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Enough to cool 3820 and a 690. Have my eyes set on the Lian Li PC-V750, but if there's something else out there I should be checking out, would love to see it. Bonus points for aluminum.
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Enough to cool 3820 and a 690. Have my eyes set on the Lian Li PC-V750, but if there's something else out there I should be checking out, would love to see it. Bonus points for aluminum.

Um where do you plan on mounting the rads?

Cause that's a 300w TDP (non OC'd) card and if you OC that CPU you're easily looking at 165w. A 360 rad dissipates about 200w of heat with 2k RPM fans @ 10c delta.

So you'll need about two 360's worth for good temps.

Why do you want to go that small?

Well I should rephrase. Why try and go smaller? Why not bigger incase you want to add more down the road?

Contrary to computer parts, a computer case can be future proofed... =P
Edited by Rognin - 5/9/12 at 7:37pm
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Um where do you plan on mounting the rads?
Cause that's a 300w TDP (non OC'd) card and if you OC that CPU you're easily looking at 165w. A 360 rad dissipates about 200w of heat with 2k RPM fans @ 10c delta.
So you'll need about two 360's worth for good temps.
Why do you want to go that small?

Where are you getting this info? I've got two 480's (250w TDP each) on a 360 rad with 1800 rpm fans and they're fine, infact, more than fine - mid 50's with an OC to 840. Your math seems to indicate I have less than half the rad I need? Nothing reaches it's TDP, especially now both CPU's and GPU's have individual VID's, you'd need to consider the max VID for the specific chip and how close you'll get to it/past it even with an OC.
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A 360 + 240 ought to do it just fine. I've seen a 5.0ghz 2600K and 590 with great results on a 30mm 360 rad and Phobya 200mm rad.

I don't like large cases. The smaller the better for both aesthetics and portability. The challenge of modding a case to fit in all of the parts is half the fun of the build.
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Where are you getting this info? I've got two 480's (250w TDP each) on a 360 rad with 1800 rpm fans and they're fine, infact, more than fine - mid 50's with an OC to 840. Your math seems to indicate I have less than half the rad I need? Nothing reaches it's TDP, especially now both CPU's and GPU's have individual VID's, you'd need to consider the max VID for the specific chip and how close you'll get to it/past it even with an OC.

Then you're not getting 10c delta water are you?

With 10c deltas you should be getting high 30's low 40's tops (with around 25c ambients). Which means with mid 50's you're actually hitting (lets say you have 25c ambients) about 20c delta water (45c water). The higher the delta the more wattage you can dissipate.

Pretty sure I'm close on the numbers, just not exact. I can always be wrong though. rolleyes.gif

@OP, if modding is the goal, then I'm subbed. I'll try and take a look tomorrow when I land.

Edit: if those temps are good for you then it's all good. It does give you a general idea of what you can expect out of the wattage input and dissipation of rads.
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Appreciate the input, and yeah, modding is the goal here. That's the main reason why I am hoping to find something in aluminum. Much easier to work with.
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Appreciate the input, and yeah, modding is the goal here. That's the main reason why I am hoping to find something in aluminum. Much easier to work with.

Can you wait a little. I think Caselabs will be coming out with their merlin case. Should be watercooling freindly, just dunno about the E-ATX part...
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Just did a bit of googling.

Yes please.
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