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Old March 1, 2010, 08:07 AM
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Wow, on Saturday my computer started to randomly "die" on me. It would just shut off (power off) with no warnings or nothing. After some simple diagnostics in the bios I was able to determine that my CPU was overheating. I opened my case and touched the Apogee drive only to discover there was no vibrations coming out of it. It was also making a slow clicking sound. So, I brought my rig into my workshop and proceeded to figure out how to remove the Apogee drive from my system which has two loops and a communal res. I tilted my system to try and drain the CPU loop into the common res when I noticed water dripping onto my video card!

I dismantled my entire system and it looks like my Apogee drive not only died but also started to leak. I ordered an OCZ Ven 2 in the meantime and I am going to re-assemble my second loop only (video card and NB) and run the CPU on air for the time being. I was never too happy with the apogee drive for cooling (it managed to only cool as well as air anyways) so I won't be going back to water on my CPU for a while I think.
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Old March 1, 2010, 08:50 AM
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Wow, on Saturday my computer started to randomly "die" on me. It would just shut off (power off) with no warnings or nothing. After some simple diagnostics in the bios I was able to determine that my CPU was overheating. I opened my case and touched the Apogee drive only to discover there was no vibrations coming out of it. It was also making a slow clicking sound. So, I brought my rig into my workshop and proceeded to figure out how to remove the Apogee drive from my system which has two loops and a communal res. I tilted my system to try and drain the CPU loop into the common res when I noticed water dripping onto my video card!

I dismantled my entire system and it looks like my Apogee drive not only died but also started to leak. I ordered an OCZ Ven 2 in the meantime and I am going to re-assemble my second loop only (video card and NB) and run the CPU on air for the time being. I was never too happy with the apogee drive for cooling (it managed to only cool as well as air anyways) so I won't be going back to water on my CPU for a while I think.
Water systems are perfectly fine.

Unfortunately you went a route that most people don't recommend and it burned you.
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Old March 1, 2010, 09:02 AM
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ya an apogee is not a good judge for what water cooling can do. my water cooling right now has only one crappie fan on it. on a triple rad ( i am to lazy to change it yet ) and in the same room is my venomous and my water cooling is always 5c to 10c lower just because it's water.
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Old March 1, 2010, 09:20 AM
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The only thing an Apogee Drive is good for is to take it apart, mod it (to a Laind DDC 3.2) and use it as a pump only You'll want a "real" waterblock if you want better than 'air' cooling. :)
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Old March 1, 2010, 12:39 PM
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The only thing an Apogee Drive is good for is to take it apart, mod it (to a Laind DDC 3.2) and use it as a pump only You'll want a "real" waterblock if you want better than 'air' cooling. :)
yip thats the best route to go an get ddc top and curent waterblock that fits where old unit didn't like a i7 Water block

OP thats if....... pump still works after leak damaged
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Old March 1, 2010, 04:14 PM
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No idea if the pump still works. It was just ticking and not moving when I check last. I have a different pump I could use as well but I am just going to stick with air on my CPU until my next CPU upgrade. Thanks everybody.
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Pump still under warranty?
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Old March 2, 2010, 10:17 AM
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Probably not, I think the pump is around 2 years old.
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