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    Question Quick water cooling setup question

    I'm setting up my water cooling system, and have one question..should I set it up like this:

    Pump -> CPU -> VGA -> Radiator -> Reservoir -> Pump

    -or-

    like this:

    Pump -> VGA -> CPU ->Radiator -> Reservoir -> Pump


    ???

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    Default Re: Quick water cooling setup question

    I prefer having the CPU first in the chain so it will get the cooler water directly from the pump, but others will argue the other way.
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    Default Re: Quick water cooling setup question

    The component that has the most heat dissipation should be first, which in 90% of systems will be the CPU.

    I recently changed my setup and now it's res-pump-rad-cpu-vga-mb-res.

    moving the radiator to right after the pump, instead of before the reservoir dropped temps about 4C.

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    Default Re: Quick water cooling setup question

    Actually, the VGA puts out more heat than CP oftentimes. I reccomend Pump-CPU-VGA-Rad-Res-Pump

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    Default Re: Quick water cooling setup question

    Quote Originally Posted by amd_man2003
    Actually, the VGA puts out more heat than CP oftentimes.
    With AMD processors, the latest GPUs are getting close, but the 6600GT, even overclocked, will not dissipate more heat than his CPU.

    There's a way to calculate it, I'll need the number of transistors, the voltage and the micron build process.

    My 9800 pro puts out around 50 watts @400 mhz/110 million/1.75/.15, granted it's not the newest chip, but the CPU still puts out more heat, especially with the latest Intel chips.

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