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Originally Posted by vinnybear View Post

Happy New Year all,
Happy to see you are still going at it strong Chris.
Regarding your loops. I run a 3 loop system :
1 loop is MB water block (and soon ram) - 1 pump and rad
1 loop is both GPU - 1 pump and rad
1 loop CPU only - 2 pump and 1 big rad
All loops have a flow meter and the pump flow can be controlled. This lets me adjust the cooling power of each loop.
It all depends how far you wish to push you CPU but personally I wouldnt have the CPU in line with anything.
Same with the GPUs if you will push them (overclock) be very carefull about having something else in the loop with them.
For sure I would never have the CPU and GPUs on the same loop
I'm currenttly looking into probably changing the GPU setup to have a cooler in between so that one card is not heating the other.
Dont make T junction in you cooling loop as the water will choose the path with less resistance to flow and that might not be the one you want. It can also mean the water only goes thru one branch of your T junction.
Keep up the good work and the awesome pics.
Vincent

It's been a while since I posted. But, I've been following along. With regards to doing your water cooling loops. I've read up extensively on this subject through multiple online articles before I designed my own setup. I forget where the links are to what I read. But the basic consensus is that you don't need to make separate loops to cool your parts. You can do it all in one loop. If you separate out the loops, you decrease the overall potential heat dissipation you gained by adding in all those extra radiators and fans. As long as you maintain a good flow rate, the temperature of your water won't vary by much in your loop. There is a bit of a difference with serial and parallel loops. You'd want to keep your reservoir/t-line, pump & radiators in done serially all before/after the cooling blocks. But after that part of the loop, from all the reading I've done, I'd recommend using a combined serial/parallel approach. Not sure what's the best way to do it in the BBBB case. You definitely want the most flow going to the CPU. And the GPU's need the second most flow rate and can be connected to each other with a parallel input/output. I use 2 dual-VID tubes to connect each of my GPU's to the other GPU's. But I don't have the MIPS chipset waterblock because I never liked where the input/output ports were for that. You can have the most restrictive flow to the chipset & memory since they don't need to be cooled as much. But that's as far as my knowledge goes conceptually of what I'd do would go. If it was Nate's chipset block instead of the MIPS chipset block where the input/output holes/ports aren't between the GPU's, I'd have my own suggestions for Chris's setup since it would be very similar to my own cooling setup. (Though I only have 2 radiators being cooled by only 7 fans). smile.gif I'm still waiting patiently for Nate to finish his and send one to me.

Anyway, I've rambled on enough on this subject. Just putting in my 2 cents. 2cents.gif
Edited by Vvt1978 - 1/7/13 at 12:32pm
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Here are some pics of an alternate plumbing layout....using compression fittings instead of the crystal link.

But first...many of you had suggested that the run include something from the top VRM block to the top inlet on the memory card on the right. I had tried to suggest in a previous post that I had played with that layout and that it just didn't work....but I either didn't say it clearly enough...or forcefully enough. smile.gif Anyway, here are some pictures of what all of the tubing I have does with a bend such as that being proposed. This one is 1/2 ID x 3/4 OD....but I also have thinner wall tubing that does the same thing. There is simply not much room to make the turn:




Using a 90 degree does not help...and in fact makes it worse....because of how long the 90 degree extends. Onward....

Here is what the layout would look like with all compression fittings and no crystal link.



I like the look of it. It's different than the crystal link with lots of fittings. This one looks more "muscular" and "tough", while the fittings with crystal link looks more "creative" and "unique". Not sure which I like best. Let me know if you have any thoughts on what looks better!

Crystal Link - Layout 1 (Click to show)
Crystal Link - Layout 2 (Click to show)
Compression's and Tubing - Layout 1 (Click to show)



Here is what the flow would look like.....blue are the ins....and red are the outs. BUT...many comments have been made about my "two" loops. This is not a dual loop design. Both of these subloops would join together into one run through the radiators. So there is no cooling capacity that is lost. It is one loop...that splits into parallel runs through the CPU subloop and the GPU subloop....before joining back together as one and going through the radiators. And with the use of valves...with just a few twists.....I'll be able to change from a 100% cpu loop flow....to 100% gpu loop flow....to parallel flows in the subloops.....to a completely serial flow from one subloop to the other.




I'm behind on comments...and I'll try and catch back up tonight. I appreciate everyone continuing to post for this long!
post #2853 of 3982
I much prefere the look of the compression fitting + tubing version, the crystal links just look too busy, a bit overdone with all the connectors, extenders and god knows what in there 2cents.gif Maybe you could try a mix of both for example the tube run connecting the 2 memory blocks could be crystal link, that would look good I guess.
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agreed that looks much better
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Tubing looks like the way to go, but it would be nice if some connectors could get out of there.

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Oh gawd that tubing! Love it! wink.gif Still use crystal link between the GPUs though!

And now I see why you can't run from the VRM block to the RAM block, understandable! Keep it up!

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your loops just inspire me!!! thumb.gif but, still, go crystal link v2

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I know nothing performance wise of the different choices but as far as aesthetics go, crystal link v1 is the best looking in my opinion.
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I'm so glad that I don't have any opinion on that loop(s) wink.gif

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