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I have a MM Ascension that is currently running an X58 w/920 and Tri-SLI GTX285's.

I'm running 2 loops:
1) 2x Swiftech MCR320 via XSPC Pump Top / Reservoir (Swiftech 355 or 350, need to find out). This is cooling this 920 @ 3.8
2) 1x Swiftech MCR320 via XSPC Pump Top / Reservoir (Swiftech 355 or 350, need to find out). This is cooling the 3x GTX285's and eVGA MoBo

This is obviously a dated rig and am looking to upgrade.

These questions will be specifically around WC.

1) I have the trinity front with the bays at the bottom. I can't remember WHY I did that, but the RAD ports are at the bottom. From my reading, this can cause some air to stay at the top. I'm considering turning the MM front panel upside down so the bays are at the top and the rad ports are at the top. This should hopefully eliminate air pockets in the RAD. Any issues with this orientation?

2) The two pumps are 4 years old (date of build). For most of the 4 years, they were running 24/7. How much more life should I expect out of them? If they are getting near a point I should consider replacing, should i stick with the 355 or 350? I like the XSPC pump / res, but I can go another option if needed.

My budget is almost wiped out with getting a new system (i7-4770k, 16GB RAM, Asus Maximus VI Formula, and new GPUs (probably 2x eVGA GTX780)). With that being said, I'm trying to keep upgrades to my WC at a minimum. I'm keeping the RADs, they have done well and I think will do well with what I plan for it in the future. I'm upgrading the FANs from Med speed Yate Loons to AP-15's. I'll also be replacing the tubing but still sticking with 3/8ID - 1/2OD. I've grown attached to XSPC products and will likely be going with the Raystorm CPU WB (I want a Red LED to go with the color scheme).

Thanks in advance!!
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1) I have the trinity front with the bays at the bottom. I can't remember WHY I did that, but the RAD ports are at the bottom. From my reading, this can cause some air to stay at the top. I'm considering turning the MM front panel upside down so the bays are at the top and the rad ports are at the top. This should hopefully eliminate air pockets in the RAD. Any issues with this orientation?

First, nice job on squeezing a long life out of that system! My X58 system served me well for 5 years, not sure I'll ever see its like again.

As far as radiator orientation, I'm not sure it really matters that much. Assuming you have a reservoir, you should be able to rid your radiators of air pockets by tipping your rig back and forth to encourage them to flow through to the reservoir and out into the atmosphere. That said, I don't think there's any issue with the orientation you suggested above, unless it places your radiators above your reservoir, which could negate the effect of reorienting them entirely.
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First, nice job on squeezing a long life out of that system! My X58 system served me well for 5 years, not sure I'll ever see its like again.

As far as radiator orientation, I'm not sure it really matters that much. Assuming you have a reservoir, you should be able to rid your radiators of air pockets by tipping your rig back and forth to encourage them to flow through to the reservoir and out into the atmosphere. That said, I don't think there's any issue with the orientation you suggested above, unless it places your radiators above your reservoir, which could negate the effect of reorienting them entirely.

My pump/res combo are mounted to the RADs themselves (via a bracket and then to a fan). So they are at the same level as the RAD. With the different orientation, my pumps may not have to work as hard (hopefully). I see all good coming out of the orientation change, but I'm sure I'm missing something. With a MM Ascension, it is a lot more difficult to "tilt" the rig to get the air out smile.gif With the new orientation, I'm pretty sure I can eliminate the need.

My X58 system has done really well to play many of the games I've wanted to play (yes including Crysis). The driver support is starting to lag and I'm having occasional hardware issues so I know it is time.
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I just upgraded from my X58 rig a few months back. She served me well for quite a while. Was sad to see that i7 950 go. But not the Sabertooth X58, good riddance to that thing!
I'd say flip the rads so the fittings are toward the top. Or even horizontal would probably be better than the fittings at the bottom.
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I just upgraded from my X58 rig a few months back. She served me well for quite a while. Was sad to see that i7 950 go. But not the Sabertooth X58, good riddance to that thing!
I'd say flip the rads so the fittings are toward the top. Or even horizontal would probably be better than the fittings at the bottom.

I called MM about RAD placement horizontally and they said no on the Trinity Front Panel frown.gif

I'm going to start breaking her down and getting parts cleaned in preparation for the refresh.
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