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post #1 of 6
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I previously created a thread in here and got some helpful answers. But here are some final unanswered questions before I decide on my setup.

I will go with one loop. It will include a i7 3960X and probably two GeForce GTX 580's SLI. I have room for a 360 radiator in the top of the case and a 120 rad in the back and I think I can fit a 280 rad in the front aswell, but if I fit a rad to the front, I will have no cold air going into the case unless I keep the upper front 120mm fan. This would cause the motherboard, RAM sticks and drives etc. to heat up the air going through the radiators.

So, will a 360 rad and a 120 rad be enough for the above setup? Or can I even lose the 120 rad if I buy a thick 360 rad with good fans? If so, how much headroom for overclocking will I be getting with only a 360 rad?

Sorry for my noob questions. But the only thing I have watercooled before is outdated hardware so I'm not familiar with how much heat new hardware produces.
post #2 of 6
I would ditch the 120 rad all together and go with a 360 and 240 rad set up at least. Also the air that passes through the rad doesnt get thet hot at all, my i7 930 at 4.5ghz causes my rads to get around 5*c above ambient
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post #3 of 6
don't get a 120 mm rad, really kind of useless if you have a 360 and 240 will just reduce flow and intern become a negative addition... and the air they push out aint really that much hotter then normal air. I have a 360 running a i7 860 which makes a boat load of heat at 1.4v and a GTX580 running 1.2v on a single RX360 and unless i turn my fans off for awhile then turn them on ya its a bit hot air, but not for long.
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OK so the setup will be like this:

Intake:

1x 120mm fan
2x 140mm fans blowing air into the case through a 240/280 radiator

Exhaust:

1x 120mm fan
3x 120mm fans blowing out air through a 360 radiator

1. Will the above setup give me temp results and greater OC headroom which makes it worth it in comparison to having air cooling? If I went with air cooling I would get a high end CPU cooler and use stock on GPU's

2. Will the temps get too high if I only use a 360 rad for the specs mentioned above? Because I don't know if a 240/280 fits in the front without modding the case which I rather not do.
post #5 of 6
If you want your setup to be quiet, it is not enough rads. Either larger case, or external radiator.
But if you don't mind faster fans, it should do the trick (even a 360 gtx with extremely powerful fans.
post #6 of 6
You don't need a thick rad. I have tested the ex 360 rad as well as there 1650rpm fans. It is a solid performer the rad and fans. The fans are on par with gentle typhoon 1850rpm fans at a lower cost. Plus there are sleeved black already. The only draw back is that they are sleeve bearing. Can't complain cause they are only like six bucks per fan unlike gentle typhoons 20bucks per fan.
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