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Bout to order my new pc parts but thinking if its really worth the extra $500-600 it's going to cost me to:

water cool 2x gtx 580's and a i7 2600k. single loop running:

Pump -> 240Rad -> GTX 580 -> GTX 580 -> 360Rad -> 2600k -> Res -> Pump

Will be in a CM HAF X case. I will be over clocking but since I've only ever over clocked on air cooled systems was wondering how much of an improvement I'd get for my extra money spent.

Would it be better to get a a H80 or something and run that to the cpu instead of removing the HDD racks in the front end of the case for the 240 rad and just run the loop with a single 360 rad for the graphic cards?
Edited by Korosive - 10/31/11 at 6:22pm
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That depends. what are your current load temps on all?
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After jumping to water cooling I dont think I can ever go back to air. It has been worth every penny spent. Also I think it makes a case look a whole lot more pleasing to the eye.
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That depends. what are your current load temps on all?
I haven't purchased anything yet, going to buy it all at once and since I'm a nub jocky when it comes to most thermal pads and all that stuff I was going to by the EVGA hydro edition ones (with waterblocks already installed) rather then sitting there scratching my head for 2 hours before finding out what I had to do
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Its always worth it to watercool.
You always feel fulfilled when you look into your case
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yep watercooling has gotten my core i5 2500k from a 3.3 ghz to a 5.0 ghz with temps never going over 60c....i havnt been able to water cool my gtx 470s yet tho....i will never go back to air cooling

ps cant wait til i can water cool my gtx 470s
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So most people are saying it's worth it (so I'll probably do it) but in regards to the CPU cooler, should I run the loop like I said in first post (Pump -> 240Rad -> GTX 580 -> GTX 580 -> 360Rad -> 2600k -> Res -> Pump) or purchase a corsiar Hxx cooler for the cpu and just get the single rad(360) for the 580's
Edited by Korosive - 10/31/11 at 6:31pm
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Originally Posted by Korosive View Post
Bout to order my new pc parts but thinking if its really worth the extra $500-600 it's going to cost me to:

water cool 2x gtx 580's and a i7 2600k. single loop running:

Pump -> 360Rad -> GTX 580 -> GTX 580 -> 240Rad -> 2600k -> Res -> Pump

Will be in a CM HAF X case. I will be over clocking but since I've only ever over clocked on air cooled systems was wondering how much of an improvement I'd get for my extra money spent.

Would it be better to get a a H80 or something and run that to the cpu instead of removing the HDD racks in the front end of the case for the 240 rad and just run the loop with a single 360 rad for the graphic cards?
I don't know if its worth water cooling. I once researched a lot about it, and was really excited about it and planned to do it, but then the real benefits of it are good, but does it really matter? Are you planning to OC a lot? Is it really worth it to OC SLI GTX 580s and the 2600k? Would those OC really matter to you? Like you are already going easily get 4.5 - 4.8 ghz on the 2600k with a H80 or the D14. Water cooling that cpu won't gurantee you hit 5.0 ghz +. its all cpu dependent and your luck of the draw.

As for the SLI 580s, they are made to run around 75-80C no problem, fans will be loud yes, but don't forget even with full water loop system you going to have fans, and even more fans than just the two on the GPUs. Once again SLI 580s at STOCK speeds going play any game on the market at a FPS that is over 60 fps already. Is spending the extra money to cool them to 50C and OC them 10-20% more really worth a full water loop?

Once again after all my research I came to conclusion that with all our good cooling technology offered on the products already, its not necessary to have a full water loop anymore, unless you are benchmarking and that extra 10-20% OC going make you excited.

But if you are inclined to spend the $600, then the only change i would make is to put the 360rad after the SLI 580s because you want the maximum cooling after those super hot gpus before you run it into the cpu.
Edited by mcc21 - 10/31/11 at 6:18pm
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As for the SLI 580s, they are made to run around 75-80C no problem, fans will be loud yes, but don't forget even with full water loop system you going to have fans, and even more fans than just the two on the GPUs. Once again SLI 580s at STOCK speeds going play any game on the market at a FPS that is over 60 fps already. Is spending the extra money to cool them to 50C and OC them 10-20% more really worth a full water loop?
I'll be running 3 monitors at 1920(5760)x1080. So it will benefit me to OC them. Even if it is just for future release games.


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But if you are inclined to spend the $600, then the only change i would make is to put the 360rad after the SLI 580s because you want the maximum cooling after those super hot gpus before you run it into the cpu.
That would actually be better, since heat rises the 240 will be at the bottom of the case so the water flow will be pushed up to help with the heat (doubt it'll make that much of a difference but it'd still help)
Edited by Korosive - 10/31/11 at 6:22pm
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I'll be running 3 monitors at 1920(5760)x1080. So it will benefit me to OC them. Even if it is just for future release games.
How much are you planning to OC? over 1000 mhz? i got my GTX 580 to 900 mhz with no heat issues. but then mine had the DS version.

look into the arctic coolers for the GTX 580s. They are 100 buxs each. i read ppl say that when at full load they can't hear the fans spinning, and they got great results from OC them.

even SLI will run those resolutions stock.
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