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Old 2nd April, 2002, 11:37 PM
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A n00b's Watercooling Experience

DaOCPlace has released a new article. Here is the first portion of it; you can find the link to the entire piece at the bottom of this post:

After being in the overclocking scene for quite a while, I decided it was time to make that jump into watercooling, as I just so needed that extra cooling. In this article, I try to address my whole experience, from buying the pump and waterblock to turning on the machine when I'm done. Hopefully this will help other H2O n00bs, and allow me to show off that I did it!

Now, when I first built the computer I'll be breaking, I mean working on, today, I wasn't big into watercooling, and hence bought a cheap CoolerMaster aluminum heatsink. The heatsink came with a fan so weak, that I don't think you could tell if it stopped working. So I expected a great improvement over this setup after watercooling.

When I first considered watercooling, about three months ago, there was but one mainstream waterblock: the DangerDen Maze2. So, after cleaning the moths out of my piggy bank, I ordered one of these copper monsters. Unfortunately, Axiontech, the company I ordered the block from, never did ship it, and I was forced to cancel my order. By this time, another major competitor had entered the scene, as Swiftech released their MCW462-U waterblock. Luck seemed to be lacking even this early in my project; I couldn't find a reputable place that had a Maze2 in stock, and the MCW462-U was too big to fit on my motherboard.


Find the rest of the article here: http://www.daocplace.com/index.php?article=gemini

Feel free to ask any questions or make any comments you may have in this thread.
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Awesome 1st. timers guide, must read for anyone undertaking water-cooling for the first time!
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GREAT article. Btw what mb do you have? Kinda wondering because i am looking at a new sys and going to go water all the way.
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Get a heater core and try a selfe contained system. I'm glad you finally got everything together with some great temps. I'll have to do an article on my P4 sometime soon.

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GREAT article. Btw what mb do you have? Kinda wondering because i am looking at a new sys and going to go water all the way.
I'm using the 8KTA2, an old skool KT133 board.
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What's your core voltage?
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What's your core voltage?
1.85V (actually, it's at 1.84V at the moment, it fluctuates a tiny bit)
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The Gemini's design is nice. I have a similar one I mad myself, but it is all aluminum and just can't compete with my copper blocks. The gemini's secret is the small channels.

If you calculate the cross-sectional area of a 3/8" ID hose, you come up with 0.110 square inches. In order for channels to maintain maximum fluid velocity the channel cross-sectional are must be equal, I like to shoot fo 90% in my designs, this seems to work out best.

If you calculate the cross-sectional area of a DangerDen Maze1 or BeCooling "jagged-edge"(produced with roughing end mill) "water-jacket", you will discover that the channel has a cross-sectional area about 10% too big.

The new DangerDen Maze3 blocks function more like a turbulated open chamber block than a channel block. I think the Maze3 design with 1/2" ID tubing will prove superior to the Maze2, but it won't be revolutionary, probably it will be on par with Swiftech's offerings adapted to 1/2" tubing.

Lately I've been liking my own fully 1/2" ID tubing tuned parallel micro-channel design, very effective, but very time consuming to manufacture.
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How does that block compair to a Dangerden or suchs?
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How does that block compair to a Dangerden or suchs?
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The gemini runs a good 2 c cooler from what i remember! but, its not so useful of you want to use a TEC it doesnt have screw holes tapped into the base, but that is fairly easy to rectify!
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Hey Mike,

Just caught this. I have been digging into everything I can since I am ready to take the leap into the water also.

Some of my fears came true in your setup. Actually made me feel at ease to see how you overcame....Excellent..
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Hey Mike,

Just caught this. I have been digging into everything I can since I am ready to take the leap into the water also.

Some of my fears came true in your setup. Actually made me feel at ease to see how you overcame....Excellent..
Ooooh, someone likes my article

Thanks dude!
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