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Thanks! The EK set up is very nice looking, but I do worry about the nickel cpu block. The RX kit looks dull

Yeah I realized an extra 120 radiator and 2 GPU blocks are adding up to over $500. I know you got to pay for 'fun', but still got a budget right now, plus I won't be upgrading to CF until I need to. So by then I will worry about GPU cooling.
What resolution are you gaming at? If 1920x1080 or lower, you're better off selling your 6870 and putting the money towards a 6950. A mildly overclocked 6950 can power through any reasonably well written game at any setting at 60fps (no, Witcher 2 with its Ubersampling does not apply, nor does Crysis 1. Not even a GTX580 can power through Witcher 2 at 60fps).

The only reason IMO to go crossfire if you've got a 6870 is for crossfire, otherwise I'd just get a faster single-card GPU, and the resale value of 6870s are decent enough, especially considering you can pick up a 6950 2gb for $230ish after rebates.

Stick with CPU cooling for now, and save up your pennies for later. I had to pull the trigger with the noise a single 6950 made under eyefinity loads, but I had to do it bit by bit, first with a GPU kit, then expanded to a waterblock, then a second 6950, then a second waterblock. Yay for graduation money!
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I just got the 6870 hoping to CF when needed in the future as I read CF 6870 are really good.

I plan to settle for the XSPC RX240 set up for the CPU only, but I been reading up on the problems with the pump noise? Is this common or do all pumps make noise. The pump on my Antec 620 is noticeable as well. Would the XSPC pump be just like the Antec's or even louder?
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I just got the 6870 hoping to CF when needed in the future as I read CF 6870 are really good.

I plan to settle for the XSPC RX240 set up for the CPU only, but I been reading up on the problems with the pump noise? Is this common or do all pumps make noise. The pump on my Antec 620 is noticeable as well. Would the XSPC pump be just like the Antec's or even louder?
You should be really happy with the 6870 CF, as the 6xxx series are known for crossfiring much better than previous generations.

The problem with the XSPC kit's pump noise is that it's in a drive bay inside a reservoir, so it's not that it's particularly loud (there are some that are RMAed), but that there is no way to silence the sound since it's bare on the case. With my MCP355 with res/top, I put a sponge/"sandwich" underneath the pump, and used cable ties to hold it in place on the sponge, so it doesn't transfer any vibration to the case, where it can make noise. With the bay reservoirs, they generally are mounted to hard plastic which is mounted to the case, so it has the possibility of carrying vibrations through to the case, making noise.
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What XSPC pump would you recommend for a simple setup like the XSPC kit? I've heard its not the best pump, and I wouldn't mind upgrading tbh
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Really? Darn... How can I fit something like that into my case?
you can cut out above the 5.25" bay and put a 360 rad at the top. ( 5min job )

and you could also remove the 3.5" hard drive bays ( put hard drive elese ware )
and put a 240 rad down their
    
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you can cut out above the 5.25" bay and put a 360 rad at the top. ( 5min job )

and you could also remove the 3.5" hard drive bays ( put hard drive elese ware )
and put a 240 rad down their

But don't you need the radiator be able to have a opening on top? If I stick the extra 120 mm bit through the 5.25 bay wouldn't the top of the case block its opening?
Edited by mcc21 - 6/5/11 at 1:01am
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But don't you need the radiator be able to have a opening on top? If I stick the extra 120 mm bit through the 5.25 bay wouldn't the top of the case block its opening?
I still say mount it on the top of the case. Plenty of airflow and doesn't unnecessarily crowd the case.
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yeah sorry what i meant was get a 360 rad.
and mount where a 240 rad would normally fit at the top
and cut out a 120mm hole at the top. to give it ventilation.
and you can have a push/pull config. put the fans in the top * underneath the grille.
and the rad and another set of fans inside.
    
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yeah sorry what i meant was get a 360 rad.
and mount where a 240 rad would normally fit at the top
and cut out a 120mm hole at the top. to give it ventilation.
and you can have a push/pull config. put the fans in the top * underneath the grille.
and the rad and another set of fans inside.
Another set of fans won't fit underneath.

But I found a setup that will work perfectly for my case =)

http://www.techreaction.net/2010/11/...nal-dual-loop/

I probably do what this guy did with his.
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if u mod another 120mm hold above where his dvd drive is
itll fit

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