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post #31 of 195
Great work and ideas.
I am wondering, why did you use these silverstone grills and attached them to radiator? It not only makes whole thing few millimeters taller, but seems just unnecessary. You can't accidently put anything into spinning fan (that is what grills are for right?). If it is about looks, imo raw rad looks good enough. Now you are blocking the airflow (and looking at the corners of these grills the difference should be substantial).

Also, I would disagree with that little radiator on exhaust 120mm fan. Is it really needed? It is tiny compared to 540mm, and it will be cooled by preheated air from large radiator (which will cause drop in performance). Also it makes tube routing more complicated, entire motherboard chamber sort of overfilled. Maybe you don't care about it as much, but IMO it would look better without that tiny excessive radiator.
Another downside is the fact, small rads like this one are quite flow killers, so on top of everything your loop drops some flow.

Just my few cents, it is still very interesting build log.
Edited by aerial - 10/26/11 at 12:16am
post #32 of 195
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Originally Posted by aerial;15457307 
Great work and ideas.
I am wondering, why did you use these silverstone grills and attached them to radiator? It not only makes whole thing few millimeters taller, but seems just unnecessary. You can't accidently put anything into spinning fan (that is what grills are for right?). If it is about looks, imo raw rad looks good enough. Now you are blocking the airflow (and looking at the corners of these grills the difference should be substantial).

Also, I would disagree with that little radiator on exhaust 120mm fan. Is it really needed? It is tiny compared to 540mm, and it will be cooled by preheated air from large radiator (which will cause drop in performance). Also it makes tube routing more complicated, entire motherboard chamber sort of overfilled. Maybe you don't care about it as much, but IMO it would look better without that tiny excessive radiator.
Another downside is the fact, small rads like this one are quite flow killers, so on top of everything your loop drops some flow.

Just my few cents, it is still very interesting build log.

I see what you are saying...but more RADs in a loop is never a bad thing.I put the grills on there to help protect the RAD, theres nothing worse than seeing bent fins in a nice Rad.

I am not going to have any issues with the flow. I am running 2 MCP-655 pumps and the whole loop will only be a little over a meter worth of tube. I have a great idea for the loop and I think it will turn out real clean. Stay tuned for more updates smile.gif
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post #33 of 195
Nice going with the mod m8!
There arnt more 540 radiators in stock now, on the link u gave me frown.gif
Subd + rep for ur skills and mod.
edit: lose the 120 rad, u wont get 1c improvemnt, just will take flow down and make mod more messy/complicated coz room space. my 2 cent wink.gif
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I need to get up with you about the grills. To answer your question, I needed the room. If the RAD was any higher it would cover up the holes and I need to run my cables and have room for the GPU's. I wish I could have left them in place. It would have looked much cleaner but man ...those filter holders are thicker that they look.

The grills on top of the rad arent filters? Thats what i was talking about, not the other filters.
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The grills on top of the rad aren't filters? Thats what i was talking about, not the other filters.

They are both..I am using them for grills because I would hate to jack up the fins on the RAD. Thats why I need a triple RAD grill. Can you PM me a quote? I can send you one of these Silverstone grills for size comparison. What patterns do you offer/able to cut?
Edited by lvl8Hacker - 10/26/11 at 7:56am
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post #36 of 195
im with aerial on this one. I think you would be better off minus the top rad. Spectacular so far nonetheless. It is safe to say this is going to be my favorite, and ideal watercooling build
    
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Please sir we need more!

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post #39 of 195
You got gtx580 tri sli there, powerful rig. It will be good benchmark for this radiator, results should be interesting.
As for the tube routing, in many projects, people put one connection behind motherboard tray (usually the one from radiator, that is covered by psu connectors). Not saying it is best solution, but sometimes it helps to keep everything clean. Not sure how would it look in your case though, with such connection, there would be pretty much only two pieces of tubing, that can be seen through case window (one from rad to cpu block, and another from cpu to gpu).
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Originally Posted by aerial;15470593 
You got gtx580 tri sli there, powerful rig. It will be good benchmark for this radiator, results should be interesting.
As for the tube routing, in many projects, people put one connection behind motherboard tray (usually the one from radiator, that is covered by psu connectors). Not saying it is best solution, but sometimes it helps to keep everything clean. Not sure how would it look in your case though, with such connection, there would be pretty much only two pieces of tubing, that can be seen through case window (one from rad to cpu block, and another from cpu to gpu).

Yes...Im running 3 EVGA GTX 580 Hydrocopper 2 FTW's....do you see now why i wanted to add the 120mm RAD to the loop wink.gif
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