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Hey guys,

Sorry for another "which one" thread, I found some old threads that are similar but I didn't want to resurrect them.

I think I want to take the dive into watercooling. After some brief research, I think one of the 240 rad and D5 pump/reservoir combo Raystorm kits would be a good start. My case (Arc Midi R2) can fit two 240 rads, and the drive bays would be a perfect place to hide the pump and reservoir.

I figure I would start with just this kit and the single 240 rad for the CPU, and eventually add another 240 rad and include the GPU in the loop. Are two 240 rads overkill for a CPU and single GPU loop? I like to run a healthy overclock, my daily is at 1.3v.

My next question, is which rad? Between RX/RS/EX/AX, I am having trouble deciding what would serve me best. I own a pair of GT AP-15's that I would like to use at 7v on the rad. The RX looks like it might be best performance, but if I can get good performance from a rad that is half as thick, I would like that better. So maybe EX or AX?

I appreciate any feedback, or if I am way off base in wanting one of these kits, I would like to know that too. Thanks. smile.gif
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Hey guys,

Sorry for another "which one" thread, I found some old threads that are similar but I didn't want to resurrect them.

I think I want to take the dive into watercooling. After some brief research, I think one of the 240 rad and D5 pump/reservoir combo Raystorm kits would be a good start. My case (Arc Midi R2) can fit two 240 rads, and the drive bays would be a perfect place to hide the pump and reservoir.

I figure I would start with just this kit and the single 240 rad for the CPU, and eventually add another 240 rad and include the GPU in the loop. Are two 240 rads overkill for a CPU and single GPU loop? I like to run a healthy overclock, my daily is at 1.3v.

My next question, is which rad? Between RX/RS/EX/AX, I am having trouble deciding what would serve me best. I own a pair of GT AP-15's that I would like to use at 7v on the rad. The RX looks like it might be best performance, but if I can get good performance from a rad that is half as thick, I would like that better. So maybe EX or AX?

I appreciate any feedback, or if I am way off base in wanting one of these kits, I would like to know that too. Thanks. smile.gif

XSPC kits are one of the best, so you should feel confident buying one. Two 240 rads aren't overkill, but not necessary either. You can even run both CPU and GPU on one 240 and get good temps. A general rule is 120mm of rad space per component plus another 120mm for good measure. However, if you have two 240's, you can get the same temps with lower fan speeds. Your best choice here is probably two 240 rads. As for the rad's, I would go with the AX or EX instead of the RX. you should see very little performance difference to justify the cost and most of all the extra thickness. a thinner rad in push/pull will perform better than a thicker rad in just push or pull. Hope that clears things up. Good luck with your setup!
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XSPC kits are one of the best, so you should feel confident buying one. Two 240 rads aren't overkill, but not necessary either. You can even run both CPU and GPU on one 240 and get good temps. A general rule is 120mm of rad space per component plus another 120mm for good measure. However, if you have two 240's, you can get the same temps with lower fan speeds. Your best choice here is probably two 240 rads. As for the rad's, I would go with the AX or EX instead of the RX. you should see very little performance difference to justify the cost and most of all the extra thickness. a thinner rad in push/pull will perform better than a thicker rad in just push or pull. Hope that clears things up. Good luck with your setup!


The general rule is 120mm radspace per component, 120mm radspace per overclock, and 120mm radspace for quiet fans/wiggle room(or good measure as you stated it)

240mm radspace most certainly won't be sufficient for a CPU and a GPU. For a CPU, yeah it'll be fine and overclock fairly well. For a CPU and GPU you'd get some REALLY high delta temps on stock voltages.

Two 240mm radspace is definitely not overkill for a CPU/GPU loop, it's sufficient for a medium overclock on both devices.

As to which rads outperform which, and how much they cool here's this

What CPU are you cooling? If it's the Intel one in your rigbuilder the Raystorm is a good block, if it's an AMD CPU I would personally avoid it. The Raystorm mounting hardware for AMD CPUs isn't that nice.
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corsair h80 is able to cool a 3570k @ 4.5ghz, and antec h620 is able to cool an overclocked gtx 480/580.

i think dual 120mm radiator is sufficient,
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corsair h80 is able to cool a 3570k @ 4.5ghz, and antec h620 is able to cool an overclocked gtx 480/580.

i think dual 120mm radiator is sufficient,

You'd be getting some ridiculously high delta temps. With 10Celsius dT and 1800RPM fans the RX360 had 250 watts of cooling. The RX240 would have around 160 watts of cooling with a 10Celcius delta temp.
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My CPU is the i7-860, and eventually it will be replaced with an overclocked Haswell or Haswell+. Thanks for the input guys, I think I am going to go with the Raystorm D5 kit with the AX res.
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