Originally Posted by gaburko
mephiska - i really have no experience with the H60, but why dont you just buy the parts and build your own watercooling? Its usually more efficient not to mention upgradeable. the watercooling above is my first ever watercooling, so its not that hard to build really.
This is my first experience with water cooling as well. I only looked briefly at buying all the parts individually and building my own setup, but the cost of individual parts scared me away pretty quick. $50 average for just a CPU block, $70+ for the radiator, plus a reservoir, pump, hoses, adapters & fittings, coolant, and so on. I'd end up spending $250-300 for a fully custom setup just to cool the CPU.
The H60 was only $60 on Amazon. It may not be as efficient as a full custom setup, but I'll try it out. I'm hoping it will perform at least as well as the full size Zalman in my desktop, but in a very cramped HTPC case. And if it doesn't work I'll just return it.
Gaming on an HTPC is soooo much fun - i am now playing games in 3D with nVidia 3DTVPlay on my 50 inch plasma with a wireless controller, best Christmas ever :-)
Yeah it is. Playing Skyrim on Ultra high settings at 60+ fps on my 46" screen from my comfy couch using an xbox 360 controller for windows is a glorious thing.
In my little GD05 case I have shoehorned a Sapphire Radeon 6950 2gb, 2 HDD, 1 SSD, a Samsung Blu-Ray player and a 700W OCZ power supply. With the i5-2500k overclocked to 4.7ghz this box generates a TON of heat when playing games. Initially I had case temps reaching 55-65C, case temps, not CPU temps!
I reconfigured the fans for push-pull and cut holes in my entertainment center where the case fans are with a dremel tool (it's IKEA, who cares
). That dropped those temps to 30C, but the CPU needs more cooling than the low profile heatsink can provide, and the situation is worsened by the fact that half of the heatsink fan is covered by the blu-ray player.
Wish me luck with the H60! I'll take pics as I go.