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post #11 of 18
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Hey lazy bear since you have 2 water cooling set ups could list the types a parts i would need to make a 2 part water cooling loop. If this wouldnt be to much trouble.
post #12 of 18
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Yea I have the Phantom 820 and I'm currently doing a project to water cool it. I have the link in my signature so you can check it out to get some ideas if you want. Out of the box you can fit a 360mm rad on the top, a 240mm (or 280mm) rad on the bottom, and you can even fit a 120mm or 140mm rad at the rear. Just remember that if you want a rear rad you are either going to have to use a 30mm thick rad on the top (if you are going to have fans mounted to it) or you are going to have to mount the fan for the rear rad on the outside of the case. I personally am doing the latter. I'm using a 45mm thick rad with a set of fans on the top and a 30mm thick 120mm rad with a fan mounted on the outside of the case. Good luck! If you need any help feel free to ask me anytime.
I actually could you tell me why you need to have more then one radiator
post #13 of 18
The more radiators, the more the water is cooled (obviously diminishing returns is applicable).
post #14 of 18
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The more radiators, the more the water is cooled (obviously diminishing returns is applicable).
Well i figured that i was just wondering if having more radiators was a waste after a certain number.
Personally i feel, now this an opinion without any knowledge, that if you have 2 radiators you should be good for a cpu and gpu. A 120 on the back with 360 on the top.
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Well i figured that i was just wondering if having more radiators was a waste after a certain number.
Personally i feel, now this an opinion without any knowledge, that if you have 2 radiators you should be good for a cpu and gpu. A 120 on the back with 360 on the top.

Yep common rule of thumb is to have 120mm of rad per component with an additional 120mm for headroom. We all like overkill, but if you follow that you will be fine. After a certain point you can't go lower than the ambient temps and the extra rads are purely for looks (says me who is going to have 940mm of rad space in my build biggrin.gif )
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Originally Posted by The Iron Reaper View Post

Well i figured that i was just wondering if having more radiators was a waste after a certain number.
Personally i feel, now this an opinion without any knowledge, that if you have 2 radiators you should be good for a cpu and gpu. A 120 on the back with 360 on the top.

Yep common rule of thumb is to have 120mm of rad per component with an additional 120mm for headroom. We all like overkill, but if you follow that you will be fine. After a certain point you can't go lower than the ambient temps and the extra rads are purely for looks (says me who is going to have 940mm of rad space in my build biggrin.gif )


That rule is antiquated, hell the gtx580 required a 360 all on its own and that was widely accept. If I followed that silly rule, it would mean all I needed was a 480 for my quadfire and a 360 for my cpu/mosfet block. Obviously that is stupid to even attempt cuz my system pulls over 1800w. Trying to cool that on less than half the wattage to surface area ratio it's... lol just thinking about it is heartache.
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post #17 of 18
I've had the Phantom 820 for a few months and have now ditched it for a TJ11.

I think It's a great case for watercooling. Lots of places for radiators and lots of airflow. I absolutely loved the robustness and you can do a lot without having to mod the case heavily.

However, for the price of the case, the plastic felt a bit cheap and my biggest problem was that the color of my side panel was slightly off from the rest of case.
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I've had the Phantom 820 for a few months and have now ditched it for a TJ11.

I think It's a great case for watercooling. Lots of places for radiators and lots of airflow. I absolutely loved the robustness and you can do a lot without having to mod the case heavily.

However, for the price of the case, the plastic felt a bit cheap and my biggest problem was that the color of my side panel was slightly off from the rest of case.
Well sir that case you have there is really sleek and sexy; however, the phantom is here to stay at least tell i felt it has fallen apart. I would love the full tower corsair or that silverstone, but i still have to build this water cooling set. Among other things I'm also buying a gtx 780 for the build as well. Which, when this all said and done ill be about 1200 dollars down (thank good for deployment money).
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