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Best upgrade for XSPC Raystorm Kit with VID 797

post #1 of 5
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Hi everyone, it's time to replace my water in my loop and I figured that I would upgrade my kit as well to try and get my CPU temps down so I can push more voltage.

Anyways, I was wondering what the weakest link in my loop would be for CPU temps. My loop is basically:

RS 360 radiator externally mounted -> Raystorm CPU Block -> Vid 797 Block -> Res/pump combo -> RS 360 Radiator

Not sure what the best move is with this kit, the CPU gets rather warm but the GPU stays pretty cool, and by the time the water gets out of the radiator it doesn't seem too hot after looking at temps with my infrared thermometer gun.

I'm leaning towards the block but I'm not sure if I'm not getting enough heat transfer from the IHS to the block or from the block to the water, so I don't know if I should upgrade the block or the pump.
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post #2 of 5
The Raystorm is one of the best blocks out there, you might get a few C by changing blocks. Is yours a D5 kit or the submerged kit? If it is a submerged pump, then a D5 might net you a few C.

The best option is to get better fans. If you are using just one set of the XSPC fans, than another set in push-pull is a cheap upgrade. Adding those 3 fans for $30 bucks, will do more for your temps than a new block and pump. You can also get some nicer fans if noise is an issue to, but for the price you can't beat XSPC's fans.
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post #3 of 5
Yeah I was about to say the same what Ion pointed out. Is it the D5 version or the other? If not the D5, I'd suggest you upgrade the pump. What size /tubing are you using as well? (I'm assuming you're using the 7/16 x 5/8?) I upped the compression fittings on mine to 1/2x3/4. Yeah and making it a push/pull will increase the cooling on your setup as well wink.gif.
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post #4 of 5
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I have plenty of fans on the radiator right now. I have the old 750 pump, that's got the reservoir bay cooling with the pump inside of it. I think that might be the weakest link in my loop.

If I do get a new pump, do I have to get a new reservoir too or can I use the one in the bay?
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MotherboardGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Super Micro h8qme-2+ Sapphire 4870 Samsung DDR2 ECC 667mhz western digital caviar blue 
CoolingCoolingOSPower
FX 8350 stock cooler FX 6300 stock cooler Gentoo Linux 2x Silverstone PSU 
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Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution 850W 80 PLUS... Antec 1200 Logitech G9x Asus Xonar D2X 
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XSPC RS360 Raystorm with custom radiator mounts 
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post #5 of 5
I'd be pretty positive you'd have to get standalone res. or one you can adapt a new pump too.
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CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC EX360 XSPC GTX680 Cooling block Liang D5 Alphacool Aqualis PRO w/ Nano Coat 
CoolingCoolingOSOS
XSPC Dual 5.25" Bay Reservoir - Laing D5 / MCP655 Monsoon Fittings Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Window 8 Pro 
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