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Chris Ramos Feb 04, 2004, 09:20pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hey all, I am thinking about getting into liquid cooling and I hear that one thing not to do when starting out is not to buy an all in one package, but instead to seek out each individual part. I'm still kind of in the dark and tempted by the ThermalTake Aquarius 2 combo. A few general questions: 1. Do you still use thermal paste? 2. Is it ok to use Oil? and what kind? (motor, etc.) 3. Are the VGA waterblocks any good? Since other VGA heatsinks cover the whole card, but liquid blocks only cover the GPU chip.

...And any other suggestions/advice/info are welcome, thanks

AMD AthlonXP 2000+
1024 Mb Corsair Dual-Ch
GF4 4600 128Mb 8x
ASUS A7N8X-Deluxe
80 Gb SATA 7200 rpm Seagate
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Ali Mac Feb 04, 2004, 09:44pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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dunno about the rest of the water works, but the gfx card only usually has the chip cooled (on my FX5200 anyway) so wouldnt bother with the full gfx card pipe

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Asrock K7s8x
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512mb pc2700 ram
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well, I can sort of agree with the whole dont buy an all in one but definately dont get the aquarius if you do. The exos will exceed the performance of the thermaltake and the price isnt bad. Heck the exos even outperforms the corsair all in one.
When to buy an all in one: when you want mild overclocking results with controllable sound and the option of mobility for lan parties.
When to build your own: when your sole interest lies in getting the most out of your system at any cost to noise.
Innovatec makes a really good cross between the 2. You must assemble the system however for the most part everything is matched up and ready to go. Some of my largest complaints in the past are finding radiator space or having the pump at the low point so its easier to fill and bleed the system. Both of these issues are addressed in the innovatec systems. You can get the resevoir that attatches to the pump so filling is a breeze. Those acrylic bay resevoirs look cool but I have 3 of them sitting in a drawer because lets face it....acrylic holds heat and filling them is a pain when you have to loosen the cdbay screws to pull them out. If you get the ones with 90's you wont be able to pull them out very far either.
Swiftechs have retched radiators and up intill now horrible pumps (mcp300blows) as I have had 2 of them develope leaks from the seals within.
Nothing beats an ehiem pump, chevy heatercore or equivalent, y.s. tech 120mm122.5cfm fan, aluminum resevior and then of course little luxuries like quick detatch fittings. The only way to get that is to build it your self:-)

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Edited: Feb 04, 2004, 10:00pm EST

a good vga water block
it wont support peltiers but Im assuming your not looking in that direction so lets rephrase okay vga water block:-)

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