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Hey guys getting ready to get my radiators but a bit stuck. I know I want a 360 radiator for the top of the case but I dunno if to put a 120 or 140 radiator at the rear.. Which would be best guys? Loop will be cooling CPU and gpu
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Hey guys getting ready to get my radiators but a bit stuck. I know I want a 360 radiator for the top of the case but I dunno if to put a 120 or 140 radiator at the rear.. Which would be best guys? Loop will be cooling CPU and gpu

What CPU/GPU do you have? Your sig-rig?

I'd say 140mm due to higher surface area (5200mm^2 extra surface area) if you can find fans that match up with your radiators (quiet low speed fans with low fpi rads are my favourite, but if noise isn't an issue for you I'd assume you want a thick radiator with better cooling potential). TBH you won't notice a difference unless you reach the cooling potential of a 120mm radiator+260 so in that scenario the 140 might save an extra 2-4 degrees but unless you reach that point it won't make much difference. I'd say get the radiator that fits in with your needs (silence or cooling) and what is most available (120mm radiators and 120mm fans are more common so you're more likely to find a good deal on them).

If you're not going to be running SLI, you could get a massive OC while keeping fans at 1200rpm or less on a 360 (thick low fpi radiator assuming your mobo doesn't have clearance issues) with a second radiator if that's what you want.

Also if you plan on having a thick top radiator, make sure you are comfortable pulling air through it or pushing air from outside into it because with a 50-60mm radiator you MIGHT have some clearance issues with SOME motherboards VRM heatsinks if you plan to bottom-mount a fan.
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140 radiator
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Depending on the rads used, a 140 may be a tight fit in the rear when paired with a 360 up top.
 
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I fitted inside a HAF X, 360 SR1 on top and a 240 SR1 on rear using a Koolance bracket with no modding, tube routing was pretty easy too since there is already 2 holes with grommets pre-installed.
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you can fit a thin 360 rad in the top (where the 200mm fans go under that shroud), and a 140mm rad on the exhaust port.

due to shear area , id go for the 140 as its a minimal increase in price. but a pro for the 120mm, if you resell its much easier as there are a unholy amount of different 120mm fans you can use, but its kind of hard to find a radiator oriented 140mm fan
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