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WC is a bit of a hobby by itself. It needs tons of money and a bit of maintenance, but otherwise it's really good and interesting to try at least once.
     
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WC is a bit of a hobby by itself. It needs tons of money and a bit of maintenance, but otherwise it's really good and interesting to try at least once.
Haha, any excuse to tinker around and I'm happy anyway

I've really wanted to try it and since I'm going to be getting my first proper build I reckoned I may as well splash out a bit for WC, if I don't like it I can sell it as the RASA kit seems to quite quality parts.

If I like it I can use it in builds in the future (But with blocks on the GPU etc) and go full out
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Cheers for the explanation

I may as well go for the RX then - it does cost a little more but since it's a better one it might hold a little more value if it turns out I hate watercooling for some reason.

Now to work out how I'll place everything



Since I'm using a slot card, the thick/thin 360 wouldn't work as I'd only be able to do push OR pull.

If I use the RX240 it won't obstruct the card at all and I should also be able to use it in a push/pull configuration.

Out of curiosity, does the radiator NEED to be used with 120m fans?

The case already comes with 3x 180 fans ( The one in the image under the HDD bays is the 180 and I was wondering if I could somehow use those 2x 180 instead of 3x 120?

I'm a totally new to this so excuse me if that sounded totally stupid.
Yes, you can use your 180mm fans to cool the RS360, but you'll only be able to push since you have a 580 which is 10.5" long. I'd definitely measure just to make sure.

With the RX 360, you'll have to remove the 180mm fans and the filters. If you look closely, under my 3x120mm fans, there is a fan holder/filter assembly. When removed, you'll get an additional inch for clearance. So if you want a p/p set up with an 360 rad, it can be done. Just make sure you measure before you commit. But if you prefer the RX240 rad, that will work as well with no clearance problems for you cards.

As far as draining, I just remove the CPU block and let the water drain. Then tilt the case towards the window side panel to get the extra water out. Took me less than five minutes to remove the cpu block and it's not as hard as it seems.

A lot of people do not agree with water-cooling the RV02 or the FT02 as they ARE meant for air cooling, and good at it too. As I am also new to water-cooling, I had a lot of questions in the beginning, just as you do. I was almost broke down and bought a new case to accommodate a water-cooling set up. But after doing some research and asking people who actually own an FT02/RV02 case,(that's water cooled) I've decided that I was going to stick with my case. The FT02/RV02 can fit a RX480 rad if you really wanted to. Of course you'll have to remove the HDD cage, but it can be done.
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honestly, after rebuilding my rig over 7 times, in my opinion watercooling is only then effective if it is expensive in relation to a mugen2 and a decent vga cooler (; if you plan a high oc air es enough, if you plan an ILL OC go water and you have additional an e-peen effect, hope this helps
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Yes, you can use your 180mm fans to cool the RS360, but you'll only be able to push since you have a 580 which is 10.5" long. I'd definitely measure just to make sure.

With the RX 360, you'll have to remove the 180mm fans and the filters. If you look closely, under my 3x120mm fans, there is a fan holder/filter assembly. When removed, you'll get an additional inch for clearance. So if you want a p/p set up with an 360 rad, it can be done. Just make sure you measure before you commit. But if you prefer the RX240 rad, that will work as well with no clearance problems for you cards.

As far as draining, I just remove the CPU block and let the water drain. Then tilt the case towards the window side panel to get the extra water out. Took me less than five minutes to remove the cpu block and it's not as hard as it seems.

A lot of people do not agree with water-cooling the RV02 or the FT02 as they ARE meant for air cooling, and good at it too. As I am also new to water-cooling, I had a lot of questions in the beginning, just as you do. I was almost broke down and bought a new case to accommodate a water-cooling set up. But after doing some research and asking people who actually own an FT02/RV02 case,(that's water cooled) I've decided that I was going to stick with my case. The FT02/RV02 can fit a RX480 rad if you really wanted to. Of course you'll have to remove the HDD cage, but it can be done.
Thanks for the info - I measured my card and it measures out at a hefty 11" (almost exactly) so I think using the RX240 would be a much safer bet as I can use push/pull with no interference at all from the card.

I'll try and plan it out a bit better and if it turns out to be too much work I might avoid it.

Can I ask what your temps are like at idle/load ?
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Watercooling is dangerous! Say no, even when there is peer pressure!

You get addicted, and if you stop WC'ing, you will get serious withdrawal symptoms, and have to spend tons of time in a water pool or in the worst case possible, in a tub! The tub method does't help much.

All jokes aside, it is fun
I'm considering to move to a new rig and sell the one I have, since both modding and wc wise there is not much left to do, and I need a new gpu.

I also suspect what I'm imaging my new rig would be like is totally overboard!
(2x 420(3x140) or 2x 360(3x120) 2gpu's )
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Get the RX 240 kit. Try it out if you love it you bought something that's worth while and importantly upgradeable(unlike Hydro series coolers). If you hate it you'll definitely be able to sell it.
 
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Get the RX 240 kit. Try it out if you love it you bought something that's worth while and importantly upgradeable(unlike Hydro series coolers). If you hate it you'll definitely be able to sell it.
That is exactly what I was thinking - the RX240, especially with push/pull looks like a monster of a setup!

If that doesn't get me very good temps I'll be very surprised, as an earlier poster said if I don't like it they are actually very good radiators and not just cheap entry level junk and people will buy them which really makes me want to go ahead with it.
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Thanks for the info - I measured my card and it measures out at a hefty 11" (almost exactly) so I think using the RX240 would be a much safer bet as I can use push/pull with no interference at all from the card.

I'll try and plan it out a bit better and if it turns out to be too much work I might avoid it.

Can I ask what your temps are like at idle/load ?
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CPU Idle: 25c
CPU Load: 46c (using Prim95/IntelBurn)
CPU Load During Game Play: 42c (playing games like Metro 2033 and Crysis 2)
Yeah..

I'm getting WC.

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