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#1 Nick_R_23

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 10:18 PM

Hey everyone,

I am looking at water cooling systems as my computer is running way too hot plus it is kind of cramped (micro-atx style) and I was eyeballing the Kingwin AWC-1 watercooling setup. Has anyone had experience with this one, is it a good setup or not?

Also are there any better suggestions? I dont mind if it is external, just not something huge like Thermaltake's BigWater. Mostly just that it does a good job at cooling, cheap, and is quiet, my old HSF is 45db!

BTW it is an AMD Athlon XP 2400+ (2.0 Ghz) in a Compaq Presario 5000 case (yes amazingly everything fits halfway nicely lol)

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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Posted 18 March 2006 - 11:00 PM

That thermaltake big water is actually a pretty small setup. BTW here is a link to a CNET Weekend Project on how to install. Gots videos and everything.

http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-11319_7-6291064-1.html?tag=txt

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Posted 19 March 2006 - 02:07 AM

Thanks, Klinkaroo, that was a interesting video.

The reason I was looking at the Kingwin water cooler is because of the way it mostly was all in a 5 1/4 bay, (theres only 2 5 1/4 bays--one for DVD writer, the other for whatever like the Kingwin watercooler) with that case there isnt much room--it is about a foot and a half tall and the way it was designed is the HDD mounts are where a intake fan would go, and it was meant to have a 900mhz Athlon :thumbsup: originally not a 2.0 Ghz Athlon XP and all the stuff ive put in it.

And the only exhaust fan in the rear is 80mm so the 1st radiator from the BigWater setup wouldnt fit there(120mm), and the 2nd radiator (dual 120mm) is almost longer than the case itself-- so thats why I thought it wouldnt fit.

But like I said before I wouldnt mind an external setup, it kinda keeps the room in the case open a bit.

Thanks

-Nick

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Posted 19 March 2006 - 01:39 PM

Just for your information if you are a gamer and go to alot of LAN Parties lugging around a radiator might not be the most pratical way to go...

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Posted 19 March 2006 - 06:51 PM

No its not going to LAN parties it just sits on my desk. But I wanted it watercooled because I might start gaming on it when its totally finished being put together (and its hot as-is) and I have another one thats gonna be networked to it to play games too.

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Posted 19 March 2006 - 08:24 PM

Here is some info on 2 units

Coolwater Info, by Corsair

http://www.corsairmemory.com/corsair/COOL_water.html

Review and good info

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/168/1/

Buy Coolwater

http://shop1.outpost.com/{Gd4m79JQTYdYV6Bs...CH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

Nautilus 500 by Corsair approx $160

http://www.corsairmemory.com/corsair/nautilus_500.html

Review and good info

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/302/1/

Other reviews

http://www.legitreviews.com/articles/cooling/
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Posted 19 March 2006 - 11:56 PM

Another option...

If you're up for a challenge, you could try building your own cooling system. I've only heard about this, but apparently you can use standard tubing, and buy the connectors, radiator, and contact-plate-things individually.

Again, I've had no experience with water cooling systems, and if I wanted one, I wouldn't build it myself ;), but it's always another option.

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#8 Nick_R_23

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 01:58 AM

I considered doing that, but someone told me that it was way more expensive to piece one together then to just buy a prebuilt system.

BTW thanks for all the posts

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Posted 20 March 2006 - 05:58 AM

Hi Nick.
If you're up for something different, check this out - http://www.tomshardware.com/2006/01/09/strip_out_the_fans/

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Posted 13 May 2006 - 03:30 AM

I just installed the Kingwin AWC1 in my pc and I'm having problems with it. The pc will start for a few seconds then shut off and make a beeep-booop sound. Its odd but every other review I've read for the AWC1 has been positive and people seem to have good luck with it, just not me apperently!




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