posted on Feb, 26 2016 @ 03:19 AM
a reply to: Slanter
Im not using that setup any more, while it was fun the i7 chips run so cool that a decent aftermarket heatpipe fan is enough to keep it cool and not
noisy - also my GFX card has a very large full length heatpipe assisted radiator and two big fans - so just no need to OC.
Back to the old setup, i had a 1 litre reservoir and a dual 120mm fan push-pull attached on the back sucking air from in side the case with two front
large fans on the front of the rig. The fans were on adjustable voltage turn switch than cut them from from 6 up to 12 volts meaning that when run on
low (which was all i needed since i didnt OC the chip or gpu massively since quiet was also an equally important goal). The reservoir i based on a
5.1/4 bay designed but i made a double space version out of perspex and silicon (so i could see there were no bubbles) which help around a litre-i
would have liked to use a larger one and had it outside the machine but since i had to move the PC to friends houses for LAN events i wanted it to all
be in one movable container (ended up being really heavy!!!!) The remaining airflow was taken care of via the PSU sucking from in side the case and
blowing out the rear the same as the attached radiator above it.
The reason i said to use a large res, was that even though mine was pretty big at holding cooled water from the res, it heated up due to being in the
case and therefore the whole system after a few hours the cpu/gpu temps were a few degrees higher than initial switch on and system stressing.
I have some pics but they are old and the system its self long disassembled (the chip was an unclocked intel Q6600), its was quite the effort to get
all the gear in there winch i had gone for large flow tubes - somthing after i build it i realised i could have probably got very similar results with
the slightly narrower tubing. The water was distilled with cooling agents and UV die (i had a cold flouresent UV tube light in the base of the case
so the tubes glowed up blue at night).
If i was to do the same again i would be tempted by these new all in one pre built kits, but like reports say, they can leak, some dont have
reservoirs, but also they arnt trying to cool cpu and gpu so they dont need to. Its quite fun to DIY the whole system if you plan to PC both cpu and
gpu and you'll get better resuts than the pre sealed kits depending on how good you are at technical stuff of course!. If i were to do it again i
stick with the radiator attached to the back but id use a large external tank with extra tube length so i could fit the pc and res in a box for moving
EDIT: Zalman did an aluminium tower tank, not sure if they still do them but that would be a perfect external tank to use.
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