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    Components for Water Cooling?

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    I am looking to get some sort of water cooling setup for my new P4 3Ghz, I've been looking around, reading up, the usual before doing something like this. There is a few things I'd just like someone in the know to clarify for me, that is...what components do you need to build a water cooling system? So far I know of the following:

    CPU Waterblock - Sits on CPU
    GPU Waterblock (Not required, but a preference) - Sits on GPU
    Pump - Pumps water round the system
    Reservoir - Other than holds water, I'm not quite sure, could someone explain?
    Radiator - Cools the hot water before re-circulating
    Tubing - Carries the water round the system

    If I have missed anything, or have got it wrong about a components function, could anyone possibly fill in the gaps/errors for me?

    Many thanks.
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    Looks like youve pretty much got it covered. The res is highly debateable by some. Some prefer it, others hate it. Its a matter of opinion really.
    Looks like youve got it all listed there fine though.

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    Yeah, if you have a simple setup, a res is probably not needed. But, having a res does make filling the sytem a lot easier, since you can just fill the res to fill the system up with water. Without one, filling the sytem can be tricky, but still not that hard...
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    A fan or two for the rad (doh!) and maybe a shroud if its a heatercore. Then there are also the small stuff ofcourse like hoseclamps, batterywater and waterwetter or similar.

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    Where do you get a shroud?
    To be or not to be...that is the question.

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    IMHO the res is only useful when you want to build a chiller, otherwise a T line is way better
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    mayb a really dumb question, but what is a t-line and y is it better than a recevoir?

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    Originally posted by arnaudnl
    mayb a really dumb question, but what is a t-line and y is it better than a recevoir?

    A T is just a joint that is like a 3-way intersection: it's a straight line of pipe with another pipe coming off at a 90 degree angle. Sometimes people prefer these over resevoirs because they save space and still allow for bleeding.



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    Originally posted by Dr. Possum
    A T is just a joint that is like a 3-way intersection: it's a straight line of pipe with another pipe coming off at a 90 degree angle. Sometimes people prefer these over resevoirs because they save space and still allow for bleeding.



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    And it's way cheaper, and sometimes you have some flow problem with bad designed res and powerful pump
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    I use a res, just for simplicity of toping system up and bleeding it.

    Looks like everything else you have covered, don't forget some UV dye tho!!

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    what water do u use? distilled water? + what? i dont have water wetter here can i use coolant what ratio?


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    Originally posted by JeffPH
    what water do u use? distilled water? + what? i dont have water wetter here can i use coolant what ratio?
    this should help you http://www.overclockers.com/articles609/
    http://www.overclockers.com/articles599/
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    I use deionised water, approx 700ml, added 5ml of blue uv dye and 5ml of purple ice.

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    I allways use a res and a submerged pump, it just makes like so much easyer. But it does takke up more room.

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    Originally posted by JeffPH
    what water do u use? distilled water? + what? i dont have water wetter here can i use coolant what ratio?
    I use distilled water. BTW Water wetter is not a coolant but helps to kills the fungus and else and prevent any deposit
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    Plus if u have aluminium and copper mixed in a kit you'd better add Purple ice/Water Wetter otherwise you#ll get some reactions occuring and wrecking ur system quiet a lot!

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    Originally posted by JeffPH
    what water do u use? distilled water? + what? i dont have water wetter here can i use coolant what ratio?
    Make sure you use distilled water and stay away from tap.

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    Make sure you use distilled water and stay away from tap.
    i've seen people even use Evian or polish spring, but distilled water is cheaper

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    ROFL Evian will harm your sys but it's good for your body
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    If you use WaterWaetter be sure not to use to much.
    here is a small comparison of temps using WW;
    http://www.bunkermentality.net/wetter.html

    btw:
    My DD res cylinder cracked a while back after a few days, could this be because of WW? I read that someone else had his Poseidon res cracked and according to Poseidon this was do to the fact he had used WW. Anyone else had this problem?

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    the DD res is real crap it's not WW
    you're not the first how had this problem
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    I think it strange that WW would cause this, but for the res to spontaneously just start to crack in 5'000 places is even more odd. There were no +-pressure in my res so that was not the problem.

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    Originally posted by Ilúvatar
    I think it strange that WW would cause this, but for the res to spontaneously just start to crack in 5'000 places is even more odd. There were no +-pressure in my res so that was not the problem.
    That's really weird, i don't think it's a material problem because it would crack in one place. Anyway the dd res is crappy
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