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240mm vs 360mm rad for Haswell

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Hey guys, I think I'm finally ready to start putting my loop together for my Haswell build but I'm not quite sure what I should be doing in terms of radiator selection. Can anyone tell me if there will be a huge difference between a 240mm and 360mm rad on my 4770k? I would prefer to use a 240mm rad for my cpu because the case is already setup to take the 240mm. However, it is possible to modify the case to accept a 360mm rad if it is really worth it. I only have a modest overclock of 4.2ghz on my cpu so I'm not overclocking heavy duty. My ambient room temps are around 16-17C so fairly cool to begin with. So what do you guys think? Is it worth it to bust out the dremel and start modding, or will the 360mm rad offer negligible benefit over the 240mm?

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I wouldn't bust out a dremel for a CPU loop. Leave it at 240mm unless you plan on putting other bits under water.
 
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I doubt it'd be worth the trouble. Especially considering most of the heat will be trapped between the lid and the chip unless you have delidded it.

 

I keep my dorm like an ice rink too. On my AXP-140 my temperatures are around 25c after an hour or two of Aida64 temperatures will bounce between 60-65c. Like an earlier poster mentioned, unless you plan on expanding out a 120.2 rad will be plenty. Hell, I had an i7 3820 on a thick 120.1 rad without issue.


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