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I just built a new machine with an 800D and two GTX 580s and hope to get another 580.

I haven't done watercooling before but I've read through a ton of info and watched some videos so I think I can handle it.

My thought is to place a single 120 rad on the single rear exhaust, and a 360 rad on the top exhaust. I'm also considering dual pumps. So I'd go res -> pump1 -> pump2 -> cpu -> 120 rad -> gpu 1 -> gpu 2 -> gpu 3 -> 360 rad.

Does that sound like an okay setup for my hardware?
    
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If you get a good enough pump you only need one. Most blocks are not very restrictive and have pretty high flow rates (this site does exact measurements of that kind of stuff), so you should be fine.

As far as the rads, make sure they are good quality, thick rads, because a 2500k and three 580s are gonna put out a heck of a lot of heat. For fans, Gentle Typhoon AP-15s.

By comparison, for a while I had a 120 rad and a 360 rad mounted exactly how you planned cooling SLI 470s and an i7 cpu, and my temps were extremely good. Your setup will be dealing with several hundred more watts of heat though, so don't expect anything phenomenal like high 40s/low 50s at load across the board, but you'll absolutely stay plenty cool
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Yeah, if you want to get to the 30s you'll need a good bit more radiator space (especially if you are over clocking). However 40s should be reasonable as long as you are getting that good cold air to the rads.
    
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If you get a good enough pump you only need one. Most blocks are not very restrictive and have pretty high flow rates (this site does exact measurements of that kind of stuff), so you should be fine.

As far as the rads, make sure they are good quality, thick rads, because a 2500k and three 580s are gonna put out a heck of a lot of heat. For fans, Gentle Typhoon AP-15s.

By comparison, for a while I had a 120 rad and a 360 rad mounted exactly how you planned cooling SLI 470s and an i7 cpu, and my temps were extremely good. Your setup will be dealing with several hundred more watts of heat though, so don't expect anything phenomenal like high 40s/low 50s at load across the board, but you'll absolutely stay plenty cool
Great, nice to know. I don't plan to overclock unless perhaps my temps are low and I have the room. I just need everything to stay cool and not overheat under heavy load.
    
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