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hey

I'm building up a watercooled system with two gtx 580's and an i5-2500k. i was originally going to have them in one loop but have since decided to split it into two loops to get better temps. the case is a corsair 800d with a 360mm rad up top that would be used to cool the graphics cards. i was wanting to know whether a single 140mm ekwb xtc rad would be enough for the cpu overclocked to no higher than 4.5ghz

thanks
Andy
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hey
I'm building up a watercooled system with two gtx 580's and an i5-2500k. i was originally going to have them in one loop but have since decided to split it into two loops to get better temps. the case is a corsair 800d with a 360mm rad up top that would be used to cool the graphics cards. i was wanting to know whether a single 140mm ekwb xtc rad would be enough for the cpu overclocked to no higher than 4.5ghz
thanks
Andy

I'm not sure, but i think a single would be enough.

I would probably go with a dual, just in case, but that might just be me, I can't hold back on those ocs....
Edited by casp1887 - 4/13/12 at 12:35am
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yea i would prefer a double but without some case modding which i'd rather not be doing to a new case thats all it can fit, unless i put a secong single rad on the rear exhaust
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Simple solution for this one, get a radbox and hang a dual 140 from the back of the case tongue.gif Or you can go custom and mount it somewhere neat, like the side panel.
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hey
I'm building up a watercooled system with two gtx 580's and an i5-2500k. i was originally going to have them in one loop but have since decided to split it into two loops to get better temps. the case is a corsair 800d with a 360mm rad up top that would be used to cool the graphics cards. i was wanting to know whether a single 140mm ekwb xtc rad would be enough for the cpu overclocked to no higher than 4.5ghz
thanks
Andy

Im running am i5 2500k atm OCCD @ 4.5ghz and i used a 240 radiator (XSPC EX 240).

The temperatures were around 45 c @ load (Prime 95)- i say were because i added a WC gpu block and a XSPC RX 120 to add extra cooling. and that dropped the temps by about 3c.

IMO id go with a 240 as opposed to a 140 radiator-you will get better temps, plus you will have a larger selection of fans to choose from-not many high CFM 140 models wink.gif

With regards to not wanting to mod your new case, id suggest looking around on the forum for photos of other rigs, there are many ingenious solutions out there, and you might not have to 'mod up' your new baby.
Good luck in your endeavours either way smile.gif
Edited by kkorky - 4/17/12 at 7:06am
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I have my 2500k at 4.6 ATM and 2 560ti's with heavy OCs on them. Everything is on a single 360 and my load temps on the CPU never go over 50c even after hours of crunching and gaming. The GPUS never get over 40c.
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I have my 2500k at 4.6 ATM and 2 560ti's with heavy OCs on them. Everything is on a single 360 and my load temps on the CPU never go over 50c even after hours of crunching and gaming. The GPUS never get over 40c.

What is your ambient room temperature because your values are insane good. All my numbers can be found in my worklog at stock 4.8 and a few other speeds.
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I would, for all safety's sake, go for a dual rad solution. Have you already bought your parts? I'm asking because you could potentially mod the roof for a 480 rad, and then add a single 140 (which would require some modding) but it would also mean you have less resistance and a single 480 has slightly more performance than a 360 + 120. Check out my buildlog of the 480 mount in the roof here.

I hope I could help a little. smile.gif
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I would do a single loop becasue a even a 360 rad will be have enough headroom for both a cpu and 2 gpus. do it in a single loop with a 360 and 140, you will get better temps all round
     
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