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Hello OCN,

I'm trying to figure of if what i'm thinking of is too much or not necessary? My sig has my current rig (with photo). Its not as nice as most of the ones i've seen here, but i'm working to improve upon it some day. I've recently picked up a FX-8350 to replace my 955BE (Since Haswell has been delayed till late 2nd Quarter... ><).

So my WC question is this... currently i have one 240mm rad (in push / pull). But i also have one 120 & another 240 just laying around. So i'm thinking of throwing both of them into the loop? that's 600mm of rad to cool a FX-8350?? too much? or maybe scale it back to 480? i dont know? i'll have an http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11219/ex-res-232/XSPC_Dual_525_Bay_Reservoir_-_Laing_D5_MCP655_w_Blue_LED_Light_-_Clear_Silver_Black.html?tl=g30c97s152 in a few days, so that's when i'll tear down the current setup. My idea (for the 600mm setup) was CPU -> 120 -> 240A -> REZ/PUMP -> 240B -> CPU.

Looking for some helpful advise from the good people of OCN biggrin.gif
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240 should be enough to cool an FX 8350, But the more the better smile.gif
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Your fine with the 240 in PNP and if anything you can install your other 240 for kicks or if you plan on putting a single gpu in to the loop.
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Originally Posted by trust-no-1 View Post

240 should be enough to cool an FX 8350, But the more the better smile.gif

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Originally Posted by nyk20z3 View Post

Your fine with the 240 in PNP and if anything you can install your other 240 for kicks or if you plan on putting a single gpu in to the loop.

Wow, quick replys... thx guys smile.gif

So it seems as though the single 240 pnp is enough? what about OC? i've heard this clock up well, will a single take the heat? it would seem kind of a waste to throw in just a single 120mm with a 240 kicking about? although a 120 would take up less space, with less tubing?

any thoughts? +rep'd
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Wow, quick replys... thx guys smile.gif

So it seems as though the single 240 pnp is enough? what about OC? i've heard this clock up well, will a single take the heat? it would seem kind of a waste to throw in just a single 120mm with a 240 kicking about? although a 120 would take up less space, with less tubing?

any thoughts? +rep'd

I would go with the extra 240 for sure so you do have extra head room for potential overclocking.

You will use more tubing yes but its nothing excessive and you also have the option of adding a gpu in to the loop if needed.

From looking at pics of your case adding a 240 to the floor i am assuming will be a tight fit but it can be done.

Another option is to sell both 240's and go with a 360 up top and a 120 mounted to the rear.
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Wow, quick replys... thx guys smile.gif

So it seems as though the single 240 pnp is enough? what about OC? i've heard this clock up well, will a single take the heat? it would seem kind of a waste to throw in just a single 120mm with a 240 kicking about? although a 120 would take up less space, with less tubing?

any thoughts? +rep'd

Thanks smile.gif
If you want to OC, And think a single 120 is waste, Just throw in the second 240. Or you could get some fittings so that you dont waste tube.


Assuming you can fit end to end, the red is a 90degree fitting and the yellow is a crystal link.
What case have you got? It will help us work something out for you smile.gif
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I would go with the extra 240 for sure so you do have extra head room for potential overclocking.

You will use more tubing yes but its nothing excessive and you also have the option of adding a gpu in to the loop if needed.

From looking at pics of your case adding a 240 to the floor i am assuming will be a tight fit but it can be done.

Another option is to sell both 240's and go with a 360 up top and a 120 mounted to the rear.

Well my intentions are to get a Haswell when they come out in a few months time, so i would do a rebuild then. Which may include a water block for my 680 4GB card. But as it stands now i didn't think a 240 would take my 955 OC and a 680, so i just went with the CPU. Yes i did plan on putting the 240 on the floor. I've heard that 280's don't fit too well without some mod's to the PSU, so i'd hope that i could fit a smaller 240 potentially? I may have try sizing it out tomorrow night. I had an overall grand scheme of a 360+140+360 (top, rear, front locations)... but i don't have $400+ to play with atm. This iteration will most likely be only for 5-6 month's.

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Thanks smile.gif
If you want to OC, And think a single 120 is waste, Just throw in the second 240. Or you could get some fittings so that you dont waste tube.


Assuming you can fit end to end, the red is a 90degree fitting and the yellow is a crystal link.
What case have you got? It will help us work something out for you smile.gif

I wouldn't be able to do two 240's on the top (I have an Elysium case), but i might be.. or maybe not... 240+120 on top? it'd be dicey if they would fit together up there? My sig has the current setup with a photo to look over smile.gif
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Looks like you can get the 120 in there, might need to mod it a little though. It also looks like you could fit the 240 down the bottom, or you could hang it off the back? tongue.gif
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Looks like you can get the 120 in there, might need to mod it a little though. It also looks like you could fit the 240 down the bottom, or you could hang it off the back? tongue.gif

I do have a single 120mm fan up there just blowing air out. I'm thinking it would be dicey with the extra room on each rad. Given that the hole spacing are exact and the extra 3-4mm on each end of the two rads would push the spacing out of alignment? I believe that i would have to go, 240 top, 120 side, 240 bottom ( or / front depending, not crazy bout it though). I don't have alot of room at the rear, so that may not work out so well? what about flow design? is CPU -> 120 -> 240A -> REZ/PUMP -> 240B -> CPU optimal? at this rate, i may include the 120 simply for positioning... as it would take the tubing off the GPU (going from CPU down to floor rad atop of the video card). Unless there is another design i've not considered?
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Loop design does not matter since everything will balance its self out under usage.

In all honestly i would do nothing right now but save and when you go Haswell you can decide then if you want to out your 680 under water.

I have 2 ideas as of now -

If your going to put the 680 under water then do a -

360 on the roof
240 on the floor

This gives you room for overclocking with no hesitation.


If your going to add another 680 down the road for sli -

360 on the roof
360 mounted to the rear externally

This gives you room for overclocking + saves you some room inside the case.
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