Hey guys! Another watercooling post wuhoo! I watercool too.
I really dont reccomend running your case without any fans in, i used to do something similar and because there was so little airflow around the processor area the capacitors swelled up and i had to stop using the motherboard. Also no/very little airflow will also probably cause your graphics card to overheat and do funny things which mine also used to do. (in my old setup i left my case side open with no exhaust fan and a small fan on my radiator at the front)... infact let me get some pictures...
****Back! with piccys!****
Thats my old setup, and it was run 24/7 exactly like you see in the picture, case side off. The fan on the rad was run on 6v (using a rheo).
Thats what happens with zero airflow around the processor area.
From another angle just for perspective.
Learning from my mistakes i learned that i need at least a little airflow running through my case at all time, the most efficient way is sucking air from the front and blowing it out the back with the case side on. I figured that since i am putting at least 1, 5v 120mm fan on the front i may as well have an internal radiator and have the air from the 120mm fan blowing over the radiator which would be enough to cool my heavily overclocked processor (oh yeah, running 100% load 24/7 too - [email protected]
). For good airflow i also added a 120mm exhaust fan also running at 5v.
Having my setup like that also allows me to passively cool my graphics card with a zalman heatpipe. (i havent got it yet but im getting it soon)
anyway, heres a pic of my current setup:
i figured that internal watercooling is probably the best and most efficient method for me - as i have 2 120mm fans in my computer for airflow already, i might as well use it to my advantage and put my radiator in there as well.
The setup is going to be re-done soon, mainly to tidy it up and give my watercooling a good clean.