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Well, my dilemma as of late has been whether to ditch the 980x in favor of a 4930k in order to get into R9 290X crossfire (since PCI 3.0 seems to be needed) or to sink more into my current build.

I've decided to do the latter. Since the 290X won't be featuring GCN 2.0, I think the best option is to take advantage of my low ASIC rating by water cooling the 7970's.

Performance:price is my chief objective with this loop, without sacrificing on quality.
I have a Raven 2, and plan to use a Magicool Extreme Triple 180mm radiator across the bottom of the case. Now, I'm hoping I can get away with a Swiftech Apogee Drive II Pump to save some space, but I have no idea if that'll be adequate for my 980x and two 7970's. I want to make a loop that'll do the job if I decide to get another 7970, too. I'm looking for some input on that particularly.

I want very, very good temperatures. I'm willing to pay what's necessary for that. Hoping to stay between 50-60C at a minimum, even with Tri-Fire.
Looking for advice on fittings and tubing, and also whether or not I'll really need a reservoir. Open to all suggestions.
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Well, my dilemma as of late has been whether to ditch the 980x in favor of a 4930k in order to get into R9 290X crossfire (since PCI 3.0 seems to be needed) or to sink more into my current build.

I've decided to do the latter. Since the 290X won't be featuring GCN 2.0, I think the best option is to take advantage of my low ASIC rating by water cooling the 7970's.

Performance:price is my chief objective with this loop, without sacrificing on quality.
I have a Raven 2, and plan to use a Magicool Extreme Triple 180mm radiator across the bottom of the case. Now, I'm hoping I can get away with a Swiftech Apogee Drive II Pump to save some space, but I have no idea if that'll be adequate for my 980x and two 7970's. I want to make a loop that'll do the job if I decide to get another 7970, too. I'm looking for some input on that particularly.

I want very, very good temperatures. I'm willing to pay what's necessary for that. Hoping to stay between 50-60C at a minimum, even with Tri-Fire.
Looking for advice on fittings and tubing, and also whether or not I'll really need a reservoir. Open to all suggestions.

for that amount of blocks a reservoir id at least have a small one. say a small bitspower tube res.

your going to want to push/pull that rad with some high static pressure fans

if thier reference 7970s. go for full cover blocks. ive heard from a few friends that the 7970 heatkiller blocks do some pretty awesome temps.

a 980x in the loop with it. go for a copper acetal / copper plexi EK CSQ CPU block

id say do yourself a favor, get an MCP 355 w/ an aftermarket EK Xtop for DDC pumps, youll be surprised at how well it performs, and how small its footprint is


if you have any other questions, roll me a PM.
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CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
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