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280mm: AIO Vs Custom Help

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PC Specs:
Case: NZXT Switch 810
Asus Maximus V Extreme
I7 3770k
2x 4GB GTX 680 Sli

Am only gonna be cooling the CPU also would like to clear one thing the maximum radiator size am going for is 280mm and regardless of the setup I go for I will be doing a push/pull configuration with 4 x 140mm Noiseblocker BlackSilentPro PK-3 fans.
So even if I go with a AIO (All In One) water cooling setup I will swap over the fans with the PK-3 fans

So for example if I go with a AIO water cooling setup with something like the Corsair H110

VS

(And I Probably will go with the following setup)

Custom:
Alphacool nexxxos xt45 full copper 280 mm Radiador
Swiftech Apogee Drive II With MCP35X pump
Single Bay Reservior
Tubing: 3\8" ID - 1\2" OD (10-13mm)

From above which would be a better setup and will I see any difference in temps. Both rads are 280mm but obviously the custom rad Alphacool being thicker 46mm to be exact.
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You will see better temps with the custom loop, no doubt by at least 7C. You will need to build and maintain it but isn't that just part of the fun?
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I recently build 2 3770K and 2 3570K systems using the Kraken x60 (140.2 All-in-one kit from NZXT) and I highly recommend it. I OC'd all the systems to a very comfortable 4.6GHz (I haven't really pushed them yet, but I'm sure I could easily get 4.7 or 4.8GHz out of them) and even while doing Folding@Home on them for 16 hours, the temps only get into the mid to upper 60's. Doing normal tasks like basic computing and surfing, they are in the low 20's. Check out my "Double Twins" build log if you want details on it.

As far as custom loops, I love doing those too. The nice thing about the custom route is the ease at which you can water cool your video cards. I love Alphacool radiators, and depending on your case (ie the Switch 810), your other components will serve you well. I've done 2 custom water loops in Switch 810's and they allow for a TON of radiator space, even if you don't go with a pedestal (like I did in one of my builds).

Either route you go, you can't go wrong.
Edited by 47 Knucklehead - 3/26/13 at 6:21pm
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Originally Posted by Legonut View Post

You will see better temps with the custom loop, no doubt by at least 7C. You will need to build and maintain it but isn't that just part of the fun?

That's the magic word "maintain" I really feel I can maintain a 280 rad being smaller then a 360 I can take all of it off with the CPU block and the Reservior still attached and then give it a good flush after 6 months. smile.gif
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I recently build 2 3770K and 2 3570K systems using the Kraken x60 (140.2 All-in-one kit from NZXT) and I highly recommend it. I OC'd all the systems to a very comfortable 4.6GHz (I haven't really pushed them yet, but I'm sure I could easily get 4.7 or 4.8GHz out of them) and even while doing Folding@Home on them for 16 hours, the temps only get into the mid to upper 60's. Doing normal tasks like basic computing and surfing, they are in the low 20's. Check out my "Double Twins" build log if you want details on it.

As far as custom loops, I love doing those too. The nice thing about the custom route is the ease at which you can water cool your video cards. I love Alphacool radiators, and depending on your case (ie the Switch 810), your other components will serve you well. I've done 2 custom water loops in Switch 810's and they allow for a TON of radiator space, even if you don't go with a pedestal (like I did in one of my builds).

Either route you go, you can't go wrong.

Yea I have read reviews for the NZXT Kraken X60 and they have been good. To be honest I was thinking of getting the Kraken X60 but then thought if I went with a custom 280 radiator how better will it be?
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Yea I have read reviews for the NZXT Kraken X60 and they have been good. To be honest I was thinking of getting the Kraken X60 but then thought if I went with a custom 280 radiator how better will it be?

As odd as this is going to sound, I've never done a custom 280 loop. I've done more custom 360's than I can shake a stick at, but never a 280.

Since you have the Switch 810 case, have you given any consideration to a custom 360 just for your CPU (it's overkill), and then if you want to eventually put your 2 video cards under water, you can pull the lower drive bay out and put a 240 radiator in there and tie the 2 radiators together and that will be more than enough radiator to cool both your video cards and your CPU.

Another crazy idea, although it isn't "standard" is you could remove both the drive bays and put a 280 AIO system up front just for your CPU, then if you want, you can later throw in a 360 radiator and a bay reservoir up top and cool both your video cards.
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