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Time for Some DIY Water Cooling Upgrades This Weekend…

June 18th, 2010 · 14 Comments · General 3D News


It is a happy Friday, all the components for the water cooling upgrades arrived today, so this weekend I’ll be upgrading my current stereo 3D test system and building the new S3D system. The Corsair Obsidian 800D case is a really good one with a lot of room for custom water cooling solutions, and the only drawback it has is the quite high price for a computer case, but it is worth every cent. So it will be a busy weekend, but I hope to get very good results and there will most likely not be a lot of updates on the blog during that time. So stay tuned for more info, and maybe even some results with a single water cooled GTX 480 in the next few days, of course benchmarked with games running in stereo 3D mode…

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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Thomasjn // Jun 18, 2010 at 16:56

    Nice, looking forward to see some results of that computer in action :)
    What will the rest of the components be?

  • 2 Bloody // Jun 18, 2010 at 17:09

    Intel Core i7 860 CPU
    Asus Sabertooth 55i motherboard
    2x 2GB Geil DDR3 2200 MHz
    CollerMaster M1000 PSU 1000W
    2x 640GB Western Digital Black HDDs in RAID 0

  • 3 delushin // Jun 18, 2010 at 17:15

    sweet man…

    I am looking into doing my first loop soon on my 480 sli cant wait to see how it goes for you

    my main concern atm is the amout of travel I do for business means the water loop may stay unused for upto a week + … and it seems no one can really answer the question:

    how long can a WC system stay unused before it needs bleeding and drying?

    but for now I have the 480’s on air and never breaching 80*C but you temps will be like half that OC’ed and under load most likley LOL

  • 4 Jimbo // Jun 18, 2010 at 20:35

    what’s normal non liquid cooled temp for 480’s?

  • 5 Bloody // Jun 18, 2010 at 20:39

    It depends on a lot of things, like how well optimized is your airflow inside the case, what is the ambient temperature, how much you load the video card to a “100%” etc. But in the worst case scenario it can go even over 100 degrees Celsius and that ain’t good…

  • 6 Manuel Herrera // Jun 18, 2010 at 21:21

    You won’t regret going watercooling, my last setup used to be watercooled and i miss it. (might go that route at some point again, when but those vid card blocks are too expensive)

    Even if you’re not overclocking it’s so good to have a nearly silent PC, the 480 GTX is pretty noisy under load.

  • 7 Jimbo // Jun 18, 2010 at 21:47

    I have dual 470s with a electric fan blowing on it and it don’t go past 59c

  • 8 Josh // Jun 19, 2010 at 06:42

    Bloody- i am not to familiar with benefits of water cooling. i believe it makes the computer quieter also and it makes for overclocking the graphics card safer ( i could be wring)? what is the reason(s) you are using water cooling?

  • 9 Josh // Jun 19, 2010 at 06:45

    Jimbo – with my evga 480 gtx i have maxed out Crysis, Crysis Warhead both with 2X anti aliasing and I have ran Batman AA on high physx medium anti aliasing at 4x. With the settings mentioned above I have ranged from 30C to 38C at the most according to my motherboard

  • 10 Bloody // Jun 19, 2010 at 09:48

    Josh, are you are right about the benefits of water cooling – quieter operation and better overclocking possibilities. But are you sure this are the temperatures of the GPU cooled with air… it is simply too cold even for water cooling, especially considering the fact that the ambient temperatures are reaching these values?

  • 11 Josh // Jun 19, 2010 at 19:57

    Bloody, i have a evga p55 ftw motherboard (with a prolima tech megahalems Rev. B heatsink), i could be wrong and the temperature readout on the mobo could be showing the CPU temperature. whatever the stock temperature settings on my motherboard is set to is what the temperature is displaying. i am coming from using a laptop for a few years. a desktop pc with a mobo that has many features and options is very new to me

  • 12 Bloody // Jun 19, 2010 at 21:21

    Yep, most likely a CPU temperature (if the CPU is not overclocked)… you have one of the best air coolers, or maybe the chipset temperature, can’t be the VGA for sure ;)

  • 13 Helifax // Jun 26, 2010 at 17:06

    really cool Bloody! By the way from whom and where did you buy the water cooling system..i’m interested in buying one too;))

  • 14 Bloody // Jun 26, 2010 at 18:45

    Most of the components are from aquatuning.de, they deliver in whole Europe I think, but if you are not in Europe you’ll have to find another one ;)

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