Hey everybody! Long time no see! I hope life has been as kind to you all as it has me!
Ive had this computer for a while now and originally intended to do this mod straight away, but real life (in this case mostly my master thesis) got in the way. But now after almost two years I decided it's about time to get started!
Even though the box is old(ish) it still performs very well. The games I play goes on 1920x1200 and max settings and I rarely notice any fps-drops. Even in daily use I'm known to stream 1080p from rar-archives with hundreds of firefox tabs open while coding in Visual Studio or running some Matlab calculations, and the box keeps pace nicely. So I have no issues spending money on watercooling it regardless of its age. The main goal is silence, but if it turns out I can also get some nice clocks all the better.The specs are as follows
(all at stock):
2x2Gb HyperX cl4 800mhz
Samsung Spinpoint 1TbKey mod parts:Laing DDC 3.1
(or mcp350/ddc 1t) with Phobya plexi top
(formerly known as OCLabs XPTop)
- Widely accepted as the most powerful silent pump out there, especially if used with a good aftermarket top. The Phobya/OCLabs top isn't the best of the best but definitely in top contention and probably the smallest of the bunch. More info and good testing here: Martin's Lab DDC top roundupWatercool Heatkiller G200 gpu-block
- THE gtx260 block. Check why here: Eiskaltmacher gtx280 block roundupWatercool Heatkiller Rev3.0 cpu-block
- Can't find the source right now but, most newer block roundups are tested on i7 which really isn't the same thing, but IIRC it's supposed to be one of the standout quadcore blocks. Very similar in design to EK Supreme or D-Tek Fuzion v2. SanyoDenki San Ace Silent 120x25
- Three of them actually, two on the rad and one to be mounted on the soon to be chopped up front panel. San Ace are known for realistic specs and good pressure and airflow for its noise level. Cost of importing to Sweden that makes me wanna curse... Found here: San Ace at NewarkSanyDenki San Ace 80x15
- Used to be called "Petite Ace". Is to replace the PSU fan that is driving me nuts. The 12v version of the fan with same specs found here: Petite Ace at NewarkSwifttech MCR220 QP
- Some people seem to dislike Swifttech but this could well be the very best slim radiator available. It also happens to fit perfectly in the top of the p2-box. I estimated top heat load to be around 400w during heavy gaming for which this rad with these fans gets a deltaT of about 11-12 (MCR220QP at Martin's Lab
). More info on deltas can be found here: Guide to deltaT at Overclockers.com
but short of it is you want cpuloops to have delta below 10 preferably and gpuloops below 15. Since I'm working with some restricted space it should be good enough.
For those wondering how the **** I'm supposed to fit all this inside a P2-box here's some sketches of the planned layout:
Harddrives are to be mounted together in sound dampening frames and mounted on the swivel originally holding the cpufan so I can reach the insides better when installing the watercooling. Pump and t-line placement is really the biggest question mark. Don't know for sure where they'll fit until I install them.Airflow sketch:
I'm not 100% on this. Pulling cold air from the outside and through the radiator is assuredly best for the rad, but maybe I should reverse the psu fan as well and then reverse front fan to pull out all the hot air. Or maybe even set all fans to blow inwards and force the hot air to escape wherever it can.