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What is your setup/what are your temps/what CPU/what voltage/what OC frequency?

Interested. I'm building a new rig soon and trying to plan for my WCing loop. I'd love to have a simple single 120mm radiator.
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You are going to want to get a 240mm rad to make it worth it imo. I am sure you know of the Rasa kits which will be your cheapest/best option for a single cpu loop. But if you were to do it, I would do it with a Black Ice GTX Xtreme 120 with some nice fans. AP-15s in push/pull would do the trick. Or a GTX 140 with some 140mm noiseblocker fans. The fan choices assume you dont like your pc to sound like a shop vac.
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I'd not go with a GTX, but an SR-1. The GTX underperforms in any situation except fans above the 2k RPM mark.

An SR-1 140mm plus some Noiseblocker 140's would do a nice job I think.

On a cheaper note, maybe get a RASA kit with the RX240 would be a better idea and be more cost effective.
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if your bulding a new rig get a case that takes a bgi rad or 2 then get efference gpu and do the both, watercooling is addictive so you may aswell plan for it at the start
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Here's my first post again:

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What is your setup/what are your temps/what CPU/what voltage/what OC frequency?

Interested. I'm building a new rig soon and trying to plan for my WCing loop. I'd love to have a simple single 120mm radiator.
I'm not new to watercooling and I've run plenty of loops. Just none with a single 120 radiator. I want to know temps in certain loops.
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See what people get with a H80 and - 5C.
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I am thinking of doing this too...

I was thinking of a separate loop for my CPU with a 120 radiator since the CPU doesn't really get all that hot any more. I'd do this in an attempt for better GPU temps, but my GPU is fine anyway...I probably won't do anything unless I go SLI on this 580

This review of one makes it sound very fiesable.
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 10/28/11 at 5:46pm
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post #8 of 14
A single radiator with a standard 120mm fan is similar to a very good air cooler. If you really want to see a boost a 240mm rad with 2 good fans would be needed.
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post #9 of 14
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A single radiator with a standard 120mm fan is similar to a very good air cooler. If you really want to see a boost a 240mm rad with 2 good fans would be needed.
Meh...I don't know if I'd say that. A water cooling kit is as good as good air cooling so I would assume going with a single rad would be slightly better.

Though possibly not enough to really matter. That review I linked shows one disapating about 90watts with a 2000RPM fan. I haven't tried this yet so I don't know first hand how it well it would work, but at -90watts I'd expect decent temps on the CPU...not great though
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post #10 of 14
That's why I said a standard fan. A single rad with a regular fan is not much better. Of course if you put a 120mm x 38mm 10000000rpm fan it'll be better.

You could look at the Corsair H50-H70 or Antec Kuhler reviews to see that performance is similar to high end air coolers. I will say you will get a better CPU block with a customer setup but that won't account for leaps and bounds of performance.
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