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I understand that fan density is the major player in the noise-making caused by radiators (rather by the fans strapped to them): the higher the fan density, the stronger the fan needed to push air through and the better cooling is achieved. The lower the fan density, the less a fan has to work to push air through but cooling capability is reduced.

What single and dual 120mm and 140mm radiators do you guys recommend for quiet/silent CPU or GPU cooling? I will be using generally quiet, higher static-pressure fans (Adda Corp, Gentle Typhoons, Multiframes, San Ace for 120mm, Globe & TY-140/150 for 140mm) with a fan controller.
    
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XSPC's RX rads are very good with low speed fans
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I would recommend a EK CoolStream 360 for you, The fins per inch are I litle higher than the RX series from XPSC, but they are about half the price. I have the EK CoolStream 360 and its doing a great job of my 580 and i7, Loads are around 68 cpu / 48 GPU which 700RPM Gentle Typhoons in push.

Edit.. if you can only have a 240 rad then it would have to be the RX or the NEW EK rads.
http://www.overclock.net/water-cooli...tream-xtx.html
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yep Rx rads
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post #5 of 19
I love my CoolStream. I personally would go for a triple rad if at all possible though.

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post #6 of 19
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Dimensionally, I can't really fit a 360 into what I'm trying to make. Here's a few sketches to give an idea:



(580 chosen for size reference)

Among the design goals is to keep everything internal, quiet, and capable. It was originally made to be air-cooled before I realized I can almost fit a 240 rad in there across the front (needs about +30mm to width), the side (needs maybe +10mm to width if watercooling the GPU), or the back above the IO channel (needs about +12mm to height). If I can't fit the 240 rad, one or two 120 or 140 rads might be viable.

My main problem is I don't know the design limitations of 120, 140, and 240 rads: what they can cool, to what extent, and the noise generated by doing so. Hence... need a quiet rad.
    
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post #7 of 19
If space is an issue have a look at the MCR220, they are a lot thinner than the RX rads (34mm to 54mm) and the performance isn't much lower with slow speed fans.

This chart from Skinnee's triple rad comparison will give you an idea of the capabilities of the rads. The results are for 360 rads, so for a 240 rad multiply the watts dissipated by 2/3 for an approximation.

Note that this is for a 10°C water / air delta, you don't want to go much higher than that.

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Dimensionally, I can't really fit a 360 into what I'm trying to make. Here's a few sketches to give an idea:



(580 chosen for size reference)

Among the design goals is to keep everything internal, quiet, and capable. It was originally made to be air-cooled before I realized I can almost fit a 240 rad in there across the front (needs about +30mm to width), the side (needs maybe +10mm to width if watercooling the GPU), or the back above the IO channel (needs about +12mm to height). If I can't fit the 240 rad, one or two 120 or 140 rads might be viable.

My main problem is I don't know the design limitations of 120, 140, and 240 rads: what they can cool, to what extent, and the noise generated by doing so. Hence... need a quiet rad.
Are you fabricating the entire case?

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Yes, out of steel or acrylic. Since it's still on paper, the design's still flexible.

Idea #2 is modifying this scratch build design on Bit-Tech to fit a 240 rad (maybe like so).
    
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If you're fabricating, could you not build a spot for a 360 rad? Unless you didn't want to make the case that big of course. You could go for dual 240s, one on top and one on the front. I'm just recommending more rad because more rad means more heat exchange which means that you can run slower fans.

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