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Trying to fit a custom single/dual rad loop in a Corsair 250D, advice needed

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Alright guys, howdy. I've been doing my research or most of this evening and think I have most of my (theoretical) parts figured out. My plan is to either do:

(a) Single 200mm front mounted rad loop

(b) Dual - 120.2 side mounted rad + 120mm front mounted rad loop

(c) Single 120.2 side mounted rad loop

Bare with me. Here's my current build:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2XO59

Here are the components I think I am decided on:

Pump: Swiftech MCP350™ 12v Water Pump (Native 3/8") (92.4 GPH)

Reservoir/Top: EK DDC X-RES Top 100 - Acetal CSQ

Tubing: PrimoChill PrimoFlex Advanced LRT Tubing 3/8"ID x 1/2" OD - 10ft

Fittings: Monsoon Free Center Compression Fitting - 3/8"ID x 1/2"OD - Single Gold (FCC-3812-1P-GO)

CPU: EK Supremacy

GPU: EK GeForce 780 GTX Ti VGA Liquid Cooling Block - Nickel + Acetal (EK-FC780 GTX Ti - Acetal+Nickel)

Given that I'll have to figure out all the clearances for my case, but I think I can make these components fit with the tubing clearing all my panels/no kinks/etc using properly angled compression fittings and 1/2 OD tubing. My big question is the radiator setup.


I can probably fit this radiator: Phobya 200mm Radiator with two 200mm x 20mm fans in the front. I can then remove my side radiator, and use a (UN) bracket to install the MCP350+Top on the side of the case, where one of my 120mm fans+rad used to be.


This would leave me with a single 200mm radiator, that has pretty good reviews, to cool my GPU and CPU. Does that sound sufficient?


My other option, is to run this 120.2 radiator on the side:


MagiCool Extreme Dual 120mm Radiator[9] with two 120mm x 20mm fans. I can't use 25mm fans due to the thickness of the radiator+fans would be right up against my VRM riser. This is the setup most likely to just work, as it's extremely similar to my current H100i setup, but with the addition of a dedicated pump+reservoir top and the GPU block.


But I'm also worried just a 120.2 radiator setup might still not be enough, in which case I could add this Black Ice GT Stealth 120mm radiator to the front.
If I did that, I'd have to find a way to mount the MCP350+EK top to the back 80mm fan holes. Is it possible to do this with any kind of bracket? Would this work? XPSC Pump Stand.


Any suggestions/opinions on components is greatly appreciated. I am fairly certain I can make this work, I am just not too sure on how much cooling I need for the 780 Ti and Haswell. Also really new to this, so quite frankly, I have no idea what I'm doing and would love help!


Thanks!
Edited by victorma - 3/20/14 at 9:29am
post #2 of 17
First and foremost both perfromance-pc and frozen cpu offer roughly a 5% discount by code.
Frozencpu - xtreme
Performance pc- ocn55

Ok I'm trying to understand so the 200mm rad will have push pull configuration on it and the 240mm will only be push or pull?
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post #3 of 17
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Thanks! I wouldn't be able to do the 200mm and 240mm at the same time, and actually just learned due to the dimensions, I can't do the 200mm at all. It won't clear the front of my case in any orientation.

If I did do the 120mm (front) and 240mm (side), both would be in push configuration, unless you recommend doing pull in the front and push on the side?
post #4 of 17
Both my radiators (one on top and one in front) are set to pull. To put a lot of pressure into my case. And with the loop your going to wanna due pump to 240mm to cpu to 120mm to gpu to res
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post #5 of 17
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Thanks! And then the res back to the pump, I'm assuming? That really helps, as I hadn't figured that part out. Is there a particular reason it should be done that way?
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Thanks! And then the res back to the pump, I'm assuming? That really helps, as I hadn't figured that part out. Is there a particular reason it should be done that way?

Doing it this way both the cpu and gpu get the coolest water they can
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post #7 of 17
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Gotcha, makes sense, since the 240mm cools it before it goes to the CPU and the 140mm cools it before it goes to the GPU. Great stuff man! Now I just need to start planning this, and hopefully get some more input on parts!
post #8 of 17
Another thing when I priced out my loop I found performance pc to be cheaper and there discount code gets about 1% extra off compared to frozen cpu.
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Thanks! I was just using FrozenCPU for ease of picking stuff, I will definitely hunt for the lowest price once it's finalized!
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Haha funny you said that I used frozen cpu to find the product and than searched for it on performance pcs site. Frozens site is much easier to navigate
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