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With the case that I have, keeping a 240mm radiator mounted in the top takes a bit of rigging that I'm not happy with at all. It's really in the way of a few connectors near the top of my motherboard, and also blocks the latches on the top of my RAM slots. Skipping a couple of screw holes to mount it crooked isn't cool either... thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif

Anyway, what I'd like to do is replace the RS240 radiator that came with my Rasa kit with a smaller 120mm radiator to mount in the back of the case, without losing any cooling performance, if possible. I'm still very much an amateur in the water cooling world, so I was hoping some of you more experienced guys could point me in the direction of a good quality 120mm radiator to accomplish this. I am currently only cooling my CPU on this loop, and plan to keep it that way for a while longer, so I assumed there should be a smaller, higher quality rad to match the performance of the RS240 or at least come very close.

Please give me some suggestions!
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I'm not an expert in radiators, but one rad to consider is the RX120. THe RS240 might be the same or slightly better, but paired with a couple good fans you might get away with 2-3c more on the CPU, or even keep the same temps. If you're cooling the CPU only, the rasa kit would be the same/slightly better than an Antec 920/Corsair H70/Corsair H80.
   
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Originally Posted by Starbomba View Post

I'm not an expert in radiators, but one rad to consider is the RX120. THe RS240 might be the same or slightly better, but paired with a couple good fans you might get away with 2-3c more on the CPU, or even keep the same temps. If you're cooling the CPU only, the rasa kit would be the same/slightly better than an Antec 920/Corsair H70/Corsair H80.

That looks pretty good. I like the lesser fins-per-inch of this rad since I just bought a couple pairs of 1200RPM Cougar fans to quieten things down a bit. Can you do push-pull config with the RX120? And how would it's performance match up to some of the 120mm Black Ice radiators I've been looking at?
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That looks pretty good. I like the lesser fins-per-inch of this rad since I just bought a couple pairs of 1200RPM Cougar fans to quieten things down a bit. Can you do push-pull config with the RX120? And how would it's performance match up to some of the 120mm Black Ice radiators I've been looking at?

Well, XSPC's rads are meant to be used with low-speed fans, so those fans will be okay. I stepped up my game with my Panaflo's (and recently with push/pull Gentle Tyhoons 2150 RPM) since Black Ice rads are more dense (look at how dense is my GT Stealth 240). A single pair of my 2150 RPM GT's, while not the best in air pressure, but they can barely get through that rad (i had to do push-pull on that).

The Black Ice SR-1 120 is the only (modern) rad that looks like a similar performer to the XSPC RX120. Hell, the GTX 120 is almost as dense as the GTS 120, so you would need some darned good fans to drill though that.
   
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