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    Ok i am again looking at getting some water cooling =)

    what do you guys think of the Thermaltake Aquarius III? It sounds great being external and all - but its £140 and only cools the cpu...so i'm not sure.

    i've been looking at some of the asetek kits aswell but i've heard mixed reviews..

    i need some advice on what the best kits are really, quiet is key here, along with reasonable performance. I only really need to cool my athlon 2800+ but a northbridge block or one for my 9800pro wouldnt go amiss =)

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    The Aquarius series are mainly for show and cheapness, there not really for cooling more than one thing as there not very powerful.

    The Astec is ment to be very good. I know someone from another forum whos cools a 3.06Ghz P4 and FX5900U with on problems.

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    I use an Asetek kit, cpu, gfx and chipset cooling blocks. It works well, and everything needed comes included along with good instructions.

    I got this as I was new to watercooling, and whilst I could definately have put together a better performing, quieter (maybe) set from individual components, I wanted the ease and convenience of the Asetek kit.

    The 120mm fan can be run at either 12 or 7 volts, and with it running at 7 the noise is reduced. As is the cooling effectiveness. A little bit anyway.

    I am certainly happy with my setup, it does it's job, it's quieter than before, plus I had great fun fitting it all. Almost worth the money just for the thrill of firing it up the first time whilst cringing and expecting an explosion

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    The koolance Exos is very good. I have the black model and it cools my barton 1.85v 2.5ghz at 32C. It costs £170 and you also need the cpu waterblock which is £36. Its the best external watercooling unit. Its also very quiet on the silent mode. The high performance mode hardly changes the temperature and makes it much louder.

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    I see no reson to get a water cooling kit. They dont work out cheaper overall, the performance is poor, and they would seem to be niosy. Ive never used one....
    Id say stick with air cooling, thermalright's best heatsink would beat *ALL* kits available atm. I agree about these kits being for show more than anything else.
    www.procooling.com has a very good forum and has everything to do with watercooling there, worth a read...

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    cheers for the advice so far - |SilentDeath| air cooling can't reach the same levels of cooling without lots of noise - i agree that thermalright's best heatsink could beat most watercooling kits but i want a quiet system that also looks good

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    Pikey, I guess you had to do some major modding/hacking/drilling/sawing to fit the Asetek kit? That seems to be the biggest drawback to internal water cooling... but that's probably 'cos I maybe just can't be ars@d! Also decent cases don't come cheap so a mistake would be costly...

    I've been looking at external kits - Corsair have revamped the Hydrocool, now 200 EX and it got a stonking review in Custom PC mag and various websites.

    TDK, where'd you get your Koolance Exos then? Only place I can find the things in the UK is extremecooling.co.uk. Plus Koolance have new blocks coming out soon which don't seem to have hit the UK yet...

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    tekheads have the exos

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    I bought mine second hand with the 200g gold heatsink and an xice 9800 waterblock

    As far as I know tekheads are the only shop in the uk the sell the koolance exos. Tekheads and extreme cooling are the same company, just if you order from extreme cooling you get free p&P.

    I havent heard about the new corsair hydrocool yet it seems interesting if its much better than the old model, I thought the old one was a bit rubbish compared to the exos

    The 200g koolance waterblock is very good and I cant imagine the new one knocking off anything more than 1C

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    yeah i just found out that th and ec are the same :/ shame i cant order from them cos they will only ship to cardholders address, i'm @ uni atm so on the other side of the country; i really hate companies like that

    i'm still lookin for a different re-seller atm

    or a seller of the Corsair HydroCool 200 EX, its also getting rave reviews
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spud1
    cheers for the advice so far - |SilentDeath| air cooling can't reach the same levels of cooling without lots of noise - i agree that thermalright's best heatsink could beat most watercooling kits but i want a quiet system that also looks good
    Do some research and you will relise your mostly wrong. With watercooling you are effectivly just moving the heat. There is a slight difference because the quantity of water you use. If you air cool the water with a normal rad + fans then your going to need about the same noise, if its many fans or just one single loud fan. Watercooling isnt efficient either, as the pump gets cooled by the water too, overall a air cooled w/c is worse than just air.

    w/c is a lot better if you have some way to chill the water, for example cooling towers or putting the rad outside or if you dont mind lots of loud fans...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TDK
    I bought mine second hand with the 200g gold heatsink and an xice 9800 waterblock

    As far as I know tekheads are the only shop in the uk the sell the koolance exos. Tekheads and extreme cooling are the same company, just if you order from extreme cooling you get free p&P.

    I havent heard about the new corsair hydrocool yet it seems interesting if its much better than the old model, I thought the old one was a bit rubbish compared to the exos

    The 200g koolance waterblock is very good and I cant imagine the new one knocking off anything more than 1C
    this waterblock?

    lol. My home made waterblock would beat that! and i dont mean my good homemade waterblock either, I mean my worst one!

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    well ive found a guy whos selling a custom made external kit (built from various danger den bits) so now ijust have to hope he takes my offer

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    Quote Originally Posted by shredisn@tdead
    Pikey, I guess you had to do some major modding/hacking/drilling/sawing to fit the Asetek kit? That seems to be the biggest drawback to internal water cooling... but that's probably 'cos I maybe just can't be ars@d! Also decent cases don't come cheap so a mistake would be costly...
    Yes, you're right. Maybe I should have been a bit clearer, but I meant I had all the bits in one box, thus ensuring I didn't get halfway through the job before realising I was missing component X without which I couldn't finish.

    I dare say external kits are far simpler. Good luck Spud1

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    And another thing... how much does water cooling improve your OC by then?
    Should I not expect much of an OC improvement and just focus on the quietness & lower temps? 8-)

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