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Looking to build a new rig and looking into the Raystorm watercooling kits.
The case will be either an HAF X or a Corsair 900D with the latest i7 CPU and an R290X GPU.

Is there a huge difference between a 360mm and a 480mm setup, performance wise to cool the CPU/GPU? With 480 should be able to install quieter fans right?
Can the 360mm setup adequately cool an OCed CPU + GPU with ease & not too loudly?
I think a 480mm setup will only fit the 900D.

The RX480 doesn't seem to be out yet so couldn't find any reviews on it.
I am open to suggestions smile.gif
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The RX360 should be able to handle that load, but I would go with the RX480 for more headroom. That way you can run the fans at a little lower speed to reduce noise a little bit too.
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If you want to be able to have a quieter rig, the main factor is FPI (fins per inch) of the radiator. The RX I believe has 9 FPI which is low, and so by default you should be using slower fans because you won't see drastic differences in temps. Also if you use push pull you will be able to run all the fans slower. General consensus for water cooling is 1x120 per component + 120 for OC or headroom.
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If you want to be able to have a quieter rig, the main factor is FPI (fins per inch) of the radiator. The RX I believe has 9 FPI which is low, and so by default you should be using slower fans because you won't see drastic differences in temps. Also if you use push pull you will be able to run all the fans slower. General consensus for water cooling is 1x120 per component + 120 for OC or headroom.

If I only choose to cool the CPU and 1 GPU, then 360 will suffice according to the above right? But a 480 setup would fit nicely in the bottom section of the 900D.
What fans would you guys suggest to replace the stock ones with, AF120s?
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Yes, if you can spend the money on the 480 go for it, it gives you room to add another gpu SLI when you want to upgrade. What is your price range for fans? Widely accepted are the gentle typhoon AP 15s that are 20$ each but are one of the best fans on the market for radiators. Noctuas also make a really good fan for about 23$. Yate loons are good fans for radiators but are only about 6$.
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Other good fan options are Cougar Vortex and their line of LED fans, Coolermaster R4(Sickleflow), Swiftech Helix, XSPC Xinruilian, NB/Phobya eLoop, Corsair SP120, plus many others that haven't been mentioned. There are numerous fan testing threads and reviews that I suggest you take a peak at as well. Check out ehume's "Well Dressed Megahalems" fan round up. Granted he was using an aircooler for the testing, but it should give you a pretty good idea how different fans perform.
Here is a pic summarizing his testing. And link to a more in depth article where the image came from(page 18)
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You can also check out Martin's liquid lab fan roundup for radiators. He gives really good analysis and has lots of data to peak through. thumb.gif
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You can also check out Martin's liquid lab fan roundup for radiators. He gives really good analysis and has lots of data to peak through. thumb.gif
Don't know how I could have forgotten about Martin. Normally the first place I go when I'm looking for any kind of watercooling review or testing. Incredible information all over his site
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According to Martin's fan table here: http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/9652/fantable124.png
It seems like the NoiseBlocker PL-2 is one of the best.
Would it make a huge difference in running Push/Pull instead of Push only? Except the fact that it would cost $120 for P/P decent fans on an RX360 rad.

Would 3x 900rpm good quality fans in push config be enough? Or would you need to run P/P for 900rpms?
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If you want quiet you want low RPM. You can get that with PushPull because all the fans run at a lower RPM. They also increase performance a lot more than if you just go push or pull.
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