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    Default Buying a Waterblock

    Hey guys well Im thinking about water cooling but it going to be custom. The only thing I need is a water block for my cpu I got socket 939 and I want the best one for around 20$ to 30$. I also want one that uses the bigest pipeing. I dont mind what site it is as long as it is truted. Thanks Guys!!!!!!!!
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    Default Re: Buying a Waterblock

    You need to spend more than that to make it even worth the trouble. Either the DangerDen TDX or the Swiftech Apogee are the best performing blocks for their price range. I still think you'll spending like $50 or so shipped. Any lesser block will just not offer any real benefits over using good air cooling.
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    Default Re: Buying a Waterblock

    What about this block casecutter http://www.frozencpu.com/ex-blc-219.html?mv_pc=1437
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    Default Re: Buying a Waterblock

    That is a decent block, although I don't like the 3 hose design as it makes you run a Y fitting to loop the 2 outflow hoses together. A 2 hose design is just as efficient and gets the same results. I use a DangerDen TDX block and highly recommend it. Make sure you have a good pump with good flowrate. The higher the head that the pump can push is more important than the pressure. Reservoirs are quickly being replaced with T-lines because a T-line is easier to set up and less prone to leak, but I still prefer to run a reservoir.
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    Default Re: Buying a Waterblock

    I know what u mean by the third but i was thinking about closing it. Also the fact that it is much cheaper than the other one's, I might get the Swiftech Apogee since it comes with a whole bunch of exrta parts. I might use the third one on the polarflo for pumping water into it and having one that lets out water.

    Also can you suggest a pump and give me a link thanks alot casecutter!!!!
    Last edited by zaqwsx; 08-14-2006 at 01:02 AM.
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    Default Re: Buying a Waterblock

    You have to pump water into the center hole and the 2 outside holes are to let water flow out. You cannot block them off. The Swiftech Apogee is an excellent block and the simpler installation is in your best interest for your first water loop.

    As for a pump, I would suggest these:

    My #1 choice and really the best choice: Swiftech MCW655

    http://www.frozencpu.com/ex-pmp-27.html

    My #2 choice, and it is the pump I run, the Eheim 1250 which you can buy at any pet store/garden center. It is a 110V A/C pump so you either need a relay kit or you must remember to plug it in before starting your PC, but they are pretty much THE most reliable pump made.

    The Swiftech pump is 12V and can be plugged into your power supply so that makes it much easier to use, and it is still an excellent pump.
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    Default Re: Buying a Waterblock

    I was actuly thinking about pluging it into power instead of my psu. I dont want to stress out my powersupply thanks alot casecutter!!!!
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    Default Re: Buying a Waterblock

    No problem! I have a relay that turns my 110V A/C pump on when I turn my PC on and it does not draw any power from the PSU too. The Eheim pumps are alittle bigger, but they are extremely reliable.

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    I have got every thing setup and now I need to know the mix for the water cooling. One site said 85% distilled and 15% antifreeze
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    Default Re: Buying a Waterblock

    I'd put at the most 10% antifreeze and truthfully, 5% is plenty. All it is doing is acting as an anti-fungal agent so you don't need much at all.
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