Buying new watercooled system.

Hello, im interested in changeing my watercooling set up but since i dont really know enought about it, after searching most websites i found out there is no real comparison of the diffrent radiators out there, however the prices range a lot.

Another issue that bothers me is the fact there does not seem to be a compatibility system, so im a bit suspicious about what should i buy.

Now ill give my system specs as well as links to the parts that i am interested in buying in the next 3 months. What i really need to know are three things

A To know if those parts are or at least should be compatible.
B To know if they will all perform decently together (meaning i will not be getting a great CPU block but a Crappy Radiator or something like that).
C Would this setup allow me to get a 4Ghz safely? (ambiente temp can reach 35 C in spain easy, also note that i intend to use high quality fans but silent (75CFM) as well as fans derectly hitting the reservoir)

Q6600 Asus Rampage Formula XMS Corsair 800mhz 4-4-4-12(2x2gb)
700W thermaltake thoughtpower 2 4850 in crosfire with thermaltake duorbs as aftermarket cooling
3 hdds (mounted next to the power supply with an exaust fan) Kandalf LCS Case

Now, case has a good amount of fans (even a 250mm fan on side panel as exaust) and my plan is to basicly change all the watercooling installed in the LCS case, but using it for it.

Im going to place now the links and also questions regarding the parts if any, please bare with me, i found those in a spanish site, but i think its quite clear what parts they are.(i will only post those that i cant simply write).

Reservoir XSPC BAY 5.25''
BLACK ICE GTS 360 LITE> Diffrence in performace from NON-LITE? (its 14 more euros so if i can save i do)
CHIPSET EK EK-NB/SB 5 ACETAL or CHIPSET SWIFTECH MCW30 (or other not sure here)

and now the rest

so, will those worth togheter? the 90 angle ones for the rad the plastic tightings for the parts and the other screws for the bay deposit? will that fit with the tube?
I think im not forgetting anything here now.
Please stay to the questions, :D.


Nov 20, 2007
Hiyas. You kinda learn whats good and bad by frequenting forums and just reading. You get pointed in the right directions as you learn and your knowledge matures. Your a smart fellow to look long and buy smart, giving yourself 3 months to figure it out.

The thing about rads is they have 3 properties if the same size compared.

How much heat (watts) at xx CFM fannage (meaning noise) can they cool with high speed fans
How much heat (watts) at xx CFM fannage (meaning noise) can they cool with low speed fans
And thickness

Black Ice makes a read with very high fins per inch that is great at cooling. problem is it needs HS expensive fans to get the massive (not incredible, but more cooling) cooling ability. It's LOUD. Great for benchers who want speed and hobby mobos laying all over tables and wires everywhere.

Thermochill, XSPC, and now even Black Ice have great, thicker rads with LOW FPI that cool just fine with quieter fans.

Once you know your heatload you can determine the basics of what size rads you need, then you pick what rad you need.

Skinnee's links and Martins links will teach ya a lot, once you figure it out.

Linkies, guides, fun stuff for ya.

Guides Pretty up to date info and buying guide Another good guide What to do once all the stuff is in the door Many build logs on MANY cases, great learning tool.

My latest rig:

Forums Not a noob site, but great stickies My fav, good peeps, know their stuff, less hardcore [...] opic=20277 A GREAT Europe site Decent site

Tests on equipment, not reviews, truly scientific tests [...] n&ie=UTF-8 Info on rad testing More rad testing Host for Martins lab and some newer tests Test results, very technical




Dec 18, 2006
I still have my old H2O parts of my Q6600 stored in my shed. That reminds me I need to parts those out. It was a high end system. Danger Den 775 cooling block, clear on top copper on bottom, 1/2" system with dual 120 radiator and high speed fans, very expensive high flow Eheim water pump.

It worked really well but boy what a pain to maintain and move.