Originally Posted by coulourfull
Thanks. Also I've been doing a lot of research but I'm still kinda confused on how to make a loop with a CPU and GPU. What is the order in which it goes. Here's what I would think:
Pump/Res ---> big radiator ---> GPU ---> Small Radiator ---> CPU ---> Pump/Res
Is that correct?
As was pointed out, as long as the res is right before the pump and gravity brings coolant from the res down to feed the pump, (that's the only real absolute) the rest of the order just doesn't make any difference ~98% of the time.
It's generally accepted that the loop plan with the lesser / least tubing, with the best aesthetics, (looks nicest to you) is how you want to go.
With a flow rate of 1 GPM, it takes 264 Watts to raise the temp 1C, so a single CPU & GPU isn't going add enough heat to a loop to make loop order a concern from the heat producing hardware perspective.
Generally folks like to avoid large loopy runs of tubing, but some guys like that look, and since it really won't affect temps, it's your choice.
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You can always get a bunch of cheap, expendable, Home Depot tubing, and mock-up a few different variations before you commit your good expensive tubing to one and put it together for leak testing.
If you're using compression fittings, just use them like little barbs for the mock up process. . . . . . all you're doing is deciding which tubing layout works out best.
The one other thing you might want to consider as you work up a plan, is what direction you're moving the air thru your rads.
Making the primary rad an intake with unobstructed airflow, (with the secondary rad as exhaust) assures that it gets the coolest air to the primary rad & thru the case, and can do the most good overall.
On the other hand, not all cases let you do that easily, if you want to use intake filters for dust control, so you have to do a little balancing act sometimes between dust control and maximally efficient air flow.
DarleneEdited by IT Diva - 10/2/13 at 4:33am