Questions for a watercooling noob
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December 30, 2009, 08:34 PM
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Montreal, Qc
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For the thermal paste, I've never used Shin-Estu, so dunno if its non-conductive, you're better off getting yourself a tube of arctic ceramique or arctic cooling 2 (recommended) or from Daz the gelid paste works pretty good too.. I'm also not too sure if EK started giving more thermal pads nowadays, I know with my EK4870 block, I only got one piece of it, which some I spoiled (accidentally) and the remaining got lost somehow.. he sells the pads for the blocks, better off getting a pad odd Daz..
Thanks for the cleaning tips. As for Shin-Etsu X23-7783D, it's the best thermal paste I've ever used. It handily beats AC MX-2 and MX-3 and IC Diamond, but since Shin-Etsu is a very big player in the semiconductor area, they don't market to enthusiasts much. Unless you're going to order 20L drums of it, you're too small.
They experimented for a while with selling 1g syringes, but now it's very hard to find any. You can find comparative reviews of it
. One other thing that might explain its lack of popularity is that it's very thick at room temperature, but it gains elasticity as it warms up. Before I apply it, I put the syringe in a small plastic bag and then drop it for a few mins in a glass of hot water. That way it becomes gooey and easy to apply. Still, on my Ultra-120, I gained a 3 degrees drop from it compared to AS Ceramique. It's that awesome!
My System Specs
Asus P6X58D Premium
Intel Xeon W3540 @ 4.35Ghz
6x2Gb G. Skill DDR3-1600@7-8-7-24
XFX ATI Radeon 5870
1TB Caviar Black
Silverstone Element ST50EF-PLUS
Corsair Obsidian 800D
Dell 30" UltraSharp 3007WFP-HC
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bits
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