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    Watercooling Advice

    Alright, first time I'm ever asking for advice. I rarely ask but I don't want to spend my money on crap water cooling components. Basically I'll just be cooling the CPU for now and these are the parts I've considered getting.

    This 5.25" Res
    Chilled PC - Watercooling made easy, Over 400 products in stock

    This CPU Block
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    This 2x120 Rad
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    I think the XSPC black res would look cool under my dvd drive on my soon to be Antec 1200.

    Tygon 1/2" tubing, I don't really know how long to get it.

    2L of Feser Acid Green Coolant (2L too much? Res + 2x120 Rad)

    I'm just undecided on the pump. I was thinking of getting a Laing DDC with an XSPC plexi top resevoir but for that price I can just buy a Laing D5 and save some money.

    Which would you guys advise?

    As for barbs I'm getting Danger Den 1/2" Fat Boy ones but I heard that their O-Rings squash out if you over tighten them. Does it really matter what brand of 1/2" barbs I get or does it affect performance?

    CPU's a Q6600 so I'm guessing if I use a low pump it won't cool it well. But if I'm wrong correct me

    Would I need a shroud or is it not needed. I was thinking of getting a 120 size rad for putting on the side panel of the case. Looky

    Or would it be better to get a 2x120 size rad and place it on the back here

    Cheers for any help on this.
    Last edited by moogle; 19-05-2008 at 05:24 PM.

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    Re: Watercooling Advice

    From watercooled pcs admin....
    'Laing DDC ultra with xspc top 18 watt
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    I'm doing the same as you just cooling the cpu for now, it comes out at about £165. Also you might want to look at the D-tech fusion v2, its the best cpu block.

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    Re: Watercooling Advice

    My advise: Leave the reservoir and get a T-piece instead.

    The problem with reservoirs is that they are EXTREMELY difficult to fully fill. I've persevered with mine for a while but its driving my nuts. You can never get all the air out of the system with any of the reservoir designs I have seen so far.

    Air in system = annoying noise.

    With UV reactive fluid and UV lights, a reservoir looks really really nice but you need to weigh the pros and cons up.

    Have you spoken to Marci at Over-Clock UK He is a very friendly and helpful guy who will talk to you about the best in WC kit, he does some very technical equipment testing as well if you check his site out. Might be worth talking to him before deciding.
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    Re: Watercooling Advice

    head over here WaterCooling Uk :: Index page and they will help you out.

    However I would propose this set-up.

    Laing DDC Pro/Swiftech MCP300 (more than enough for a CPU loop even if you add more blocks)
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    240 RAD (new feser RADS coming out may beat thermochill and have 'normal' fan spacing and g1/4" threads)
    Any RES (bay reservoirs are fine, ive never had probs with air - just circulate it out) I like these bay reservoirs but are slightly more expensive - Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK
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    Re: Watercooling Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by shaithis View Post
    My advise: Leave the reservoir and get a T-piece instead.

    The problem with reservoirs is that they are EXTREMELY difficult to fully fill. I've persevered with mine for a while but its driving my nuts. You can never get all the air out of the system with any of the reservoir designs I have seen so far.

    Air in system = annoying noise.

    With UV reactive fluid and UV lights, a reservoir looks really really nice but you need to weigh the pros and cons up.

    Have you spoken to Marci at Over-Clock UK He is a very friendly and helpful guy who will talk to you about the best in WC kit, he does some very technical equipment testing as well if you check his site out. Might be worth talking to him before deciding.




    Have you used the XSPC reservoirs? They feature 2 or 3 baffles inside which actually bleed your system in about 5 minutes. They really are great.

    To the OP - Have you thought about the swiftech radbox? these can attach any size radiator to a 120mm fan hole. I would advise at least 240 rad - you'll only end up replacing a 120mm rad in the end.
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    Re: Watercooling Advice

    Not entirely sure about the choice of a bay reservoir...how you are you going to get to the fill port once it's in the case?

    By my estimate that loop will have a volume of around 1.5L +-200ml, so you should be fine with 2L of coolant, although it's usually a good idea to have more handy, so maybe consider getting 3L.

    In regards to the pump, if you get a Laing D5 Vario you'll have the most powerful pump on the market, which will be handy if you want the option of upgrading later whilst maintaining performance. You'll also have the option to run it at slower speeds to reduce noise without necessarily impacting performance. I can't say for sure you'd see much difference in practice between the DDC and the D5 though since there's little flow rate vs performance data out there.

