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    Recommend me a Watercooling setup please?

    Hi guys,

    I have an Antec P182 Case, and the GFX card fan is driving me crazy, my case also attracts dust like there's no tomorrow so I'd like to cool the following:

    Intel E6750 (Socket 775)
    nVidia 8800GT

    I have a Corsair HX series modular PSU, and an Asus P5Q motherboard.

    Would I be able to go fanless with just those two components cooled, or do I need to cool the Northbridge as well?

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    Re: Recommend me a Watercooling setup please?

    Why not just get decent coolers and filters.

    The arctic cooling accelero with a 120mm fan attached is big but silent. £20 for it +fan, and a decent cooler like a xigmatec tower. End of the day the rads will still attract dust so if it's just the noise that is your main concern just do the air cooling differently/better. My opinion of course.

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    Re: Recommend me a Watercooling setup please?

    I think considering your specifications it would be more efficent for you to upgrade your system to i7 then to put 2 or 3 loops into it. You can get far better performance on an Air Cooled i7. And it will likely cost you much the same if you get an entry level mainboard. And you could upgrade to a 4890 and place a non-stock cooler on. Some of those are getting really efficent these days!

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    Re: Recommend me a Watercooling setup please?

    Ok, that might be an idea, I have maybe £200 to play with on a decent set up.

    I've been looking at the Zalman Reserator, very nice looking unit!

    My main issue is the noise yeah, I'd like to cool and quiten my GPU and get a better CPU Cooler.

    I currently have a http://techgage.com/article/zalman_9700led_cpu_cooler/ which isn't too good (Crap temps!)
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    Re: Recommend me a Watercooling setup please?

    Quote Originally Posted by nightkhaos View Post
    I think considering your specifications it would be more efficent for you to upgrade your system to i7 then to put 2 or 3 loops into it. You can get far better performance on an Air Cooled i7. And it will likely cost you much the same if you get an entry level mainboard. And you could upgrade to a 4890 and place a non-stock cooler on. Some of those are getting really efficent these days!
    So I should try an i7 motherboard and better air cooling?
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    Re: Recommend me a Watercooling setup please?

    Yeah the zalmans are design over function.

    These are brilliant
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Xigma...uad-Core-Ready

    And the arctic cooling accelero is a silent pc review favourite for your graphics card. Can do both for £50 and saves you the bother of watercooling.

    My P182's get scythe ninjas (or ninja II's now). Due to their shape and size you can essentially use the case fans to cool it. But it comes with a silent fan anyway.

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    Re: Recommend me a Watercooling setup please?

    Shame, because the reserator kit is stunning!

    The 9700 got good reviews, but it's ****e...

    I'm thinking of replacing the 3 case fans with 3 Noctua NF-P12's, or is that over kill?

    Currently in the P182 there's a top fan, rear fan (extracting from CPU heat sink) and a lower 120mm fan cooling the hard drive bay and PSU, I'm not sure if the bottom fan is needed...
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    Re: Recommend me a Watercooling setup please?

    Quote Originally Posted by th0r0n View Post
    So I should try an i7 motherboard and better air cooling?
    It is personal perferance. My opionion is that you can get far better performance with an i7, a 4890 and non-stock cooling. I recommend the following aftermarket cooler systems:

    Akasa Vortexx NEO VGA Cooler

    Prolimatech Megahalems <-- Only purchasable currently at OCUK.

    That combined with an entry level X58, a 920 D0 and some DDR3 RAM and a 4890 will likely set up back up to around £500 depending on your perferances. By contrast a good watercooling loop will likely set you back around £250, and for decent performance you will want 2, one for the CPU and one for the GPU.

    Not to mention that upgrading will future proof you system increasing the usable life of your components.

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    Re: Recommend me a Watercooling setup please?

    The P182 fans are as good as they get before you have to get something like noctua to go quieter. I would change them after you have everything inside as quiet as you want it because I can barely hear the tri-cools in my silent setups.

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    Re: Recommend me a Watercooling setup please?

    Don't upgrade your computer just to make your fans run quieter! There's absolutely no point swapping your existing machine for an i7 build if you're happy with the performance. Just invest in some decent cooling for the CPU and GPU, and some filters to keep the dust out

    &#163;200 is the absolute minimum you could spend to get half-decent water cooling, and don't forget that most water-cooling system will still require fans to work effectively...

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    Re: Recommend me a Watercooling setup please?

    Ok, I'll just upgrade the GFX Cooler for now I think!

    Options:

    GFX: Artic Cooling Accelero / Themalright HR-03 / Zalman VF1000
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    Quote Originally Posted by scaryjim View Post
    Don't upgrade your computer just to make your fans run quieter! There's absolutely no point swapping your existing machine for an i7 build if you're happy with the performance. Just invest in some decent cooling for the CPU and GPU, and some filters to keep the dust out

    &#163;200 is the absolute minimum you could spend to get half-decent water cooling, and don't forget that most water-cooling system will still require fans to work effectively...
    We almost got him to spend &#163;500 on a new system, and you had to ruin it with your pargmatism!

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    Re: Recommend me a Watercooling setup please?

    Haha, I'm not really in need of an upgrade, although I have a question on hard drives I need to post somewhere... (Got bad clusters on my Samsung Spin****e...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by th0r0n View Post
    Haha, I'm not really in need of an upgrade, although I have a question on hard drives I need to post somewhere... (Got bad clusters on my Samsung Spin****e...)
    It's all good dude.

    Just remember that CPU cooler I gave you linkage too. It is, in my opionion, the best air cooling heat sink in production. Slap on some Noctua P12s and you can easily get an i7 920 D0 up to 4.0GHz.

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    Cool, I'll get that sorted soon then

    Now I need to decide whether to get a 1.5 TB Drive for Data, and a fast drive for OS/Games...

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    Re: Recommend me a Watercooling setup please?

    +1 for the Neo vortexx cooler. I replaced my stock 4850 cooler with one and it was almost totally silent under pressure and dropped 20 degrees of the temp of idle and full throttle

    If you fancy replacing the northbridge cooler I have just fitted a hr05-ifx from thermalright
    http://www.thermalright.com/new_a_pa...et_cooler.html

    On a storming hot nforce 4 ultra chip and passively it works wonders.

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