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Hey guys! Been a long time since I've been here.


The parts I have waiting in my NewEgg cart are as follows:
  • EVGA Classified SR-2
  • 2 x Intel Xeon X5650 Westmere 2.66GHz
  • 2 x G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 24GB
  • SAMSUNG 470 256GB SSD
  • 8 x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
  • Thermaltake Toughpower Grand TPG-1200M 1200W
  • ...all in a LIAN LI PC-V2120A

With those given parts, what are my best options for Air Cooling and Water Cooling? I don't want anything flashy or with millions of lights. I like the discreet approach. And I might OC, but not by much as this build will be for work and I favor stability over 5GHz speeds lol.

Oh and if water cooling is the best option, then I'm going to need something that's relatively maintenance free. A good set it and forget it option.
Edited by Sparkz - 5/15/11 at 8:59am
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have you considered a full water loop

or you could just get two H50/H70 since i would assume you're not gonna overclock workstation cpus
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If maintenance free is what you want then water cooling probably isn't for you.

There are closed loop, maintenance free, pre-built water cooling products on the market (Antec Kuhler 920, Corsair H70 to name the current top two) but these are outdone by a few higher end air cooling solutions. I'm not sure how well a pair of big Noctua NDH14s will fit on the SR-2 though so the closed loop water cooling kit might be a good idea for that alone.

I'm using a Corsair H50 right now and my 2600k is running at 4.8GHz 1.38v 24/7. You will still get some decent overclocking headroom with this kind of cooling. The Kuhler 920 and H70 are considerably better than the H50 too.
Edited by Glancey - 5/15/11 at 10:04am
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If maintenance free is what you want then water cooling probably isn't for you.

There are closed loop, maintenance free, pre-built water cooling products on the market (Antec Kuhler 920, Corsair H70 to name the current top two) but these are outdone by a few higher end air cooling solutions. I'm not sure how well a pair of big Noctua NDH14s will fit on the SR-2 though so the closed loop water cooling kit might be a good idea for that alone.

I'm using a Corsair H50 right now and my 2600k is running at 4.8GHz 1.38v 24/7. You will still get some decent overclocking headroom with this kind of cooling. The Kuhler 920 and H70 are considerably better than the H50 too.
Hmm ok ok. Now...how would I get two H70's or 920's to work with a dual CPU set up seeing as how both have radiators that go in place of the rear panel fan?
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That I do not know! I haven't checked out your case but I guess it would be possible to fit both if you have two rear exhausts and enough clearance between the top of the rad and the case side panel... not to mention the second CPU may be out of reach of a H70.

Give me a few minutes and I'll measure how much clearance you'd need.

Edit: The end of the rad on my H50 sticks out about 3/4" past the 120mm fans. With the Antec 1200 I cant mount it horizontally as it stops me from being able to put the case side panel on properly. Mounting it vertically also means you wont be able to fit another one next to it (if you have two rear exhausts that are right next to each other.
Edited by Glancey - 5/15/11 at 11:10am
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That I do not know! I haven't checked out your case but I guess it would be possible to fit both if you have two rear exhausts and enough clearance between the top of the rad and the case side panel... not to mention the second CPU may be out of reach of a H70.

Give me a few minutes and I'll measure how much clearance you'd need.

Edit: The end of the rad on my H50 sticks out about 3/4" past the 120mm fans. With the Antec 1200 I cant mount it horizontally as it stops me from being able to put the case side panel on properly. Mounting it vertically also means you wont be able to fit another one next to it (if you have two rear exhausts that are right next to each other.
I wonder if it'd be possible to have one blowing out the rear, and one blowing out the top...?
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post #7 of 11
I don't see why not, as long as they're both spaced for 120mm fans and has room for the rad it should fit.

Take look here also for other options

http://www.evga.com/forums/tm.aspx?m=284652&mpage=1

http://www.evga.com/forums/tm.aspx?m=449004&mpage=1

Edit: and here http://www.evga.com/forums/tm.aspx?m=436761&high= post 5 shows two ND-H14s on the SR-2. As far as I'm aware these out perform the H70 slightly.
Edited by Glancey - 5/15/11 at 11:19am
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I don't see why not, as long as they're both spaced for 120mm fans and has room for the rad it should fit.

Take look here also for other options

http://www.evga.com/forums/tm.aspx?m=284652&mpage=1

http://www.evga.com/forums/tm.aspx?m=449004&mpage=1

Edit: and here http://www.evga.com/forums/tm.aspx?m=436761&high= post 5 shows two ND-H14s on the SR-2. As far as I'm aware these out perform the H70 slightly.
Thanks for the help!
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I wonder if it'd be possible to have one blowing out the rear, and one blowing out the top...?
I have my SR-2 setup in a coolermaster cosmos s with 2 h50's, and that how I have it set up. It works quite well. Proper watercooling would be the best way to go, but this setup is more practical and cheaper for the time being.


Edited by dude120 - 5/15/11 at 11:29am
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I have my SR-2 setup in a coolermaster cosmos s with 2 h50's, and that how I have it set up. It works quite well. Proper watercooling would be the best way to go, but this setup is more practical and cheaper for the time being.

whats up with the awkward cooler position
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