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First, because this is my first post at this forum i would like to say hello to everyone:)

I have have some issues about my watercooling build, and hope you can help me out with your knowledge wink.gif

I have been running a I7 940 OC to 4 GHZ and a gtx 470 cooled by a Blackwater advanced 360 radiator and pull only fans. Temps were allright.

Now i have changed the cpu to an 3770k and bought an EK 280 XTC radiator. The question i have, before i put my pc together is, if i would like to use only one of these rad's, which one will bee the better performing one? The 280 is twice ass thick as the 360, but the 360 has more fpi.

I would like to oc the cpu to about 4,4-4,5, gpu can stay default, the fans on the rads shouldn't run higher than 900-1000 rpm.

The second question i have is how to mount the 280 rad in the Cosmos S. I think that the best place would be in the front, for sure i would have to cut some metal from the drive cages, but i don't see any other way to do this.
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If a 180mm rad has bigger surface area than a 360mm of the equal thickness, then a 280 will be about the same as a 480 I would imagine, keep the 280 as ti probably would have better temps
     
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If a 180mm rad has bigger surface area than a 360mm of the equal thickness, then a 280 will be about the same as a 480 I would imagine, keep the 280 as ti probably would have better temps

By 280 I assume he means 2x140mm. Which has ever so slightly less frontal surface area than a 3x120mm radiator.
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I really don't know about this, I have a Cosmos S and I'm using a thick 360 radiator and there is not a single place I can fit it in the case. In my opinion, you're better off using the single-thick 360 as you MAY be able to mount it underneath the top. If not, there's a chance you can have the top on while putting the fans in a pull configuration on the top (or push, whichever you prefer.) If you can find somewhere to put the double-thick 280 in, then there shouldn't be a problem. However, I'm working with what I have so, I have to have the top off of my case frown.gif
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Originally Posted by lowfat View Post

By 280 I assume he means 2x140mm. Which has ever so slightly less frontal surface area than a 3x120mm radiator.

That is exactly what i mean wink.gif I hope the bigger thickness of the 280 will make up for the lesser frontal surface.
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I really don't know about this, I have a Cosmos S and I'm using a thick 360 radiator and there is not a single place I can fit it in the case. In my opinion, you're better off using the single-thick 360 as you MAY be able to mount it underneath the top. If not, there's a chance you can have the top on while putting the fans in a pull configuration on the top (or push, whichever you prefer.) If you can find somewhere to put the double-thick 280 in, then there shouldn't be a problem. However, I'm working with what I have so, I have to have the top off of my case frown.gif

I had my slim 360 underneath the top, and the fans on top pulling air. Have you tried to mount your 360 in the front? I will make some photos of how i try to make it work wink.gif
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