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Suggestions about my watercooling loop

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Hey everybody,

I'm actually buying my next computer pieces and I need some help for my watercooling loop and airflow.

Here what's I will buy :

Case : Fractal Design R4 Titanium
Motherboard : MSI Z87 GD65
Proc : Intel i7 4770 K (will overclock it)
2 SSd
The next EVGA GTX 780 with a watercooling block (will overclock it)
RAM : 2x8 Go DDR3 (2400 Mhz)
PSU : Seasonic P760 Platinum

And now concerning my fans I already have :

5x - Noctua NF A14 PWM - http://www.noctua.at/main.php?show=productview&products_id=65&lng=fr&set=1

For my watercooling i will buy :

Waterblock : EKWB supremacy elite full nickel - http://www.ekwb.com/shop/blocks/cpu-blocks/ek-supremacy-elite-intel-115x.html
or
Swiftech Apogee HD - http://www.swiftech.com/CPU-waterblocks.aspx
or
Swiftech Apogee Drive 2 - http://www.swiftech.com/CPU-waterblocks.aspx

If you have suggestions about these waterblocks don't hesitate ...

Rad : 2 x EK-CoolStream RAD XTC (280) - http://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-coolstream-rad-xtc-280.html
or
2x HWlabs 280 rads (I don't know which one are better for my config)

Watercooling loop configuration :

Here is my reals questions :

I want to :

- put one 280 rad in the front case side with fans as intake (to pull cool air from outside the case)
- put one 280 rad in the top case side with fans as intake (to pull cool air from outside the case)
- one 140 mm fan as an intake on the side panel
- one 140 mm fan as an intake on the bottom side
- one 140 mm fan as an exhaust on the rear side


- In this configuration, i will have positive pressure inside my case but I will have 6 fans as intake (4 for rads) and 1 as exhaust, is this bad to have such a difference between intake and exhaust ?

- What could be improve with my fans and the airflow inside it ?

- Does my 5 noctua fans are good as rad fans ?

- Last question : Does two 280 rads are enough for this watercooling loop ?

Thanks a lot for your answers.

I hope my first experience in watercooling will be good.

Regards from France ...
post #2 of 5
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anyone ?
post #3 of 5
The Noctua NF A14 PWM are good rad fan's, i would keep them.

For the CPU block i would go with the swiftech apogee HD, the mounting system is the best on the market and it's a great block. Between those 2 rads it depends on the speed that you plan on running your fans, the EK is better at higher rpm and the sr-1 is better at lower rpm. At 1000rpm they are roughly the same.

For intake and exhaust i usually exhaust my radiators, trying to keep the hot air out and top exhaust is the best way.
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Ok but it is most important to keep the hot air out (knowing that we will use mainly watercooling inside the case) or using fresh air from outside to cool the rads ?

I'm afraid that if I put my rad fans in exhaust they will use hot air to cool the rad and then I'll lose in performances, no ?
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Ok but it is most important to keep the hot air out (knowing that we will use mainly watercooling inside the case) or using fresh air from outside to cool the rads ?

I'm afraid that if I put my rad fans in exhaust they will use hot air to cool the rad and then I'll lose in performances, no ?

or you will blow hot air into the inside and heat it up the case air, making the cards just as hot. Do what ever your case/airflow design makes more sense with.
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