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post #1 of 14
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calling all you water cooling geniuses!

here is the hardware that i have:

3 x Radeon HD 6970s

1 x i7-3960x


okay... so that's what i plan on water cooling as of now. (not sure when EK will release their chipset block for the X79-UD7)

here are the radiators i currently have in my possession:

1 x Black Ice Micro II (dual 80mm)

1 x Black Ice SR1 480 (quad 120mm)


so first question is this...

**What would YOU use to cool that hardware?**

second question is...

**If I put the BLACK ICE MICRO II between the CPU and GPUs will these two rads do a decent job? Or should I abandon all hope of that and look at the recommendations given in response to my first question? **


LASTLY and completely unrelated... I just want the community's two cents on this. i ordered a couple of switches off of FrozenCPU, When I did I thought it would be a good idea to have them with different colored housing. For quick visual reference as to which switch was what. But now I'm thinking it might look tacky? Here's a pic. One has a silver housing while the other has a black. Would it look stupid side by side on a Danger Den Double Wide? Or am I being retarded about this?

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With 3 gpu's, the cpu, and a mobo block, your 480 and 2x80 would be about the minimum I'd want to use, with hardware that nice and a case like that I'd honestly pick up an SR-1 360 rad and run the 480 on one side, 360 on the other. That would give you more than enough radiator, and would look good in the case. With the cost of your hardware already, a $100 radiator seems a silly thing to skimp out on. As for the switches, if you've got a black front panel I think those switches would look fine, using the silver for power and the black for reset. However, if you've got a clear front panel, I think it'd look a bit tacky.
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As stated above, that's the bare minimum. Especially if you plan on OCing a lot, a 360 and 480 would be perfect. thumb.gif
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post #4 of 14
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This is the pump that I have:

DD12V-D5 Pump Fixed Speed by Laing

Is one of these enough to push through all of this? I read somewhere that ideally we want at least 3 l per hour of flow. So what do you guys think? One pump on one loop enough?

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Id say that pump would be pretty ok however im no WC expert. But, you should always try and pump into a radiator as the pump normally generates a little heat.
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Yep, 480 and 360 is a better plan.

The D5 will be OK if you run those cards in parallel but will struggle with them in serial. If you are running the cards in series you will benefit from a pump with a bit more head, like the MCP355 (DDC 3.2). Of course you can always go for two pumps in series to both overcome the restriction and add some redundancy.

You are right, you need to get at least 0.75, preferably more like 1, GPM (~3-3.75LPM). Below that the performance of the CPU block drops off quite sharply, above it there is no huge gain.

put your loop into Martin's pump and rad optimizer for a better idea of what to expect.
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But, you should always try and pump into a radiator as the pump normally generates a little heat.

Usually less than 0.1°C water temp rise through the pump, negligable.
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post #7 of 14
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Well... I still have the Black Ice Micro II radiator I can throw in the loop. Could run it like this:

420
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by GingerJohn View Post

Yep, 480 and 360 is a better plan.
The D5 will be OK if you run those cards in parallel but will struggle with them in serial. If you are running the cards in series you will benefit from a pump with a bit more head, like the MCP355 (DDC 3.2). Of course you can always go for two pumps in series to both overcome the restriction and add some redundancy.
You are right, you need to get at least 0.75, preferably more like 1, GPM (~3-3.75LPM). Below that the performance of the CPU block drops off quite sharply, above it there is no huge gain.
put your loop into Martin's pump and rad optimizer for a better idea of what to expect.
Usually less than 0.1°C water temp rise through the pump, negligable.

You can do this? Does this require a special pump top? I think I might go this route.

This? http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/shop/pumps-and-accessories/pumps-accessories/ek-d5/ek-d5-dual-top-black-acetal-g1-4.html
Edited by LuckyDuck69 - 1/25/12 at 3:18pm
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Well... I still have the Black Ice Micro II radiator I can throw in the loop. Could run it like this:

420

Do that but with a dual pump config. thumb.gif
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You can do this? Does this require a special pump top? I think I might go this route.
This? http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/shop/pumps-and-accessories/pumps-accessories/ek-d5/ek-d5-dual-top-black-acetal-g1-4.html

Yep, you can do that. You can use a dual pump top like the one you linked or you can just use the stock top; simply plumb the outlet from pump 1 to the inlet of pump 2.

If you do use the dual pump top have a look for the motor only model of the D5. Saves a bit of cash on a part that you wont need (the stock top).
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