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Poll Results: Should I split the loop

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  • 21% of voters (6)
    I will get a better overclock with 2 loops
  • 78% of voters (22)
    Running one big loop is better
28 Total Votes  
post #1 of 31
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Hi Guys, this is my first post ... seeking advice and would greatly appreciate any feedback,

i have:

1x mcp655,
1x koolance 370,
1x swiftech micro reservoir,
1x frozenq 240mm reservoir,
1x swiftech mcr320-qp,
1x swiftech mcr320-res,
1x xspc rx480,
2x koolance vid 470 cooling blocks.
koolance right angled nozles g 1/4
tubing is koolance (13mm id) (16mm od)

have 13 cooler master r4 series 120mm on the radiators.

my specs with all of the above parts put together in a single loop + feser uv blue consist of:

(1) i7 2600k which idle at 35, full load 60 ... can overclock to 4.8ghz @ 1.45 but load temps shoot upto 75-80!

(2) kingston ddr3 1866 9-9-9-24-1t

(3) asus p8z68v-pro

(4) pny gtx 470 in sli @ 850 core and vram 2180 @ 1.1 which idle at 40, full load 55 ... have bios-modded them to go upto 1.2v but when i take the core past 875mhz, the screen goes blank and computer freezes.

my single big loop setup is:

mcp655 > koolance 370 cpu water block > gtx 470 koolance gpu water block > gtx 470 koolance gpu water block > mcr320-res > mcr320-qp > rx480 > frozenq 240mm res > swiftech micro-res

have ordered another mcp655-b ... was thinking of putting it before the current mcp655 and have them in series. don't wanna split the loop into two (as i read everywhere on the net) since it consumes alot of time, and draining the single running loop right now will be a pain. not to mention don't wanna spoil any components due to leakage.

thank for looking.


Edited by mombasa - 9/2/11 at 4:00pm
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post #2 of 31
Why so many reservoirs?

Get rid of the swiftech micro-res, connect your pump directly to the frozen-Q.

I also had high temps when reaching the 1.4vcore on my i7 2600k.
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post #3 of 31
Just use one big loop. Also, I can't help raising my eyebrow at that case... sorry.

Also, just the RX480 would be sufficient for your 3-block loop.
post #4 of 31
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thanks for your reply ... i bought each part including micro-res expensive and don't want it sitting around, i live in Kenya and ordered everything from USA with USPS express shipping so you can imagine i have to make the most of all the parts.

the micro-res was from my first build.

what temps do you get on your overclock Rognin?

thanks for your prompt replies guys, would appreciate any recommendation on making the case cleaner ... better to look at ... and overclock to the max ... on 5ghz with HT on... i need 1.52v ... this is with artic cooling mx4 and a koolance 370!
Edited by mombasa - 8/15/11 at 10:45am
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post #5 of 31
You don't need that many rads; it's probably affecting your flow rate and temps.

A single 480 rad ought to suffice. Or just pick two of the rads. Also, per Rognin's suggestion, I'd stick to a single res, unless you're doing it for aesthetic reasons.

Oh, and if your budget allows, investing in an aftermarket top for the 655 will help.
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Hi t-ramp ... why the eyebrow?
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post #7 of 31
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Originally Posted by mombasa View Post
Hi t-ramp ... why the eyebrow?
It looks interesting, but not very practical. I'd rather see a nice full-tower (Corsair 800D, for example), which would let you keep the watercooling inside and manage your cables better. No offense; it does looks cool.
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thanks for your reply ... i bought each part including micro-res expensive and don't want it sitting around, i live in Kenya and ordered everything from USA with USPS express shipping so you can imagine i have to make the most of all the parts.

the micro-res was from my first build.

what temps do you get on your overclock Rognin?

thanks for your prompt replies guys, would appreciate any recommendation on making the case cleaner ... better to look at ... and overclock to the max ... on 5ghz with HT on... i need 1.52v ... this is with artic cooling mx4 and a koolance 370!
I was getting mid to high 70's with a 21c ambient.

Rads don't give that much restriction compared to blocks, they do however count in your overall head pressure (number of ft/m the water needs to travel to complete the entire loop). Either a second pump or a reduction in rads could help flow, which would help temps. Either or would yield a benifit, it's up to you to see if you want those extra rads and tubing.

The second res is not useful at all. Can you try and sell it locally, or put it up for sale on e-bay? Include the price of shipping?
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yes you have a point, i wish they made a Corsair 800D with full Acrylic ... man that would be kewl.
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yes you have a point, i wish they made a Corsair 800D with full Acrylic ... man that would be kewl.
You could look into Danger Dens full acrylic cases. They can fit all the rads you have there internally. Granted you'll have to pay a shipping premium, but it could be your next step.

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