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post #1 of 10
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Hi all,

I'm putting together my first WC setup and after hours of research, here's what I've come up with:

(all 1/2" ID barbs)

Case: NZXT H630
CPU Block: EK Supremacy w/"Naked Ivy" adapter
GPU Block: EK-FC R9-290X
Pump: Swiftech MCP35X
Radiators: 2x Swiftech MCR320-XP
Fans: 6x 1850 RPM Gentle Typhoons
Reservoir: Swiftech MCRES Micro Rev. 2
Barbs, clamps, silver coil, etc.

Here's how I want to set it up (should say 3x120mm rad, woops):

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And the order:

Res -> Pump -> CPU -> Top Radiator -> GPU -> Front Radiator -> Res

This will be cooling a BARE DIE 4770k (which is currently @ 4.6 and 1.3v) and an r9-290 (which will also be heavily overclocked); I will eventually want to x-fire it and water cool the second card.

So before I buy all this stuff, I'm asking for a sanity check. Anything glaringly wrong? Suggestions for better choices? Setup and loop order look good? Any feedback would be appreciated. Thank you!
post #2 of 10
Looks good to me, and strikingly similar to my setup - (differences, EK Supreme HF, Swiftech QP versions, 780 WB)

Loop order doesn't matter as much, everything reaches equilibrium temperatures within seconds of startup; just make sure the res feeds the pump.

I'm don't think you need the exhaust fans. I run my setup with only fans attached to the radiators and let the airflow find its own way out. You could make the argument that the exhaust fans help relieve the relative pressure difference inside/outside of the case but my goal was quiet computing.

Good luck! (:
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post #3 of 10
Parts look fine to me. I'd set up the top radiator with the fans pushing air out of the case though. Just my 2cents.gif
post #4 of 10
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Thanks for the responses so far -

My thought process for having both radiators as intakes was to draw cool air from outside the case across the radiator, since the heat from the radiator in front would get dumped into the case; then, the heated air would be put through the radiator on top, diminishing it's performance. Also, positive pressure and all that good jazz.

I agree it definitely makes sense to have the top exhaust - how much does the front radiator really heat up the air inside the case, and would that amount affect the exhaust from the top radiator? I'll probably just have to test it when I get it smile.gif
post #5 of 10
I just wanted to add that it's usually not recommended to have more air going out than coming in. It creates a negative pressure environment inside the case. Install the 140s as intakes and the 120s as exhaust. The radiator fans should ideally expel air from the case, otherwise they're just blowing all the heat the water cooling system removed back into the case.
post #6 of 10
Another option is to use less radiator. (sacrilege I know, but I prefer reality) You've got way more than you really need. The CPU doesn't need a 320. neither does the GPU really but if you add a second GPU it would so it makes sense. One possibility is to lose one of the 320s entirely, set the front of the case and the 2 bottom 140s as intake, and the back 140 and the remaining top 320 as exhaust.

if you add a second GPU, put in another radiator then.
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post #7 of 10
The setup is fine, -direct air to the rads- , you dont really need the bottom 140's, but i'ld consider using only one , as intake, in case you need to do some extra balancing

however, there might be a need to have the rear exhaust running at higher speed or use a higher cfm fan there
post #8 of 10
Funny, this is almost identical to the build I'm planning, just replace R9 290 with GTX780 and we would have twins.
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Thanks for the input everyone - I'm definitely going to make the top radiator an exhaust, I foolishly forgot the old axiom "heat rises"! tongue.gif

So this case is capable of having dual 200mm radiators in both the front and top, what do you guys think about that? It's significantly more surface area than 2x360 and would hopefully be much more quiet.

Here's the downsides that I've discovered:

1.) There's only 1 2x200mm radiator I've found (that's worth using): The Phobya Xtreme 400mm. Reviews are...basically non-existent and feedback seems all over the place. Everything from "it sucks" to "better than a 480 quadrad".

2.) Fan selection is pretty minimal, although there are now decent 180/200mm fans with good static pressure (e.g.: http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?area=&pid=258).

Thoughts? Thanks again!
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Originally Posted by harrath View Post

Thanks for the input everyone - I'm definitely going to make the top radiator an exhaust, I foolishly forgot the old axiom "heat rises"! tongue.gif

So this case is capable of having dual 200mm radiators in both the front and top, what do you guys think about that? It's significantly more surface area than 2x360 and would hopefully be much more quiet.

Here's the downsides that I've discovered:

1.) There's only 1 2x200mm radiator I've found (that's worth using): The Phobya Xtreme 400mm. Reviews are...basically non-existent and feedback seems all over the place. Everything from "it sucks" to "better than a 480 quadrad".

2.) Fan selection is pretty minimal, although there are now decent 180/200mm fans with good static pressure (e.g.: http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?area=&pid=258).

Thoughts? Thanks again!

"heat rises" is ONLY relevant in a PASSIVE cooling situation,
as soon as you introduce forced airflow (a fan, a turbine, a bumblebee, ...) it becomes irrelevant
No component in any pc is going to run hot enought to create so much hot air that its natural convection can overcome the "push" of a fan. Ask the brothers Montgolfier how much hot air you really need....

the xTreme 400 is a rad... a rad is a rad is a rad... its not bad, its not good (i think it is a magicool under the Phobya badge)....
if the lack of info deters you.. check out Alphacools version of the Nexxos XT - its a 180.2mm
http://www.aquatuning.de/product_info.php/info/p15510_Bundle-Alphacool-NexXxoS-XT45-Full-Copper-180mm-Dual--Midrange--mit-2x-Silverstone-180mm-L-fter-Air-Penetrator-SST-AP181.html


Note:
you have to be really sure that a 200.2 fits... not only L x W... but thickness , most 180/200 are 45mm
add 32mm for a fan
thinner fans like "slim" 25mm cannot provide enough static pressure ... so you might need to go push/pull when using slim fans
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