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Radiator/fan recomandation for quite/performance wc system

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I have a build in mind that I will be gathering parts for in the next few months. I want to purchase all of the water-cooling major parts first. Radiators/fans/pumps/reservoir. I got me a CaseLabs Magnum TH10 case. My plan is (will change as needed) I want to use two 120.4 rads up top and the 120.3 rads bottom of case. I need recommendation on which rads/fan combination to go with that will keep the temp cool and and as quite as possible with good performance. I plan to wc both cpu/mb and vga's. With that in mind how many pumps would be a good number to run in this type of setup. I have a Danger Den Monsoon D5 variable res/pump on-hand. Will this be enough for a loop like this. And finally single loop or parallel loops. I am currently on the X58, this build will be X79. Thanks in advance.
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AlphaCool UT60 with Gentle Typhoon AP-14's in "push/pull". You could also go with AP-13's if you want it just a hair quieter, but having done 18 AP-14's on a system with 3 RX360 radiators, the noise on even AP-14's was very quiet. The D5 pumps were the loudest part of the whole loop.

That combination isn't cheap, but is does make for a very flexible, good looking, quiet, and cool combination.

I've run 3 RX360 radiators, a CPU block and 2 GPU block off just 1 D5 pump for a long time, but for larger systems, especially ones that I run 24/7, I prefer to go with dual pumps just to make sure I have no issues (ie redundency). Also keep in mind, with the larger 60 and 80mm thick radiators, you have much less restriction and thus you can get away with just 1 D5 pump. If you go with 25 or 35mm radiators, the restriction is greater, and you might need the power of 2 D5 pumps.
Edited by 47 Knucklehead - 4/1/13 at 12:28pm
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Would it be a good idea to have a dual-bay res feed two d5 cylindrical res/pump setup. Feed all of the blocks in a parallel loop and return to the dual-bay res for temp equalization. Each loop would be 120.4/120.3 gpu's and 120.4/120.3 cpu/mb.
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Originally Posted by Coronati Oculis View Post

Would it be a good idea to have a dual-bay res feed two d5 cylindrical res/pump setup. Feed all of the blocks in a parallel loop and return to the dual-bay res for temp equalization. Each loop would be 120.4/120.3 gpu's and 120.4/120.3 cpu/mb.

To be honest, the temperature differences of running parallel loops isn't really worth the added complexity and costs.

In my main rig (Muzzle Flash), I run a dual bay res with 2 D5 pumps on it that goes into an 80mm thick 360 radiator, a 60mm thick 360 radiator, a CPU water block, and 2 video cards. They are all on the same loop (although I did run parallel SLI cooling pipes between the video cards so the water hits both cards at the same temperature then recombines a the other end of the 2nd video card) and temps are more than fine. I run that rig at a good OC on everything, 24/7 at 100% load doing Folding@Home.
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My currant rig I used 3/8 by 1/2 tubing will this size tube work for what I have planed for this setup.
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