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Old 24th June, 2002, 07:03 PM
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New to watercooling

I have never watercooled before but I am interested in doing it now. I have a few questions before I start anything:

First of all, how much am I likely to spend ($US)? I am on a budget so I don't want to spend too much.

Does anyone know of a good watercooling guide?

Who makes good watercooling components?

And, doesn't anyone know any good sites to purchase components?

Even though I've never done this before, I don't want to put together a "beginner" setup if there is such a thing. I don't just want to buy a complete watercooling kit as i hear these are of poorer quality (unless I am mistaken).

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Old 24th June, 2002, 07:43 PM
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overclockers.com has a lot of good articles, procooling has a watercooling article on how you can do it cheaply, i did mine for like 40 bucks till i got a heatercore, then that was up to 60...
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Old 24th June, 2002, 08:19 PM
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Couple more:

What is a good and inexpensive waterblock?

What is a good clipping mechanism?
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Old 24th June, 2002, 08:40 PM
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Well, as far as budget....My first kit was about $200. Adding cost of case cooling, and other minor modifications to the system, it's up to about $300. But I tend to consider it an ongoing proect. Part of why mine was so expensive, was because I bought a custom kit from Dangerden. I have read in various places that kits are a good way to start for beginners and with the customization ability at DD, it seemed like a good fit. As far as kit quality? Well I love my set up, and I think that quality of the system only depends on sum of its parts. The parts I got with my kit are as good as any you will be able to find building your own (this was before tygon was readily available - I'm still on silicone tubing). I think that if you lurk around the forums (look through some old posts, or do a search) you'll find out what parts are good for water cooling. As far as guides? Check out Tom's Hardware , overclocking.com , or HardOCP .
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Here is a quick one for you guys. I have everything I need to taks the scary leap to water. I want to make my own block. We have a mill at work that will work great. I want to use copper and aluminum. What are the disadvantages to it not being all copper?
I will mill the Aluminum and mount the I/O connectors and use a copper plate for the bottom.
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Here is a quick one for you guys. I have everything I need to taks the scary leap to water. I want to make my own block. We have a mill at work that will work great. I want to use copper and aluminum. What are the disadvantages to it not being all copper?
I will mill the Aluminum and mount the I/O connectors and use a copper plate for the bottom.
I've heard rumors of a battery effect, but I think that's more with the water. I think that there shouldn't be too much of a problem using aluminum with copper.
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Swiftech uses an aluminum/copper combo, you might want to peek at their stuff. By the looks of all the makers, you need a rough bottom surface to agitate the flow, as if it's smooth, an insulating layer develops between the cpu and the cool water.

When you choose the coolant, if you use pure, distilled water with no additives, you WILL get some reactions after awhile. Always add at least Water Wetter. I use a mixture of 25% Car Anti-freeze, 4oz. of Water Wetter and fill the rest with Distilled water, per gallon.

Man, wish I had access to a mill and stuff. Rather limited out here in the boonies, but at least UPS delivers. heh.

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I'm still having trouble finding a good waterblock. Does anyone have an effective waterblock that they didn't pay much for?
maskedgeek: What block did you use?
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i milled my own blocks, i also made a popcan block

http://www.overclockers.com/tips980/
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thats the block i milled and this one too is the attached pic
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Nice job on your block, man. Kudos. What kinda temps?
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thats the block i milled and this one too is the attached pic

DOOD!! thats sweet! you got access to a mill or somethin?
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Old 26th June, 2002, 02:57 PM
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during the school year i have a desktop cnc that i can use before and after school, but im hopin to rig myself a mill out of a drillpress and an x,y table...

-edit- and if i get this mill im gonna rig up, im gonna desoldier it and take out the flow restrictions in it, major ones.....
this block will flow 60gph thru it, maximum...
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