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1 large rad versus 2 smaller rads

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Hello all,

I'm new to water cooling. My question might be basic...

I have the option of installing radiators in two different configurations in my computer case.

one 360 rad inside the case ceiling OR
one 240 rad inside the case ceiling, and one 120 rad on the inside rear case wall (like pictured below)

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Would performance degrade with the second configuration where 2 rads are involved instead of 1?
(Heat dissipation, water pressure, flow rate etc)

The reason I was considering the two rad configuration is that by installing a 240 rad I will have room in the top 5 1/4 bays for other devices, whereas with the 360 rad I would most likely lose access to two bays once the rad and fans have been installed.

Thoughts, Opinions?
Edited by vvoc - 12/28/11 at 7:34pm
post #2 of 4
In terms of absolute performance, the single larger radiator should normally be better. It will also be cheaper. Now, you have to decide if it's worth loosing the drive bays or not.
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post #3 of 4
go with the single large radiator. Get it as thick as possible.
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post #4 of 4
the 120 +240 is the best viable option if youd like your 5 1/4 bays, ive literally had no problems running smaller rads in config with eachother

easiest way to set it up is res>pump>240>cpu block>120>GFX block(s)>res
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