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So my problem is that I have an NZXT Phantom case and crossfire 6870s. These no doubt throw a lot of heat around my case and to fit a 240 rad at the top would require removing the 200mm exhaust fan.
I dont want to watercool my gpus(can you even get blocks for 6870s? :O) so I dont think a 240 at the top would be a very good solution for a cpu only loop. My question is how would a single 120 rad hold up ? (mounted where my h60 currently is)
Or, would it be possible to mount a 240 somewhere else ?
How would you fit a cpu loop into my system ?
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post #2 of 10
Like this might do it with push pull fans
Or you can hang a rx240 off the back of the case if you want
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post #3 of 10
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I am going to build a custom loop, I think that would give me more satisfaction when I finish it . Perhaps I could mount two 120 rads somewhere.

I did think about an external 240 but my sister likes to 'accidentally' kick my computer about a lot
Edited by Crack_Fox - 10/20/11 at 10:45am
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post #4 of 10
I can't comment on your specific case situation.

However, if you are limited to a single 120; it will work. If this is the route you have to go, spend the extra cash and get some quality parts as you will be short on rad.

A while back I cooled my 1090 on a single 120 black ice with a delta.
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post #5 of 10
An RX120 or the new EX120 would probably suffice, but I would go with the 240 version.

You can hang it on the outside.

If you are considering adding your GPUs to the loop, the I would suggest an RX360.

With my 2600K and GTX 480 my idle is in the high 30s and while gaming in the mid to high 40s.
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Thanks for the advice, I will most definitely be buying only top quality components
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post #7 of 10
if you already have an h60 getting a single 120 rad wont be much of an improvement in temps. you shoudl at least go for a 240 and worh your way form there.

my setup i have a 240 rad cooling my gtx 580 and i5 2500K in the same loop and during gaming loads they both dont go higher than 60 degrees celsius.
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post #8 of 10
If you get a 140 thick sized radiator with good high rpm fan you should be good.
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post #9 of 10
I have a 360 in the top and a 240 in the bottom of my phantom. You can get a rs240 in push pull or an rx240 in only push or pull.

You need to remove the large hard drive bay. But I think with the proper air flow you would be fine putting the rad up top. I have both mine set up as intake. Heres a pic.


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post #10 of 10
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Thanks for all the advice. I think i'll mount a 240 in the top after all as far to the right as possible then beef up airflow for the gpus.
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