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Old 14th October, 2004, 12:59 PM
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Should I go from air to water?

I have been thinking about going to a water cooled system for a few weeks now. My cpu is running about 38c at idle and 42c at full load. After reading around on different water cooling kits and seeing some of the temps I am more confused now than I was when I started looking. I dont want to spend a ton of $ on a water cooling system, but I would like to lower my temps and have a cooler rig. Would like to cool the GPU as well!

Can anyone recomend a midrange kit that will do the job.
BTW I am in the states.

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Athlon 64 3200 10x250 stock voltage
9800XT video
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Old 14th October, 2004, 01:19 PM
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A decent water cooling system should cool better than any high end air cooling. Another plus is the fact that water cooling often generate less noise because you can drop some of the noisy fans.

You may not NEED water cooling, but it will make your system cooler and more quiet.

I recommend the Asetek WaterChill, as this is a kit I use myself. Paired with an Asetek Antarctica waterblock, I might add. The price is good, support is fine, installation is easy and performance is excellent. Our man EPoX Tech uses this kit too!

If you are interested, I can post links to my review of both the WaterChill kit and the Antarctica block over at Spode's.

I cannot really recommend any other kits, as this is the best I have tried myself. Others will surely be able to recommend other good systems though.
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Old 14th October, 2004, 02:32 PM
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Sure, throw some links up. Always interested in a good read. I have heard good things about that kit, but never talked to any one that has used it.
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Old 14th October, 2004, 05:23 PM
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The asetek stuff is amazing quality! plus there aftersales is great!!
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Old 14th October, 2004, 05:58 PM
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Did a lil reading today about it. Sounds like a great unit. Cant find anyware that sells it in the us. Looking at work and search time is limited!
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Old 14th October, 2004, 08:00 PM
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Went ahead and orderd the asetek cooler kit. They only had the less expensive kit in stock so I had to add some items like a vga block anf a larger tank. I will let you all know how everything goes once I get it installed.
Thanks for all your help!
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Remember to leak test for a few hours! This is so important!
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I am so excited about it. I cant wait for it to get here. This is going to be my first water system so I am going to take my time and do it right! I hope. I will be doing some reading on it while I wait for it to get here. Any good sites or links?
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Originally Posted by prophetz
I have been thinking about going to a water cooled system for a few weeks now. My cpu is running about 38c at idle and 42c at full load. After reading around on different water cooling kits and seeing some of the temps I am more confused now than I was when I started looking. I dont want to spend a ton of $ on a water cooling system, but I would like to lower my temps and have a cooler rig. Would like to cool the GPU as well!

Can anyone recomend a midrange kit that will do the job.
BTW I am in the states.

sys specs:
Athlon 64 3200 10x250 stock voltage
9800XT video
it is a waste to intall w/c on a64, for one point, even on good water cooling, the o/c is still minimal, and thereofore not worth it, the only main cpus good for water is P4s and XPs
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Old 14th October, 2004, 10:19 PM
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I am over clocking my cpu but it is set at stock voltages, I am more interested in getting rid of some noise and cooling my gpu better! Other than that, it is just cool to water cool your rig! (no pun intended)
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Just make sure that you hose clamp all connections and make sure they are pushed in/on all the way, make sure all the blocks make contact with the die's, and be sure to leak test. In the broadest sense doing this will get ya up and running safely. Add in a bit of common sense and you're set.

We're all assuming that you know the correct order to set the cooling parts up in?
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