Admittedly ive over-reacted a bit. Posted just after I found out my dead geforce3 wasnt accepted for RMA so im going to have to take the shop to court. Not the best circumstances to make a post under, which I shouldve realised form the start. My apologies for going way over the top there.
I think however ive come up with a way to solve this problem. We both have different standpoints on whats important and whats not. The only way I can see to settle this is for both of us to test out the others configuration. I will specify what I belive will be the most efficient configuration for a WC system, and if dorrell agrees he can do the same. I daresay we both have adequate equipment to test out each others suggested config and reach this the good old fashioned way. Just try it .
One thing I must make clear tho is I have always approached watercooling from the standpoint of maximum speed. This is very different than using watercooling as an alternate to air merely to lower the noise. Maybe dorrell takes this stand on it, as reading thru his webby (keep working at it m8 - im sure the site will evolve into something useful for one and all - youre already on the right track ) he seems to run lower clock speeds than perhaps could be attained, which would indicate hes not in it for the overclocking but rather for a quiet stable machine. This i can respect as much as any other outlook. I have no doubt that when not pushing the envelope to the max then one water system is about the same as another. However, when dissipating up to and in excess of 200 watts the barely noticeable differences dorrell mentions become very noticeable indeed. Maybe this is where the "argument" is arising. Looking at what he tests with (xp1600 @ 1534 / 2.2v or something) this is putting out very little wattage, and id expect pretty much every combination of block/pump/rad to cope with this to about the same degree. When going to extremes however small differences tend to become much larger.
Anyway, looking back at this with a cool head I can see that I was very wrong to reply to him in the way I did and for this i offer my apologies. I was far too sensitive to his reply and viewed it as an insult at the time, something which I now see it was not.
I hope this thread can continue as a discussion as I would feel very bad if my input had caused a potentially very helpful and interesting topic to be ignored.
If you wish I will not post on this thread again.