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Hey Guys,

I am relatively new to the idea of water cooling my rig, but lately have been somewhat obsessing about putting one in. Just wondering if anybody has some good advice as to what I should use to water cool a 2600K and EVGA GTX 580.

Would one loop suffice for these, or should I look into having 2 separate loops?

What kind of overclocking could I expect with a good water cooling system?

Right now I am at 4.4ghz (70C in Prime95 for an hour) on the 2600k

And with the 580 I am at 900/1800/2050 staying right around 75C during intense BF3 gaming sessions

Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thank you in advance...

Jeff
post #2 of 19
A dual thick (RX360) rad will suffice for both. You should hit 5.0ghz fine with a good cpu block. It depends on the case you have.
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In my previous system, I was cooling a 2600k, two 580s, and my RAM in a 600T with parallel loops (2 separate loops). I was getting WAY better temps than your ~70C even under Prime 95 for 24 hours. Then again, I know you're on 100% air cooling right now.

See my previous setup here:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1162029/koolance-600t-captain-americas-frozen-tomb-the-final-cut

Obviously, water cooling is the way to go for higher, more stable overclocks. One serial loop can work but it all depends on the WC components you use. How big will your rad be? How many will you have? Can your case support more rads, preferably thicker, lower FPI rads for less noisy fans? What will your air intake/exhaust situation look like?

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post #4 of 19
As AMC Said, It really depends on the case. A good WC setup for you is most likely going to be around 500$.

Please tell us what case you are using.
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I always say buy a little more radiator than you need in case you ever decide to add another GPU to the loop or other component, a dual loop isn't worth the benefits and cost! A Corsair 800D case can fit one 360 + a 240 radiator with ease, for what you have now a single 360 is all you need for good temps. The only reason why I recommended a 360 and 240 is because of your obsessive nature which we call here at OCN as the water cooling addiction bug! biggrin.gif

Recommended water cooling components

Case Corsair 800D

Pump: Swiftech MCP35X or Swiftech MCP 655

Radiator: XSPC RX360 and RX240

VGA blocks: Heatkiller, Aqua Computer, Danger Den and EK Waterblocks

CPU blocks: Heatkiller, Aqua Computer, Danger Den and EK Waterblocks

EK-Multioption RES X2 - 250 Advanced
post #6 of 19
I'm running the 2600k and GTX480 in my sig off a single RX360 rad. With the OCs in my sig the 480 never goes above 40c and the 2600k never goes above 55c.

You could get away with just buying a XSPC RX360 kit and a GPU block.

Edit:
To clarify on the temps, that was running Furmark and Prime, 1.35v on the CPU with HT and using the IGP to power a second monitor. So even then, it's a pretty unrealistic scenario.
Edited by FallenFaux - 12/7/11 at 8:10pm
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Originally Posted by Systemlord View Post

I always say buy a little more radiator than you need in case you ever decide to add another GPU to the loop or other component, a dual loop isn't worth the benefits and cost! A Corsair 800D case can fit one 360 + a 240 radiator with ease, for what you have now a single 360 is all you need for good temps. The only reason why I recommended a 360 and 240 is because of your obsessive nature which we call here at OCN as the water cooling addiction bug! biggrin.gif
Recommended water cooling components
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Pump: Swiftech MCP35X or Swiftech MCP 655
Radiator: XSPC RX360 and RX240
VGA blocks: Heatkiller, Aqua Computer, Danger Den and EK Waterblocks
CPU blocks: Heatkiller, Aqua Computer, Danger Den and EK Waterblocks
EK-Multioption RES X2 - 250 Advanced

Where are you going to fit that 240 on the 800D? Just wondering due to me being pretty sure it only has room for a 3x120 rad up top and a 1x120 on the exhaust fan.
post #8 of 19
Probably he is going to be putting the 360 rad at the top and the 240 at the PSU area / 5.25 inch bays?

Sorry to hijack a thread, but what do you guys think about this loop?

RX kit pump/res > 240rad >CPU > GPU > 240 rad > res/pump
    
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Originally Posted by FallenFaux View Post

I'm running the 2600k and GTX480 in my sig off a single RX360 rad. With the OCs in my sig the 480 never goes above 40c and the 2600k never goes above 55c.
You could get away with just buying a XSPC RX360 kit and a GPU block.
Edit:
To clarify on the temps, that was running Furmark and Prime, 1.35v on the CPU with HT and using the IGP to power a second monitor. So even then, it's a pretty unrealistic scenario.
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Originally Posted by PeteJM View Post

Where are you going to fit that 240 on the 800D? Just wondering due to me being pretty sure it only has room for a 3x120 rad up top and a 1x120 on the exhaust fan.

Here you can fit two 120mm radiators in bottom section or a 240 with some minor modding.

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post #10 of 19
i"m running a 360 and 240 in an elysium case .

I run mid 40's under load on the cpu and mid 30"s for the 580 on load at 990mhz smile.gif
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