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Old April 11, 2012, 09:07 PM
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Ever since I've gotten into watercooling, keeping the temp of the NB in check has been a problem. It overheats from time to time now, and it's driving me crazy.

I'm thinking of picking up a NB block and put it into my loop. The only problem is that would leave the VRMs uncooled because the NB heatsink is connected to the VRM heatsink via a heatpipe.

Since the board is pretty obscure, there is a fat chance of finding a compatible VRM block. Since you guys have been in the watercooling scene for awhile, what would you guys suggest?

Here's a rough shot of what my system looks like now (please ignore the tube clouding lol)

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I had the same problem when I swapped my silver arrow for a loop, I strapped a 120mm fan I had laying around from the PSU support brace in my case with a zip tie, looks like crap but dropped chipset temps like 20C without it. A cleaner looking option would be one of these
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I had the same problem when I swapped my silver arrow for a loop, I strapped a 120mm fan I had laying around from the PSU support brace in my case with a zip tie, looks like crap but dropped chipset temps like 20C without it. A cleaner looking option would be one of these
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Yea, that's what I'm trying to avoid, no fans anywhere except on the radiators. You can see that i have a 80mm fan strapped on right now, but it looks like crap
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Yea, that's what I'm trying to avoid, no fans anywhere except on the radiators. You can see that i have a 80mm fan strapped on right now, but it looks like crap
Ya I feel you, only cure is a mobo that supports a full cover WB, or compromising and adding another fan.
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Ya I feel you, only cure is a mobo that supports a full cover WB, or compromising and adding another fan.
Swapping out a mobo for the sake of looking good... man water cooling is an expensive hobby
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Swapping out a mobo for the sake of looking good... man water cooling is an expensive hobby
Yes, try looking for a copper 480 full cover block lol, discontinued, you would think it would have dropped in price? nope, any left in stores are marked up to cost more then any new WB, even 2 cored blocks are cheaper... going to end up pulling the vapor chamber on my card and leaving the fan/unisink/shroud on, just run the tubing through the hole in the side where the heatpipes used to live to a universal GPU block. Then there's those fancy $20 a piece fans that are super quiet but still move lots of air...water cooling is like having an expensive mistress hahaha.
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Are any of your radiators blowing hot air onto your motherboard? The cpu and one video card should be able to be cooled with just the dual rad. With a proper intake fan on the bottom of your case (where the 120mm is) and the cpu exhaust fan doing its job it should get air onto your northbridge heatsinks.

That said, i believe koolance does make vrm heatsinks that might do the job on basically any board if you take your time, put extra plates on where needed and even put on some copper fins if you can't touch everywhere.
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Actually the 120mm fans you see are exhausting hot air out of the case, there are two 120mm fans up front for intake (you can't see them in the shot)
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