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That pump is kind of noisy from what I hear. I would go with a DDC or D5 Vario pump, and be sure to decouple it.

From reviews, this sounds like a good pump but not certain....

Swiftech MCP350™ 12v Water Pump

Dual 80mm Rad

Black Ice GTX Xtreme M160 Dual Pass Liquid Cooling Radiator - Dual 80mm


I know I need to get the fittings, what else am I missing besides the hoses and water?
Edited by CaptainZombie - 7/15/13 at 5:54am
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Well you need a water block biggrin.gif

you should also consider putting a reservoir somewhere in there. I'd personally spring the extra money for the MCP35x due to its pump top. The older models of DDC pumps have that input from the front, then down into the impellor. The MCP35X has the thread for the input directly over the center of the impellor, which works quite a bit better.
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Well you need a water block biggrin.gif

you should also consider putting a reservoir somewhere in there. I'd personally spring the extra money for the MCP35x due to its pump top. The older models of DDC pumps have that input from the front, then down into the impellor. The MCP35X has the thread for the input directly over the center of the impellor, which works quite a bit better.

I had this listed in one of my previous posts, now the more I look at my system I'm thinking the dual 80mm rad with push/pull might be several inches from the CPU. How many inches of tubing should someone use at a minimum from the RAD to the CPU?

Yeah, I had the water block in one of my other posts, didn't mention it in the one you quoted, sorry.
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I wanna chime in and say if it hasnt been mentioned, you can mod your pump to switch the radiator. It would be helpful for you especially since space is tight. I have an antec 920 kuhler pushing through a 180mm radiator, as well as other configurations for over a year with no issues.
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Not to poo poo on your dreams, but the surface area calculation for the double 80mm rad doesn't take into account the dead spots created by the center of the fans, when you take this into account you don't really gain anything from a 120mm rad.

That being said the double 80mm rads are notorious for not meeting expectations, if you look around you will find that many people that have used them suggest just sticking to air cooling.

If you can mod your case to take more then just the double 80mm rad then that should be the course of action you take. The last thing you want to do is get everything all set up and then find out that it is not adequate or what you expected.
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Not to poo poo on your dreams, but the surface area calculation for the double 80mm rad doesn't take into account the dead spots created by the center of the fans, when you take this into account you don't really gain anything from a 120mm rad.

That being said the double 80mm rads are notorious for not meeting expectations, if you look around you will find that many people that have used them suggest just sticking to air cooling.

If you can mod your case to take more then just the double 80mm rad then that should be the course of action you take. The last thing you want to do is get everything all set up and then find out that it is not adequate or what you expected.

Yeah I was reading some of that with the dual 80mm rads not meeting expectations for people. I keep thinking if this case of mine had another 2 inches in height it would have helped a lot. My biggest concern is that would this meet my expectations and is the reason why I haven't pulled the trigger yet. I was going to mod the back of the case originally to shift the motherboard over a few inches, that way I can easily fit larger rads in the case. I would need to cut a part of the I/O panel and a PCI slot to make a new I/O panel. I'm not concerned about cutting the PCI slot since I only use one of them. I'd hate to go through all that trouble and the modding doesn't work out.

I keep leaning towards just getting the Corsair Air 540 and calling it a day. That will allow me to add all kinds of water cooling and if I set it horizontally it would fit my AV Stand. I was even considering making a custom wood case out of sanded plywood, then I can make the HTPC the dimensions I wanted to fit everything in there and have cooling.
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Not to poo poo on your dreams, but the surface area calculation for the double 80mm rad doesn't take into account the dead spots created by the center of the fans, when you take this into account you don't really gain anything from a 120mm rad.

That being said the double 80mm rads are notorious for not meeting expectations, if you look around you will find that many people that have used them suggest just sticking to air cooling.

If you can mod your case to take more then just the double 80mm rad then that should be the course of action you take. The last thing you want to do is get everything all set up and then find out that it is not adequate or what you expected.

Deadzones can be a son of a ***** sometimes, but if you read all my posts on the first page I recommended using the dual 80mm in addition to fitting in a single 120mm. That would be around 2x120mm radspace, which should be more than enough for a CPU even with a decent overclock.


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I had this listed in one of my previous posts, now the more I look at my system I'm thinking the dual 80mm rad with push/pull might be several inches from the CPU. How many inches of tubing should someone use at a minimum from the RAD to the CPU?

Yeah, I had the water block in one of my other posts, didn't mention it in the one you quoted, sorry.


It really doesn't matter..... As long as you can connect the barbs distance shouldn't make a significant impact.

Again, I'd try and fit that 120mm rad in that area in between your Graphics card and PSU.
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