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Hello, I just rebuilt my desktop last week, since school finished and I had a hard drive die on me. I figured, may as well jump on the DDR3 bandwagon.
I purchased a Swiftech kit a while back (literally almost 3 years ago) and configured the loop which I run still. The parts consist of:
Apogee GTZ
Micro reservoir
240mm rad
MCW30 chipset cooler
Some Swiftech pump (I forgot which one, and I'm not home right now to check, but it was Swiftech recommended for my loop)
5/8 lines

Just yesterday I was sifting through my parts box, and discovered a GPU waterblock, which I totally forgot I had. As at the time of installing the loop, I had a 5770 and it didn't fit the card, so I just ran without it. However it does fit the 5870. I was curious if the 240mm rad would have enough cooling surface area to cool the CPU, chipset AND gpu, as I was unable to find any specifications on my specific rad by googling around.

I currently have 2x 1000rpm fans on the rad, which honestly, don't output a huge amount of air, but cool the CPU and chipset with ease. What are your guys' experiences with cooling graphics cards and CPU's on one loop?

For reference, when I say batman cooler, my 5870 looks like this http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2009/09/ati-radeon-hd-5870-architecture-analysis/21.jpg
And the waterblock I have looks like this, the MCW 60 http://www.specialtech.co.uk/spshop/files/detail/mcw60.jpg
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That doesn't sound like a lot of rad to me considering the overclock on the CPU, adding another 120 or something even bigger would probably be a good option, or at least get some recommended rad fans.
Edited by Paradigm84 - 5/11/13 at 11:44am
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This^

Defiantly get another 120 at least to have comfortable temps
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That doesn't sound like a lot of rad to me considering the overclock on the CPU, adding another 120 or something even bigger would probably be a good option, or at least get some recommended rad fans.

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This^

Defiantly get another 120 at least to have comfortable temps
That's what I was thinking too. It's pretty borderline, with the 240.

Right now my CPU temps are amazing, so I could try just running at 4.4Ghz (only a 400Mhz OC) at stock volts, then put the 5870 into the loop. I'll keep an strong eye on my temps, and if worst comes to shove, I'll grab that extra 120.

Only because with the CPU at stock volts, I hardly break 40C, with a 25C ambient. (Thank God for AMD)

+rep for the suggestions, and I'll keep them in mind.

Also, anyone know where I can buy cheap rads in Toronto? Or is NCIX.com my best bet?
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Also, anyone know where I can buy cheap rads in Toronto? Or is NCIX.com my best bet?

I'd suggest places, but I'm from the UK so everything seems cheap in Canada. tongue.gif

I know NCIX is a good store though from others.
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Really you can do a component for every 120mm rad so it would work, just not the best. Still quieter then full on air cooling while still getting you better temps.

I would toss another 120mm rad somewhere or attach another 240mm rad off your rear 120mm fan port on the back of your case using brackets.
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I'd suggest places, but I'm from the UK so everything seems cheap in Canada. tongue.gif

I know NCIX is a good store though from others.
That's where I originally found my parts. Finding liquid cooling stuff in Canada is actually pretty difficult, a lot of people opt for all in one solutions for this reason. (Which sucks, because building your own loop makes you feel like a Desktop Jedi)

Also, computer parts in general, are at least 10% more expensive here than the states. Which is weird, because I have ordered from newegg.ca which has very competitive pricing, and a majority of the packages I receive are from California
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Really you can do a component for every 120mm rad so it would work, just not the best. Still quieter then full on air cooling while still getting you better temps.

I would toss another 120mm rad somewhere or attach another 240mm rad off your rear 120mm fan port on the back of your case using brackets.
I actually do remember hearing this somewhere, but I just wanted to be sure. (I trust you because those 470's output enough heat for nuclear fusion, and your waterblock lights up)
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I'd suggest places, but I'm from the UK so everything seems cheap in Canada. tongue.gif

I know NCIX is a good store though from others.
That's where I originally found my parts. Finding liquid cooling stuff in Canada is actually pretty difficult, a lot of people opt for all in one solutions for this reason. (Which sucks, because building your own loop makes you feel like a Desktop Jedi)

Also, computer parts in general, are at least 10% more expensive here than the states. Which is weird, because I have ordered from newegg.ca which has very competitive pricing, and a majority of the packages I receive are from California

The stuff here in the UK is 20% more expensive than Canada. tongue.gif
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The stuff here in the UK is 20% more expensive than Canada. tongue.gif

Yup, even more expensive here in London! tongue.gif
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The stuff here in the UK is 20% more expensive than Canada. tongue.gif

Yup, even more expensive here in London! tongue.gif

Who buys from the high street nowadays?

OP,360 rad is the minimum for reasonable temps,120 for each block then a 120 on top of the total is considered normal.
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