Water Cooling - Buyers Guide

Discussion in 'Die-hard Overclocking & Case Modifications' started by Preachergeek, Feb 7, 2007.

  1. angershark

    angershark Master Guru

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    More radiator surface area is always better, what kind of pump are you using? My suggestion would be to spend the money towards a large case that supports one or more thick triple or quad rads, rather than multiple slim small rads that will probably restrict flow rate.
     
  2. eminaguil

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    Hi, thanks for the answer and excuses for the late reply.
    My pump is a XSPC D5 Vario Pump, and changing case for now is not an option due to taxes and shipping fees, so I'm thinking in buying a Black Ice SR2 Stealth U-Flow - 240 Radiator.

    My actual rads configuration is:
    a dual 140mm, 30mm deep on top, fans pulling
    a single 120mm, 30mm deep on back, fans pulling and pushing
    and a single 120mm, 60mm in front, fans pulling and pushing

    My final rads configuration will be:
    a dual 140mm, 30mm deep on top, fans pulling
    a single 120mm, 60mm deep on back, fan pulling
    and a dual 120mm, 60mm in front, fans pulling and pushing

    This configuration will give me better temps?
    Later can I add a second pump for better flow rate?
     
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  3. angershark

    angershark Master Guru

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    Going to a thicker 120 on the rear won't make a substantial difference I don't think, especially if you have to remove one fan to make it fit. Having more radiator surface with the dual 120 should help a bit though.

    What fans are you using on the rads? If they're just regular slow speed case fans you're losing a lot of cooling potential versus a high rpm/high static pressure type fan.

    D5 vario is a beast, you sure you need two of them? :) Maybe with a very restrictive cpu block it might be needed, someone else might comment on that I haven't run with water cooling for years now.
     
  4. fantaskarsef

    fantaskarsef Ancient Guru

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    I'm new to watercooling but picking together the parts for a custom loop to, so pardon my noob question:

    Is it better to have bigger rads (tripple rads for instance) than single fan ones? Besides preasure needed, I can imagine that, does it offer better cooling to have say two 120 rads than one 240?
     

  5. eminaguil

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    I have noctua fans NF-P12 and NF-A14-FLX, all my rads are low fpi.
    Then, I will only change the 120 rad for the dual 120.

    Thanks
     
  6. eminaguil

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    Looking for my problem I just found this very good article http://www.techspot.com/community/topics/the-watercooling-guide-from-a-to-z.180876/ , and it says in 1.0 Planning, that cooling is the same.
     
  7. Megabiv

    Megabiv Master Guru

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    The advantage of having less and bigger radiators over lots of smaller ones in my opinion is fitments which are not cheap and sometimes can be a real pain to get hold of (45' & 90' angle ones for instance). One 240 rad is only two fittings, over the four if you had 2x 120s. Cooling performance would be next to no difference I'd have thought.
     
  8. fantaskarsef

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    Thanks for the link, will check it out!

    Yeah, less fittings = less chance for leaks too, I thought. But I wasn't sure if it puts more trouble on the pump or anything, but good to know. I'd just try to go for the bigger rads out of easyness of mounting them, one big thing requires less work (and maybe screws done) than two smaller ones.
     
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