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Hey, guys. I'm currently in the process of making a new water cooling setup on a brand new case that I have just gotten and would like some of your opinions on how I should go about the ideal order of the loop.

My new case is a Case Labs STH10 witha reversed motherboard layout and I have 5 radiators I am placing in it: 2 560's, 1 480, and 2 360's. The water blocks I will be using will be 1 for the CPU, 1 for the Chipset, and 2 for the graphics cards. I am planning to run all of these in a single loop.

I was thinking res->pump1->560rad1->560rad2->mobo->cpu->pump2->360rad1->360rad2->480rad->vidcards->res.

Would this be a good layout? I am open for suggestions.
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Hey, guys. I'm currently in the process of making a new water cooling setup on a brand new case that I have just gotten and would like some of your opinions on how I should go about the ideal order of the loop.
My new case is a Case Labs STH10 witha reversed motherboard layout and I have 5 radiators I am placing in it: 2 560's, 1 480, and 2 360's. The water blocks I will be using will be 1 for the CPU, 1 for the Chipset, and 2 for the graphics cards. I am planning to run all of these in a single loop.
I was thinking res->pump1->560rad1->560rad2->mobo->cpu->pump2->360rad1->360rad2->480rad->vidcards->res.
Would this be a good layout? I am open for suggestions.


I could be wrong, but with that much radiator I really don't think it will matter what order you run it in (outside reservoir-->pump, then anything after that). If it were me, after the res/pump, I would just run it whatever way looks the most appealing to you/is good for tubing management, because that is a LOT of tubing haha. Good luck!
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I could be wrong, but with that much radiator I really don't think it will matter what order you run it in (outside reservoir-->pump, then anything after that). If it were me, after the res/pump, I would just run it whatever way looks the most appealing to you/is good for tubing management, because that is a LOT of tubing haha. Good luck!

That is true, but what worries me is whether a pump could move all that water around without losing its flow rate somewhere in the middle. I am using rads that are on average 50mm thick.
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That is true, but what worries me is whether a pump could move all that water around without losing its flow rate somewhere in the middle. I am using rads that are on average 50mm thick.


Honestly, I am not experienced enough to delve into that. I have never, and probably never will, run a loop even nearly that large. 2 480mm radiators is about the max for me, so most of my stuff is straight forward and far from complex with flow rates and the such. Might I ask if there is a reason you even want that much radiator? I assume, as with most of us here, for "overkill". tongue.gif Just curious, and sorry I am not able to be of more help on this for you. Hopefully someone with similar experience sees this sometime over the weekend to get this sorted out for you. thumb.gif
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Honestly, I am not experienced enough to delve into that. I have never, and probably never will, run a loop even nearly that large. 2 480mm radiators is about the max for me, so most of my stuff is straight forward and far from complex with flow rates and the such. Might I ask if there is a reason you even want that much radiator? I assume, as with most of us here, for "overkill". tongue.gif Just curious, and sorry I am not able to be of more help on this for you. Hopefully someone with similar experience sees this sometime over the weekend to get this sorted out for you. thumb.gif

No problem. I appreciate you trying to help.

Yes, I'm just doing it because I can and the case would also look too empty. biggrin.gif
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No problem. I appreciate you trying to help.
Yes, I'm just doing it because I can and the case would also look too empty. biggrin.gif


Completely understandable, I am doing a build in a CaseLabs too at the moment. But I am only using the SM8, so I can only imagine how much "filler" you are going to need. tongue.gif Good luck, and I hope someone pops in soon to help you out! thumb.gif


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As Addiction said, try to get as clean a layout of tubing as you can. It doesnt matter if you put the pumps right after eachother or after the two sets of pumps.

You should get 2 pumps no doubt about that.

The flowrate cant suddenly stop in the middle of the loop. If you had a single pump, the water would not have as good a flowrate as with 2 pumps, but the water would move none the less.

Over all looks good. Just dont overdo the tubing, do it simple. Like rads in the top>res>pumps>CPU>mobo>GPUs>bot rads>top rads (you can tube it in the back, so they cant be seen).
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water doesn't compress so flow will be exactly the same throughout the loop. Just build it however it looks neatest as the loop has so much rad area it could cool a nuclear power plant so you don't have to worry about things like that
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As Addiction said, try to get as clean a layout of tubing as you can. It doesnt matter if you put the pumps right after eachother or after the two sets of pumps.

You should get 2 pumps no doubt about that.

The flowrate cant suddenly stop in the middle of the loop. If you had a single pump, the water would not have as good a flowrate as with 2 pumps, but the water would move none the less.

Over all looks good. Just dont overdo the tubing, do it simple. Like rads in the top>res>pumps>CPU>mobo>GPUs>bot rads>top rads (you can tube it in the back, so they cant be seen).

This ^^

Keep it simple,short and with as few 90's as possible.
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