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Hello,

Water cooling noobie over here. I have sketched out 2 potential loop orders for a new build. Would anyone care to critique what I have in mind? In both instances the pump is on the "other side" of the case and out of view. But it doesn't have to be.

Also you would only be able to see the res in in the first configuration since the window on the case cover doesn't extend all the way to the right so the res is hidden from view in the second configuration. So aesthetically the first one _may_ be nicer.

If anyone has a different loop order in mind, I would like to hear it as well, the rads can be oriented in either direction and the res can be mounted on either the top or bottom fans on the 240 rad

Thanks!

Loop1
534

Loop2
531

Loop1 with case cover
534
post #2 of 7
Both loops are good. there isnt really anything that would throw them off. you have good head pressure flowing to the pumps and I don't think one would really benefit over the other.

If I had to chose I'd go for Loop 1. Looks good through a window if you like that

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loop 2 is exactly what i do. putting your graphics card before the cpu will heat up the cpu more
    
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Anyone else care to chime in? smile.gif
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Loop 1 is very efficient for tubing. I think I would still go for Loop 2 though to better fill the "void" on the right side thumb.gif

[edit] Just noticed something wrong in Loop 2. Make sure your In and Out on the GPU are on opposite ports (IE top left & bottom right, bottom left & top right, both bottom, or both top)
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Hehe. I hoped no one would notice that.... Small mistake while drawing. Still - thanks for pointing that out thumb.gif
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loop 2 is exactly what i do. putting your graphics card before the cpu will heat up the cpu more

I'd go with Loop 1, with a single-card setup, the temp differences really aren't worth worrying about. It takes something like ~250w of heat to raise water moving 1 GPM by 1C (and even more at higher flow rates), so even a dual-gpu card running 100% isn't going to raise CPU temps by more than 1-2 degrees. For practical use, that'll make zero difference.
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