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I've got an overclocked box, runs great, great powersupply and all that stuff, currently air cooled... very well air cooled... so of course it's loud! hehe

Anyway, I just ordered a Koolance case (PC2-601w with a 200g cpu water block), their normal retail setup with the included water and all that, for two reasons: 1) just the shear pleasure of getting to finally mess around with water-cooling, and 2) to quiet this darned beast down!

I've been building overclocked systems for many years now, got tons of experience in that.  This will be my first water-cooling job though.  I've done some web researching over the past years on water cooling, at sites like hardocp.com and a bunch of others.

So, anyway, I'm just planning on taking out all my current hardware and "throwing" it into the new Koolance case, allowing me to get rid of my noisiest fans.

I'm trying to sum this up into an actual question so I can award points for it.

OK, here's my question.  What would be your advice for a person with lots of experience building overclocked aircooled systems, who is now making the leap to water cooling.  Koolance, while I have not used them before, has a reputation, from what I gather, as being the easiest out of the box experience.  What kind of no-no's would you point out, and also could you provide your favorite links for this type of thing?  Tell me a little about your "everyday" experiences with using Koolance systems... like what kinds of problems you had up front, but also any long-term things you ran into.

Here's some more detail, since I know us techies like detail.

I've got a PC Power and Cooling 425 watt power supply.  (I love it :-) )
Abit IC7-G Max2 Advance motherboard (default chipset cooling)
2.4GHz P4c overclocked to 3GHz (currently air-cooled with a thermalright SLK 900u heatsink with 92mm Vantec Tornado fan)
2x512MB TwinX 3200-C2PT RAM
eVGA GeForceFX 5900 Ultra with stock cooling, slightly overclocked
Creative Audigy2 Platinum
2x Western Digital Raptor drives in RAID 0 stripe set
Samsung DVD player and Samsung CD burner
got two 120mm in-take fans in the side window, one 80mm in-take fan on bottom-front of case, and one 80mm out-take fan on the upper back of the case.

It's my gaming box, runs great (Windows XP pro).

I've only ordered the cpu waterblock, I haven't ordered any video, mobo chipset, or hard drive water coolers to go with it.  I currently plan on having 2-3 80mm "quiet" fans in the new box to procide a little airflow over the rest of my components.
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The first place is to go to koolance's "how to buid" site:

http://www.koolance.com/technical/howtobuild/index_01.html

As far as problems I've run into:  
  Filling the reservoir can be tricky if you don't have a funnel, so invest in a 79cent funnel first.
  Test well for leaks and properly bleed air from the system, or you could have issues.
  Some power supplies barely fit, and running cables can be a pain going past that divider.

Some people have complained about the positioning of things, that the PSU is very close to the outlet from the heat exchange, etc., but I haven't found it much of an issue myself.

That being said, I've only built 2 of these, but found it worked well both times.

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Thanks, you found some sites I hadn't found that'll be useful, and thanks for your tips about being sure to get a funnel.
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no problem.
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