Business man

Water cooling

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 | 10:22 PM | by
Let me throw this out here... maybe someone has had experience...

If I've got a Reserator XT, a Striker II Extreme (with the hydro on the NB/SB) and 2 water-cooled GeForce 280s... could the Reserator handle a Processor->NB/SB->Video1->Video2 loop, or am I going to be dumping hot water on my processor?

Should I just stick a regular heatsink on the processor and watercool the other three?

To clarify...

Thursday, September 25, 2008 | 02:49 AM | by
This is for a new, scratch-built gaming PC.

The two GTX280s are going to be water cooled no matter what. The water blocks are built into the cards, and they put off the most heat, so they're the priority.

The motherboard's nb/sb is "H2O ready" so it's more an option of including it in the loop without any extra work.

The processor is actually my least concern. If I don't put a water block on it and include it in the loop, I'll just throw an nice Zalman heatsink on it like I have in my current gaming rig  (and soon to be new work rig), which works more than fine.

Most likely I'm just going to focus on water for the 280s and maybe the nb/sb, since I really don't want to run two water pumps/systems. The whole water thing is more of a novelty for me than a necessity, which is why I'm going with the Reserator XT kit as opposed to building something custom from parts- I don't have the time to spend fiddling with it.

I haven't started assembling the PC yet, I'm still waiting on some parts from Newegg tomorrow, but I'll let you know what the final decision was.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008 | 03:05 AM | by
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Yes, Jack Thompson was disbarred

Thursday, September 25, 2008 | 03:53 PM | by
Jack Thompson has been disbarred in Florida.

As much as I absolutely do not agree with the man's opinions or tactics for expressing those opinions, I do feel sorry for the guy.

He did bring it on himself, though.

If I may...

Thursday, September 25, 2008 | 09:04 PM | by
If I may interject into all of the "Ding dong, the witch is dead" chanting, I just wanted to put a little perspective on Jack Thompson's disbarment.

As much as you may "hate" Jack Thompson, it should be important to remember that he was not disbarred for speaking out against video games. We as gamers have not won any significant battle here against the idea, the belief that video games are the root of all society's ills. Jack Thompson was disbarred for the way he presented his opinions, in a blustering, overly sensationalist and irresponsible manner.

So yes, while this may be a blow to his credibility and hamper his tools as an anti-video game violence advocate, I sincerely doubt this will silence him. And there are plenty more lawyers and politicians out there just like him.

Though you may want to envision Jack Thompson as the figurative "head" of the anti-video game sentiment, and that that head has just been decapitated, try to keep in mind that he was just one particularly vocal appendage of a many-limbed beast.