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I am going to purchase a NZXT Switch 810 as soon as it releases with the intention of running a decent loop my idea :

1x 360 Radiator up top with 6 AP-15's in P/P to cool TWO keplar GFX cards when they are released
1x 240 Radiator down bottom with 4 AP-15's in P/P to cool a i7 with HYPERTHREADING @ 5ghz+



I would like to know if I should / need TWO loops (two pump, res, etc) or will I be fine with 1 Swiftech MCP-655 to go through both the radiators? If someone could pick out a complete setup including tubing and barbs I would really appreciate it im currently doing it myself but think im not looking in the right places!
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MCP-655 should be fine for a single loop, two rads, cpu and two gpus. I have an MCP-655 right now running an RS360, EX360, Rasa CPU block, two swiftech mcw82's. This thing can push just about whatever you want. I suggest running GPUs in parallel, I saw a noticeable increase in flow between serial and parallel (viewing flow in the res). As far as your radiator pairings for the components, which 360 and which 240 are you thinking? I think rule of thumb says it should be enough. But you should always go overboard thumb.gif
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Seconding a single loop being fine, however with a $500 budget for a dual radiator dual gpu build, it's unlikely you'll be able to go with anything "bling"-ish, the budget could end up fairly tight. Things add up quickly, and you're looking at something like $200 - $250 just in gpu blocks, plus another $65 - $75 for the cpu block, $90 - $100 for the pump, and $110+ for the cheapest new radiators. Add in the cost of tubing, a res, and just plain barbs/clamps and you can easily end up overbudget. You'll want to start shopping for good deals on used components, most likely.
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MCP-655 should be fine for a single loop, two rads, cpu and two gpus. I have an MCP-655 right now running an RS360, EX360, Rasa CPU block, two swiftech mcw82's. This thing can push just about whatever you want. I suggest running GPUs in parallel, I saw a noticeable increase in flow between serial and parallel (viewing flow in the res). As far as your radiator pairings for the components, which 360 and which 240 are you thinking? I think rule of thumb says it should be enough. But you should always go overboard thumb.gif

Thats the pump I was going to get paired with a XSPC Dual Bay Resivour
(unless you recommend a better one for that pump)
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Seconding a single loop being fine, however with a $500 budget for a dual radiator dual gpu build, it's unlikely you'll be able to go with anything "bling"-ish, the budget could end up fairly tight. Things add up quickly, and you're looking at something like $200 - $250 just in gpu blocks, plus another $65 - $75 for the cpu block, $90 - $100 for the pump, and $110+ for the cheapest new radiators. Add in the cost of tubing, a res, and just plain barbs/clamps and you can easily end up overbudget. You'll want to start shopping for good deals on used components, most likely.

I would have more money to add to the setup when the time comes as of yet we have no idea when keplar is releasing so I figure might aswell get started with the 240 rad loop (doing just one but for now just cpu to 240mm rad eventually adding in the 360 for the 2 gpus)

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post #5 of 17
Well, if you're able to spend more than $500 total, you should be fine, but the way I see it, if you're going new parts you're pretty much looking at $600 minimum, and that's with the cheapest radiators available and no bling (I personally prefer my loops without it, but most people here like their bling). If you're not 100% opposed to used parts, I'd say keep an eye out for used radiators, you can often find great deals on here and they're a part that I generally don't mind used. Some quite nice 360's have gone for the $40-55 shipped range. As for the XSPC top/res combo, I've heard some people complain it transmits a lot of vibration to the case, but the only time I've seen/used a 655 in one it wasn't an issue. If you're after the absolutely quietest system you can get, you may want to mount the pump separate on some kind of dampening material, and just use a plain bay reservoir.
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http://www.frozencpu.com/products/5326/ex-rad-109/Black_Ice_GTX_Xtreme_360_Radiator_-_Black.html?tl=g30c95s161

was the rad to go with the 655 pump res combo i dont know of any other one aside from the cheapo xspc one anyone know of a better one?? even if its not in the drive bay mounts..

I am sitll confused on what block to get keep in mind i want the best but also like bang for your buck.. the heat killer looks nice but i wanted the black one and id need a whole diff mounting kit or whatever what is the best block out their? raystorm looks cheap... the apotee hd is outdated... bahh and aslo suppoer lost when it comes to the fittings last i watercooled i used black plastic fake ass zipties this is my

7950gt/e6600 build that my fam uses as a random pc

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noticve the airplane fans? Vantec Tornado's 38x80mm lols got like 3 of em laying around still and my bfore sleeving was popular myown style BLACK TAPE ftw sleeving loo close ;b
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post #7 of 17
I've got the one of the much older Black Ice Xtreme III's, pretty much everything hwlabs makes are quality radiators, and I'd have no problem recommending them. I'm not sure how the AP-15's do on the high FPI radiators, the SR-1 series with it's lower FPI might be better suited for them at a slightly cheaper price, especially if you plan on using a fan controller to slow them down.

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As for CPU block, the Raystorm is popular in the price/performance category, but if you don't like the look of it, another solid performer to check out would be the Koolance CPU-370.
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post #8 of 17
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i would be running them at ufl speed 1850 rpms the rad i used in that loop isa Black Ice Pro 2 with a PetrasTechShop Laing DDC pump and their ''specialized top'' was called lie DDCT-02 or somethign!

So the Sr1 rad would be better then the regular one but how about compareted to other brands? whats the best rad out their at the moment im looking at 120 + fittings
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It really depends on the fans, and I'm not an expert on the gentle typhoons, they're just too expensive for my typical budget build. Looking at this comparison, the SR-1 with 1500+ rpm fans is the best performer out of several tested, but I'm unsure how it would compare against the similar GTX Xtreme at those speeds. Either one should be a solid choice, and if in doubt, I'd go with the SR-1.
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according to him the RX360 from XSPC is the best?? would that be the case for the 240 aswell? or is he wrong? lol
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