    Different brand barbs shouldn't have different performance if they have the same internal diameter, no. Pressure losses due to straight barbs are generally minimal anyway.

    Can't say if you'd get any benefit from using a radiator shroud, generally they aren't used because (I would assume) they're quite big - the Thermochill ones look like they double the depth of the radiators. A radiator on a side panel?.. That would be a royal pain in the rear to plumb in....

    Hope some of this helps

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    Re: Watercooling Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Main View Post
    Not entirely sure about the choice of a bay reservoir...how you are you going to get to the fill port once it's in the case?

    In regards to the pump, if you get a Laing D5 Vario you'll have the most powerful pump on the market, which will be handy if you want the option of upgrading later whilst maintaining performance. You'll also have the option to run it at slower speeds to reduce noise without necessarily impacting performance. I can't say for sure you'd see much difference in practice between the DDC and the D5 though since there's little flow rate vs performance data out there.

    Different brand barbs shouldn't have different performance if they have the same internal diameter, no. Pressure losses due to straight barbs are generally minimal anyway.

    Can't say if you'd get any benefit from using a radiator shroud, generally they aren't used because (I would assume) they're quite big - the Thermochill ones look like they double the depth of the radiators. A radiator on a side panel?.. That would be a royal pain in the rear to plumb in....

    Hope some of this helps
    Well the fill port is near the rear side of the reservoir, I had in mind of removing the CD drive and with the spare tubing I have left over, slip it in there and fill it through that tube. If I get the XSPC DDC top Res I can fill it from there.

    I was thinking of whether to get the Vario or a DDC, a Vario for CPU cooling would be overkill wouldn't it? I would probably hand over the DDC to another system in the house if I did make the switch though. On the Antec 1200 the water cooling holes are at the bottom and usually they are near the top so the rad can hang off the back but I won't be able to do that with this case. I was thinking of just using the shroud to keep it mounted.

    Thanks for that advice, I guess no rad on the side panel then, I hadn't realized that yet

    Quote Originally Posted by welshtom View Post
    Have you used the XSPC reservoirs? They feature 2 or 3 baffles inside which actually bleed your system in about 5 minutes. They really are great.

    To the OP - Have you thought about the swiftech radbox? these can attach any size radiator to a 120mm fan hole. I would advise at least 240 rad - you'll only end up replacing a 120mm rad in the end.
    If you need any advice - you can contact me through the shop (chilledpc)
    Yep I seen the swiftech radbox, but I was looking for one thats 2x120 size. Can the Swiftech Radbox hold a 2x size rad? (2x120)

    I was thinking of getting a T-Line but I was thinking if theres more coolant in the system doesn't that mean it takes longer for it to heat up by 1C?

    Thanks for the help guys, ackrite and shaithis I'm reading up on those links. Cheers.

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    Re: Watercooling Advice

    Moogle, what are you using the reservoir for? If you end up getting the DDC Ultra (very good pump that's more than enough for single block loops) the XSPC reservoir and top are excellent and will bleed the system very well. If it fits in your system the top fill port will be easily accessible too. If you just want the bay reservoir for bling then that's another story .

    As someone else said the D-Tek Fusion V2 is the best CPU block at the moment but good luck getting one! Last time I checked ChilledPC welshtom didn't have any ETA on more stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbait View Post
    Moogle, what are you using the reservoir for? If you end up getting the DDC Ultra (very good pump that's more than enough for single block loops) the XSPC reservoir and top are excellent and will bleed the system very well. If it fits in your system the top fill port will be easily accessible too. If you just want the bay reservoir for bling then that's another story .

    As someone else said the D-Tek Fusion V2 is the best CPU block at the moment but good luck getting one! Last time I checked ChilledPC welshtom didn't have any ETA on more stock.


    I want the top bay for a bit of bling but also I'm keeping it in basket as I'll be adding more components to the loop over the year.I can't decide between Laing D5 Vario or Laing DDC with the Plexi Top Resevoir. The DDC costs more but pushes less per hour. Plus the Antec 1200 isn't exactly wide so I'm still choosing and switching parts.

    Like you said the Fuzion is out of stock everywhere. I wanted the XSPC Edge because it's a clear block so you can see the liquid inside. I know it's silly. But I really would prefer that. Also the fuzion is a bit more restrictive than the xspc edge, would the ddc be able to cope with it? The only other acrylic block is the ek supreme one. Which ones the best I have no idea.

