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  1. Well, sure it cools the water, but why does it have to come first? They way I have my loop now, the water comes out of the hot component, is cooled by the radiator, returns to the reservoir and is pumped back to the component. I guess that's why I'm asking if it matters... the only real benefit I could see is if the pumps were dumping alot of heat back into the cooled water. If that was the case, I would definitely put the rad immediately before the waterblock. However, I'm finding alot of conflicting reports about whether or not the pumps actually have any real impact on the water temp. On that note, I'm using Swiftech MCP355 pumps in both of my loops.
  2. Yeah, HAF 932. It's an awesome case, one of the best I've found. Thanks for the input, I'll take a look at the guide.
  3. I'm assembling my new rig, but I need some clarification before I start filling the loop for leak testing... Is it crucial to have the radiator between the pump and the component to be cooled? Will the performance suffer if I place the rad at the end of my loop? For example, I currently have my primary loop set up like this: Pump > CPU > NB/SB > Rad > Res I've read alot of forum threads that suggest the loop be: Pump > Rad > CPU > NB/SB > Res I understand the purpose behind it, as the water will be coolest immediately after the radiator, but are the performance gains that significant? I'm trying to keep my tubing as short and neat as possible, and placing the rad at the beginning of the loops would be considerable messier for me. The same goes for my secondary GPU loop: Pump > GPU 1 > GPU 2 > Rad > Res Thoughts, suggestions?
  4. I notice that in each of your recommended loops, you have the pump pushing water through the rads before the compents, not after. Does that matter? I only ask because I've seen alot of cooling rigs setup so the heated water flows through the rad before heading back to the pump. Again... does that matter much?
  5. Hah, yeah I already offloaded the Tt. It worked well enough for cooling just my QX9770, but I've definitely moved on... and no, that wasn't the 120mm rad I was talking about. I already bought my 3x120, but I went with the MCR320 instead of the RX360... I couldn't justify the extra money for such a slight difference in performance. I only bought one, and I don't anticipate buying another 3x120, simply because I'm trying to keep the entire system confined inside the case and I don't have room for a second 3x120. I might be able to fit a 2x120 up against the HDD cage, though. Do you guys recommend quick disconnect valves on the hoses?
  6. I'm using Swiftech MCP350s, so I think a single loop could be feasible. Have any of you guys used redundant pumps on a single loop before?
  7. Sorry for the lack of clarity. I bought one of these for my motherboard (chipsets/mosfets).
  8. Okay, so I'm revamping my water cooling setup. I purchased a 3x120mm rad as well as a single 120mm rad, but I'm curious to know how I should set up my loops, considering I'll be cooling my CPU, motherboard and two GPUs (GTX 260). Since I plan on having two separate loops, each with it's own pump, I was thinking about putting my CPU and MOBO on one loop with the 3x120mm rad, and leaving the single 120mm rad for my GPUs. Will the single rad be enough for two GPUs? Is a 3x120 overkill for a CPU and motherboard? Should I combine the two rads into a single loop? (In which case, should I use the second pump as a secondary/backup?) Thanks in advance for any advice.
  9. Would those voltages be specific to the MOBO only, or would they be affected if you and I have different processors/RAM? I'll try updating the BIOS. The link to S61A on EVGA's website is broken at the moment, so that might have to wait. On a stock setup, things seem to work fine. I ran Memetest86+ for seven hours before I tried overclocking anything, and it had no errors. And, according the the documentation for my RAM, 1.65 is the recommended voltage. Perhaps that rules out a problem with the RAM? Stock, my CPU was running 29C idle, 34C load. With the "Dummy OC" enabled, it was running 32C idle and 42C-44C under load. Unless I miss my mark (which is entirely possible), those are pretty reasonable temps for a 975, no? As far as the QPI voltage, is that done through incremental trial-and-error, or is there a rule of thumb? Thanks for the replies, guys, I appreciate the insights. Keep 'em coming!
  10. Okay, so I got my new system built and things were going swimmingly until I started getting random reboots. It happens after I've been running a game for an hour or so. Here's what I'm working with: EVGA X58 SLI Classified i7 975 @ 3.49 12GB OCZ Gold @ 1333 GTX 260 (x2) X3 Modular 1000W PSU Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit On the cooling side of things, I'm running three, 23-cm fans (front, side, top) and one, 12-cm at the back. My CPU is cooled by a Thermaltake 760i. I really have no idea why it's rebooting like this. The first time it happened, I thought something might have overheated, but I immediately popped into the BIOS to check the "System Health." Everything seemed fine. I'm new to overclocking, but the only changes I've made were enabling "Dummy OC" in the BIOS and upped my RAM frequency to 1600. After the second reboot, I dropped the RAM back to 1333, but no joy. I've attached some screens of the info coming out of E-LEET: If anything looks a little off, or if you guys have any other suggestions, they would be most appreciated.
  11. Cool. (No pun intended.) Thanks. The foam insulation on my last MOBO (XFX 790i Ultra) seemed to melt a little to the backside of the board, at least to the point of sticking, so I just thought I'd ask. Thanks for the input. I'm off to overclock! Cheers. ~Fire in the Hole~
  12. I recently upgraded to an EVGA X58 Classified motherboard, and when I reinstalled my CPU watercooling rig, I noticed that the underside of the socket seems to be exposed on the backside of the motherboard. The mount for my CPU waterblock requires a brace on the back of the MOBO, but I'm worried that the foam (between the metal bracket and the MOBO) could melt onto the socket and kill the motherboard or damage the CPU. Is this something I should be worried about? ~Fire in the Hole~
  13. I'll admit I'm relatively new to the liquid cooling scene, so please excuse my ignorance... but is Thermaltake a cheap water cooling kit? I did quite a bit of research before buying the kit and didn't come across too many complaints. Having said that, if I'm running a bargain-basement cooling kit, I'd be interested in upgrading to something more sturdy. What would be a better avenue of approach? ~Fire in the Hole~
  14. I'm looking to add a second loop to my liquid cooling system, or perhaps add a separate loop. I've already got a loop for my CPU (Thermaltake BigWater 760i), but I want to install waterblocks on my GTX 260 cards. I've got a fan block cooling my RAM, so I'm not too worried about that... but my GPUs tend to get a little warmer than I'd like. Any suggestions? Should I add a second loop to my existing cooling setup? Or would I be better off installing a separate system for my GPUs? ~Fire in the Hole~
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