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im a noob here, but im looking to put my first build underwater. i've been reading around, looking at guides and such so ive got it pretty much figured out. only thing is im unsure how much rad space i need to cool my parts. ill have a cpu/gpu loop with a 2500K oced to 4.5-4.8 and the 580 slightly oced.

ive picked out my res, pump and tubing, but cant decide on a rad.

should i go for 480 worth of space or 360?

also, should i go slim rad p/p (xspc ex w/ p/p AP-15s) or thick with just push(EK-CoolStream XT with push AP-15s)?

parts so far:
xspc raystorm
EK black acetal spinning res
EK nVidia 580 GTX black acetal
3/8th id 1/2 od tubing
swiftech mcp 35x

edit:
no cost limit within reason
btw my case is the lian li A05N, its tight, but i can fit a 240 or 360 up top, and a 240 or 120 down below.
Edited by brute maniac - 11/3/11 at 6:30pm
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post #2 of 7
You have to set your priorities.

I mean, you could theoretically run all that with on 120mm rad, but you'd probably have to put wind-tunnel-strength fans on it.

You should set up a list of general requirements covering things like noise, case size, and cost.
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Two 240x2 Radiators look to be the "most" without completely getting into tearing the computer apart. Are you going to add another Gtx580?
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You have to set your priorities.

I mean, you could theoretically run all that with on 120mm rad, but you'd probably have to put wind-tunnel-strength fans on it.

You should set up a list of general requirements covering things like noise, case size, and cost.
That made me lol.

OP - It depends on your preference on the slim or big rads. Me personally I like my Black Ice stealth Xflow 360, pair with Late Yoons. (slim with low rpm)
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You have to set your priorities.

I mean, you could theoretically run all that with on 120mm rad, but you'd probably have to put wind-tunnel-strength fans on it.

You should set up a list of general requirements covering things like noise, case size, and cost.
haha you find me a 120 rad and a fan for that and i'll considered it lol.

noise: quieter the better, i have the H50 p/p with gentle typhoons and its whisper quiet.
case size: its the lian li A05N, so mid tower. i can fit a 240 or 360 up top, and a 240 or 120 down below.
cost: doesnt really matter, nothing upwards of $500.
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haha you find me a 120 rad and a fan for that and i'll considered it lol.

noise: quieter the better, i have the H50 p/p with gentle typhoons and its whisper quiet.
case size: its the lian li A05N, so mid tower. i can fit a 240 or 360 up top, and a 240 or 120 down below.
cost: doesnt really matter, nothing upwards of $500.
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post #7 of 7
A 360 would be fine. However I'd go for the 2x240's in case you add a GPU later.

As for the rad, there really isn't enough data on the XSPC EX series right now to give you the right answer. However the XSPC RX Series with push or pull will perform nicely.
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