[sf-lug] building liquid cooled PCs in SF?

Blake Haggerty Blake.Haggerty at Sapphire.com
Wed Jan 14 14:51:38 PST 2009

My primary machine is liquid cooled... I thought it was pretty easy to do. That all being said If you have never built your own machine or replaced parts...etc i could see how it would be difficult. 


I don't really have a true need for it being liquid cooled, my processor is not overclocked. The reason I did it is I felt that most processor fans are noisy, and the pump for the coolant that I bought was dead silent. On top of that I have had processor chips die on me and when I had the chip looked at I was told it was a heat issue. So I figured I'll just liquid cool it to play it safe.


My machine is on 24hrs a day I play first person shooters on it (yes on Linux) like Urban Terror, I rip Blu-Rays and watch those while allot of other stuff is going on in the background so maybe that is the stress and heat being created and why I have had chips fail. But I have never overclocked my processor. 


I don't think overclocking is a prerequisite to liquid cooling a machine. If you want to do it half of the fun is putting it together. It all comes down to your skill level, what is it?


Liquid cooling your PC is like Pimp My Ride for computers its not always necessary but its cool.


Best Regards,

Blake Haggerty

Permanent Placement Specialist

Sapphire Technologies U.S., a Randstad company

27 Maiden Lane

San Francisco, CA 94108

(p) (415) 788-8488

(f) (415) 788-2592



-----Original Message-----
From:Thomas DiZoglio tomdiz at yahoo.com 
To: "sf-lug at linuxmafia.com" , "David Stein" ;
Sent: Jan 14, 2009 12:49:40 PM
Subject: Re: [sf-lug] building liquid cooled PCs in SF?

Why do you want to do this?? I know why windows gamers want too for overclocking. I suggest only doing it if you really have a need for it. Overclocking effects the life of your machine and voids all warranties. I have done several systems in the past for windows gamers and I could help you. It is very expensive to do this and if you are not overclocking there is no need for liquid cooling. There are other cooling options available. 

Also, verify that your motherboard can be overclocked first. Usually only hi-end motherboards allow overclocking effectively. If you do not have a real need for overclocking I suggest not doing it. Are you building a Linux server that needs to be overclocked? 

Right now, I recommend ASUS boards with the new Intel Nehalem quad core CPU, Intel X58 chipset and DDR3 1600Mhz support. They have a nice external USB overclocking LCD device that connects to the motherboard to help overclocking, though the auto mode is best. 

--- On Wed, 1/14/09, David Stein wrote: 

> From: David Stein 
> Subject: [sf-lug] building liquid cooled PCs in SF? 
> To: sf-lug at linuxmafia.com 
> Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 12:24 PM 
> Hi all, 
> A lurker here. I'm looking for a place in SF or the 
> area which has 
> experience building liquid cooled PCs. I know this is 
> slightly 
> off-topic, but I figured many sf-lug readers might be into 
> this kind 
> of thing and would have advice. I have a fan cooled Linux 
> PC right 
> now and would just like to drop it off with someone who 
> could convert 
> it all to liquid cooled. Any advice? 
> Thanks, 
> David 
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