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Hey folks, I'm new to water-cooling and looking for some advice on the cooling capacity of a (hopefully) quiet setup. Can some kind soul tell me if this gear will cool the following setup quietly, or if I'm dreaming... rolleyes.gif

The gear:
* Koolance CPU-370
* Koolance GPU-210 (GPU only block)
* 2x XSPC RX240 (or, dependant upon the case) 1x XSPC RX240 & 1x RX120
* Gentle Typhoon AP-15 fans in push, spinning at a preferred max of 1100rpm. It's my top comfortable sound level in my current machine.
* D5/MCP655 Pump sitting in an XSPC Dual 5.25" Bay Reservoir
* 1/2" ID fittings and tubing

It needs to cool:
* Intel Core i5 2500K with an OC of 4.4GHz
* NVIDIA GTX 560 Ti (950/4200 factory OC)

Down the road I may upgrade the GPU to a newer card (79xx?) that has widely available full-cover blocks.
Comfortable temps, like sound, can be pretty subjective - but I'm happy with anything sub 60c thumb.gif
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post #2 of 22
When going with low-speed fans, I like to use a bit more radiator, so in this situation I'd probably use 1x RX240 and 1x RX120. The RX is a great choice for low speed fans, and you'll have no issues with acceptable performance undervolting those GT's. Everything looks very reasonable, and it should certainly do a fine job of quieting down your system.
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post #3 of 22
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Awesome, cheers smile.gif I did as much reading as I could, it's just difficult to judge the rad area needed without having watercooled before.
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Looks like a reasonable setup. Only thing I would consider changing is going Push/Pull at least on the 120mm and swapping out that Koolance GPU-210 for a Swiftech MCW82.
    
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Originally Posted by Bit_reaper View Post

Looks like a reasonable setup. Only thing I would consider changing is going Push/Pull at least on the 120mm and swapping out that Koolance GPU-210 for a Swiftech MCW82.

Well depending on what case I go with, I should be able to squeeze in push/pull on the 240. Does the MCW82 has some advantages over the 210? The 210's connectivity options was the deciding factor for me.
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Originally Posted by Lujani View Post

Well depending on what case I go with, I should be able to squeeze in push/pull on the 240. Does the MCW82 has some advantages over the 210? The 210's connectivity options was the deciding factor for me.

The MCW82 has better performance but even bigger advantage is the barb placement. They both come out on the side so they leave you with the option to pick up another block and GPU and go sli if you so choose.
    
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post #7 of 22
Get a CM 690 II Advanced for the Case. at some point I am putting a full water loop in Gizmoto. I plan to stick a rs240 in the top with just push or just pull, An RX240 in the bottom with push pull, and an RX120 on the back with push pull. It will fit, you just have to work with getting the line's to the RX120 rad on the outside of the case, the water cooling lines dont line up:( easy to fix though. amazing case too! the USB 3.0 version has case gromets and USB3.0 on the front pannel.
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post #8 of 22
A dense fin constructed radiator with some fans that are able to push a high volume of air through this dense radiator will give best performance temp wise,but it will be very noisy.Work backwards from the dense radiator and high volume fan setup to find the happy medium you seek.I always use a device that allows mounting the fan a bit back from directly on the radiator. This technique really helps in making sure the maximun amount of fin area gets air blown across it.The simplest way to do this is to use some gutted fan housings.Using this method you can set the fans back the standard 25 or 38 mm,I go for the 38mm set-back when ever possible.
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post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by PCCstudent View Post

A dense fin constructed radiator with some fans that are able to push a high volume of air through this dense radiator will give best performance temp wise,but it will be very noisy.Work backwards from the dense radiator and high volume fan setup to find the happy medium you seek.I always use a device that allows mounting the fan a bit back from directly on the radiator. This technique really helps in making sure the maximun amount of fin area gets air blown across it.The simplest way to do this is to use some gutted fan housings.Using this method you can set the fans back the standard 25 or 38 mm,I go for the 38mm set-back when ever possible.

Yep, shrouds are great at reducing the dead zone behind the fan motor and help with the cavitation noise. I have one on the push side of my H80, used an old 25mm fan frame.
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post #10 of 22
OP:
I am currently cooling a i5-2500k (stock) and a GTX 560 Ti with a RS240 and a 200mm phobya. 200mm corsair fan spinning at about 500rpm in pull on the phobya and I have 2 120mm noctua fans with low noise adaptor (1100rpm) in pull on the RS240, the computer is very quiet, the loudest components at the moment are the hard drives. My CPU temps never go higher than 50c and my gpu very rarely goes above 55c. I just thought I'd share that since I am also all for quiet/silence and I have similar components that I am cooling. So from the bit of experience I've had with water cooling and low rpm fans, you should be good to go noise and temp wise.
    
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