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Thanks for the links. I figure I've got a few months to research this all; might as well get into all the details of performance benefits. Is the goal of a loop to make as straight of a pass from one component to the next? Seems like that would lead to less kinks and a quicker trip to the radiator. But I'll look into those links, thanks.

You're welcome smile.gif How you want to run your tubing is a very individual choice, some people like them curving around and some people like them as straight as possible. However, in my experience it's unusual that you don't need a few angle adapters since only using straight fittings frequently leads to some very tricky turns. Especially when doing your first loop, it's hard to picture exactly how the tubes will run until you do a dry fit.
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From the pictures, it appears one large fan fits above the radiator. Whether the fan fits *with* the radiator or whether you can only have either installed but not both, I don't know and it will require further research on my part.

EDIT: Also note that I'm open to other case recommendations. I just choose something with a lot of reviews that had water cooling support.

Keep in mind that the alphacool monsta is 80mm thick by itself. Standard rads are around 50mm; add 25mm for each side you are putting fans on, so all by itself the monsta is the same thickness as a standard rad with one layer of fans.
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If you have not already purchased the case you may want to entertain the idea of a 900D. Aside from the 900D though if you want the case you are already looking at if you can fit 38MM fans or 25MM with thin shrouds then a 25MM fan on top of the radiator in the 4th spot should work out fine. When I said it doesn't work on mine it is because it would be pointless. The fan will fit but it will be slammed against the metal of the top of the case and wouldn't be able to get any air. If I run 38MM fans on the other 3 spots then I can run a 25MM fan on the fourth spot (I have done this before). But right now I am running all 25MM fans so the 4th fan I have underneath the radiator in a pull configuration.

Something you should know is that those thick radiators don't perform much better than thin radiators and in some cases they don't perform better. You need to look at radiator shootouts and compare the fans speeds you are looking to achieve in comparison to several different radiators. If a thin rad performs the same as the thicker rad at that fan speed then there is no point in buying the thicker rad.

I am running a GTX 480 Extreme and it has limited my fan options severely because of it's thickness. So sometimes I regret getting it over a SR1.
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