Hey all, just posing a pretty technical question on water cooling. Let's get to the dirt:
I have a Hardware Labs Black Ice Extreme (120mm)
that offers 3134 BTU rating or 919Wh. For now, it's running with a 120mm Coolermaster fan pulling the air through it (Maybe 18cfm, but i'ts dead silent. Can't find the P/N at the site, but it's on the fan:p). That's it for cooling, but I'm planning on cooling a 6800GT with a Danger Den 6800 Water Block
at some point. So, with that basically said, let's start the debates!
Is 919Wh high enough to do a CPU and a graphics card? I have found no graph or simple sheet for recommending the amount of heat you'd have to remove to be effective anywhere. I have an 80mm fan on the top that I can put a Black Ice 80mm micro
radiator in with it fairly easy for an extra 275Wh worth of radiator. But then you get into tubing problems (series with the other one or parallel?).
Then with that, you get into resevior problems. That's a lot of added water in the tubes and in the extra rad, so if you turn it off or on, the water level will change a lot(?). I have an Innovatek Tank-O-matic that I had planned to bring over to it, but also have a Power supply space I could use for a plexyglass tundra res (I don't like lexan, but I can block it off so I won't have to see it. I'd make a plate in the rear with a slot to check the level). But I know the tank-o-matic does good at removing air and have no idea about these bay tanks. Oh, and I could also mount it in the 5-1/2" bay, but I'd rather fill that with other stuff...it would take up my last area I have to play with. OMG, you CAN fill up a stacker with hardware!
So, you see what adding a GPU like this does to my plans and my mind!? It can basically be cured with some site or hero telling me that I don't need the added hassle of the extra radiator. I am aiming on quietness, and the only thing I want to put up with is the crossflow fan, and that is on-demand (I can kill it when I want).
(extra info: P4 550, TDX waterblock, handful of nozzles, and all my tubes are 3/8". No plans to cool the NB yet. Pump is an HPPS 12v, so I'm fine in the pumpage arena. For those about to say that the CM fan isn't enough, I have this Y.S.Tech (.pdf needed)
on stand-by if so(73.4 cfm/34db's at 1800rpm). I just want to try out the CM fan because, again, it's dead quiet...it just makes a gentle breeze:p.