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by zds
Wed Nov 08, 2006 3:33 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: how shall I water cool a harddisk
Replies: 18
Views: 9973

It's a waste of money. If you want to make a huge difference, put a ton of weights on it firmly (like a big heatsink on the bottom and top and sides), then soft mount it, give it proper breathing room, and damping materials. And if you want to take advantage of the water loop, sandwitch HD between ...
by zds
Tue Nov 07, 2006 6:15 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: how shall I water cool a harddisk
Replies: 18
Views: 9973

If I read correctly, your hard drives are hard-mounted. Try detaching them and holding them in your hand to get some idea about how much noise they'd make on elastic suspension.. if that does not satisfy you, only then consider some enclosure. Personally I am running 160G single-platter Barracuda 72...
by zds
Sun Oct 22, 2006 8:40 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: I've been told my beast needs water
Replies: 59
Views: 28402

Yeah, german engineering has a reputation, and often for a good reason.. ...but as if the products weren't expensive enough already, it's also expensive to import as well. Such as this kit sold at Sharka Computers: http://www.sharkacomputers.com/aqcoxtcocpuw.html Yeah. I personally like to order di...
by zds
Fri Oct 20, 2006 11:47 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: I've been told my beast needs water
Replies: 59
Views: 28402

n00btard wrote:and if you see me "pimping" German watercooling stuff, it's because I love everything German for some strange reason...
Yeah, german engineering has a reputation, and often for a good reason..
by zds
Fri Oct 20, 2006 1:03 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: I've been told my beast needs water
Replies: 59
Views: 28402

One random comment still: the EKWaterBlocks is one man company - you order one, he will make one. This means that customizations are a lot cheaper if you want some special stuff, and it also means that you should be able to just say "it has to fit layout of this mobo" and he makes sure it does.
by zds
Thu Oct 19, 2006 7:17 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: I've been told my beast needs water
Replies: 59
Views: 28402

1) I can't fit a Thermalright on the Northbridge due to my video card, which is right above it. After I remove its own heatsink I might be able to put a water block there with the tubing on each side of the card, but it is really tight. And yes, that is the only slot that's x16 compatible (although...
by zds
Tue Oct 17, 2006 8:04 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: I've been told my beast needs water
Replies: 59
Views: 28402

The PSU is listed as 19db-26db depending on load. Will it be a showstopper if I keep it? I.e. will it render the water cooling efforts useless? Remember to take manufacturer dB numbers with grain of salt. Even non-silencing hardware sites have quoted Tagan to be loud, so I am really surprised if th...
by zds
Sun Oct 15, 2006 7:42 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: I've been told my beast needs water
Replies: 59
Views: 28402

-radiator accepting 3*120mm fans or two 2*120mm fan radiators Forgot to explain this part. Swiftech tells about their own 3*120mm radiator: Under the test conditions this indicates that the MCR320 can dissipate in excess of 400 Watts while maintaining a 10°C temperature differential between the co...
by zds
Sun Oct 15, 2006 7:21 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: I've been told my beast needs water
Replies: 59
Views: 28402

FI have obviously a bit too high speed on some of the fans, but what is an acceptable temperature for an AMD Opteron if I install fanmates? 50 Celsius? Depends of the CPU, but you should be safe all the way until 65 Celsius, if not more. In terms of water cooling, what would happen if I put for ins...
by zds
Sat Sep 30, 2006 8:57 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Watercooling obsolete?
Replies: 188
Views: 134094

Joe's recent editorial on Water Cooling - Wheres the Magic? over at Procooling sums up the current state of the industry pretty well I think. My comments on it (and this thread, basically) are in the Procooling forum thread about the editorial. Thanks for the link, it indeed was interesting. Howeve...
by zds
Sat Sep 30, 2006 8:43 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Which barb for 7/16" tubing?
Replies: 3
Views: 2935

And by the way, check this guys shop: http://ekwaterblocks.com/shop/index.php. People have praised quality of his work and he ships imperial-sized barbs from Europe.
by zds
Sat Sep 30, 2006 8:40 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Which barb for 7/16" tubing?
Replies: 3
Views: 2935

Re: Which barb for 7/16" tubing?

which one do I need? My understanding is that when in doubt, take the bigger barb. You might need to warm the tube to get it over the barb, but once it's there, it makes a very tight seal. For what I know, tygon is fairly flexible, so there should be no real problems in strecthing it over the 12mm ...
by zds
Thu Sep 21, 2006 1:26 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Ionic Breeze PC Cooling rig
Replies: 84
Views: 84080

high voltage, usually between 20 and 50 kV." Let's just say that moving even small (I mean really small) ammounts of air - and thus removing heat from any component in a PC - using the described technique ist just beyond the capabilities of the low-energy environment of our desktops... Remember tha...
by zds
Sun Sep 17, 2006 11:28 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Laing DDC-Pump 12V Ultra WITH Water Tank or NO Water Tank?
Replies: 10
Views: 5086

Re: Laing DDC-Pump 12V Ultra WITH Water Tank or NO Water Tan

They have the same noise levels right...? If I get the one with the water tank does that mean I don't need a reservoir anymore? Noisewise, I think the reservoir at least imposes further restrictions to placement of the pump as the reservoir should be pretty high on the water loop. But remember that...
by zds
Wed Sep 13, 2006 12:27 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Watercooling obsolete?
Replies: 188
Views: 134094

I'd say there is plently of magic in water cooling with silence as goal. That's one ingredient the procooling guys don't seem to prioritize. You are on the money here. Yes, you can build web surfing machine for Average Joe and make it quiet with air by selecting proper components. But the emphansis...
by zds
Wed Sep 13, 2006 3:31 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Watercooling obsolete?
Replies: 188
Views: 134094

