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Posted 25 January 2014 - 12:42 PM
At the moment I'm building a custom designed desk with a built in pc. There will be no actual tower. I've currently got a corsair H90 cooler for my CPU but am struggling a bit for any decent air circulation for any of my other components.
Is it worth me trying a build a new loop for say my ram and gfx card and stuff like that and keep the h90. Or get rid of the h90 and have a new loop for everything.
I don't really understand watercooling or what exactly I would need for this.
Also would it be possible to cut the h90loop and add to that?
Posted 25 January 2014 - 01:12 PM
Welcome to the forum
Being a water cooling forum, we would of course advise that you take that option
If you're struggling for airflow across the motherboard and components, will you not have the same problem with airflow for radiators?
If you want to go the whole water cooling route, it is possible to cool the cpu, gpu/s, motherboard chipset, VRMs, RAM, HDDs and even the PSU.
This would cost a small fortune and unless your airflow through the case is nil, then it's not necessary.
What components will you be using, e.g. motherboard, CPU, GPU etc and for what sort of use? This will obviously determine how much heat will be generated that needs to be removed.
I would not recommend cutting into the H90 as it is a sealed unit and I'm not sure how easy it would be to get hose etc that fits.
Posted 25 January 2014 - 01:36 PM
I5 3570k oc 4.4
Evga gfx 660 ti sc
8 gb Patriot viper 3 2133mhz ram
I'm going to be over clocking and gaming.
I can get some airflow across the board but I wouldn't imagine it would be enough cooling I would need. Where as I can build a box to house a triple rad somewhere quite happily.
Money does seem to be the issue here though as from what I've seen this will cost a lot. Maybe a bit at a time?
Posted 25 January 2014 - 02:07 PM
To start with the H90 will do for your CPU and so long as the graphics card vents outside of the case then you should be ok.
Of course, if the graphics card doesn't vent externally then things could get pretty hot for the chipset and VRMs.
To help with cooling these components I would advise taking off the the motherboard heatsinks to remove the factory applied TIM (which is usually way to thick) and replace it with a decent non-conductive thermal compound. This is something I've always done and you can feel how much hotter the heatsinks are after!
Posted 25 January 2014 - 02:24 PM
Posted 25 January 2014 - 02:38 PM
Yup, I just checked some images of it and it wont be pumping hot air into the case. The only potential problem is being able to get enough cool air to the graphics card to prevent thermal throttling.
Have you got any pics of the desk build/design?
Posted 25 January 2014 - 02:50 PM
Posted 25 January 2014 - 03:03 PM
Looking at you design I can see no obvious way to extract the warm air.
Are you restricted to the current dimensions or could you make it about 130mm wider?
I was thinking that the upper part on the right could be boxed instead of flat and open at the top so that it could act like a chimney flu. It could house 3 x 120mm fans for to pull the air out and this could also be a potential venue for a 360mm radiator.
Posted 25 January 2014 - 03:15 PM
Posted 25 January 2014 - 03:25 PM
Posted 25 January 2014 - 04:10 PM
I've tried to draw an impression of what I mean with my very limited drawing skills and Microsoft Paint :/
Posted 25 January 2014 - 04:18 PM
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