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i know little about custom water loops, i have read the stickies/build threads here, and so i am familiar with the different setups just not sure about parts, etc.

i want to do a small loop strictly for my 480, i have an h50 on my cpu and that keeps my temps down where i want them, so i was thinking about throwing something similar in style on my 480.

if i wanted to start looking into building a small loop for a 480, where should i start looking/what should i keep in mind?

i am not asking you guys to build me a loop, i just need to know what is ahead of me, and if i used a small rad similar to the h50's would the temps be worth the hassle?

thanks for any help.
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I would think a 240 kit with a 480 block would be plenty. I am sure your ambient temps are the same as mine, and I can do (2)470s on a 360 with ease.
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would a smaller 120mm rad be enough?
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With good 120x38mm fans yes. Fans are the difference makers. Delta or Scythe
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I'd probably go with a thicker 120mm rad though. Something like the RX120 instead of the RS120 from XSPC.
    
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Yeah, put your fans in a push/pull with a thick coolgate 120 paired with a decent pump (smaller would be fine) and you don't even really need a res, though they are convenient. I'd still go with at least 3/8" tubing though. The key with any cooling setup is going with a good waterblock, so make sure and do your research on that.
    
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I imagine that you are haveing it internal, therefore, personally I would get..

XSPC 120 - the fatter one. http://www.frozencpu.com/products/85...?tl=g30c95s159

or if you have room EK 240 http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12...?tl=g30c95s160 -- I have the EK 360 CPU(34C) GPU(29C) ROOM(22C)

The 240 Rad "could" fit in the drive bays at the front, you may have to do a little dremelling, but most likely you will just need to drill out the rivets for the 3.5" cage and mount the rad to the 120mm holes on the front.

Can you measure the gap in the red circle might be perfect, otherwise you can use very long screws through there and a plastic pipe acting as big washer to suspend the rad well under the 5.25 bay, like the image below but on the inside of the case.






A DDC pump with a bay res (this will handle the cpu at a later date no problem.)

EK Copper FC480 block + and the back-plate to avoid any warping to the card. (do not get the nickle)
Edited by andrewmchugh - 7/18/11 at 6:05am
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Yes a good thick 120 will work fine.Bay/res pump will be the best option.I agree with the 3/8 tubing and also with some good fans.Even though you won't get super low temps but I would guess it would still be in the low 60's or lower at full load.A 240 rad would be a better choice but I don't think it is necessary.If you can get temps in the low 60's under full load that would be a 20 degree drop on my temps.
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post #9 of 12
a 240mm would be good, which if you were to ever expand to SLI it can easily support both. I always recommend push/pull fans on any rad.
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post #10 of 12
Rasa 240 would be cool cause you already get a cpu block.

You will understand why people water cool the 470/480 when you take off the schroud and see how pathetic the vrm's are cooled. Full load on water is cooler then idol on air.
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