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I was staring at my Tide Water a few days ago and brainstormed an idea and did some research. On average, I notice that if one was to use one huge watercooling system for everything in the PC, the graphics card (just an example) would get worse temperatures than another graphics card with a Tide Water. I suspect that this is due to all the heat the water has to carry before returning to the radiator and reservoir. But what if I use one watercooling unit for each component? Like a Tide Water for each graphics card, and another small unit for the CPU? When I go SLI, I'm planning to get a second Tide Water instead of just going for a single Tide Water Plus because I really wanna see how this works out. And since my bro isn't into overclocking, I'll try to get him buy the Thermaltake Silent Water so I can trade him with my Scythe, just to prove my theory. Don't expect all to be happening too soon as I need to save up for these units.

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There might be a tad of the "law of diminishing returns" that might debunk your idea. Sorry, no offense. Your question also got me thinking...

What I meant was that you will now have three heat producing components inside of your caes in the form of pumps.

In short, those three units may produce more heat within the case than a single more powerful pump - law of diminishing returns.

In addition most loop systems will have the radiator outside of the case. Both tidewaters will be inside the case, thereby reducing the cooling capacities of the units.

...sound reasonable... I'm just guessin' though.
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um instead of wasting all your money, just get a good, custom setup. you will get alot better temps and the cost is like the same.
    
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I better Idea might be to put a cooling unit in between each componet. you might get 2 120mm bay mounted rads and one for the back outside the case. you then could have one in between each video card and one before the water returns into the pump... this would need a strong pump say a swiftech mc-655. This would also negate the need for 2 or 3 pumps and would save you a lot of cash.
    
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I totally agree with building an external radiator pump setup. Possibly in and old mid tower case, you could make it look realy nice too, with little effort and you current case could have your loops running from the rear or from the right side of the case. It would keep your case looking neat and clean!
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Technically you can have 2 loops in a pc by using 2 "Y" for just the Pump. I mean yeah it will combine at the pump and split right after so allot of people will say its still one loop but, whatever. Its close enough to call 2 loops.

I see one problem that might not make it work to well. Since your splitting the water into 2 loops the flow will slow down to half its normal speed. This might effect how well it cools or maybe not. Its a balance of flow and thermal transfer so you may get lucky and pull it off.

There is less of a cascade effect with splitting it into 2. Although if you have a single loop and put a radiator in front of each block the difference of the 2 methods might be immeasurable.
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um instead of wasting all your money, just get a good, custom setup. you will get alot better temps and the cost is like the same.

Thats good advise...
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There might be a tad of the "law of diminishing returns" that might debunk your idea. Sorry, no offense. Your question also got me thinking...

What I meant was that you will now have three heat producing components inside of your caes in the form of pumps.

In short, those three units may produce more heat within the case than a single more powerful pump - law of diminishing returns.

In addition most loop systems will have the radiator outside of the case. Both tidewaters will be inside the case, thereby reducing the cooling capacities of the units.

...sound reasonable... I'm just guessin' though.
That wouldn't happen, the 2 Tide Waters both exhausts air outta the case, and the one for CPU would also have external radiator.

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um instead of wasting all your money, just get a good, custom setup. you will get alot better temps and the cost is like the same.
First of all, how am I gonna get way better temps with a single system?

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Technically you can have 2 loops in a pc by using 2 "Y" for just the Pump. I mean yeah it will combine at the pump and split right after so allot of people will say its still one loop but, whatever. Its close enough to call 2 loops.

I see one problem that might not make it work to well. Since your splitting the water into 2 loops the flow will slow down to half its normal speed. This might effect how well it cools or maybe not. Its a balance of flow and thermal transfer so you may get lucky and pull it off.

There is less of a cascade effect with splitting it into 2. Although if you have a single loop and put a radiator in front of each block the difference of the 2 methods might be immeasurable.
Not gonna do it, I'm looking forward to experiment with 1 watercooling unit per component, but you're suggesting the same thing atomicfission92 suggested.

I'm most likely gonna custom build a setup for the CPU only, hence the point I was trying to make: With separate watercooling systems for each component, the coolant wouldn't have to carry as much heat as going through all the heat sources like a single setup.
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Sounds feasible NuclearCrap,

Whatever road you take, please document it and post your experience. Good luck!
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its because the big water or tide water suck. They will get you temps along the lines of good air cooling. While a proper and well built custom setup will get you alot better temps then air. I mean do what you want, experiment. Im just saying you are gonna be wasting your money on getting a couple of thermaltake water cooling systems instead of just doing it right.
    
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