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Evercool's WC-202 watercooling kit is awesome after some personal modding!

By Sttomcat3
Feb 22, 2005
  1. Hello PC Modders,

    I would like to present my personal review on jumping onto the Water Cooling bandwagon. If a set-up is installed correctly, it keeps CPU temps. much lower than with old conventional aircooling, which can have radical flucuations in CPU operating temps.

    Having been into electronics since High School, I am now 37, Number 1 rule: Excessive heat is the worst enemy of any semi-conductor or transistorized device. (Transistors, diodes, SCRs,
    Integrated Circuits, and of course CPUs.)Once the particular electronic component has been heated past its rated service temp., it's either ruined or will be flaky, and unreliable in performance.

    I have been the pleased owner of an Evercool WC-202 Ultra PC watercooling kit for almost a month now. I have to say it's an excellent choice for a start into the world of PC water cooling.
    It's innovative, compact, and ingenious in design. Having remembered the concept of water cooling being built from scratch by overclocking individuals just 3-4 years ago, many companies have this computer component method of cooling, down to a refined science. The WC-202 is an improvement in features compared to Evercool's prior WC-201 model or Kingwin's near identical twin kit. The WC-202 has a more powerful pump, and more selectable control features on the LCD screen.

    Installation was quite easy, I would say it took less than a hour to complete the job, and have my system back up and running.
    But being a perfectionist with anything I do to my system, I did some personal mods to the kit's components, along with some extra preventative measures to prevent any dreaded leaks. First
    I replaced the secondary radiator's 80mm fan with a blue LED one that I already had where this component would soon be fastened to the inside back of the computer case. I had to unsolder the original fan's 3-pin power cable off the boring black unit, and resolder it onto my clear blue LED fan making all the colored wires were soldered to the exact same terminal polarities. The longer cable was must as the secondary radiator fan plugs into a 3-pin power connector at the back of the 5.25" Primary cooling/Control module. The next mod I did to the installation was put a once around wrap on all of the threaded connectors on the Water Block, Secondary Radiator, and hose input/output on the 5.25" Controller module, with that thin but tough Plumber's Teflon pipe thread tape. I figured that along with the inner "O" rings at the threaded hose couplings would deter any possible leaks. I was right. Since installation the kit has'nt leaked a single drop of cooolant! My next change was to do away with the supplied "Red" coolant additive. (Did'nt care much for the color.) I substituted it with Swiftech's HydrX UV coolant water additive. One bottle mixed to 1 liter of distilled water. The cooling system uses roughly 3 oz's or so, or until there are no air bubbles in the system and the 5.25" controller module's reservoir is topped-up to "High" mark. Which leaves you with plenty of coolant mix for future coolant changes. I've read you need to do this every 6 months or so. With the advantages of water cooling, there is the downside of routine maintennance/Upkeep.

    Everything worked out great! The Secondary radiator looks much better through the side window mod case, lit-up with an LED fan capable of the same RPMs, and I like the greenish UV glow of the HydrX coolant circulating in the semi-transparent hoses lit-up by a blue cold-cathode tube mounted on the floor of the case inside. So I had to sacrifice my secondary CD-ROM drive to have a clear 5.25" bay for ventilation, suggested in the installation mannual. I'm not an overclocker. CPUs are too expensive to run outside of thier warranty specifications. Watercooling and cooler CPU operating temps. for me will help insure the CPU's longevity and durability. When I build a computer, I build it to last for a good many years. Before having to re-invest a small fortune in building a new machine.

    There you have it! An Evercool WC-202 watercooling setup with some unique mods and tweaks.

    Please let me know what you think people.
    Sincerely yours,

    Sttomcat3
     
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