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The temps on my 8120 seem too high. this is my water block
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there arent a lot of pins, so my first question is how much would i benefit from a new one? i also notice there isnt much heat in my tubing. nothing in my loop seems very warm.

after setting up folding on my new 7970, i realized it is insanely loud. under load, its nearly intolerable to keep at 80
im looking for a water block for it. a backplate would be nice, but im on a budget. just think minimum wage, so a $100 block costs me about 14 hours of my life, just to get.

im wondering if my 240 rad would be enough to handle heavy OC's on both my gpu and cpu, if not, i need a 120 rad, but it needs to 25mm thick. how much good will this do me?

i really want some nicer fittings, i hate using barbs and hose clamps. i get leaks basically every reassemble. and a lot of em are hard to fix.

i also need better tubing. this lowe's stuff clouds like crazy. i want clear

finally, im looking to get some opaque white fluid. ik ice dragon makes some, but its expensive. any other options?
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A new block wouldn't make a massive difference. Maybe the block is badly seated? Have you tried removing and re-applying some decent TIM? Check for the block hitting anything like capacitors that may be causing a bad seat. A significant difference in core temps can also indicate a badly seated block.

for your 7970 and GPU I would say 1 x 240mm rad is not enough, at minimum add another 120 but preferably another 240mm rad. If you existing 240mm rad is only push or pull, add another 2 fans for a push pull setup if possible, this will improve cooling, Maybe you can replace your existing 240mm with a 360mm?

What case do you have? Is it the phantom in your sig rig? that appears to have a H80 in it so are we talking something else?

If the 7970 noise is an issue, you can also consider the AC acceler Xtreme coolers, excellent for not a lot of money (i'm making an assumption that they have one for the 7970 already), I have one on my 5970 and it is superb compared to the stock coolers, however be aware that this cooler does not exhaust air from the case but dumps it inside which can effect other components if you don't have a good airflow setup.
     
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old pics.
and the secondary reason i got a reference card was to expel hot air. if you look at my most recent pics on my build log you can see it.
i have the phantom 410
so i have room for a 240mm in push or pull and a 120mm in push or pull
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Not ideal then really.

I know you said money is an issue but if you want to get the most out of your components with a custom loop i'd look at another case.

The CM 690 II would be ideal, you can pick up a used one for about 70USD on Ebay or a classified add.
     
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if i got a new case it would be the switch 810
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That is a good case with plenty of room for a custom loop and good airflow, but I thought you said money was an issue, isn't that quite an expensive case?
     
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its half the cosmos II
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It may be, but add in the cost of an extra rad and fans and that minimum wage is gonna be really stretched!

What about the block seating I mentioned before?
     
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ive reseated it thrice since i got it.
different methods and amounts of tim, all artic silver 5
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Wanted: [Wanted] LGA1155 ITX Motherboard
$75 (USD) or best offer
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[AMD] Ryzen R7 1700 w/EK Supremacy Evo AMD [MSI] X370 XPower Gaming Titanium [AMD] Vega Flagship GPU [G.Skill] Trident Z RGB 2x8GB @3000MHz 
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500GB M.2 SSD [WD] 2TB Black HDD [NZXT] AER RGB 120 (x7) [NZXT] AER RGB 140 (x1) 
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[Barrow] D5 Heatsink/Reservoir/Heatsink [Barrow] White 1/2"x3/4" Compression Fittings [Primochill] Advance LRT Clear 1/2"x3/4" Tubing [Alphacool] NexXxos XT45 360mm 
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I really don't think a new block is gonna make that much difference to your CPU?

How is your rad now, push or pull and mounted as intake or exhaust?
     
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SanDisk Xtreme 240GB Who Cares? Corsair H80 Win 7 Ultimate X64 
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