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I just got done selecting my water cooling hardware, this is my first loop so please let me know what you think. any changes that you think should be done let me know. the solid arrows represent water flow the outlined arrows represent air flow.

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I would put 120 rad on the exhaust instead of the 140 rad at the bottom, most probably somewhere down the line you will mod your 800D for a 240 at the bottom wink.gif
    
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alright. hows this look? and yeah maybe instead of the 140 on the back ill take out the hard drive cage in the bottom to fit a 240. something to think about..
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Edited by harritaco - 3/24/12 at 10:19pm
post #4 of 13
I am planning about the same loop as you, in the 800d.

I will be running the cpu (i7 930) and 2 gpu's (580) and I will really only need the 360 rad. I was thinking about adding a 140 like you but with spacing issue's and not enough stock air intakes, it would not really make any sense in adding the 140.

With only a single 140 fan acting as intake, air becomes starved inside the case and warms up quickly and thus making cooling your radiators less efficient.

My loop would be exactly like your second drawing, except I am using that 140 as an air intake, so with the bottom and back 140's providing intake, the rad will get cooler air and act as exhaust.

Loop order does not really matter, what matters is the route you take in your case. path of least resistance.

Mind you I am no expert just regurgitating what I have read and what seems like common sense.
Edited by poonjuice - 3/25/12 at 7:11am
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post #5 of 13
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Yea that makes sense since you have 4+ exhaust and only 1 intake. I might do some case Modding but I don't know yet. If I do I will probably do this:
http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=81698
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Your theory is sound, but loop is oddly done. I would scrap that single 140 all together and keep the 360 on top as a RX360 or something. My last loop of an oced 1366 i7 and a single 580 was run on a single 360 and was perfectly fine temps wise. It was CPU - GPU - RAD - RES - PUMP - CPU, and was surprisingly easy to rig up.

If you want to keep the 140, I would recommend CPU - 140 - GPU - 360 - RES - PUMP as right now depending on the GPU or if you are doing SLI your GPU will be consuming more of your thermal efficiency than your CPU.
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140 rad will not fit on the exhaust, I know that you can put a 140 fan there, but rad is a bit bigger.
    
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alright thanks, as i said im still planning it out so ill figure it out. And i figure that it doesnt really matter if i do that type of loop because even though the gpu isnt lined directly to the 360 rad the water leaving the 360 rad wont be heated up since it is only going through the res and pump. maybe ill just use the 360 but im also not sure if im going to get another gtx 570 or not and if i do then ill probably get another dual or something.
post #9 of 13
Harritaco - Your loop looks fine. As far as how much you need? A 360 will take care of a cpu and single gpu, but a 360+120 will do an even better job. If you are worried about air intake into the case look for vented optical bay covers. If you are willing to mod your case I would see if you could get a 3x140 up top. 140 mm fans will be quieter than 120 (for a given airflow) and a 420 rad would be all you'd need.
Also consider rads like the SR-1 - they work better with low speed, quiet fans than the denser ones.

Just be very careful and extremely thorough when you put it all together. Leaks will ruin your whole day. If you go with barb fittings make sure the tubing goes all the way to the base and put something on them - like zip ties or hose clamps.

Enjoy! thumb.gif
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I'm using compression for the most part. I'm thinking about Modding the case for either a quad 120 or a 420 but im not sure yet. I'd have to get the radiator first too so I can make a proper template. When cutting the case would you recommended just using a rotary or dremel for a beginner? I need to look for a proper cover/shroud as well
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