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    Thinking of watercooling

    Thinking of watercooling but not to sure where to begin.

    When i've done some searching online but most guide seem to be out of date if the basic information is still there.

    When i really want to watercool my pc to make my it near silent. (Will be the pc that is in my spec to the left)

    When roughly i much would it cost for a decent set up and where about do you position your radiator.
    The radiator bit is confusing me as it seems that all you do is move the fans from the cpu heatsink and gpu to the radiator.

    Sorry if this is all a little bit badly worded and put together but any help would be much appreciated.

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    Re: Thinking of watercooling

    to watercool the whole PC it won't get much quieter... for just the CPU you probably need a dual rad which is - you guessed it - 2 120mm fans. Add to that the GPU fan and it's still quite noisy. For the GPU as well I would go for a triple 120mm fan which, if you overclock nothing then maybe it could end up quieter but in reality you won't fit a 360mm rad in your case I think. It's worth doing but pumps + PSU + 3 120mm fans isn't near silent by any means.
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    Re: Thinking of watercooling

    Quote Originally Posted by nibbler View Post
    to watercool the whole PC it won't get much quieter... for just the CPU you probably need a dual rad which is - you guessed it - 2 120mm fans. Add to that the GPU fan and it's still quite noisy. For the GPU as well I would go for a triple 120mm fan which, if you overclock nothing then maybe it could end up quieter but in reality you won't fit a 360mm rad in your case I think. It's worth doing but pumps + PSU + 3 120mm fans isn't near silent by any means.
    That what i was thinking but i thought you watercooled either for better overclock (or keeping it cooler) or to make the pc quieter.

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    Re: Thinking of watercooling

    Depends on the definition of near silent, ultimately you;ll still have the sound of the fans attached to the radiator and if that is too much for you then going this route may prove disappointing.

    A decent setup requires a reasonable investment in cost and time.

    I would estimate that a Radiator (3x120), Pump, CPU block, GPU block plus tubing and other miscellaneous bits will come to ~£250.

    The radiator can go any where, somewhere it gets fresh air will provide better performance.

    An easy way to understand it is that watercooling is not really different to central heating. Water passes through the radiator to dissipate heat, your heat sources being CPU and GPU. The fans provide active air flow to aid heat dissipation.

    It doesn't really matter that the guides you've seen are old as the fundamentals of watercooling haven't changed. There maybe newer and better parts out there nowadays, but the mechanics of how you do it remain unchanged.

    I would seriously advise you to do more research before jumping in as the consequences of getting it wrong are severe, I've seen my fair share of disaster stories over the years.

    Good luck if you decide to take the plunge.

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    Re: Thinking of watercooling

    There is nothing to update guide-wise really, new parts come along, but they all use the same fittings (more or less)

    Price-wise >£200 or there's no point even bothering.. Unfortunate, but one thing that alot of people try and do on the cheap and fail miserably. If you're doing something, do it properly

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    As you've seen here: http://forums.hexus.net/hexus-hardwa...ooled-log.html

    You can save money on a few of the bits to bring it down to around £220 ish

    Silence wise, splash out on some P12s (yes... it is painful...) and a fan controller (yes really...)

    Combine the two, and you have silence when you want it, and a mild hum if you need it (mine sits 100% day in day out silently [apart from the HDD farm...])

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    This may be of use for you: http://www.overclockerstech.com/wate...for-beginners/

    And it think Clunky munky has just started a WC beginner guide , so it may be worthwhile having a shufty at his abode
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    Re: Thinking of watercooling

    He should be able to use a 120.2 and a 120.1 rad

    Res > pump > cpu > 120.1 > gpu > 120.2 > res
    Or even fit a 2nd 120.1 rad on the handy vent on the floor of the cm690

    Having a tempture probe in the loop and a fan controller which will automatically adjust the fan speed based on temp would be good for getting the noise down.

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    Re: Thinking of watercooling

    as others have said, its good but you need to invest money in it .

    Sorry to derail your thread a touch but wondering how you lot have mounted your rads? i have an rx 360 and will need to mount it outside the case, was thinking just have it on the top of the case on its side and use something to keep it on there .
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    Re: Thinking of watercooling

    Quote Originally Posted by Hicks12 View Post
    as others have said, its good but you need to invest money in it .

    Sorry to derail your thread a touch but wondering how you lot have mounted your rads? i have an rx 360 and will need to mount it outside the case, was thinking just have it on the top of the case on its side and use something to keep it on there .
    chilled pc made me some stand off brackets for £1 each to hold my 140.3 rad off the back of the case.

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    Re: Thinking of watercooling

    You could always try to get everything second hand. I've bought pretty much all my kit (plus an extra 8800GTX and waterblock, thanks to Gonz ) off here, and although I've probably spent more than £200 already I've got CPU, 2x GPU and Chipset blocks, a 120.3 rad, pump and a graphics card for that, so more than your average water kit. Of course, I still need to add 3 fans and the fittings and tubes...

    But you can definitely save a lot of money hunting for decent 2nd hand components.

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    Re: Thinking of watercooling

    As mentioned, Clunk does an excellent Water Cooling Guide For Beginners, at http://www.clunk.org.uk/reviews/wate...beginners.html, well worth a read.

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    Re: Thinking of watercooling

    Thanks guys.

    What i think I'll do is probably invest in fan controller and see what components are making a noise before i look further into water cooling.

    It all seems to be alot of work and money for what could amount to little improvement in noise.

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    Re: Thinking of watercooling

    mines nearly silent with the koolance controller card running the pump and fans

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