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post #1 of 11
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Hello everyone. My setup will consist of the following components:

1- CPU Block: Swiftech Apogee HD
2- Radiator 1: Alphacool ST30 360mm or Alphacool XT45 360mm
3- Radiator 2: Alphacool ST30 240mm or Alphacool XT45 240mm
4- GPU Block: Swiftech MCW82
5- Pump: Swiftech MCP655 (D5)
6- Reservoir: EK D5 X-RES Top 140
7- Fitting/Tubing: to be decided. I'm planning on going the copper pipe route, and I'm still deciding on which fittings to use.

I'm planning on setting everything up like this:



The blue arrows represent intake and the red arrows represent exhaust. All of the fans will be connected to the bitfenix recon fan controller. I will be purchasing copper heatsinks for the VRAM on my GPU. Also, I'm wondering if the setup is okay. Should I put the 240mm RAD on the top in between the GPU and the CPU, or is the way I have currently setup fine? The reason why I have it like so is for cleanliness, but if a change in the loop is significantly better, I will consider it.


Thank you in advanced

(Also, my case is the Bitfenix Shinobi XL)
Edited by PillarOfAutumn - 6/2/13 at 1:54pm
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post #2 of 11
Looks fine. Loop order doesn't matter.
post #3 of 11
Aren't you able to put a 360 rad in this case? You won't need two 240 rads to just cool a gpu and cpu.

What do ya think of this?:



If you could cover up the drivebays and the res/pump with plexi and drill two holes for the pipe to go through, this could end up looking very nice.
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id make the top rad fans exhaust, and see if you can utilize a 200mm fan on the front as an intake if you have enough space between the front mount and the monsta rad.
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post #5 of 11
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Aren't you able to put a 360 rad in this case? You won't need two 240 rads to just cool a gpu and cpu.

What do ya think of this?:



If you could cover up the drivebays and the res/pump with plexi and drill two holes for the pipe to go through, this could end up looking very nice.

Thank you form your input.
The reason why I'm getting two 240mm rads instead of one 360mm is because I want this to be an ultra quiet rig and so I'm thinking of having some extra rad space in order to run the fans at slower speeds. Also I was looking to keep one slot open in the top to act as exhaust otherwise I'll have too much intake.
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post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by Killa Cam View Post

id make the top rad fans exhaust, and see if you can utilize a 200mm fan on the front as an intake if you have enough space between the front mount and the monsta rad.


If I made the top all exhaust would that not make the temperature hotter?
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post #7 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by PillarOfAutumn View Post

If I made the top all exhaust would that not make the temperature hotter?

Personally man, with your cpu and gpu watercooled, you really won't have to worry about heat issues inside the case. Have your bottom(vertical or horizontal) 240rad as intake, add a 360 rad up top (still recommended) as exhaust, and have a 120fan at the rear as exhaust.

I'm sure this is what most people would recommend.
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post #8 of 11
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Thank you for your help! I've decided on going for a top 360mm and a bottom 240mm.

I was doing some research, since I will need to cool an i5-3570k and an factory OCed Gigabyte 7970, I see that my TDP is going to be 300 (225+75) from just those components. I'll add 50 watts and have 350 watts as my target. The fans I'll be using are the Cougar Vortex which max at 1200RPM, but I will have them connected to a fan controller to control the noise.

Now, what it comes down to is which radiators I should use. I have the following setups in mind:

1: ST30 Only
Alphacool ST30 360mm
Alphacool ST30 240mm

Total heat dissipated at 1400 RPM: 330 watts
Cost: $121
Heat dissipated/cost ratio: 2.72

2: XT45 Only
Alphacool XT45 360mm
Alphacool XT45 240mm

Total heat dissipated at 1400 RPM: 340 watts
Cost: $138
Heat dissipated/cost ratio: 2.46

3.Mixed
Alphacool ST30 360mm
Alphacool XT45 240mm

Total heat dissipated at 1400 RPM: 334 watts
Cost: $126
Heat dissipated/cost ratio: 2.65

The heat dissipated values I got are from martin's liquid lab. Looking at it, there's not much of a difference between the XT45 and the ST30, but I don't want to shoot myself in the foot by getting one over the other. Which would be the best? I'm currently leaning towards 3.Mixed, but I"m wondering if I should go for XT45s only, in case if I get fans capable of performing at higher RPMS?
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post #9 of 11
Check your height clearances allowable with fans + rad, or push-pull fans + rad, and then get the thickest rads possible.
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Even if the 30mm and 45mm are similar performance?
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