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what should i do for my phantom 820

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hi all, i'm looking to build my first water cooling loop and i've got an nzxt phantom 820, i can't fit a 60mm rad with fans on the inside but can if i put my fans in the attic right between the rad and the top bar, question is: will that hurt performance a great deal? i'd use a rad gasket if i went this option but i don't want to invest in it if it's crap! i've got a intel core i5-3570k oc'd to 4.4 with a slightly overclocked evga gtx 780 classified. i'll be using a 360 rad and really want the alphacool ut60 kit. thanks for the input!
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hi all, i'm looking to build my first water cooling loop and i've got an nzxt phantom 820, i can't fit a 60mm rad with fans on the inside but can if i put my fans in the attic right between the rad and the top bar, question is: will that hurt performance a great deal? i'd use a rad gasket if i went this option but i don't want to invest in it if it's crap! i've got a intel core i5-3570k oc'd to 4.4 with a slightly overclocked evga gtx 780 classified. i'll be using a 360 rad and really want the alphacool ut60 kit. thanks for the input!

No this is fine, some people do this because they cant fit radiators at the top. Unless air flow is significantly obstructed, you will notice slightly higher temps; but for the most part this is okay.

360mm should be enough for those two components, especially for a UT60. If youre using high RPM fans (>1200RPM) you should definitely be fine.

The 820 looks like it can natively support a 360mm radiator at the top as well.
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yeah it totally does and that ut60 looks awsome. i just don't want to waste money on it if it would be a huge hit to cooling performance.
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yeah it totally does and that ut60 looks awsome. i just don't want to waste money on it if it would be a huge hit to cooling performance.

What are you cooling your components with right now?

I agree the UT60 looks really nice. If i could fit it in my 750D i would, but i later found out that i cant fit it in my 750d (SO SAD) so i ended up with a slightly thinner EK XT360 with the fans in push barely clearing from my motherboard and 8pin CPU cable.

The only way i can fit a UT60 as well is if i stick it in the top of my case and have my fans on the outside in "pull" but i think it would affect the looks of my case; because unlike the 820, it doesnt have that top panel that snaps on to hide the fans. So i just went with a slightly less thicker rad and push fans.

I couldnt fit push/pull with the slightly less thicker EK XT360. ): (around the same width of a UT60 + set of fans in either push or pull)

Now if i could fit a Monsta........................ wow i just love thick radiators rolleyes.gif
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i am using corsair sp120 quiet's so i'd have to put them in pull i assume? yeah the ek stuff is amazing, though i like the full copper theme of the alphacool gear. i love my 820 but part of me still wants the 900D....... it's just soooo expensive!
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i am using corsair sp120 quiet's so i'd have to put them in pull i assume? yeah the ek stuff is amazing, though i like the full copper theme of the alphacool gear. i love my 820 but part of me still wants the 900D....... it's just soooo expensive!

If youre going to be running them at a lower rpm <1000rpm, generally i would suggest to put them in push. If youre going to be running them >1000rpm then i suggest pull. if you can afford/fit two sets for push pull, you can lower the rpm of both fans while still maintaining the same static pressure you would with a single set of fans at a higher rpm.

For me, i have an overkill radiator set up for what i need to be cooled, two 360mm radiators... so push or pull isnt going to really affect my temps by THAT much. I opted for more radiator area so that i wouldnt have to run my fans at a higher rpm to cope with heat.

I agree! Alphacool makes some sweet water cooling parts. smile.gif
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i'll likely just run it normally but with the low noise adapters that come with the sp's attached. i live in oregon so it's never hot really i mainly want a thick rad for low rpm with decent cooling.
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