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Thread: NOOB water-cooling help

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    NOOB water-cooling help

    Hi guys,

    I'm familiar with air-cooling and have previously put together my own systems.
    After a few years (seven....) I'm looking to upgrade my PC, but am not up to speed anymore.
    I'd like to install a Thermaltake P1 case (, wall mounted, with water cooling. The idea is that just the CPU will be cooled, as the graphics card doesn't need cooling in normal operation (i.e. just using Win10 - fans then switch on for gaming). I could very probably do without water cooling, but want to simply try it out.
    To cut a long story short, I'm not sure what motherboard to choose, due to different connectors for the pump - either a 4-pin one or an AIO one.

    What is the difference between these connectors? What do I need to cool my CPU? The CPU may end up being one of the new i9s.

    Thanks in advance for any replies!

    P.S. given water cooling, pump, etc - is this a problem when transporting the PC, if for example I turn it horizontal? I.e. leaking liquid?

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    Nov 2007
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    Hi, I have the P3, haven't even opened the box yet, but keep us posted with pics of your build. I am excited to build mine...

    The Thermaltake P1 case can only use Mini-ITX boards, From what i have experienced with ITX you won't be doing any real seriously overclocking because of the size of the board
    and the heat dissipation because of that board size.

    I would just pick out a nice 280 AIO and rock with that, you should get a decent overclock plus it would look very clean since you won't be having to worry about
    tubing or fittings, pumps or resi's.

    As far as boards go, I like the ROG STRIX Z390-I GAMING

    I think i will just use my asus Maximus X Hero (ac) and i already have a nice NZXT 280 AIO to cool a i7-8086k, I feel this rig will keep me gaming for the next 2 years
    But I will be using the stand and not a wall mount.

    As far as the "difference between these connectors?" I'll leave that for someone else. But I would just stick with a nice AIO since you will be running a ITX...
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