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Hey everyone,

I've been planning out a new build for awhile now, and it's looking like it's about time to finally get started with it biggrin.gif

That being said, this is going to be my first true liquid cooling setup, and I want to do it right. I'm kinda takin a shot in the dark here, and going with what sounds logical to me - so if anyone has input or changes they'd recommend, please don't hesitate.

Once it sounds like the loop plan is solid, I'll start piecing together a grocery list & then the real fun will start devil.gif


Ok so the current plan:
STH10
R IV extreme
i7-3930k
G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 64GB (2400)
3x GTX Titan (I know, the 780 makes way more sense, but plans for surround / 3d / lightboost = use for that 6gb instead of 3 >_<)

The loop:
Black Ice SR-1 (480), > XSPC Raystorm waterblock > XSPC Dominator Memory block (x2) > XSPC Mosfet > Fullboard > Black Ice SR-1 (480) > GTX Titan (3) > FrozenQ helix res (thinking 400mm) > Swiftech MCP655 (2) w/ bitspower dual D5 Mod top


A few questions at this point:
* Does anyone have experience with the SR1's?
* Will they be enough for the 3 titans, or should I go with the GTX (radiator that is). Ultimately the goal is performance, but I don't want it to be so loud it becomes distracting.
* Are there any places that I should check for individual RGB LEDs? I don't want an led strip, but individual lights I can set in specific places.
* Everything I've seen points to 120mm fans outperforming larger variants, do any of you have contrary results with 140mm fans?

I really want to make sure I have a good amount of headroom for pushing the 3930k & titans without getting anywhere close to temps being an issue.

Again, feedback is welcome / appreciated - thanks in advance!
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Originally Posted by Darknlight_8 View Post

Hey everyone,

I've been planning out a new build for awhile now, and it's looking like it's about time to finally get started with it biggrin.gif

That being said, this is going to be my first true liquid cooling setup, and I want to do it right. I'm kinda takin a shot in the dark here, and going with what sounds logical to me - so if anyone has input or changes they'd recommend, please don't hesitate.

Once it sounds like the loop plan is solid, I'll start piecing together a grocery list & then the real fun will start devil.gif


Ok so the current plan:
STH10
R IV extreme
i7-3930k
G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 64GB (2400)
3x GTX Titan (I know, the 780 makes way more sense, but plans for surround / 3d / lightboost = use for that 6gb instead of 3 >_<)

The loop:
Black Ice SR-1 (480), > XSPC Raystorm waterblock > XSPC Dominator Memory block (x2) > XSPC Mosfet > Fullboard > Black Ice SR-1 (480) > GTX Titan (3) > FrozenQ helix res (thinking 400mm) > Swiftech MCP655 (2) w/ bitspower dual D5 Mod top


A few questions at this point:
* Does anyone have experience with the SR1's?
* Will they be enough for the 3 titans, or should I go with the GTX (radiator that is). Ultimately the goal is performance, but I don't want it to be so loud it becomes distracting.
* Are there any places that I should check for individual RGB LEDs? I don't want an led strip, but individual lights I can set in specific places.
* Everything I've seen points to 120mm fans outperforming larger variants, do any of you have contrary results with 140mm fans?

I really want to make sure I have a good amount of headroom for pushing the 3930k & titans without getting anywhere close to temps being an issue.

Again, feedback is welcome / appreciated - thanks in advance!

8.120mm radspace should be way more than enough, giving you good headroom for overclocking and silence.

I have no experience with the SR-1 low flow rads but B.I. has a really good reputation for build quality.

There are a couple nice 140mm fans that can outperform their 120mm counterparts, but most of them are loud and run at high RPMs. Look at the BGears 140mm fans
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11895/fan-780/BGears_B-Blaster_140mm_x_25mm_1800RPM_High_Speed_Fan.html

These have a good reputation too:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/18998/fan-1191/Cougar_140mm_x_25mm_Vortex_Hydro_Dynamic_Bearing_Fan_-_Orange_CFV14H.html?tl=g36c15s775

In the end, one is not significantly superior to the other, it all depends on your build and your noise tolerance.
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post #3 of 5
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Originally Posted by ZytheEKS View Post

8.120mm radspace should be way more than enough, giving you good headroom for overclocking and silence.

I have no experience with the SR-1 low flow rads but B.I. has a really good reputation for build quality.

There are a couple nice 140mm fans that can outperform their 120mm counterparts, but most of them are loud and run at high RPMs. Look at the BGears 140mm fans
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11895/fan-780/BGears_B-Blaster_140mm_x_25mm_1800RPM_High_Speed_Fan.html

These have a good reputation too:
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/18998/fan-1191/Cougar_140mm_x_25mm_Vortex_Hydro_Dynamic_Bearing_Fan_-_Orange_CFV14H.html?tl=g36c15s775

In the end, one is not significantly superior to the other, it all depends on your build and your noise tolerance.

Hey thanks for the fast response! I like the coloring on the second fan you linked biggrin.gif

This might be a silly question, but is there any way of getting the best of both worlds? I.e. fans capable of high RPMs (perhaps for benching or heavy load) that would also perform well & quiet when running at lower RPM? I figured the low fin density on the SR1 would (hopefully) keep things running cool & quiet for regular use, while also having the potential for better performance if I wanted to ramp up the fans.
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Hey thanks for the fast response! I like the coloring on the second fan you linked biggrin.gif

This might be a silly question, but is there any way of getting the best of both worlds? I.e. fans capable of high RPMs (perhaps for benching or heavy load) that would also perform well & quiet when running at lower RPM? I figured the low fin density on the SR1 would (hopefully) keep things running cool & quiet for regular use, while also having the potential for better performance if I wanted to ramp up the fans.

Higher fin density usually benefits from better fans, low fin density radiators don't scale that well. You pick you your fans based on what kind of rad you have, you pick your rad based on how important performance/noise is to you. The SR-1 has an extremely low fin density, 9FPI if I remember correctly. That's best for low RPM quiet fans. There is no "both worlds" with any single radiator, however there are radiators that belong to many MANY different parts in the noise/performance spectrum. The Alphacool UT45, UT60, and Alphacool Monsta rads seem to be the most popular for a good noise/performance balance, plus they have good build quality.
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post #5 of 5
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Just assembled the beautiful monstrosity of a case (pics coming soon), hardware is on the way!

Aiming to get all the parts for the loop ordered before tomorrow. Still have a few questions I want to clear up before I send off the money if anyone's free.

Can't wait to get started biggrin.gif

**EDIT** Pics below























Edited by Darknlight_8 - 7/21/13 at 1:49pm
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