Water cooling guide for noobs
Water Cooling Guide
Video explanation link as well as where to get wc parts below the tutorial
Well I have been water cooling for a lil over 2 yrs now so I would figure I would help and make a guide. So let's get started
What is water cooling. More or less it is the same way how your car's radiator works to cool your engine except on a smaller scale .
Do not mix metals
You can have
copper, nickel, brass, stainless steel in the same loop
If you have any metal like this do not use something that is aluminum. Doing so will cause Galvanic corrosion which is very bad
How much is it going to cost me- Depends on what you want to cool. The average coast for a cpu only loop is generally around 200-$$$. It will cost more if you want to add graphics cards, mosfets and etc. there is no real reason to water cool your ram,hdd. I don't see the point of water cooling your north bridge/south bridge either all it does is add restriction to your loop.If you want better temps on your chipset remove the old thermal paste with 90% Isopropyl alcohol or higher. Use a q-tip for this or a micro fiber cloth. Then put on new thermal paste like the ones listed below. but if you are going for insane overclocks go for it
What parts are needed? I will tell you the parts and suggest some parts as well.
Tubing and lingo you may see(get 10ft for cpu only,15ft or more if adding more rads blocks and etc
The most common sizes for tubing for water cooling are
7/16 inch-people use this size tubing on 1/2 barbs for a tighter fit/seal
ID= Inner diameter
OD= Outer diameter
Primochill,tygon, masterkleer (budget)
Use tub cutters, razor or scissors to cut the tubing.
Dyes Do not use any dyes or additives. If you want color get colored tubing
Reservoir ( always higher then the pump)- holds water
For reses it is all about preference really, You have the Swiftech Micro revision res for like 20 bucks or you could spend up to 200 bucks on a res to.
Pump(always below the res)
check instructions to make sure you know where the inlet is and outlet- This is the whole heart of you water cooling loop. Pushes the water in you loop around. Getting the right pump is critical don't get the right pump may get poor flow in your loop/poor temps to. They are usually measured by gph(gallons per hour) The more gph the better.
MCP355,MCP655, OCZ hydro flow(budget),jingway,
Note: The mcp355(has 3/8 barbs) is slightly better than the mcp655(1/2 barbs)
Dont want to use 3/8 barbs on a mcp355 get a top and choose what ever barb or compression fitting you like. Getting a op will help maximize the efficiency of the pump.
Water Blocks(center is always the inlet)
There are great water blocks out there for the CPU and Gpus. If you are going for the absolute best one out there. Then the EK HF is the king right now. Ek is also the best for gpus as well.
XSPC Rasa water block(budget) this block is behind the ek hf by 3 degrees. XSPC for gpus as well.
MX3, MX4, OCZ Freeze, Shin Etsu, Indigo Extreme(the best but really expensive)
you will see g1/4 and g3/8. That is simply the thread size. What size barbs you get will depict on what size tubing you would want.