I know this is a bit off topic but a long time ago when I was a it student. I purchased an old fridge. Drilled a small hole in the door for the power and put the pc in that. Then over clocked the 348 in side to ridulus levels for the time.
I used this place to research and buy my kit, good shop with handy forum attached
WaterCooling UK - UK PC Water Cooling Shop and Forums
I am now into my second year of watercooling and writing an article about it for Toms hardware.
One of the main things to remember is that upgrading/adding components to a watercooled system is far more work than a standard system, and often requires the mainboard to be removed.
Secondly, anyone remember DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM +/_ etc
Well its the same with watercooling, you need to think about your fittings. I would personally set up a spreadsheet of fitting costs at 3/8" or 1/2" and then look at the bore of the fittings, 10mm or higher is better as it increases the waterflow. Then find tubing with a bore that matches. If using compression fittings you MUST make sure that the pipe will fit, i.e that the walls of the pipe are not too thick.
Finally if you are going to do RAM/Mosfet/Northbridge or Southbridge cooling then you are going to need to split tubing rather than running a continuous serial (one component to another to the next) If you do this, then start with 1/2" 12mm or 13mm bore pipe as it splits equally into two 6mm pipes. You can then join them back before your radiator and will not lose too much pressure.
There are watercooling components and components. I like the XSPC reservoir pump combinations, the double bay one has a massive flow, the single bay is OK. Personnaly I have a split system with one of each.
Often you will find that lapping your heatsinks will pay dividends and takes about an hour per waterblock. XSPC unfortunately has some poor finishes so lapping is adviseable
FYI my system is built for low noise
if you email me and your not to far away i can show some water cooling ideas as ive been doing it for about 11 years now and still doing it all the best i personally never run a single loop or split the pipes and rejoin them i make my own manifolds which is a little more costly but a lot better for cooling and looks better
is it essential to water cool the motherboard chipset?
will be building for low noise.. not overclocking
Nope, most people don't as it's generally overkill.
If you've got the money and space for the rads then would be a nice thing to get cooled aswell !
Ahh cool stuff.
Found the stuff to cool CPU, using all XSPC stuff.
Looking to get the XFX 5770 which is stupidly hard to find water blocks for. Atleast, I can't find anything.
Also, when cooling GPU such as XFX 5770, do you remove or place water block over the top of the fan? Or is that a really stupid question?
Need any more help mate?
I built a watercooled system myself to
Noctua NH-D14 (pictured below)
Prolimatech Megahalems Rev B. or Super Mega
Thermalright Venomous X or Thermalright HR-02 (Passive H/S)
Does anyone know if running a Intel i5 and Radeon HD 5770 of one 120mm Radiator be a bad idea? Would you recommend a 2 x 120mm?
Knowing this will determine what size case to get..
I'd say you'd need a 2 x 120mm rad, would need a very fast and loud spinning fan to keep a single 120mm rad cool.