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I was wondering if a single 120m radiator would be enough to cool both a GTX 670 OC and an i7-2600? I currently don't have a 2600k because at the time I purchased it I wasn't too informed about system building... Unfortunately...

I ask because my case doesn't have enough mounts for a larger radiator. I'm just looking to create a somewhat silent system and trying to keep my CPU and GPU under safe temps.

And if someone could just verify (I had a hard time trying to understand all the lingo), if I got this concept right: if you reduce the rad size, you'd have to compensate for the cooling by increasing the fan speeds.... For ex: 120m rad + 1 fan at 4000rpm, 2x120m rad + 2 fans at 2000rpm, etc.

Thanks ahead of time! Sorry for the noobish question.
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I was wondering if a single 120m radiator would be enough to cool both a GTX 670 OC and an i7-2600? I currently don't have a 2600k because at the time I purchased it I wasn't too informed about system building... Unfortunately...

I ask because my case doesn't have enough mounts for a larger radiator. I'm just looking to create a somewhat silent system and trying to keep my CPU and GPU under safe temps.

And if someone could just verify (I had a hard time trying to understand all the lingo), if I got this concept right: if you reduce the rad size, you'd have to compensate for the cooling by increasing the fan speeds.... For ex: 120m rad + 1 fan at 4000rpm, 2x120m rad + 2 fans at 2000rpm, etc.

Thanks ahead of time! Sorry for the noobish question.

No way bro.. for this i´d use at least a 360 or 120+240 and it could get quite close to a bad cooling performance (depends if and how you want to overclock and winter/summer difference)

and no.... the thing is.. the radiator got a maximum rate of giving heat to the air. from one point tha speed of the air is useless because the material wont give more performance.
Edited by smex - 2/25/13 at 7:43am
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Aww, and I had a feeling that'd be the answer I got. All good. At least in future builds I'll know to do that so I don't end up with heat and cooling issues.

Thanks! I tried searching the forums for a straight answer but got some with crazy explanations.
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no problem

what is your aim.. do you want just a cool and silent rig, or to overclock it very heavy + silent? or completely not hearable?
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Yeah what they said. You basically want to have 120mm of rad for each waterblock you use with the possibility of some left over for overclocking room. On my current rig I had my I7 930 and 2 gtx 460's in my loop with just a 360mm rad. It has performed far better than air would have. If you still planning on doing watercooling with your case your best option would be mounting the rads outside the case somehow. That or get another case tongue.gif. Anyhow good luck.thumb.gif
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Yup 120mm Rad space for each block plus bit extra for OC..
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if you are looking for silent then you need to go overkill on the rad space to be able to run the fans slower, I have 480 worth of rads cooling a 2500k and a 6870 and running fans at 40% is silent and keeps every thing cool enough
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no problem

what is your aim.. do you want just a cool and silent rig, or to overclock it very heavy + silent? or completely not hearable?

I did overclock my gpu by 100MHz on the core and 400MHz on the memory, stable, but anymore the card would overheat.

I'm just looking to make a quiet gaming rig. I just got my 670 less than 4 months ago, I don't really want to go all out in overclocking just yet.

But yeah, something quiet is what I'm looking to work towards.

Ok yeah, cool, I think I got that down pat: for each waterblock add a radiator, makes sense.

With my case I'd have to do a little extra modding to accomplish an extra rad mounted outside.

Thanks for your input everyone! Finally got some straight answers!thumb.gifthumb.gif
Edited by Oiprac - 2/26/13 at 10:25am
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