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    Watercooling

    As part of my new rig I plan on building (once certain components came back to RRP) I wondered about water cooling, I found some basic advice, like not mixing metals and not using fancy fluids, sticking to distilled water and anti-algea.

    But I have no idea where to start on components. Or whether there's any good kits out there that could allow me to keep a cool and quiet system that could be pushed or overclocked when needed.

    I'm looking into a setup with a GPU Block for an 8800GT and CPU Block for Intel Duo/Quad. My case is an Antec 900, so it has the holes for piping out for the radiator.

    But as far as selecting components and general shopping list, I'm a little lost. I'm a general newbie in this area, so help me out =)

    As a side note, I see a bigger case for Water cooling, after my last 2 graphics cards had fans fail/get noisy after a couple of years.
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    Re: Watercooling

    you are better off building a kit yourself buy avery good pump as a cheap one will be noisy a good rad as well

    d-tek and dangerden are good and everyone on here raves about thermochill pa120 radiators


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    Re: Watercooling

    I've seen those radiators before, interesting. I have to ask, but where on earth do you get distilled water from?
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    Re: Watercooling

    Distilled water is available from most garage shops as its commonly used in cars, so somewhere like Halfords.
    If you google around there are plenty of reviews on the various kits you can buy like Swiftech and Alphacool.

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    Re: Watercooling

    isnt distilled water still bad? dont quote me on this but i seem to remember it ionises if it hits electrical components

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    Dont cheap out on the actual liquid as that will just kill you, if it leaks and hits your parts then thats a big bill to pay.

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    Really aslong as you are not using ordinary water you should be fine, double check though.

    IMO, water cooling is only worth it if your an extreme overclocker or, got the money , if you have the money just get some phase change systems, works better. My mate keeps his cpu down to 0C and at idle he gets -2C, good ay xD

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    Re: Watercooling

    From what I've heard, ionising only happens when you mix metals, like copper and aluminium, and I'm inclined to agree (who remembers playing with ionised copper and aluminium in science GCSE?)

    I'll have to find hat guide, it basically said to try and avoid the fancy liquids as they don't have the best thermal conductivity

    Found it:
    5. Coolant
    A rather short section. The only coolant I recommend is distilled water. It has the best cooling properties short of exotic fluids created by 3m (cost upwards of 1000 dollars to fill your system), has relatively low conductivity compared to regular tap water, and is cheap. There is NO need for all of those so-called non-conductive fluids as NONE of them actually are non-conductive. They have moderately higher resistance than distilled water, but will still damage sensitive electronics.
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    Re: Watercooling

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    isnt distilled water still bad? dont quote me on this but i seem to remember it ionises if it hits electrical components
    Its only bad if it leaks and gets on your powered up pc. I use Danger Den kit anf a Thermalchill HE120.3 and they are superb together. I use deionised water from halfords for 3 quid for 5 litres.

    If you look second hand you might be able to save yourself some momey because water cooling is very expensive compared to air cooling. \Otherwise look for a complete kit as that will give you everything you need and save you (some) money.
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    Re: Watercooling

    yeh i know it happens with copper and aluminium but still... if it leaks it can damage components even when they are not on. But dfour you have a good point and deionised water is good (forgot they did that >.<, havent checked into water cooling for about a year).

    Your own choice but tbh air is just as good, you get wat you pay for in this area.

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    Re: Watercooling

    For really hot items you cant beat water cooling. I had a X800XT and under air it hit over 60 degrees but under water it wouldnt get above 40 degrees at 100&#37; load.

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    Re: Watercooling

    yeh thats good temps, but graphics cards tend to run hot anyways, my 8800GTS hits 77C at load(crysis all on high 1600x1050, after awhile) but then it has 10years warranty so heat doesnt matter to me much .

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