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  1. #11
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    Default Re: planning on getting watercooling...

    Yeah, I think I've read somewhere that CrossFire is pretty taxing on the PSU.. do you think mine will handle the load? I've got my parts (below), and then two fans, four ccfl's and a dvd burner. Will it be able to handle a pump as well?

    Chieftec Bravo LBX01-B-B-SL
    580 W Hiper Type-R PSU

    Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 S.939
    AMD Athlon 64 Venice 3000+ at ~2470 MHz
    OCZ Gold EL PC 3700 Ram, 2.5-3-3-8 at ~456 MHz,
    2x512 MiB
    Gigabyte SilentPipe X800XL, 400/490 MHz
    Auzentech Digital X-Mystique 7.1CH DDL-RCE
    Logitech Z-5500 5.1 speakers
    1 x WD Caviar 8 MiB cache 1600JS-00MHB0 160GiB SATA-2
    3 x WD Caviar SE 16 MiB cache 2500KS-00MJBQ 250GiB SATA-2



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    Default Re: planning on getting watercooling...

    That PSU is definitely strong enough for your system. In fact, it ran my X1800 Crossfire system, I just happened to get a really good deal on the PSU I am running now so I jumped. The pump is not a huge draw so you will be fine. The Hiper is a very good unit and they have dual 18A 12V+ rails so there is more than enough grunt.
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    Default Re: planning on getting watercooling...

    OK, so I'll go with the TDX block and the MCP 655 pump, some Tygon tubing, a 2x120 mm Black Ice Extreme and a pair of fans... what impact do the fans have on performance, like, can you reach a point where more airflow doesn't give any gains in performance from the rad? Because they have Delta fans here, but those are louder than a vacuum cleaner! Would 190 cfm be worth the noise? (I could always turn them down when I'm not gaming). How much airflow do I need? As for fluid, I'll go with distilled water with 10% anti-corrodant. How much anti-algae fluid should you add, if any, and what kind?

    Chieftec Bravo LBX01-B-B-SL
    580 W Hiper Type-R PSU

    Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 S.939
    AMD Athlon 64 Venice 3000+ at ~2470 MHz
    OCZ Gold EL PC 3700 Ram, 2.5-3-3-8 at ~456 MHz,
    2x512 MiB
    Gigabyte SilentPipe X800XL, 400/490 MHz
    Auzentech Digital X-Mystique 7.1CH DDL-RCE
    Logitech Z-5500 5.1 speakers
    1 x WD Caviar 8 MiB cache 1600JS-00MHB0 160GiB SATA-2
    3 x WD Caviar SE 16 MiB cache 2500KS-00MJBQ 250GiB SATA-2



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    Default Re: planning on getting watercooling...

    DAMN!!! 190CFM is not worth the noise at all. In fact, some good 50-75CFM fans would do the trick nicely. 100CFM tops, that is what I run and they are decent but a touch louder than I like. Just be sure to have good airflow through the rad. As for the direction of the fans flow, I have tried both ways and it is pretty much the same as far as temps go.

    As for an anti-fingul, just add between 5-10% automotive antifreeze. I don't care what that other poster said. Works excellent for me and does the job cheaply too. Hell, I got the anti-freeze I used for my water loop out of the radiator in my car. Just remember, you don't need much.
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    Any additives will take away from the waters thermal properties...so the less you use the better. Do as casecutter said...stay away from water wetter...it ate the glue from my reservoir and it just came apart in my hands after a few months of use. <o:p></o:p>

    After that I didn't feel like messing with mixes...so I just spent the $$ and went with fluid XP. Reviews show it to be ~1C behind straight distilled water and it has ran well for about a year now. Since it doesn't conduct electricity, it saved my sound card after a twist in my tubing decided to loosen my GPU block connector and let some fluid leak on the card.

    Tygon is decent if you get the thicker stuff..I have 3/8" ID 5/8" OD Tygon and it works well. However, I ordered from a different source and the tubing was much thinner...so it kinked MUCH easier and wouldn't be worth it in that instance. I suggest getting some of that reinforced (with the white threads) clear tubing at your local hardware store...that's what I'm going for in my next build.
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    Default Re: planning on getting watercooling...

    So, as long as I have anti-freeze or something similar, anti-algae is unnessecary?

    Chieftec Bravo LBX01-B-B-SL
    580 W Hiper Type-R PSU

    Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 S.939
    AMD Athlon 64 Venice 3000+ at ~2470 MHz
    OCZ Gold EL PC 3700 Ram, 2.5-3-3-8 at ~456 MHz,
    2x512 MiB
    Gigabyte SilentPipe X800XL, 400/490 MHz
    Auzentech Digital X-Mystique 7.1CH DDL-RCE
    Logitech Z-5500 5.1 speakers
    1 x WD Caviar 8 MiB cache 1600JS-00MHB0 160GiB SATA-2
    3 x WD Caviar SE 16 MiB cache 2500KS-00MJBQ 250GiB SATA-2



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