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Hey guys. I'm rebuilding my current rig and will be trying something a bit new and different to me. I will be using 2 rads (a single 120 and a 240) along with 2 reservoirs for a CPU only loop.

So my case is a mid tower, 690 ii advanced (not the most spacious for this type of thing but with some clever positioning should be doable).

1 of the reservoirs is a bay res and the other is a 150mm T Virus by frozenq. Since space is limited inside my case, I'm gonna be mounting the T Virus on the exterior of my windowed side panel. Obviously the bay res will be right above the dvd-rw drive.

Currently I'm thinking the loop will be T Virus > Pump > 240 rad (mounted at the top inside the case) > CPU > 120 rad (Mounted underneath the hard drive cage) > Bay res > T Virus.

Do you guys think this is an optimal loop? I mean I could go CPU > bay res > 120 rad > T Virus but I'm not really sure which one will give better temps?


Edited by stilllogicz - 10/10/11 at 8:26pm
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post #2 of 8
Loop order doesn't affect temperatures, organize your loop to make it easier/looks the best. That being said, is there a reason why you are using 2 reservoirs?
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Nothing other than aesthetics. I love the bay res (It's blue acrylic with 2 blue leds in it) and I also have the T Virus res, so I figure why not incorporate them both.
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Ya loop order won't make a difference, just make sure Res > Pump. The rest doesn't matter.

Also you'll want to make sure the output of the Bay Res is higher than the intake of the T-Virus. Just in case air gets into your bay res, and your loop loses its closed'ness the water will still flow from the bay res to the tvirus.

Is there a reason you are using an extra 120 rad? The 240 should be more than enough to keep the 860 cooled even with a big overclock.

Also if your pump is on the bottom or in the drive bay area of the case it might be easier to go, Tvirus > pump > cpu > 120 > 240 > bay res > Tvirus. Since the water temp equalizes anyways it won't really make a difference in temp going pump> cpu
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Well I have the 120 laying around still unopened so just like the reservoirs, I figure why not. Although, unlike the reservoirs, I'm sure having another rad will help to lower temps, atleast a little.
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Man post a pic of it when your done
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I agree pics are needed when you finish. This intrigues me.
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I'm gonna do a build log. Got an order on the way from frozencpu (mostly wiring stuff, some compression fittings). On Friday I'm goin to microcenter to pick up a few things.

What really sucks is I won't be able to wrap up the entire project until I get back my video cards from gigabyte.

Glad to hear people are interested in this, definitely motivational!
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