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As the title says I'm new to the water cooling scene and I have a few questions.

First I'll give a picture of my loop.
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Sleeving to be done once all has arrived! Please excuse the ugly fan wires redface.gif
Also apologize for poor image quality. I only have access to the camera on my phone.

Before you ask, yes that is a dye in the loop. I was testing as to which color I would like for my loops final tubing. I just received the new tubing that matches that color as close as I could get and will be replacing it after the CC is over.

My first question is for my pump placement. As you can see it is blocking my second video card down there in the off chance I ever need to remove it. I do not mind having the pump there because I am getting a new side panel with a custom window being done up in the near future so it will not be shown. I also like the tubing going from the rest to the pump as I was going to wrap my PCIe power cables around it after they are sleeved. (Unless you suggest otherwise. Would be a loose wrap for looks only!)

If I was going to move my pump it would be up where the res is and move the res further towards the front of the case in the optical bay since the only device I have up there right now if my fan controller. The cons of that is I wouldn't be able to 'pretty' it up with the sleeved cables frown.gif

Second question is with regards to the res. I know most people have them in a vertical position but is it possible to put it in a horizontal position? (I know dumb question!) The reason I ask is because I am not sure if I can accommodate the res and the pump inside the optical bay if it is vertical.

Third question is about the bends in the lines. Are those acceptable? There are no tight kinks but there are some very gradual ones.

Last question is regarding temps. Currently I'm running my CPU at 5.1ghz with a vcore of 1.464/1.472 (fluctuates due to LLC I think) bios is set to 1.495. Ambients are around 15-20C. The max temp I had it go to was 80C during ITB AVX during 25 runs. Folding 24/7 on it the temps have reached upwards of 71C.

The 360 has 3 Yate Loon D12SH-12 as intake in a push configuration. I plan on either getting 3 more of these for a push/pull or acquire 6 new fans. Taking suggestions on fans if you think those are not worth it. Also looking for a new 140mm rear exhaust fan to replace the one corsair shipped with this case.

The rad is a 360 EK-CoolStream RAD XT. Worth noting for fan suggestions I assume.

Thank you in advanced and yes I will clean my block, rad and res out very thoroughly after I dissemble the loop and replace the tubing the the semi transparent I got.
    
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Those are very acceptable bends, you won't have any flow issues with that.

If you're looking to replace the fans, you can't go wrong with Gentle Typhoon AP-15s (if you can find them) they're the best bang for buck with performance and silence. That being said, if you're happy with your setup now, don't bother replacing the fans. Your money is actually better spent getting a fan controller if volume matters to you. Get the Sunbeamtech Rheosmart 6 for PWM control over your fans (meaning that you can set a curve for the fans to ramp up at high volume and slow down for silence when there is no load on your CPU).

I think your temps will improve with new higher flow tubing (though this a debatable point), and 1.47 seems like a very high voltage, so it's expected to get a very high temp at this speed. 71c isn't the end of the world, but it's not a preferred 24/7 CPU temp. in the high 50s is where I'd like to leave my CPU... I know folding I'll hit about 56c with 24c ambients, but I'm at 4.3ghz, not 5.1. I get around 20,000 PPD folding at that (I'm very new to folding, so please excuse me if those numbers seem off. That's what the monitoring program told me...)

As for the vertical or horizontal position of the reservoir, it doesn't matter as long as it's not going to leak, and the outlet won't suck in air.
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Thank you. I actually just put in a fan controller the other day. It is the lamton 6 channel with 30 watts per channel. I like it so far except my fans are only running at roughly 1400 rpm instead of the rated 2200. Going to test them on a motherboard header tonight to see if my fan controller is faulty.

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