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    Zalman Reserator - X2 4400+ & 7800 GTX???

    Hi All,
    I have the above, and am considering a 2nd 7800 GTX - well in a few months anyway :-). Does anyone have a similar setup with the Zalman Reserator? Can it cope?

    I really want something to help me run silent, as it gets REALLY noisy when it's under load even though I have a silent power supply. I guess it's mostly the stock CPU cooler.

    Oh yeah, it has to fit in or outside of an Antec P180 case.

    Anyone have any ideas? I don't want to have to build something from scratch, I'd prefer to buy a complete system.

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    Have to admit I have no experience of the Reserator at all, but have read maybe over 100 reviews on watercooling systems to see which one I should settle on myself, and from memory the general consensus is that the Reserator is good for maybe a 3.2Ghz P4 at stock speeds only.

    Yes the 3.2GHz P4 chips produces phenominal amounts of heat but the Reserator in tests can cope with it, just. None of the tests attempted to add a waterblock for a graphics card, let alone a 7800GTX. I know mine get's to over 90 degrees C, so in my opinion it wouldn't cope with it, especially if you SLI it with another 7800GTX.

    Remember it's silent because it's passive and whilst it's a marvel for those systems it's designed to support, I would, in my own opinion, suggest you got a triple 120mm radiator with silent 120mm fans. Run them at 7 volts and you probably won't hear them at all.

    I am going for twin 120mm radiators and I don't intend to add a second 7800GTX, although I most definitely do want to add a Northbridge waterblock to get rid of the whiney 5,000RPM 40mm fan that's on it at the moment.
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    what is making the noise? if its the 7800gt stick a zalman vf700 or an arctic cooler nv5 rev 3 on it

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    Hey,
    icq3800846 what setup are you going for? I see you have the Aquagate listed in your sig. What model number?

    Cheers...

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