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Okay xspc x20 dual bay.

2 120 radiators

1 cpu block raystorm.

I am complete noob to water cooling. I don't want to make the mistake of putting the loop in bad order. Should I put the radiators before the cpu block or one before and after. I just want the best performance out of what I have. Please any info from the experienced would be welcome.
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Loop order does not matter. Water temperatures equalize after some time. It looks like you have the XSPC kit, so have the Pump/res > CPU > Rad > Rad > Pump Res. Get some barbs or compression fittings (two / component), some tubing (any), and you're set. Jump the PSU to test the pump and loop for leaks, and if that's good, then you're all set.
post #3 of 22
If your just watercooling the CPU, a single 120 radiator will be just fine. I don't think you'll notice a big temp difference with both installed. Sure you can have both installed, but in my opinion, it's not worth the extra trouble.

Or you could just get a single 240 radiator. I'm not sure where this would go in your NZXT case though.
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If your just watercooling the CPU, a single 120 radiator will be just fine. I don't think you'll notice a big temp difference with both installed. Sure you can have both installed, but in my opinion, it's not worth the extra trouble.

Or you could just get a single 240 radiator. I'm not sure where this would go in your NZXT case though.

the more Rads the merrier (peronally I would try to cram in as many as you comfortably can), you'll also be able to have slower fan speeds with two Rads and get the same temps as a higher fan speed with one rad.

Put it in whatever order allows you to make it look the best. also the pump should always be after the res but since you have a bay reservoir you don't need to worry about this.
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If your just watercooling the CPU, a single 120 radiator will be just fine. I don't think you'll notice a big temp difference with both installed. Sure you can have both installed, but in my opinion, it's not worth the extra trouble.

Or you could just get a single 240 radiator. I'm not sure where this would go in your NZXT case though.

Meh, I would definitely go with two rads if the OP has them already. I saw my temperatures go up by 4C or so when I went from an EX360 and a RS240 to just the EX360 to cool my i7 860 and 7850. If the OP already has the radiators then there is no reason not to use them both.
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post #8 of 22
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+rep you all.

Yes I already have the two radiators. They came in today and will be ordering the rest of components tomorrow. Fittings, uv red tubing and drain (ty rdr09).

What has me baffled is I see all the water builds with the massive radiators. I had assumed that if I used more radiators that cooling would be better. I have a AIO corsair h55 but was wanting to take the 8320 higher then 4.5 with safer temps. I can remove the bottom drive bays that are turned sideways in the bottom and place 2 240 radiators that is if later on it would be beneficial. I have a gtx 650 but thinking of sli later on with water cooling them and maybe. I will be posting pics of the water loop add on as I go. I just didn't think that anyone would be impressed with some plain jane 120 radiators.

I was thinking of painting the radiators but don't know if this would affect the cooling (not the fins). I was also thinking of corsair sp 120 fans.

So later down the road if I put in two 240 radiators in place of these would I see any difference?
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+rep you all.

Yes I already have the two radiators. They came in today and will be ordering the rest of components tomorrow. Fittings, uv red tubing and drain (ty rdr09).

What has me baffled is I see all the water builds with the massive radiators. I had assumed that if I used more radiators that cooling would be better. I have a AIO corsair h55 but was wanting to take the 8320 higher then 4.5 with safer temps. I can remove the bottom drive bays that are turned sideways in the bottom and place 2 240 radiators that is if later on it would be beneficial. I have a gtx 650 but thinking of sli later on with water cooling them and maybe. I will be posting pics of the water loop add on as I go. I just didn't think that anyone would be impressed with some plain jane 120 radiators.

I was thinking of painting the radiators but don't know if this would affect the cooling (not the fins). I was also thinking of corsair sp 120 fans.

So later down the road if I put in two 240 radiators in place of these would I see any difference?

thanks KnownDragon Also you generally want 120mm of rad for every component you're cooling + another 120mm extra. If you have more than you need and as long as you can fit it in your case it doesn't do any harm. (overkill is good right? tongue.gif ) so those builds with 2 360mm or 480mm rads are justified, say they would be cooling 3 GPU's a CPU the motherboard and RAM that would be 6 components so that's a 480mm rad and a 360mm radiator right there to cool that. (personally I'm using a 480mm and a 360mm to cool only 4 components)

the more rads you have the slower you can run your fans (have enough and you can even go without fans) however there is a point where you get enough radiator that your are already cooling the water to near equilibrium and adding more rads won't really help cool any better, so the more you have the less difference extra ones will make.

so with two 240mm rads you will see a difference, but not much if you are only cooling your CPU

Yes I also like corsair SP120 fans, they have good static pressure and they are a very good match for radiators.

Painting the fins will affect cooling, painting the shroud won't
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Okay, Phase 1 painting.

Going to be two color radiators. How ever first we need to prep the radiators and me.





Okay I could not find the masking tape I thought I had so we had to improvise because of the first couple of pics there. Never seen this but it worked. thumb.gif



I don't want to sound mean but I asked my wife what was the first two colors she thought of when I mentioned PC water cooling. She said, "Blue and Green." I don't mind the color format because this may become a hand me down to her if I decide to get a little larger cooling loop or design. But in the end the colors had to pop. This is the first phase of painting and it is drying right now to begin the second phase. I am going to try and pull off a really cool design but it is a radiator all I can do is try.







I am sad to say that until I try and do the design I am going to keep it to myself. I have one that I want to do but might not be successful and if that is the case the 2 design which will cover the first design up. thumb.gif
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