Water Cooling - Buyers Guide

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  1. OvR|<|LL

    OvR|<|LL Maha Guru

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    I recently bought a thermaltake bigwater se watercooling kit(mild overclock on my 6600). I have a few questions? Anyone heard of the cooland seeping between the acrylic and copper waterblock? I can see coolant up to the oring inside the block and have pulled the kit in fear of killing my system. Is it normal to have coolant seep outside the channel its supposed to run through?
     
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    What do you mean "coolant up to the o-ring"? Is it actually leaking out of the waterblock? Then no, that's not normal, but not uncommon with Thermaltake waterblocks, unfortunately.
     
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    Example. Sorry only thing I have is paint. Thank you for the quick reply. Would take a pic of it now but my camera hosed after these pictures.

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    That's not a good sign. If the fluid is seeping out of the channel, take it out of your PC and get a proper water cooling kit before it leaks on your video cards and kills them.
     

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    (IRE)Wolfman Ancient Guru

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    is it coming from the o rings on the block?

    you can tighten them, mine leaked too, i just got a wrench and twisted eac one a little.

    I mean the piece that screws into the block

    when you put the tubes on you could have losened them

    if its between the plastic and copper though rma it.
     
  6. OvR|<|LL

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    Yeah I have had it running for 48 hours outside the case and no leaks outside the block. However it is between the actrylic and copper which has be worried. So Im going ot RMA it. Sad thing is. Thermaltake has a advanced rma deal where they hold your credit card info and send yout the replacement item. If they dont get the itme they are replacing back they charge your card. Well After I submitted my info I noticed it wasnt a sercure site which really bothered me. So yesterday I checked the site again and it was hacked. Im thinking it was after the fact due to I got confirmation of my rma and a rma number as well, but still. Has me a lil edgy now. Check it out for your self. Needless to say I canceld my credit card when I saw this. No charges had been made yet.


    I go to thermaltake.com then click on North America then highlight support then click on erma and this is where it takes you.
    http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/support/eRMA/eRMA.htm
     
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    John Ancient Guru

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    Can't you RMA it to the place you bought it from? I never ever deal with manufacturers as RMA deals through e-tailers here are excellent.
     
  8. OvR|<|LL

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    Yeah I bought it from Frys. Im not sure if since I cut all my hoses theyd take it back. That and its about an hour away from my house so the drive sucks.
     
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    Of course they should take it back even though the hoses are cut! The item is used, and they are to expect that the item is in a "used" condition. As long as you haven't done any physical mods to the unit, they have to take it back. I'd rather do that than to deal with Thermaltake themselves, who I find rather sketcy to begin with.
     
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    True.
     

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    (IRE)Wolfman Ancient Guru

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    It scared me when i first saw my block leaking. i just super tightened the hex connector on the block and it worked

    strange thing is i found a hair inbetween the copper and plastic, not the grooves, but right inbetween the 2.

    Thats te reason i upgraded ontop of wanting better temps and stable ones too.

    Thing is i cant find a hole saw anywhere, do i go to a plumber or something?

    Online they range from 5-50 dollars

    i already have a drill.

    I'm waiting for the backplate so i still have time to get the holesaw.
     
  12. OvR|<|LL

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    hehe I used to work in a hardware store. Go tot a local one they sell hole saws:) So when you say the hex connector are you refering to the one that is screwed into the block its self or the coupling nut that the hose runs through?
     
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    The one connecting to the block.

    When you put the hosing on them they sometimes loosen.

    Mine was very loose, it was around 1 full turn.

    Also when i put the oring on them i might have loosened them more because its the reverse thread.
     
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    Well I took the kit back to FRYS and got a zalman 9700. Funny thing is that it cools better than the waterkit. 31 idle 48 load on fan on low. This is with my fsb set to 1333:)
     
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    Not that suprising, really, if the radiator is small and made of aluminum then there is not much reason to expect it to beat a good aircooler. Water may have better thermal transfer than air, but metal is vastly better still. I think the distribution of heat evenly along the entire mass of the metal is where using water as an intermediary may give you an advantage, and the heatpipes in most HSFs nowadays help do to the same thing.
     

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    how do you run 2 8800 on such low powered psu?

    good to hear it working now.

    are those tes cpu or cores?
     
  17. OvR|<|LL

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    Went to sli zone and checked the powersupply before buying it. Its got 3 12 volt rails that are 19amps each so Im kewl there. Core wise. Im not sure IM using ntune so ehh. Who knows?...
     
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    (IRE)Wolfman Ancient Guru

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    I feel like i was screwed

    i didn't need a 1000w in the first place for 1 8800gtx

    But the psu calculator say i use nearly 950w------------


    after checking again all i need is 600

    or 750 if its sli

    what did i do to think i need 1000w
     
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    lol , a dual GTX system eays about 600W so his psu is fine but it never hurts to have extra power , psu is the one thing i allways like having more of
     
  20. (IRE)Wolfman

    (IRE)Wolfman Ancient Guru

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    I was going to buy a 850w but i thought i needed the extra

    i could have gone sli if i only knew :bang:

    I wish i could go back in time

    Not get kandalf, and get a stacker instead

    and got the Swiftech ultra with it...

    [sarcasm]Anybody want to buy my Kandalf LCS case? LOL its a good case.[/sarcasm]
     
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