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Alphacool Watercooling Starter Kit

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monkeyville 29th March 2006, 14:05 Quote
Great article ;) I seem to stil be a complete n00b when it comes to water even after years of reading stuff about them. I think i must blank out whenever it gets mentioned so its good to see there are kits out there for the total n00bie. I do however think that if i was loking to buy this kit and read that review i would definatly not buy it. The fact that there wasnt enough liquid in the bottle would be an added expense and i wouldnt just have it lying around.

[The 'buy it here' link on the last page is also broken]
Fly 29th March 2006, 14:20 Quote
external link fixed. :)
chemo 29th March 2006, 14:39 Quote
nice review there, its filled in a few holes i had about WC'ing. im thinking about a kit like this and it certainly looks better than the coolermaster kit thing
jezmck 29th March 2006, 15:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by monkeyville
Great article ;) I seem to stil be a complete n00b when it comes to water even after years of reading stuff about them. I think i must blank out whenever it gets mentioned so its good to see there are kits out there for the total n00bie....

Ditto to all that.

The insufficient coolant seems like a big mistake - perhaps it should be diluted?

I got scared by the last line:
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leaks out of the box

Also a small typo:
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Originally Posted by p4 para 6
if you out it together incorrectly.

UPDATE Fixed by moderator - thanks[B]
sandys 29th March 2006, 16:06 Quote
I'd imagine it can be diluted though I wonder how much pipework you have used, I bought an alphacool kit, a ready2go one ( pretty much same stuff but preinstalled in a CM Stacker with 3x120mm rad in top, prefilled, £235 specialtech ), even better for beginners as its prefilled and you just have to put all your stuff in the new case and switch it on, although I didn't do that I drained it, added two gpu coolers to it plus some mosfet coolers and filled it with the same 500mm Alphacool bottle, it may be that your resevior is larger, mine is square and looks smaller.

Anyway seems like a good bit of kit
Dr. Strangelove 29th March 2006, 16:08 Quote
Nice review, still don't have the guts to stuff water into my computer tho

I was however very impressed with the new Zalman heatsink!!
Guido 29th March 2006, 16:43 Quote
Hmm, I'd love to watercool, but the thing holding me back is my socket A motherboard without mounting holes. It seems that hardly anyone makes a bracket that mounts to the socket tabs. It looks like this kit might use the tabs for a socket A. Would the BT staff be willing to verify that?
unrealhippie 29th March 2006, 17:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by Guido
Hmm, I'd love to watercool, but the thing holding me back is my socket A motherboard without mounting holes. It seems that hardly anyone makes a bracket that mounts to the socket tabs. It looks like this kit might use the tabs for a socket A. Would the BT staff be willing to verify that?

Your money would be better spent upgrading hardware before moving to watercooling. £100 could buy a very cheap A64 solution which would improve performance more than what I cheap watercooling kit would.
kickarse 29th March 2006, 17:25 Quote
The copper heatsink did pretty well considering the load. I wonder how much overclocking even more would have shown?
ozstrike 29th March 2006, 19:29 Quote
Good review. It's great how companies are trying to get more people into WC. I'd love to try it, but I don't have enough money. :(
It would have been nice to see how well it performs when pitched against a proper, custom built WC setup, just to see how close you can get to it for the money.
Darv 29th March 2006, 20:44 Quote
How much liquid did you need in the end. I have a similar loop with an extra 3 blocks but an Aquatube in place of the submerged pump and it's completey filled with around 300ml.

I like Alphacool kit recently. It's very good value for very good performance.
speedfreek 29th March 2006, 22:03 Quote
It looks good for someone just starting out but if I would go to water I would want to do everything, CPU, GPU, northbridge. And the manual issue wouldnt bother me much, hardly read the things anyway unless somthings missing.
Risky 30th March 2006, 00:11 Quote
Minor point is that the you can still install it if you don't have a PCI slot free as it isn't actually using PCI, you just need somehere to stick that PCB

Major point is that it can be upgraded and expanded with part form a big range of suppliers - this doesn't tie you into one range of parts.
Fly 30th March 2006, 00:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by Risky
Minor point is that the you can still install it if you don't have a PCI slot free as it isn't actually using PCI, you just need somehere to stick that PCB

It is an option, but with the bare PCB I would highly recommend you don't unless you fully insulate it.
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Originally Posted by Risky
Major point is that it can be upgraded and expanded with part form a big range of suppliers - this doesn't tie you into one range of parts.

Yep, as mentioned. ;)


I'll answer all other questions tomorrow when I have another play with it.
Xen0phobiak 5th April 2006, 13:41 Quote
Don't be afraid of leaks, my watercooling setup has leaked twice, both times all over the graphics card (1st time a 9700np, 2nd time a 6800le), because I didn't seal the thread on the barbs on my TDX. Both times I dried it out and everything worked fine afterwards. The Irony is that I sealed everything else and assumed the waterblock would be ok . My system seems to take around a litre, possibly a little more. eheim 1250, TDX, BIX120.1, and several feet of 1/2" ID tubing.
The Bart Man 10th April 2006, 21:37 Quote
Nice review. Good starting kit
Have also a nice kit laying around only the bloks fore gpu and NB leak because the screws are over tightend. So almost fineshed with building new cover out of aluminium so within some time I will install it in a Antec Sonata. But also thinking of buying a lianl li case. just a simple one with enough room.
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