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Im building my first watercooled gaming pc and using a corsair air 540. Ive read some of the other watercooling threads involving that case but its mainly people who are modding and know what they are doing. Im coming more from the "I have no idea what a radiator is" perespective. If anyone could please enlighten me on some kits or set ups that they know will fit in that case. I wanted to get the XSPC Raystorm 750 RX360 but a friend told me it wouldnt fit so now Im lost. Please help.
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Do you plan on water cooling your CPU and video card ?
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Do you plan on water cooling your CPU and video card ?

I do eventually but for right now I only have a single 7970 in there and Dont want to create a gpu loop until i crossfire
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Ax360 or even ex360 will fit in push pull, while thw rx cound fit only @ push (that long 7970...).
The push-pull configs will beat the rx360 with just 3 fans easily.

You could also go with a 280 rad and add a 2nd in the future with your gpu blocks.
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Ax360 or even ex360 will fit in push pull, while thw rx cound fit only @ push (that long 7970...).
The push-pull configs will beat the rx360 with just 3 fans easily.

You could also go with a 280 rad and add a 2nd in the future with your gpu blocks.

I'm no expert on the matter but I thought having fans on both sides of a rad didn't actually help that much?
   
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I'm no expert on the matter but I thought having fans on both sides of a rad didn't actually help that much?

Depends on a few factors, but in general push-pull setups aid to better performance.
In this test, Martinsliquidlab shows that the advantage the RS240 - the "basic" XSPC model - gets in push-pull over the RX360 in push is bigger than that of straight exchanging the RS240 to a RX360 (both in simple push), especially in med RPM - where most WC builders seek the sweet spot between silence and performance.



If "upgrading" to a RX over an RS is relative, then push-pull is just as much.

Also remember that the total thickness of the RS @ push-pull assembly (25mm fan - 35mm rad - 25mm fan) is 3mm less than the RX @ push (25mm fan + 63mm rad).
The AX is thicker @ 40mm, but in general, if an RX fits @ push, the RS/EX/AX should fit in push-pull, and perform better.

Ofc we should not forget that 3x additional fans might be a considerable expense, especially if we are talking premium fans like the Gentle Typhoons, but discussing absolute performance, push pull configs do help.
Edited by pcfoo - 8/14/13 at 6:40pm
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custom loop. there is no point in buying the 750 kit. buy the d5 raystorm kit or go full custom. the 750 pump is pretty much junk. also, the xspc bay res has problems of warping and leaking with more than just a handful of users.
low fpi sees almost no gain from push/pull except at low rpm.
rs360 not rs240 wink.gif
alphacool xt45 240/360 and either push or pull fans. a low fpi rad that outperforms all 3 of those xspc rads , by only a couple degrees. and its cheaper too.
http://martinsliquidlab.org/2012/04/15/alphacool-nexxxos-xt45-360-radiator/4/
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