Aqua Computer Water Cooling Guide Part one.

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Leftclicks specializes in providing quiet, high-performance cooling solutions to PC enthusiasts and offers a comprehensive line of German made Aqua Computer water cooling products. The Aqua Computer XT Complete CPU Water Cooling Kit contains everything needed to quietly water-cool the latest CPUs from Intel or AMD

 

The good thing about this brand is the adaptability and never-ending upgrade capobility that won't leave you bankrupt or having to buy a complete new kit every time you upgrade your system.

Aqua computer comes standard with 6mm ID (8mm OD) semi-rigid nylon tubing and Plug & Cool fittings. 3/8”ID however connectors can be purchased to convert to larger tube sizes.

Products include GPU and chipset waterblocks, larger dual and triple fan radiators, an advanced multi-function control unit, water temperature and flow sensors, along with numerous other components and accessories.

Now that you are ready to enter the world of water cooling you should ask yourself the following questions:
What do you want to cool?

To start watercooling you first thing you need to know is what you want to cool. There are alot of reasons why it’s good to water cool, overclocking is the main reason for water cooling but there is also other uses for it like silencing your computer.

The most popular components to water cool are currently the processor, motherboard and graphics card as these produce the most heat, but you can also cool your psu, hard drives and even ram.

If you’re looking to have an overclocked system you would want to concentrate on the first three (Processor, motherboard and graphics card), the cooler the components the faster you can get them to go.

For a silent system you want to drown out the loudest components i.e. anything with a fan, you can even have a passive radiator so there is no fan in you system at all.

Now you have figured out what you want to cool you need to ask yourself the next question:

How much space do you have?

This can be seen as the main restriction in watercooling unless you’re going to buy a new case for your watercooling.

The largest thing that you’re going to have to fit in your case is the radiator,
Aqua-Computer has a large range of sizes from 80 (one 80mm fan) to a massive 1800 (15 yes 15 120mm fans ). If you don’t want to "mod" your case to fit the watercooling in then you can get what I would call "case friendly" radiator, these would be either 80mm/160mm(dual 80mm)/120mm these will fit in easily to most cases that have pre cut fan holes.

You will also need to think where you want to put the other larger components like reservoir and pump. Again if you don’t want to "mod" your case there are options for you. The Aquabay is a great option, it’s made to hold the famous Aquatube in 2 drive bays but it has the added extra of being able to hold the pump on the back.

The Aqua Computer reservoir is designed to slip right over the inlet housing of the Aquastream pump and seals tightly with two parallel O-rings. (A light application of Silicone grease to the O-rings makes installation easier.)

These are the parts you need to have, what you cool is up to you.

I will now guide you through the range of products available and show you how they can meet your needs.

The Pump


The pump can be seen as the heart of the watercooling and is used to pump the water around your system, you can choose between the basic model shown above or combine it with a controller (shown below) to get the Aqua-stream. The advantage of the aquastream is that it has real time error reporting, so it will visually show you if there is a problem (by use of LED's). The pump used in the Aquastream is a modified Eheim 1046 that operates on 12 VDC. Eheim pumps have an excellent reputation for reliability and quiet operation the performance of this pump is identical to the Eheim 1046.

The Aquastream 12V pump comes with a controller that fits into a spare 3.5” drive bay. The controller is used to monitor and control the pump. The Aquastream controller is also programmable and can be connected to an optional Aqua Computer Aquero multi-function control unit for more advanced functionality and even overclocking the pump to E-1048 status.




For people with real space restrictions there are a range of compact pumps available to:


The reservoir

This is probably the most infamous part of the Aqua-Computer setup and is the most well know. If you have ever seen it in any modding galleries and thought "Whats that???" here’s your answer. The Aquatube:

 

The Aquatube is probably the best designed res out there, it is fully water tight and has 6 inlets/outlet for you to use which means it easily fits in to any system. The Aquatube also has a range of what could be classed as accessories that can be brought for it including lighting module and aquajet.

 

The Aquajet shown above screws straight into the Aquatube, its use it to push the incoming water against the Perspex window to give an awesome waterfall effect.

 

Another option for a reservoir which provides extremely easy filling is the Aquainlet which can be attached straight to your pump. This is also great if you don’t have room to fit an Aquatube.



The Radiator

 

The radiator is another important part of the watercooling system, its job is to cool the liquid. This can be done with or without fans depending on your need.

The Aqua Computer Airplex Evo 120 Heat Exchanger is a radiator developed specifically for PC water cooling. It consists of a multi-pass copper tube surrounded galvanized steel fins. The entire assembly is powder coated for protection against external oxidation and corrosion.

As I said before Aqua-Computer has a large range of sizes available to suit your needs, as shown below.
You can buy external mounts for your rad if you don’t have enough room for it inside your case, these are also a great help if you want a passive system.


Blocks

The use of the cooling blocks in the system is to cool the selected components down without letting it come into contact with the water.

 

With Aquacomputer components it’s pretty easy to get exactly what you want as 90% of the CPU blocks are compatible with all chip types which is a great advantage when you come to upgrade as you won’t have to change your cooling block as well just the fitting you use to secure it.

Motherboard block (Northbridge cooler)

For the northbridge there is really only one block, the Twinplex but like its larger brothers it’s very versatile. It has been designed to fit any system out there with a range of fittings so you can choose what’s right for you.

Graphics block



Graphics card blocks are obviously used to cool your graphics card down but it also has the advantage of getting rid of those awful modern day fans that create a lot of nose.

The graphics cards blocks are not as versatile as the above blocks due to the range the design and layouts of the cards change, there is basically a different block for every high end card.

Connectors



I’m now going to take you into the world of the connectors and what you can do with them.

AquaComputer have a range of connectors that can make things real easy. Unlike larger tubing systems 1/2" for example where you have to mess about with tube clips AquaComputer used a system called Plug and Cool or P+C for short. This is a great system as all you have to do is push the tubing firmly in and away you go. To release the tubing (best when not filled with water) you simply push the plastic bit on the connector down.

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