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    Re: Watercooling Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by moogle View Post
    Like you said the Fuzion is out of stock everywhere. I wanted the XSPC Edge because it's a clear block so you can see the liquid inside. I know it's silly. But I really would prefer that. Also the fuzion is a bit more restrictive than the xspc edge, would the ddc be able to cope with it? The only other acrylic block is the ek supreme one. Which ones the best I have no idea.
    I understand the preference for a clear top, that's a must for me as well which is why I never moved to the Fuzion. I like to see my fluid flowing! Well, you can't really but still like to see it .

    The DDC Ultra does quite well with restrictive blocks. I use the Cuplex Di which is very restrictive and it runs fine. Martin's Liquid Lab tested the Cuplex on par or pretty close to the Fuzion V1. I think it's a good looking top but your tastes might be different.

    My loop is even more restrictive since I've added unnecessary bling in the the form of an inline temperature sensor and flow rate meter. However, the flow is still high enough to cause turbulence if the wrong top is used (covered in other posts). If it fits, get the D5. I only use 10mm tubing so getting fittings for the D5 was too much hassle for a lazy slob like me.

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    Re: Watercooling Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Bugbait View Post
    I understand the preference for a clear top, that's a must for me as well which is why I never moved to the Fuzion. I like to see my fluid flowing! Well, you can't really but still like to see it .

    The DDC Ultra does quite well with restrictive blocks. I use the Cuplex Di which is very restrictive and it runs fine. Martin's Liquid Lab tested the Cuplex on par or pretty close to the Fuzion V1. I think it's a good looking top but your tastes might be different.

    My loop is even more restrictive since I've added unnecessary bling in the the form of an inline temperature sensor and flow rate meter. However, the flow is still high enough to cause turbulence if the wrong top is used (covered in other posts). If it fits, get the D5. I only use 10mm tubing so getting fittings for the D5 was too much hassle for a lazy slob like me.
    Yea I'd just like to see it there
    It'd help though if the pump stopped and I'd see the water start boiling

    The D5 would fit, it's just I'm still stuck on choosing. I'm glad that most of the parts I chose or thought of choosing were recommended. Just got to wait for the case to arrive now...

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    Re: Watercooling Advice

    Stuck between this
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    Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK

    The one from Scan has more depth (surface area) and has more specifications on. Which one is better the one from scan or the XSPC RS240.

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    Re: Watercooling Advice

    i'd go with the scan one personally, mainly because i trust alphacool more than other companys (no idea why :S)

    but when i was looking into watercooling i was looking at an alphcool radiator becuase it had really good reviews over on bit-tech (/hides from bannage ) but in the end i couldn't justify what would probably be a 3-9c temps lowering for £200+ even if it is silent... so i opted for a TRUE and 2 fans in push pull alignment (although they havnt turned up yet so i can't really comment on whether that was actually a better choice or not)
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    good good thats made me happy with my choice
    I know the RS240 has the least pressure drop which is great, I hope the Alphacool isn't too restrictive but it's good to have second opinions. I've cut mine to £190 right now, yea it's alot but I'm giving my TRU120 to my Dad. I'm planning to keep this PC for a while now and I want it to be wicked

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    Re: Watercooling Advice

    The Xspc Rads have started to get a good rep, here's one review - theres more if you google - (the new Xspc Cpu block is getting good reviews also) -
    XtremeComputing - #1 For Hardware News And Reviews
    I've bought lots of stuff from Tom at Chilled Pc and have to say great customer support and advice too.
    My own experience of bayres 5.25" reservoirs is they are really easy to set up and good for bleeding air but for me make a little too much noise in use.
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    Re: Watercooling Advice

    Just in case you haven't come across it yet you may want to have a gander at this site,

    Martin's Liquid Lab

    Good testing methodology for pressure drop and lately thermal performance of CPU blocks.

    The flow rate estimator is useful as well, definitely worth a fiddle if your are serious about water cooling will show you (in relation to pumps) that it is the curve that is important not the max pressure head/max flow rate figures.

    If you go for the DDC pump then the XSPC top is the best on the market (well just behind the XSPC res top which you don't need if you are getting a bay res).

    Personally I would be buying the following kit,

    Laing DDC 3.2
    XSPC DDC top (or res top)
    XSPC Edge or D-tek Fuzion v2
    Rad of your choice Thermochill PA120.2 if your feeling flush
    1/2" barbs
    7/16" tubing (easier routing and a better seal on the barbs)
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