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120mm radiator enough for i7-3820?

post #1 of 18
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Hello,

So im looking for a water cooling system for my i7-3820, and im wondering if a 120mm radiator would be enough to cool it? I will not be doing any major overclocking. Im planing to use noctua nf-f12 fans on the radiator.
And also, if i would run a push-pull configuration could i use different fans for push and for pull? Im asking because i see no reason to use the nf-f12 as a pull fan since i wont benefit fron the higher air pressure, so i could use a more quiet fan instead.
Thank you.
post #2 of 18
if your cooling just the cpu and want just a 120mm radiator, go with something along the lines of a Corsair H80, or if you can fit it a H100, both these are cheaper than a custom 120mm radiator loop and performance would be more or less the same
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It would be wise to list all the parts that you consider buying. Why dont you go with at least a dual rad, not enough room?
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post #4 of 18
I think you'd be fine. I have a single 120 mm radiator on a gtx480 loop right now, and those GPU's kick off some serious heat, and my max temp is 59C. Not really the same thing, but my swiftech mcp120 does the job for me.
post #5 of 18
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Im thinking of buying a asetek 550lc, and use a noctua nf-f12 to cool it. The main reason i dont wan't a 240mm is because of the noise the extra fans will make, so if a 120mm is enough i'd go with that.
post #6 of 18
yes,it will do the job, but take care, there is fat & slim radiators, so just take a fat one like xspc rx120

noctua F12 has good static pressure, but really expensive, and for a push/pull, you need exactly same fans, i recommend instead yate loon or Gentletyphoons AP14 or AP15

also don't forget, that for a warerloop, you need also , waterblock, tubing, fittings , reservoir, and pump smile.gif
post #7 of 18
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Basically i just have one more question, is a 240mm radiator with2 fans better than a 120mm with push-pull? (lets say that the cooler and fans are all identical)
post #8 of 18
240mm RAD with two fans is alot better than the 120mm and two fans.
    
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Originally Posted by onix45 View Post

Basically i just have one more question, is a 240mm radiator with2 fans better than a 120mm with push-pull? (lets say that the cooler and fans are all identical)

For example, the H100 will crush the H80 even if you run the fans at a slower speed on the H100.
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My H80 cools my 3820 at stock very well, 26 degrees average idol and load is probably around 50 max. A single 120mm rad custom loop would probably do a lot better too. I figure you would still get similar temps with a moderate 4.3ghz overclock while 4.6~7 would easily be possible.
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