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Quick question. Looks like a 280x140x30mm and 240x120x30mm rad are about all you can fit in a Prodigy. I'm looking at the Black Ice GT Stealths, which apparently have a high FPI (30), but the individuals blades are pretty thin so you don't need a ton of air moving through them.

Will those two be enough to handle a 3570K and a GTX 780, both overclocked? If not, what about a GTX 670?

Also, I recently heard a would-be expert mention that a 280 rad combined with a 200 would actually give you better performance--something about the width of the 200. Now, I understand that it might give you more EFFICIENT performance, but could you actually get better cooling? Seems pretty specious, particularly given the dearth of high quality 200mm fans.
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I run low FPI 45mm thick 280 rad and a 45mm thick 240 rad and they easily cool my overclocked 2500k and 560ti on low fan settings. I wouldnt imagine your setup making that much more heat than mine. If worst comes to worst you might just have to turn your fans up a little but i think the rads would have no problem IMO.

About the 200 rad versus the other rads, i think the 200 wins because of surface area over thickness.
Edited by Namkab - 5/24/13 at 2:06pm
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Originally Posted by Namkab View Post

I run low FPI 45mm thick 280 rad and a 45mm thick 240 rad and they easily cool my overclocked 2500k and 560ti on low fan settings. I wouldnt imagine your setup making that much more heat than mine. If worst comes to worst you might just have to turn your fans up a little but i think the rads would have no problem IMO.

About the 200 rad versus the other rads, i think the 200 wins because of surface area over thickness.

+REP, thanks. Are you in a Bitfenix Prodigy?
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No, I have a 300R. You can look at my build in my profile. I really like the prodigy.
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i would get the alphacool slim rads. lower fpi for slower fans and check the chart at martins.
http://martinsliquidlab.org/2012/05/01/alphacool-nexxxos-st30-360-radiator/4/

a lot of other members on other forums also recommend the st30 over the gts.
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You can get a 200mm rad for the front, pair it with 1-2 of the monstrous SILVERSTONE AP182 2krpm fans and 180-200mm shrouds, and really boost your cooling performance.
   
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post #7 of 8
I couldn't ever recommend Black Ice GTS' unless you don't care about noise. You really need high speed fans for them to perform well.
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Thanks for the advice, folks. I'm going with an XSPC EX280 on top and an Alphacool ST30 in the front. I'll let you know my temps!
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