn’t offensively loud at the moment (in fact it is quite tolerable) but I would love a very quiet and heavily overclocked setup which only a water-cooling kit seems to be able to deliver.

Ok I’ve waffled on a bit there, so returning to my main concerns about water-cooling kits:

- Does the system need to be drained if the computer needs to be moved i.e to another room or to a LAN event? - Are leaks frequent in high end kits? - Do anti-algae or anti-corrosion additives need to be put in regularly? - Does the water need to be replaced after a certain period of time? - Does a water-cooling kit make future upgrades awkward?

Please bear in mind that I live in the UK and it is quite hard to get parts, but www.coolercases.co.uk seems to be pretty well stocked with some specialist parts. I have a Thermaltake Armour, so a large amount of room is available in my case. I’m on the brink of being converted but these few questions seem to bite at me every time I look at them.

Any recommendations of other kits are very welcome.




KoЯsakoff

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#2 12 years ago
Agent_0range- Does the system need to be drained if the computer needs to be moved i.e to another room or to a LAN event?

It is recommended by many companies. (I've never took the trouble of doing so, but it requires 2 people then to move the whole thing, I've got a Zalman Reserator)

- Are leaks frequent in high end kits?

If you mount it your own and you are confidend that you are a handy man, there is little riks then.

- Do anti-algae or anti-corrosion additives need to be put in regularly?

No, just distilled water will do.

- Does the water need to be replaced after a certain period of time?

I recommend it myself. I change it once every 2 months. (distilled water is not THAT expensive you know)

- Does a water-cooling kit make future upgrades awkward? Please bear in mind that I live in the UK and it is quite hard to get parts, but www.coolercases.co.uk seems to be pretty well stocked with some specialist parts. I have a Thermaltake Armour, so a large amount of room is available in my case. I’m on the brink of being converted but these few questions seem to bite at me every time I look at them.

Well replacing them can be tricky and annoying, but not impossible.

Any recommendations of other kits are very welcome.

Zalman Reserator :nodding:

If you want some pics you can send me a PM.




C38368

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#3 12 years ago

In order:

- As a rule, no. Weigh the risks, especially if you have external kit. - Just as frequent as with cheap kits if you don't pay attention during installation. - On the first: yes, whenever you refill. It can be a fungicide, antifreeze, or even just soap or bleach. Do some research into the various options first. Use all brass hardware (and I do mean all) and corrosion won't be an issue. Only a rank newb will allow aluminum into their loop. - No, but it does need to be replenished, and some favour flushing the system periodically. - Typically, yes.

Watercooling is also not necessary for what you're planning.




deathwarder

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#4 12 years ago

go with the thermaltake big typhoon, I have just ordered one and it is essentially the performance of a low end water cooling system, with the same quiet, without the hassle, but if you must go with watercooling, be careful