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by on Dec.02, 2010, under computer nerdery, ramblings

so on the weekend i installed a water cooling into my pc. i have an antec 900 case which i bought when they very first came out for its excellent air cooling setup.. so what better than to cram water into the case.

i took the pc around to dad & matt’s as i didn’t have the tools to cut the case up. i needed to cut some holes in the motherboard mounting panel for cable management (which kind of failed) and also for the water. so after dad helped me with the holes for the cables, he asked me what the hell i was bothering for..ย  so i pulled out the radiator and showed him. he was a little confused but surprisingly interested in what i was up to.. i thought he’d shake his head at me and walk away. but no, instead, dad helped me with the whole install. it took a little longer than expected (about 5hrs from the initial tear down to having the cooling loop operational for leak tests), but it was an awesome afternoon with my old man.

after all the holes were cut, i sprayed the chassis with 3M satin black, looks much nicer than the plain grey that it was before.

the power supply is now mounted upside down to get a bit more length out of the cables, the majority of the cables are hidden behind the motherboard tray, the reason why i think its a slight failure is there are still quite a few cables that can be seen, but i had to keep reminding myself that it was previously a rats nest of cables jammed in all over the place. the antec 900 is terrible for cable management standard.

i re-installed everything and carefully thought out the arrangement of the new pipework. i had actually planned to install the water kit at home, fully expecting dad to think i had gone crazy sticking water in a computer, but because he was so interested as i did it all there. maybe dad is a nerd at heart and thats where i get it from? i had stayed for dinner but when i was getting ready to head home, he goes ‘oh, so when you going to fire it up with the cpu connected?’ oh, straight away i said, i was keen to see the improvement over my old zalman air cooler. ‘excellent, let me know how it goes under load as soon as you find out’ haha.. awesome i thought. maybe my dad will start a pc water cooling business ๐Ÿ˜›

in the end, the results were

zalman cnps9000 – idle 42 degrees, 100% load (prime95) 64 degrees
swiftech apogee xt (fans on low – 5v) – idle 38 degrees, 100% load 42 degrees

quite the improvement and that was without curing times allowed for the thermal paste. i should however not have bought a water kit as i’m now looking at thicker radiators and better fans for the radiators, motherboard chipset and graphics card waterblocks.

also for simplicity (and price) i opted for the swiftech h20-220 ultra packaged kit. i had priced up all the components seperately, which were in fact the same parts and it was going to cost me Au$540 where as buying the kit from pccasegear in melbourne cost AU$335 plus postage. it also meant as a newbie to water cooling i wouldn’t forget anything for the install.

here is a quick photo of the install, nothing exciting, just a basic water cooling setup:

i think the next step however is to replace my c2 stepping amd 955 BE with a 1090t. i want as much processing power as i can squeeze out of this system to use with revit. revit loves raw clock speed. 1090t with water should be easy to hit 4.2ghz ๐Ÿ™‚

oh also, i nearly forgot. i got my pc home, set it all up, fired it up, i had a water leak from the reservoir. fitting wasn’t installed tightly enough. must have been bumped on the drive back from dad’s place.

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