Just starting a water pump makes more noise unless it's in a dead box. Anything but passive rads are sure to lose out because of the fins that actually can make as much noise as the fan itself on low rpms. It depends. Many people have samples of Laing DDC that runs quieter than undervolted low-rpm ...
by zds
Tue Sep 12, 2006 9:34 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Need a new silent pump for my passive watercooling system
Replies: 23
Views: 11356

Nope :-( Does that make for a big difference? A thin acrylic cover? Not thin, but the 25mm one sold by Alphacool and several others: http://www.alphacool.de/xt/images/product_images/info_images/3313_0.jpg And yes, it makes all the difference. It seems to be like night and day, whether you are using...
by zds
Tue Sep 12, 2006 3:23 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Need a new silent pump for my passive watercooling system
Replies: 23
Views: 11356

snutten wrote:my DDC is not at all as quiet as my 1048
Does your DDC have the acrylic top?
by zds
Tue Sep 12, 2006 12:10 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: External Radiators?
Replies: 42
Views: 21784

DirtyLude wrote:I have this thing running right now. Sorry, no completed pic.
I have to say that it's aesthetically very pleasing. There are some advantages in paying for premium engineering..
by zds
Tue Sep 12, 2006 11:25 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Any Watercooling components made from non-metals?
Replies: 19
Views: 9005

Something that would be an issue with a diamond waterblock is that diamond is relaitvely brittle - you'd probably shatter the waterblock if you dropped it. Not *so* brittle. It's not exceptionally good, but still plenty good. If I googled correctly, fracture toughness values for certain materials a...
by zds
Mon Sep 11, 2006 11:31 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: External Radiators?
Replies: 42
Views: 21784

Re: very profitable

thanks greatly for the link, wow, those guys are making a killing on that item. Theres basically nothing to it and at $250 what a ripoff. Hmmm, there is no shop selling if for less than $250? You might want to check international sellers, Alphacool website ( http://www.alphacool.de/xt/index.php/cPa...
by zds
Mon Sep 11, 2006 5:00 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Need a new silent pump for my passive watercooling system
Replies: 23
Views: 11356

Re: decibels?

dean.collins wrote:anyone know how loud the DDC pumps are?
For comparison betweem my unit and few quiet fans, see this:
http://zds.iki.fi/zds/projectlog/2005/12/12/80.
by zds
Mon Sep 11, 2006 4:53 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: External Radiators?
Replies: 42
Views: 21784

Re: heat dissapation

Do you know how much these radiators hold in fluid volume? Do you know what the heat dissapation rate is? It seems Alphacool sells them rebranded to Cape CORA. Check if you can get them cheaper with that name.. Alphacool website is also available in english. And btw, if only german specs are availa...
by zds
Mon Sep 11, 2006 4:04 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: What PSU do you guys use?
Replies: 10
Views: 5657

Right now I'm running Nexus NX-4090, which is nice piece of equipment indeed. For my next chassis I will most likely get Antec NeoHE 430W. It's not too efficient, but if fed with cool outside air, it should run reasonably quiet. The biggest advantages for me however are strong 12V rails and modular ...
by zds
Sat Sep 09, 2006 4:57 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Need a new silent pump for my passive watercooling system
Replies: 23
Views: 11356

Does that look correct? Yeap that's the one. That one looks slightly better than the one I have, mine has thin corners which look like they'd break if I use the corner screws to mount. So your links look good :) Indeed. I have exactly that type of cover (bought from Coolputer, http://www.coolputer....
by zds
Thu Aug 31, 2006 6:35 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: How to mount Laing DDC to dampen noise?
Replies: 27
Views: 13292

I'm now weary on why do some DDCs are noisy as heck and why others aren't? Does running a DDC on foam without fastening it to the case harm it in any way? Does under-volting harm it with relation to noise? Other than running them dry, what else can harm them? I'd blame sample variance. It seems the...
by zds
Tue Aug 29, 2006 6:45 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: How to mount Laing DDC to dampen noise?
Replies: 27
Views: 13292

I'm basically trying to decide if I should sell the DDC and keep the Mag or get the alphacool cover. Hence my math. Sorry again for the confusion :) Heh :). How about getting the cover, comparing the noise levels and then selling the louder one, in case of DDC with the new top? So many people want ...
by zds
Tue Aug 29, 2006 5:20 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: How to mount Laing DDC to dampen noise?
Replies: 27
Views: 13292

oh no, sorry I wasn't clear :) , yea the alphacool cover is $30 here in the US and the DDC is $70 which would add up to $100. That vs the Mag II LE at $40. I've browsed some stores in europe and I've seen some modded DDCs with the alphacool cover for about 60 euros, is that possible? I wonder if it...
by zds
Tue Aug 29, 2006 4:18 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: How to mount Laing DDC to dampen noise?
Replies: 27
Views: 13292

unimatrix0 wrote:I'm a bit hesitant on spending $100 with the alphacool
$100 sounds like a lot.. at least here in Finland the acrylic cover itself costs just mere 26,90 €: http://www.coolputer.fi/tiedot.asp?t=1394.
by zds
Tue Aug 29, 2006 12:28 pm
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: How to mount Laing DDC to dampen noise?
Replies: 27
Views: 13292

unimatrix0 wrote:The only reason I'd love to keep a DDC is for the space savings and the looks of a possible alphacool clear cover.
I strongly recommend the acrylic cover. I in fact thought you already had it, otherwise I had suggested it.. It's almost as mandatory as DC power if you want to run DDC quietly.