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Modding couple Newbie questions

Discussion in 'Modding' started by rewris, 17 Nov 2004.

  1. rewris

    rewris New Member

    21 Oct 2003
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    while I'm not new to modding, there are a lot of areas I never wandered into. One of them is watercooling, I'm considering getting a water cooler, just to add it to my case. So my question is; I noticed on a website, when I was looking for water coolers, they were categorized by cpu type. Does it matter individually, or can I buy any cooler and can change the Block for a specific cpu type?

    Second question is; can anyone explain what the difference is between the different cpu types? Or can anyone direct me to a comprehensive site that I can read into it. I really want to know which one I should choose.

    I'm trying to put together a new machine, but my budget most definitely will not allow me to do it all at once, so I'm going to buy the simpler parts first (psu, optical drives, sata hdd's) and get the ram, mobo and cpu last. Anyone got any advice for me.
  2. eddie_dane

    eddie_dane Used to mod pc's now I mod houses

    31 Jan 2002
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    Welcome to the forums.

    This should probably be in our watercooling or hardware section of the forums so you get the right readers seeing the post but here goes.


    Some elements of a watercooling setup are basically universal: the pump, resevoir, and radiator. Even the hosing used is the same.

    You need to buy blocks (the piece that comes in actual contact with the cpu, chipset, vpu) to coorespond with what you have or plan to have. The main reason you need specific blocks is the mounting of them. Example would be the mounting bracket on the motherboard for an AMD Athlon64 is different than for an Intel Pentium4. The block itself may very well be exactly the same block but the mounting hardware will be designed specifically for the type of processor you have. Same goes for cooling the chipset (northbridge) and vpu (video card processor).


    Which processor to buy is hard to recommend. Personally, I'm a fan of best bang for the buck. In that arena, it's hard to beat the AMD Athlon 64 socket 754 range of processors. You can get some excellent Intel bargains as well, I still like the P4 2.8 Northwood even as dated as it is.

    We have many articles on processors that you can read, or check out the hardware section of the forums. Also check out the extreme cooling section for more on watercooling.

    Some articles on the latest processors:

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