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Switching from custom loop to twin AIO Coolers - problems?

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Currently sig rig is in Caselabs S3 (2500k & 7950) with a XSPC 240mm (on intake) w/ push-pull swiftech helix's & a gen 1 200mm (on exhaust) w/ 180mm silverstone. Temps are good.

But, I like to tinker and mess with the machine, and it's hard to do just about anything at this point.

So, I was looking at going to a pair of AIO which will allow me to interchange parts and otherwise mess with my machine.

So I was looking at an H105 for the front and an H110 in the top. Again, likely the front as intake and the top as exhaust (in addition to a 140mm in the rear).

Now, I know someone is going to say something about custom loops vs AIO's - and I will admit that I've had great temps. But if I'm looking for the ability to easily change parts, you see the challenge.

I have a Kraken G10 bracket that I was planning on using with the 7950. So, I was thinking of the H105 for CPU & the H110 for GPU. Thoughts (or better to switch)?
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I don't know Much about those coolers, and have not water cooler my GPU this time around for the same purpose, but I recently have seen some people use quick disconnects for the different areas. Have you thought of adding some quick disconnects? In theory it makes it easier to swap around GPU's and such.

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It's an idea. The problem with quick connects is that it can be a challange for size with running in a small area (itx cases). It would also be about $180 in fittings ( six lines, and each line needs one male and one female for about $15 ea). But it's a good idea.

Edit: looks like some fittings are more like $10 ea.
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Any other opinions? Any guesses how much it would affect my temps? ( I would be putting both "loops" on a push-pull)
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that many qdc's would look like a mess. why in the world would you want EACH component in your loop to have a qdc?
you spent over $200 on a caselabs case and 6 qdc cost too much? 1 of the smallest cases they make?

you know what, nevermind.
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Wow, that was unexpected.
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that many qdc's would look like a mess. why in the world would you want EACH component in your loop to have a qdc?
you spent over $200 on a caselabs case and 6 qdc cost too much? 1 of the smallest cases they make?

you know what, nevermind.

Wow, that was unexpected. Thanks for your time, though.

The reason I would put QDC on multiple parts is as, mentioned in OP is that I like to tinker. I like to pull parts out, try different things, try different fans, lights, etc. I great great temps on my current loop, but it's hard to fuss with it. I don't mind losing a few degrees as I'm not HC in just about anything. Again, thanks for your time.
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my point is, you spent money on a good case. you want to pull stuff out without draining the loop. it is either buy qdc's or drain your loop.
unless you are replacing/swapping parts on a consistent basis, you dont really even need the qdc's. drain your loop. it takes less than a minute if its set-up right and takes less than 4 hours to fill and bleed well enough and then leak test as youre filling and bleeding to use again. you would need to fill and bleed anyway after pulling something out using qdc's.
i dont understand why you would need to 'tinker' with anything requiring draining of the loop.

qdc's will also affect the water flow in the loop. the more you have the more restriction it causes. i dont know how many it would take to create a more noticeable difference after the first pair.
the only things you could possibly change in your loop is the gpu and the cpu, maybe flip the rads 180*. well i guess maybe the pump and/or the res also. the pump and res would be easy to change with mechanic's line pinchers. anything you change would require a minimum of re-filling and bleeding.

water cooling takes time and money. you have the aio already. apparently you have the loop already. your choice is the ease of water cooling or the ease of aio. i will say only this. caselabs cases are made for water cooling. an aio unit isnt water cooling.
did you buy a full cover motherboard block or just a cpu block? MY OPINION is build your loop. it doesnt NEED to be drained to change out the cpu. changing out the gpu will require at least a re-fill and re-bleed. a caselabs case deserves better than anything corsair makes. it is a water coolers case.
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