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Sick of the H50: What do you guys think of this loop?

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Hey guys, I'm just about ready to upgrade from my H50 to a real loop, as I want to pursue a reasonable overclock on my gpu and make a run at higher cpu clocks as well. I am also hoping I can keep all of the water cooling internal. Here is the loop I was thinking of:

Black Ice 240
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...oducts_id=1646

Black Ice 120
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...oducts_id=2584

Alphacool Laing DDC
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...oducts_id=4508

Heatkiller 1366 Cpu block rev3.0
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=29058

EK gtx 480 gpu block:
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=27819

Swiftech Micro Res:
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=24649



What do you guys think of this loop? I see the main hindrance being that I only have a 120 + 240 radiator setup and I am worried that they wont be sufficient to cool both an overclocked cpu and gpu. Are there any other parts that you guys recommend in place of these? My budget is approx $450 - $500 at this point. Many thanks!

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120+240 is definitely not enough for ur loop
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120+240 is definitely not enough for ur loop
I disagree it is plenty, 240 is enough for a gtx 480 and a 120 is enough for a cpu
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I disagree it is plenty, 240 is enough for a gtx 480 and a 120 is enough for a cpu
If u'd say 120 is enough for a 4+ GHz 45nm i7 CPU (from his sig rig), I will LOL
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If u'd say 120 is enough for a 4+ GHz 45nm i7 CPU (from his sig rig), I will LOL
I'd say it's more than enough. With moderate fans on decent rads, you don't need more than 120mm of rad per component. If you want to overclock, you will either need 1.5x-2x that, or you'll have to go with thicker rads, faster fans, or higher static pressure fans, or a combination of them.

240+120 will be plenty. I've got an HW labs GTX360 on overclocked 2600k @ 4.3ghz, and a 6950 overclocked to 880/1325 and unlocked, and my water temps never go higher than 6c over room temp, which isn't bad at all, and I've got pretty generic fans which I've never seen run at over 70%.
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I'd say it's more than enough. With moderate fans on decent rads, you don't need more than 120mm of rad per component. If you want to overclock, you will either need 1.5x-2x that, or you'll have to go with thicker rads, faster fans, or higher static pressure fans, or a combination of them.

240+120 will be plenty. I've got an HW labs GTX360 on overclocked 2600k @ 4.3ghz, and a 6950 overclocked to 880/1325 and unlocked, and my water temps never go higher than 6c over room temp, which isn't bad at all, and I've got pretty generic fans which I've never seen run at over 70%.
Wow, thanks for such a detailed response! Which thicker rads would you suggest? Also, I was thinking I would be using some GTs if i can get my hands on them.
Ultimately, I'm OK with going external as well and having a combination of 240 + 240 or a 240 + a 360. However, I would really like to keep it internal at least for now for a clean look.
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Thicker radiators will be those like the XSPC RX240/360, or a HW labs GTX. The GTX is really thick, and should be used with higher RPMs. That being said, I use one personally, have my fans on a fan controller that's controlled by the PWM header on my motherboard, and never heard the fans get loud, since when they need to get loud (from warmer temps needing to be cooled down) I'm usually too busy gaming to care about the volume of the fans.

Everyone has their preferred setup. Most people recommend getting less dense radiators like the HW labs SR-1s or Swiftech QP series so that they can run low RPM fans at 100% 24/7. I took the route that I'd prefer less radiators, so I'd rather have one powerful radiator, and spend the time (and $30) to have my fans controlled so that when I need power, the computer applies power, and when it doesn't need it, it's effectively silent, even with fans that would otherwise hardly be considered silent.

If you go external, you can always stick a 360 on the top or back and will be fine with cooling.

Have you checked out the XSPC Rasa RX240 kit? That would include a (great) radiator, a pump, reservoir, fans, everything you need to start with other than the second rad and GPU block. If you do go that route, it's always recommended to get custom tubing up front (it's only like $16 for some Primochill Primoflex off Amazon).

Glad I could help!
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