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2 X 240mm rad VS 360 or 420 rad

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hey,

so im in the process of watercooling and at the moment i have 2 cases, corsair 500r and silverstone rv01. ill be watercooling my cpu and gtx 560ti, might add another 560ti later on. now my question is would i see a big difference between:

2 x 240mm rad
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14327/ex-rad-315/XSPC_EX240_Dual_120mm_Low_Profile_Split_Fin_Radiator.html?tl=g30c95s160

or

360 rad
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14236/ex-rad-292/XSPC_RS360_Triple_120mm_Low_Profile_Radiator_Rev_2.html?tl=g30c95s161

or

420 rad
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10201/ex-rad-178/Koolance_Triple_140mm_Copper_High_Flow_Radiator_-_Black_HX-CU1403V_No_Nozzles_.html?tl=g30c95s931

so basically if the 2X240mm would be better, than ill use the corsair 500r to do the watercooling... but if there no big different between a single 360 or 420 compared to 2 x 240mm than ill use the raven rv01 for my case.

help me decide the route to go!
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Which case has more space to work with?

I would also considering the more spacy case for a first watercooling build for easier time installing.

As for radiators you should look at some reviews, my guess is the 420rad should give good performance vs 2x240 but the selection of 140fans is less compared to 120mm fans.

Edit--> those rads are rather thin, I would personaly put 30usd more for the Phobya 420: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/13014/ex-rad-244/Phobya_G-Changer_420mm_Radiator_-_Black_35196.html

It's twice as thick and should be alot better then the Koolance, good investment.

Also it seems to not be Version 1.2 so not sure how it performs vs Phobya 420 v1.2

If you feel the Phobya 420 is too expensive there is also 360 thick rad:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12964/ex-rad-240/Phobya_G-Changer_Ver_12_360mm_Radiator_-_Black_35223.html

It's 15usd more then Koolance but well worth it.
Edited by grandpatzer - 3/15/12 at 10:50pm
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Which case has more space to work with?
I would also considering the more spacy case for a first watercooling build for easier time installing.
As for radiators you should look at some reviews, my guess is the 420rad should give good performance vs 2x240 but the selection of 140fans is less compared to 120mm fans.
Edit--> those rads are rather thin, I would personaly put 30usd more for the Phobya 420: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/13014/ex-rad-244/Phobya_G-Changer_420mm_Radiator_-_Black_35196.html
It's twice as thick and should be alot better then the Koolance, good investment.
Also it seems to not be Version 1.2 so not sure how it performs vs Phobya 420 v1.2
If you feel the Phobya 420 is too expensive there is also 360 thick rad:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12964/ex-rad-240/Phobya_G-Changer_Ver_12_360mm_Radiator_-_Black_35223.html
It's 15usd more then Koolance but well worth it.

well if i go with wither the 360 or 420 in the raven case im limited to the thickness of the radiator since im doing a fully inside radiator and not using the outside case radiator mount since i want it to look nice and neath. so ill have to check whats the thickness i can use including the thickness of the fan.
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450

so i circle the area i would be putting the radiator:

in red: the radiator would go underneat that the space that a radiator fits.

in blue: those hard drive cage will be remove so that ill have space to put the fan for the push pull
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Radiator thickness doesn't ply all that big of a part when it comes to performance. The 3x140 mm radiator should have the most frontal area and should perform the best. But the two 2x120mm would be similar.

If you are using the 140mm radiator I would suggest getting Bgears adapters and using good 120mm fans instead.
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