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I recently purchased an Asus Rampage III Extreme and a full cover MB block for it, and need to know how to add this new device into my loop.

Here are the components of my loop.

CPU: EK Supreme HF Cu
GPU: 2x Alphacool NexXxoS ATXP ATI 7970/50 Series
Mobo: EK-FB RE3 Full cover
Rads: Black Ice Pro II (top, rad 2) +Black Ice GT Stealth 240 (bottom, rad 1)
Res: Danger Den Acrylic Clear Drive Bay
Pump: Laing DDC-1T + Watercool DDC Acrylic Pump Top LT
Fans: 6x Gentle Typhoon 2150 RPM
Coolant: Distilled water + kill coil
Tubing: 1/2 ID x 5/8 OD Black tubing

Right now, the flow goes Pump > Rad1 > GPU2 > GPU1 > Rad2 > CPU > Res > Pump

I plan to maintain the order up to GPU1, but after that i don't know how to add the MB waterblock to the loop. I've thought i could add it between the GPU1 and the Rad2, between the Rad2 and the CPU, or between CPU and Res, but i'm not sure which setup would give me the lowest temps, or if it wouldn't matter at all. I'm thinking the new GPU's won't be dumping more heat to the loop that my 470's already do (seems they do generate way less heat), but the CPU will heat up more than my measly i3 does right now. Plus the waterblock is covering three items (VRM's, IOH/NB and SB).

Also, i'm wondering if my pump will be able to be enough to run the loop, considering i plan to upgrade to a Trifire setup once prices lower a bit more, and if i need to upgrade to a dual-pump setup or to a more powerful one.
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This is how I have mine,But my GPU's are not water cooled.

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Don't mean to hijack a thread, but I'm wondering what the benefits are of watercooling the mobo. Is it only for high-end boards that come with little fans on them that make noise? Is it so you can overclock to around 5.5GHz?
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Don't mean to hijack a thread, but I'm wondering what the benefits are of watercooling the mobo. Is it only for high-end boards that come with little fans on them that make noise? Is it so you can overclock to around 5.5GHz?

Well I basically water cooled mine because while overclocking the NB was @ like 75c.And I didn't want to burn up my mobo.
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post #5 of 5
Just add it to the loop the best way that will fit, if you have enough flow it is irrelevant what order everything goes.
That is a fair bit of restriction for one small pump though, I would think a second or stronger pump would absolutely be beneficial for a tri-fire arrangement and I would even be worried about flow just with the MB block added.
Thin radiators like yours are much more restrictive than thick rads and motherboard blocks can be bad too.
Edited by Jakusonfire - 2/1/13 at 10:06pm
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