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Well firstly will a Koolance Triple 3x120mm 11-FPI Copper Radiator ( HX-360HL) radiator with pull fans, and a Koolance Dual 2x120mm 11-FPI Copper Radiator (HX-240HL) be enough to cool a 3930k at 4.625ghz, the vrms for it, an x79 chipset and two 7970's (or one 7990) overclocked decently? I'm looking for temps at around 40 degrees at load (maybe peaking to 50 degrees at 100% load)? I'm going to get the cosmos 2 case and I was just wondering if I'd need a different case (I don't want to have to modify the case).

Secondly, how does one connect the gpu water-blocks together? I can only think of barb fittings with a small piece of tubing and clamps? I'd need to purchase the items from ebay/amazon as they can ship to my USA P.O. box which will deliver it to a different country.

Anyway thanks guys for reading and for advice smile.gif.
    
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Well firstly will a Koolance Triple 3x120mm 11-FPI Copper Radiator ( HX-360HL) radiator with pull fans, and a Koolance Dual 2x120mm 11-FPI Copper Radiator (HX-240HL) be enough to cool a 3930k at 4.625ghz, the vrms for it, an x79 chipset and two 7970's (or one 7990) overclocked decently? I'm looking for temps at around 40 degrees at load (maybe peaking to 50 degrees at 100% load)? I'm going to get the cosmos 2 case and I was just wondering if I'd need a different case (I don't want to have to modify the case).
Secondly, how does one connect the gpu water-blocks together? I can only think of barb fittings with a small piece of tubing and clamps? I'd need to purchase the items from ebay/amazon as they can ship to my USA P.O. box which will deliver it to a different country.
Anyway thanks guys for reading and for advice smile.gif.

I can't answer your first answer for sure, but I would say it will be fine. I have one 360 on a CPU and GPU (and 570's get pretty hot) and my CPU never goes above 50 - and I live in Australia... I am not sure about the two 7970's, have you considered a separate loop for the graphics cards?

To connect them together, you can do what you said, which will work out cheaper and means the graphics cards are cooled in series. Alternatively, you can get a bridge to run them in parallel (or series also if you wish).

I think the general consensus is that series is the best option, however it depends on the rest of the loop and the cards. I'd go for parallel, but that's because I like the look of bridges smile.gif
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I can't answer your first answer for sure, but I would say it will be fine. I have one 360 on a CPU and GPU (and 570's get pretty hot) and my CPU never goes above 50 - and I live in Australia... I am not sure about the two 7970's, have you considered a separate loop for the graphics cards?
To connect them together, you can do what you said, which will work out cheaper and means the graphics cards are cooled in series. Alternatively, you can get a [URL=http://bridge]bridge[/URL] to run them in parallel (or series also if you wish).
I think the general consensus is that series is the best option, however it depends on the rest of the loop and the cards. I'd go for parallel, but that's because I like the look of bridges smile.gif

I guess parallel would be the best after the cpu for the gpus, because they don't restrict flow TOO much, but could you fix the URL so I can see what I'd need?

Planning this is very confusing atm and I'm still trying to get my head round it. I have way to many components to cool mad.gif.
    
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yes that will be plenty of rad for your rig
heres how i did my gpu's without any added expense and performs just as well as if i had bought the bridge wink.gif
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cooling the cpu and gpu,s are the top priority...after that it's more fluff than actual performance enhancement and spending of mass quantities of money...lol
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I guess parallel would be the best after the cpu for the gpus, because they don't restrict flow TOO much, but could you fix the URL so I can see what I'd need?
Planning this is very confusing atm and I'm still trying to get my head round it. I have way to many components to cool mad.gif.

Sorry about that! I've fixed the link for you. Here it is again: http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=27826.

It's not as confusing as it seems when you have completed the process and are installing your stuff. It's extremely fun, you'll love it.

A simple rule to remember when planning what to buy, is that you will need two fittings per component (one inlet, one outlet). Personally I prefer compression fittings as they look better - the ones from Bitspower are really nice. Furthermore, don't forget that your reservoir has to go above your pump in the loop (usually at the bottom of the case). If you need any more pointers or are confused about anything, don't hesitate to drop me a PM! I have lots of experience installing water cooling stuff.
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yes that will be plenty of rad for your rig
heres how i did my gpu's without any added expense and performs just as well as if i had bought the bridge wink.gif
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cooling the cpu and gpu,s are the top priority...after that it's more fluff than actual performance enhancement and spending of mass quantities of money...lol

I'm not gonna cool my chipset, I'll be sticking with my sabertooth because the waterblock (koolance) comes with separate VRM and Chipset waterblocks, and on the MOBO they are separate. This means that I can just cool the vrm/cpu/gpu (only one/two of the gpus will be watercooled I'll have one air cooled bcos lazy) and my chipset can still be fancooled. I want to watercool the cpu to achieve slightly higher clocks than atm to not bottleneck my 2/3 gpu's. Also at my current clocks the vrm's reach 84 degrees on 100% load, I have a **** cpu which needs a LOT MORE V's than most. That's also why I need better VRM cooling.

Also what type of fittings did you use between the gpu's? Barbs or compressions? I'm not sure how I'd get compressions to fit in there tbh.

Either way thanks a lot man smile.gif the diagram is very helpful, but I'd personally take the tubing on the bottom GPU from the up side to leave room for the last PCIE slot on my mobo which will allow me to add a final GPU or even an ssd/sound card.

Thanks a lot though smile.gif, I have more confidence in that I can get it to work.
    
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i just used barbs...there are all kinds of options for this connection....I'm not understanding you though...are you watercooling both your gpu's??...if not then you won't have this connection...to maintain balance in performance i would advise you cool both though.....what your going to find is watercooling is HIGHLY ADDICTIVE...... WARNING !!!...lol...once you see your temps and experiance the performance you'll be hooked and want to cool everything you can...and they make waterblocks for alot of stuff!
anyhow...have fun! thumb.gif
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Sorry about that! I've fixed the link for you. Here it is again: http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=27826.
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Sorry about the double post first because I didn't see the post while I was typing my other reply!

Well I'm having a triple radiator at the top, but since it's a koolance radiator the fittings will be at the end. I then need a tight bend to the cpu/vrm's. Then I guess I could use a right angle fitting from the cpu/vrm and go straight to GPU #1. Then I could use 2 10mm barbs (20mm total) which will literally TOUCH each other (due to 1 pcie slot between them which is 2cm). I could squeeze some tube in there to seal the waterway and clamp both ends. Then from the bottom CPU I'll have an outlet running to the 120x2mm radiator through the grommets in my case. Then it would go to the pump and the last tube I connect will be to the reservoir which is above the pump.

I could use the swiftech reservoir or a dual bay reservoir which will both be mounted above the pump. I'm still confused on the direction of the water and which way is optimal :\.

Here's a diagram with labels and with the area of the components:

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Edit:

I expect the gpu's to be at like 50-60 degrees on 100% load, and I can guarantee that an aftermarket cooled GPU will be at mid-high 60's during load so not too much difference tongue.gif.

Edit 2: Looking at the diagram, can anyone recommend me what fittings and route would be needed/best for this set-up?

Thanks smile.gif.
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if setup properly your temps should be better than what you think...my gpu's never exceed 42c and my cpu 43c and i am heavily oc'ed wink.gif
heres my thought on hose routing
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fittings is going to be more hands on...only you can see what will work best in a certain place to keep things kink free biggrin.gif
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