New WaterCooling Help.

By Foxracer15
Jun 10, 2006
  1. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +8

    too bad the hose barbs are only 1/4" ID
  2. Grr_San_jose_Ca

    Grr_San_jose_Ca TS Rookie Posts: 91

  3. Foxracer15

    Foxracer15 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 51

  4. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +8

    for the same price you could get a heatercore which will cool better, or even half the price if you buy from
  5. gamingmage

    gamingmage TS Rookie Posts: 64

  6. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +8

    why don't you just get all your stuff from dangerden?

    keep your radiator and reservoir...

    this waterblock costs the same and probably works just as good if not better. just be careful with plastic topped waterblocks, as they can crack if you're not carefull.

    the pumps on the other hand are quite expensive from dangerden, so I can see why you want to get the via. you might consider this pump at $40.

    I have used the via aqua1300. it is powerful, and big, and loud, and uses a lot of power. i had to superglue the impeller to the rotor to quiet it down. i still have it but i don't use it anymore. it will be going on ebay soon with the rest of my computer crap i no longer use :)
  7. gamingmage

    gamingmage TS Rookie Posts: 64

    oh well then i hope im not out of line here and please tell me if i am at all but would u be interested in selling that to me?
  8. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    I cannot at all recommend anything with an acrylic top, as there's been alot of complaints about cracked tops. I really won't buy something with a plastic top.
  9. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +8

    acrylic tops require a bit more care when installing than brass or aluminum topped waterblocks.

    if the barbs are not installed already, be careful not to overtorque them. most barb threads are tapered (the diameter increases towards the top), this is where you would be most likely to crack it. it does not need to be super tight, it just needs to be snug.

    also be sure to use soft flexible tubing to minimize the strain on the block top (from the barbs being "pulled" or "pushed" at an angle.

    i have never bought an acrylic topped block, but i have made my own acrylic tops. i have cracked one by overtightening a metal barb into it, but the acrylic wasn't thick enough.

    if an acrylic top cracks it's almost always caused by human error. so just be careful and you should be fine with them. there are reasons one would want them... they allow you to see the water flow and they look cool (especially if you put an LED in them).
  10. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    I've also read reports that acrylic also tends to crack after sometime. I can't be certain on that at the moment, but be assured there's plenty of complaints about cracked acrylic tops out there to put me off buying one.

    Also, if the only reason why you'd want an acrylic top is for the visual factor, I would say its not worth it.
  11. gamingmage

    gamingmage TS Rookie Posts: 64

    but the waterblock that i put up can have acrylic or brass i think so i should go with brass if i want to be sure?
  12. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +8

    if it is available in both, then yes, go with the brass top. that way you have nothing to worry about.

    I would recommend a brass top over an acrylic, but the choice is yours. i won't tell you not to buy something if you like it. every component has it's ups and downs. after all, look how many acrylic topped blocks there are for sale, many people like them and buy them and never have any problems with them. personally i used the best of both worlds on mine, i use a brass top with an acrylic plate over it. so it looks nice and won't break no matter what i do to it :D

    acrylic tops shouldn't t just crack for no reason. i can see it cracking down the road if it had too much strain on it, but that still comes down to human error. if people complained about the tops cracking, it was probably because they were careless. people like to blame faulty components (or other people) when something goes wrong, but it is usually their own fault.
  13. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    Human error is the cause of many things, but due to the nature of the product, you'd want it tight against the CPU/GPU.

    Anyway, if there's a brass top available, get that. Acrylics are just for the visual factor, and brass conducts heat better anyway. You won't see any temp difference cos the top is not the contact surface, but... yeh...
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