1st time watercooler - advice needed

Discussion in 'Extreme and Water Cooling' started by Automaton, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. Automaton

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    G'day overclockers.

    Got a week off work coming up and would like to watercool my rig after years of procrastinating. Nothing too ambitious, double loop CPU (socket 775) > GPU (ATI 2900xt).

    The parts I've accumulated are:
    • Pump - Swiftech MCP655-B
    • Radiator - Swiftech MCR220 (120.2)
    • Res - Swiftech MCRES-MicroRev 2 - would one of the cylindrical style reservoirs (or any other) be easier to work with long term?
    • CPU WB - Swiftech Apogee GT
    • GPU WB - Koolance full cover 2900xt

    Want to avoid any case mods so for the parts above, can they be installed in any of the typical cases like the 800D, TJ07 or CM ATCS840 comfortably without any modification or impediment to the HDD/DVD bays?

    Currently have an assortment of plastic barbs and the standard steel hose clamps. Would the risk of a leak be noticeably reduced by using some better metal barbs and compression fittings?

    Aiming for caution in the face of first-timer mistakes.

    Thanks in advance for any advice.
     
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  3. zeropluszero

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    That's what I wrote it for :)
    Was the apogee Gt swiftechs fail aluminum and copper waterblock? If so, please buy a new waterblock.
    Those parts should have no issues fitting in the cases you listed.

    I prefer metal barbs.
     
  4. 50 Million Year

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    Google, and that sticky thread + other threads should help you... I would do all your research everywhere before starting, not just what we say in this thread.

    but...
    yes, its certainly possible to do this without modding anything...
    eg 800d: has vents at top for mounting a rad, 120.2 there should be fine. as long as your mobo isnt crazy massive, there will be mounting space for the res (yes the tube will be easier / better) on the inside of the case, away from the drive bays. The pump can go anywhere, as long as its not higher than the res (and draws directly from the res also).
    Leak wise, since you are a first timer, doesn't matter what you use, as both compressions and barbs can leak if you have not used before. (just leave leak testing for 24hours.
    just make sure you use distilled water and 99.99 silver - get some of that from your jeweler.
     
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    Automaton

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    Can do for the general stuff, just trying to make 100% sure I don't shell out hundreds on a case that's not noob friendly.

    Yeah it's one of these: LINK but the barbs are perpendicular to the mobo not vertical. So no good? Might grab a Heatkiller 3.0 from the shopnswap.
     
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  6. zeropluszero

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    as long as you dont have the Apogee GTX, you're fine.
     
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    Lucking fol.
     

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