What Case for Water Cooling?
I'm getting ready to build my new gaming rig. I want to O/C it as much as I can so I'll be trying my hand at water cooling. I'm trying to pick out a case to use, but I have no experiance with water cooling, anyone know of a good case to use?
These are the ones I was looking at, unless someone can suggest something better Thank you!
Option 5 - Kinda Crazy!
I'm not even sure if any of those would be a good choice! The thing I'm concerned about is fitting the water pump, radiator, and all that good stuff
Before selecting the case you need to decide which radiator (don't skimp here) and fans you are going to use and how/where you are going to mount them.
If you are going to mount them inside the box you need to have an extremely free flowing box to minimise the airflow restrictions (any air flow restriction will decrease the effectiveness of your radiator and raise the CPU temp). You also need to decide on the direction the air will flow through the radiator ( I recommend blowing outside air through the radiator, but this usually requires some fabrication skills). I believe that there could be some interesting permutations by using side/top fans and duct work, or an intake radiator and a blow hole exhaust. The easiest set up will probably be to exhaust the case through the radiator or to suck the intake air through the radiator, this will result in a few degrees higher temps (not a big deal). The pump will normally easily mount in the bottom of the case. A sealed resivior of some type is a good idea but not strictly necessary. Use 1/2" tubing (Silicone if you can find and afford it) I favor black tubing as it helps prevent algae growth.
Hope it helps!
External reservoirs have 2 advantages they allow you to fill the system from outside the machine and they let you see any water loss (hopefully) before a leak becomes serious. When I ran wet mine was inside the machine (you don't really need one, but they do make it easier to get the bubbles out of the system, I guess thats 3 advantages).
I think that Danger Den and Swiftech both sell complete systems (do a google). Look at their pictures and systems and use them as a guide. I would avoid the plastic hose clamps (wire ties) shown in your pics though.
With water cooling it is better to have slightly more than enough so I would advise you not to buy the smallest of anything that they offer. Check around for pricing and do a lot of reserch before you buy. Building your own is more fun and allows you to get a better bunch of parts than buying a kit IMO.
Yeah, it'll still be a while before I do it, but I'm going to do it without a doubt I been researching it alot, seeing people running their chips at over 3GHz with Prometeia cooling.
Their regular water cooling kits/prices
That may be the route I take later on down this road
I would recomend an "outside" set up.
Any case would do, no drilling, cutting or welding ......
and if one day you decide to upgrade your case you will not feel bad about all the work you put into it once.
Yup, phase change is definately the way to go for sick overclocks... Its knd of impractical for everyday use though. I've been working (off and on, mostly off) on an air chiller. My think'in is to place my computor onto the chiller and recirculate chilled air through my duct to the CPU then exhaust air back though the chiller. I'll just place the computor on the chiller when I want to overclock, and just let it live a normal life under my desk when not OC'in'.
LOL, Just put your box in the freezer
Yes, it def. is, but still - Its fun and gives you more experiance And having a chip clocked in at over 3GHz stable has got to feel good.
Originally posted by Happy Joe
Its knd of impractical for everyday use though.
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