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Quick help: 480 Rad vs dual 680s + a 3930K, can a 480 rad effectively cool all that non overclocked?

And can a single Apogee Drive 2 pump it all?

Also, I'm lost again at which are the best 480 rads. The last one I almost bought were the SR-1 480 rads. But i hear that is a one trick pony, it lacks scalability. I considered the AX480, but I don't need a rad that slim really. So what, Black ICE GTX?? That's my best guess.

I will add more fans, compression fittings, rads, and pumps later, it's just to keep the costs down for now. Don't want to have to buy a D14 or H100 for my 3930K CPU just to save for water coolong parts, seems like a waste of money now, since I can just build a small loop and have it grow with my wallet.

Already have the PC parts, GPU blocks, I have some credit at Swiftech, and a little more spent gets the system off the ground. I can add later.
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Quick help: 480 Rad vs dual 680s + a 3930K, can a 480 rad effectively cool all that non overclocked?
And can a single Apogee Drive 2 pump it all?
Also, I'm lost again at which are the best 480 rads. The last one I almost bought were the SR-1 480 rads. But i hear that is a one trick pony, it lacks scalability. I considered the AX480, but I don't need a rad that slim really. So what, Black ICE GTX?? That's my best guess.
I will add more fans, compression fittings, rads, and pumps later, it's just to keep the costs down for now. Don't want to have to buy a D14 or H100 for my 3930K CPU just to save for water coolong parts, seems like a waste of money now, since I can just build a small loop and have it grow with my wallet.
Already have the PC parts, GPU blocks, I have some credit at Swiftech, and a little more spent gets the system off the ground. I can add later.


look at this monsta
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16237/ex-rad-412/Alphacool_NexXxoS_Monsta_Quad_120mm_Radiator_-_80mm_Thick.html?tl=g30c95s570
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How is build quality, I want a rounded package not just performance.
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How is build quality, I want a rounded package not just performance.
what do you mean rounded?
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and the build quality is great and most of it is copper so its a nice rad for the price and has allot of option on the in and out and has a drain plug!
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Or take a look at the Coolgate 480 Rad. Reviewed pretty good. And only 60mm thick,
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I'd go for either a monsta if you can fit it, or the alphacool nexxxos ut60. Either of those purely because they have a drain port, which I find super useful.
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Rounded means just that really, well rounded, meaning the total package not just one facet excelling.
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post #9 of 53
They're all well rounded products when it comes to rads. When it comes to what people consider top tier (for me for instance I tend to prefer xspc and alphacool) they're all within a stone's throw of each other in terms of performance and all around quality. The reason I reccomend alphacool is simply because I like their design and actually use and like the drain port on their ut60/monsta series of rads, something I don't think any others offer. Not to mention price wise they're also very competitive.
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I might have room for monsta in my sm8 case
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