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Okay,

I'll soon be Installing an i7 970 cpu, currently I'm using a Megahalems on my i7 920 but I'm thinking of upgrading the Mega but to be honest spending out on a new air cooler that's better than the Mega for the small gain seems silly.

I'd like to get a small loop for my cpu to keep my temps under control when I overclock the 970 with the added benefit of having a bit of head room, I've seen the closed loop kits available ( h70, coolit etc ) but I personally think they're a waste of time as I already have a Mega.

I've already got a Dtek Fuzion v2 block, high flow quad core nozzle Insert and 1366 bracket which I purchased a long while ago, I've also got loads of brand new black Tygon R3400 tubing ( 1/2inch ID 3/4 OD ).

I've seen a few kits and I quite like this one:

http://www.specialtech.co.uk/spshop/...pid-12137.html

As I've got a block and decent tubing already I thought I could Improve the above kit by building my own so I thought I could buy this

http://www.specialtech.co.uk/spshop/...pid-11202.html

Now the question Is what Is the best 240mm rad and would It be enough with the above res/pump and block to cool the overclocked i7 970 or do I need to go 360mm ????. Also would 2 (3) x fans in pull or push be sufficient or would you recommend 4 (6) x fans in push/pull and which fans are best.

Also, what fitting's for the block, res and rad do you recommend, the cost doesn't really bother me If the fitting's warrant the price.

All comments and advice welcome as always

Dave.
Edited by spinal_chord - 6/4/11 at 1:48pm
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The links you provided are broken. I believe the first one is the XSPC kit, which is a decent starter kit.

No idea what the second link is to.
 
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I think they're working now ????.

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A single RS240 probably won't cut it for an overclocked 970. My 3x120 "barely" cuts it on one overclocked 950 chip. (adding another radiator soon)

I do have an "RX240" cooling an AMD 1090T overclocked to 3.9GHz 24/7 running BOINC and it does an excellent job with two 80CFM fans... The RX240 is very thick... need space for it.

So, depending on space available, get a thick (50+MM) RX240 or a thinner RS360 to cool "only" the cpu.

In any case, those little flat pumps are picky and need a clean power supply to start properly. Mine won't start or run off a plug-in 12V 5Amp power supply for some reason. However, I have no problem running other pumps with it... like the MPC-355 or the MPC-655. Mounted inside the res is fine, but a pain if something goes wrong. (hell, it's a pain when anything goes wrong! lol)

My suggestion is, go ahead and get whatever pump/res combo you like, but buy the proper radiator separately and get whatever fittings you need separately (barbs and tiewraps are easiest). If you are NOT going to overclock the 970, then perhaps the RS240 would work with 4 fans in push/pull... perhaps... depends on your temperature preferences...

Decide ahead of time what screw sizes and what radiator mounting method you will use, plan it as well in advance as you can. I like XSPC 6-32's but many rad's use 3mm or 4mm screws... PLANNING well ahead before buying is KEY to satisfaction... I learned the hard way and have tons of parts left over due to poor planning when I stated. I also prefer the Danger Den Monsoon type Res/Pump combos.. easy to work on. (watch out, some dual bay reservoirs have no relief in the middle to slide into a bay easily!)

I like my CPU's to run well below 70c fully loaded (high 50's to mid 60's), some folks don't mind higher temps... my laptop runs 96c all day long... LOL!

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A single RS240 probably won't cut it for an overclocked 970. My 3x120 "barely" cuts it on one overclocked 950 chip. (adding another radiator soon)

I do have an "RX240" cooling an AMD 1090T overclocked to 3.9GHz 24/7 running BOINC and it does an excellent job with two 80CFM fans... The RX240 is very thick... need space for it.

So, depending on space available, get a thick (50+MM) RX240 or a thinner RS360 to cool "only" the cpu.

In any case, those little flat pumps are picky and need a clean power supply to start properly. Mine won't start or run off a plug-in 12V 5Amp power supply for some reason. However, I have no problem running other pumps with it... like the MPC-355 or the MPC-655. Mounted inside the res is fine, but a pain if something goes wrong. (hell, it's a pain when anything goes wrong! lol)

My suggestion is, go ahead and get whatever pump/res combo you like, but buy the proper radiator separately and get whatever fittings you need separately (barbs and tiewraps are easiest). If you are NOT going to overclock the 970, then perhaps the RS240 would work with 4 fans in push/pull... perhaps... depends on your temperature preferences...

Decide ahead of time what screw sizes and what radiator mounting method you will use, plan it as well in advance as you can. I like XSPC 6-32's but many rad's use 3mm or 4mm screws... PLANNING well ahead before buying is KEY to satisfaction... I learned the hard way and have tons of parts left over due to poor planning when I stated. I also prefer the Danger Den Monsoon type Res/Pump combos.. easy to work on. (watch out, some dual bay reservoirs have no relief in the middle to slide into a bay easily!)

I like my CPU's to run well below 70c fully loaded (high 50's to mid 60's), some folks don't mind higher temps... my laptop runs 96c all day long... LOL!

JMHO

errr what fans are on your radiator?!/what radiator is it?! ive run a 920 @ 4ghz and 2 graphics card off a 480 with excellent temps. and 950 @4ghz and a graphics cards of a 360....
     
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Yeah I want to buy a really good rad and fans to make my own kit but using my existing block and tubing and the above xspc res/pump combo.

I gather the 18w DDC ultra pump inside the res Is ample for my needs ????.

Soooo, assuming the dtek fuzion v2 block and tubing i have are good, and my choice of res/pump combo is a good choice which compression fittings do people suggest I use and more importantly which Is the best rad and fans, I've never been one to worry about spending out money for the right kit.

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I've also seen this

http://specialtech.co.uk/spshop/cust...roductid=11843

Which is ideal for the front of my cooler master storm sniper case as i've removed the hdd cage so i could do push/pull with 2 x 200mm megaflow fans ????.

Any input would be peachy

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